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Bring Back the 3D movies from the 1950's??

post #1 of 29
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Everyone agrees that there is not enough 3D Blu Ray content at this time. Everyone also agrees that lack of content probably is inhibiting the sale of new 3D TV's.

So how about this: Hollywood has a lot of great old 3D movies in the can in their libraries. Movies from the 1950's for the most part. John Wayne's Hondo. Warner Bros' House of Wax. Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. The campy Creature from the Black Lagoon. Etc. The list goes on. All movies, for the most part, not seen by the current generation!

Anyone know how hard it would be to transpose these to Blu Ray 3D for current day sales?? Or would that be impossible or impossibly expensive??

Just as they are updating many of the great old Classics, even including some silent classics, why not the old 3D movies as well?
post #2 of 29
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Originally Posted by insman1132 View Post

Everyone agrees that there is not enough 3D Blu Ray content at this time. Everyone also agrees that lack of content probably is inhibiting the sale of new 3D TV's.

So how about this: Hollywood has a lot of great old 3D movies in the can in their libraries. Movies from the 1950's for the most part. John Wayne's Hondo. Warner Bros' House of Wax. Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. The campy Creature from the Black Lagoon. Etc. The list goes on. All movies, for the most part, not seen by the current generation!

Anyone know how hard it would be to transpose these to Blu Ray 3D for current day sales?? Or would that be impossible or impossibly expensive??

Just as they are updating many of the great old Classics, even including some silent classics, why not the old 3D movies as well?

It took years for classic movies to become profitable on DVD. I would assume the same for 3D Blu-ray. The market is currently not big enough to support the release of niche titles that will undoubtedly require expensive remastering.

p.s. 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' is not campy.
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by insman1132 View Post

Everyone agrees that there is not enough 3D Blu Ray content at this time. Everyone also agrees that lack of content probably is inhibiting the sale of new 3D TV's.

So how about this: Hollywood has a lot of great old 3D movies in the can in their libraries. Movies from the 1950's for the most part. John Wayne's Hondo. Warner Bros' House of Wax. Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. The campy Creature from the Black Lagoon. Etc. The list goes on. All movies, for the most part, not seen by the current generation!

Anyone know how hard it would be to transpose these to Blu Ray 3D for current day sales?? Or would that be impossible or impossibly expensive??

Just as they are updating many of the great old Classics, even including some silent classics, why not the old 3D movies as well?


I have no idea how hard it would be but I do know it would be a hoot watching these old movies in 3d with some real popping in your eye scenes
While at it they should bring back the 70's 3D Kung Foo Movies.



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Originally Posted by Geremia P. View Post

It took years for classic movies to become profitable on DVD. I would assume the same for 3D Blu-ray. The market is currently not big enough to support the release of niche titles that will undoubtedly require expensive remastering.

p.s. 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' is not campy.

The Creature From The Black Lagoon rocks and so does The Blob and The Crawling Eye

How about Godzilla in 3D ?
post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by insman1132 View Post

Everyone agrees that there is not enough 3D Blu Ray content at this time. Everyone also agrees that lack of content probably is inhibiting the sale of new 3D TV's.

So how about this: Hollywood has a lot of great old 3D movies in the can in their libraries. Movies from the 1950's for the most part. John Wayne's Hondo. Warner Bros' House of Wax. Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. The campy Creature from the Black Lagoon. Etc. The list goes on. All movies, for the most part, not seen by the current generation!

Anyone know how hard it would be to transpose these to Blu Ray 3D for current day sales?? Or would that be impossible or impossibly expensive??

Just as they are updating many of the great old Classics, even including some silent classics, why not the old 3D movies as well?

They would be expensive to produce. Twice as much as a 2D catalog film because everything is doubled. Instead of dealing with a single negative or interpositive, you would have two of them (one for each eye). Color correction, digitizing the film elements all add to the cost of the production along with any restoration of the film elements themselves.

You are talking about 55+ year old movies.
post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

You are talking about 55+ year old movies.

You are also talking about films directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring John Wayne. They'd sell just fine.

Blu Ray adoption has been mostly to people whole like films, and spend money on them. The people who don't... still use DVD.
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by mwecksell View Post

You are also talking about films directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring John Wayne. They'd sell just fine.

Take a guess . . . how many copies of DIAL M FOR MURDER on 3D BD do you think they would sell?
post #7 of 29
I'd like to see them release Friday the 13th 3D and Jaws 3D from the 80's as well. Those two movies would satisfy those of us who want some pop out 3D effects.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by thebat68 View Post

I'd like to see them release Friday the 13th 3D and Jaws 3D from the 80's as well. Those two movies would satisfy those of us who want some pop out 3D effects.

They would be cheaper to produce then the 3D films from the 1950's. When 3D was reborn in the 1980s they went the cheapest way possible. Gone were the dual camera rigs and dual projectors. Instead, they used a single camera with a beam splitter to capture the L & R images within a single 35mm frame. Then a single projector was used in the theater.

Technicolor now offers to convert digital 3D movies to this presentation method for those theaters that have 35mm projectors and want to show 3D films (new ones).
post #9 of 29
Some of these movies were released as 3D field sequential DVDs, so hopefully there are already digital masters.
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by thebat68 View Post

I'd like to see them release Friday the 13th 3D and Jaws 3D from the 80's as well. Those two movies would satisfy those of us who want some pop out 3D effects.

Most of my family and friends who are interested enough in 3D to come over and watch some are looking more for the "pop out 3D effects" by default and aren't too sure about the "into the screen 3D effects" of recent titles.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Wesley Hester View Post
Most of my family and friends who are interested enough in 3D to come over and watch some are looking more for the "pop out 3D effects" by default and aren't too sure about the "into the screen 3D effects" of recent titles.
That's to be expected I suppose, because all the ads show stuff coming out of the screen at the audience and not into the screen. I would like to see more pop out. The entire movie being pop out would get old, but it would be nice to have it done a few times throughout the movie. We see things close up in real life, why not in 3D movies?
post #12 of 29
Many of the 1950s 3-D movies were restored in recent years. Brand spanking new prints of lots of them were shown at recent 3-D festivals. Elements for most of them are in good condition. So far, THE MAD MAGICIAN and two Three Stooges shorts are already available for download via Sony's Playstion Network. MISS SADIE THOMPSON has been prepared for release soon.

Don't be surprised to see a a few of the other more well known classics to surface on disc in the next 12 months, and for others to show up via broadcast.

COMIN' AT YA! has beeen digitized and has already premiered in a new version in Berlin, and plans for Blu-rayand PPV release are underway.

Some of this stuff is coming. Be patient.
post #13 of 29
While I agree, the classic 3d movies from yesteryear would be cool - the problem is this is the bleeding edge... and whenever we're on the bleeding edge, there's a price to pay - and right now its lack of content.

Blurays are still struggling compared to dvd sales.... so 3d .... LOL, its gonna be a while
post #14 of 29
I just looked at that signature... What could be more appropriate..

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post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by thebat68

That's to be expected I suppose, because all the ads show stuff coming out of the screen at the audience and not into the screen. I would like to see more pop out. The entire movie being pop out would get old, but it would be nice to have it done a few times throughout the movie. We see things close up in real life, why not in 3D movies?
I didn't think about that, the in your face/lap/living room 3D advertising is a bit misleading.
post #16 of 29
Many of the 1950s 3-D movies were restored in recent years. Brand spanking new prints of lots of them were shown at recent 3-D festivals.

And I've seen a great deal of them, at both of the SabuCat 3-D Festivals at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. They had a number of them struck from original camera negatives (tending to be rather magenta; they could not afford Dye Transfer Tech prints), and a great many shown from what were touted as the only surviving prints. Actually one of the more impressive 3-D offerings was Robot Monster, and it sadly had quite a bit of missing frames. The festival organizers spoke of a beautifully restored print of Hondo, which they were unable to show due to rights issues. Dial M for Murder was unfortunately the worst looking film of the entire series.

I and various others spoke about these festivals in the DVD and Movie review section. If anyone is interested you could try searching to see if the threads still exist on the site somewhere.

The long and short of it is: some of the most important and in-demand of the old 3-D films would most likely be in imperfect condition. The powers that be are probably a bit timid about springing such stuff early in the format's life.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by Wesley Hester View Post
I didn't think about that, the in your face/lap/living room 3D advertising is a bit misleading.
LOL - how else care you going to show 3D in a 2D medium?
post #18 of 29
most of you probably know that THE MAD MAGICIAN is available from SONY is you have a PS3. Not quite as good as a blu ray...but it is not too bad....and of course the movie has Vincent Price at his best!!...Good fun.
post #19 of 29
Probably a stupid question, but as a non-PS3 guy, is there any way to download these and play them off a hard drive or burned disc on say an OPPO?

I'd love to have some classic 3D content.

S A M 33
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

LOL - how else care you going to show 3D in a 2D medium?

By making the images appear to go into the screen like most recent movies really are (have a POV camera go INTO the screen and showcase the 3D "layers" INSIDE the HDTV by panning around) and showing things coming out only a foot or so at the most with a family/viewer on the couch several feet away. Easy.

How about a commercial showing the HDTV screen as a WINDOW INTO a 3D "world" that you can look/step inside. Not having it look like the world will spill out WAY beyond the screen "window". Maybe have a character lean out of the screen "window" into the living room but not get out a walk around, etc.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Wesley Hester View Post

By making the images appear to go into the screen like most recent movies really are (have a POV camera go INTO the screen and showcase the 3D "layers" INSIDE the HDTV by panning around) and showing things coming out only a foot or so at the most with a family/viewer on the couch several feet away. Easy.

How about a commercial showing the HDTV screen as a WINDOW INTO a 3D "world" that you can look/step inside. Not having it look like the world will spill out WAY beyond the screen "window". Maybe have a character lean out of the screen "window" into the living room but not get out a walk around, etc.

Good points!
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by Wesley Hester View Post

By making the images appear to go into the screen like most recent movies really are (have a POV camera go INTO the screen and showcase the 3D "layers" INSIDE the HDTV by panning around) and showing things coming out only a foot or so at the most with a family/viewer on the couch several feet away. Easy.

How about a commercial showing the HDTV screen as a WINDOW INTO a 3D "world" that you can look/step inside. Not having it look like the world will spill out WAY beyond the screen "window". Maybe have a character lean out of the screen "window" into the living room but not get out a walk around, etc.

LOL - and you think Joe Sixpack is going to understand that?

Much better to have a shark coming out of the screen. THAT he understands.
post #23 of 29
Until he gets home, hooks up the TV, puts on the glasses and ... total disappointment. No shark coming into the living room. Takes glasses on and off looking at the screen. Fuzzy shark, clear shark, fuzzy shark, clear shark. Then he says, what the hell was the point? End of 3D.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by deArgila View Post

Until he gets home, hooks up the TV, puts on the glasses and ... total disappointment. No shark coming into the living room. Takes glasses on and off looking at the screen. Fuzzy shark, clear shark, fuzzy shark, clear shark. Then he says, what the hell was the point? End of 3D.

Exactly!
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by deArgila View Post

Until he gets home, hooks up the TV, puts on the glasses and ... total disappointment. No shark coming into the living room. Takes glasses on and off looking at the screen. Fuzzy shark, clear shark, fuzzy shark, clear shark. Then he says, what the hell was the point? End of 3D.

Your assumption is that he has never been to a 3D movie at the cinema. Why? You think that assumption is correct?

We are talking about marketing here remember.

post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

Your assumption is that he has never been to a 3D movie at the cinema.

While I don't think anyone really thinks 3DTVs can project images on your ceiling, let's talk about the argument you have that Average Joe HAS been to a 3D movie. I won't argue that at all, but want to use that as leverage in a previous argument about you saying people won't understand the "inside the screen" advertising. I too believe Average Joe IS familiar with the depth in 3D films, and so the concept Wesley proposed of 3DTV advertisements showing things occurring INSIDE the TV WOULD connect with the average consumer.

In fact, it HAS connected- Samsung's is one such ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhNNKQv1EM

Looking at the view statistics and ratings, it would appear to me that the ad got the point across, eh???

P.S. Maybe you should stop replying with LOL's and think before you post. Treat other people's opinions with a little more consideration.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by cakefoo View Post

While I don't think anyone really thinks 3DTVs can project images on your ceiling, let's talk about the argument you have that Average Joe HAS been to a 3D movie. I won't argue that at all, but want to use that as leverage in a previous argument about you saying people won't understand the "inside the screen" advertising. I too believe Average Joe IS familiar with the depth in 3D films, and so the concept Wesley proposed of 3DTV advertisements showing things occurring INSIDE the TV WOULD connect with the average consumer.

In fact, it HAS connected- Samsung's is one such ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhNNKQv1EM

Looking at the view statistics and ratings, it would appear to me that the ad got the point across, eh???

P.S. Maybe you should stop replying with LOL's and think before you post. Treat other people's opinions with a little more consideration.

Is that going to work for print ads? I don't think so.

Television is NOT the only medium used for advertising.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

Is that going to work for print ads? I don't think so.

Television is NOT the only medium used for advertising.

First you asked how 3D could be advertised in a 2D medium. Now you act like you were saying print all along. Is this your attempt to save face?
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by cakefoo View Post

First you asked how 3D could be advertised in a 2D medium. Now you act like you were saying print all along. Is this your attempt to save face?

Nope - not required . . . LOL
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