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A Chance to Watch Classic 3D Movies at the 2013 World 3D Film Expo III

August 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events


The year the World 3D Film Expo will return for a third time to the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, USA from September 6-15, 2013. The ten-day film festival will pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of what many film historians regard as the “Golden Age” of 3D movies, and will include screenings of the John Wayne western HONDO, the Vincent Price horror film HOUSE OF WAX, Cole Porter’s musical KISS ME KATE, and sci-fi thriller IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE., and even later 3-D films, such as 1983’s JAWS 3-D. Lesser-known titles, such as THE FRENCH LINE with Jane Russell and film noir SECOND CHANCE with Robert Mitchum, will also be included.

The Expo is partnering with RealD to present a number of screenings in RealD 3D including Alfred Hitchcock’s DIAL M FOR MURDER and Jack Arnold’s sci-fi/horror classic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Stefan Droessler, 3D historian and head of the Munich Film Museum, will present an in-depth overview of “European 3D Filmmaking 1935-1953,” including long-lost footage from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The festival will also be home to several premieres including the Los Angeles Premiere of the 1946 Russian 3-D adaptation of ROBINSON CRUSOE. September 14th will mark the World Premiere of the stereoscopic version of the 1954 Korean War drama, DRAGONFLY SQUADRON. The film was only released in a flat version during its initial release, and has never been seen by audiences in 3D. Newly-restored 35 mm prints of shorts “Rocky Marciano, Champion vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, Challenger” and “College Capers” will be screened in 3D for the first time in 60 years.

The World 3D Film Expo was first presented at the Egyptian Theatre in 2003 and then again in 2006 and this year marks the third one that gives you the unique chance to see a great classic 3D film festival showing some of the most popular 3D movies that were made during the Golden Age of stereoscopic cinema in the early 1950’s. This is your chance to see some real 3D movie classics that you normally cannot find anywhere else in 3D or even in 2D, so if you miss it you literally may not be able to see them projected this way again.

For more information about the 2013 World 3D Film Expo III…
For the festival’s schedule including all 3D movies that will be screened…

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De-3D Cinema Glasses Exclusively from ThinkGeek Only Today

April 1st, 2011 · 6 Comments · General 3D News

Another 3D exclusive product just for today, ThinkGeek is offering a De-3D Cinema Glasses that do exactly what the name suggests – turn 3D movies into 2D ones, eliminating headaches and nausea associated with 3D movies for the people experiencing them. The glasses are with passive polarizing filters and are compatible with any movie theater using RealD 3D technology for projecting 3D movies. In this particular case however this is not a real product, just another April Fools Day joke… just click on the Buy Now button to confirm it if you don’t believe.

Actually making such 3D to 2D passive glasses isn’t that hard… should you need them of course. You just need to replace the right light polarizing filter with a one that uses the same polarization as in the left lens, so that as a result you will be seeing only the left projected frame in the movie theater from a 3D movie and thus you will actually see the movie in 2D. This of course is not very practical for watching 3D movies in 2D when you have to pay higher price for the 3D projection, but can be more practical for home use for screen sharing for example and opens some new and interesting possibilities. If you are following the blog you may remember my mod for the 3D Vision active shutter glasses that turns them into 2D ones, you can read more about that here: Modifying the 3D Vision Glasses to Show 2D Left or Right Frame Only.

For more information about the De-3D Cinema Glasses at ThinkGeek…

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Personal Stylish 3D Glasses For Watching 3D Movies at the Cinema

July 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Other S3D Tech

If you are tired of wearing those uncomfortable and ugly looking disposable passive polarized 3D glasses that you get each time in the cinema, then you have some options. There are already a few companies that offer much better looking, better built, even better performing and of course more expensive passive polarized 3D glasses designed for movie theaters using RealD technology for projecting and viewing the 3D content (circular polarization). Among the most recent companies that started to exploit this new market are Gunnar Optiks and MicroVision Optical…

Gunnar Optiks currently offers only two different models of 3D Movie glasses from its Attache collection – the Anime and Phenom. Both models are with a price of $99 USD, which you can consider a bit high, but I like more the design of these glasses and the build quality is better. So if you go to watch 3D movies more often and prefer to watch them in a 3D Cinema equipped with RealD, then these glasses may be completely worth it instead of using the cheap plastic ones that you get in the cinema. Gunnar Optiks is claiming that their glasses are also superior in terms of optical quality thus making the 3D experience even better when watching a 3D move with them…

Microvision Optical offers a bit bigger assortment of RealD-compatible 3D Movie glasses. They have total of 29 different models that are separated in 8 product lines, so you have a lot more options here to choose from. These glasses are all plastic and a bit cheaper than the Gunnar Optiks’ models, Macrovision Optical’s 3D glasses cost between $30 and $35 USD a pair. Microvision Optical claims to have superior optics in their products as well as that their 3D glasses can be worn like a normal pair of sunglasses when you are not watching a 3D movie. The reason for that being is the fact that the lenses they use also block 100% the UVA and UVB ultraviolet light from the sun, just like a good pair of normal sunglasses, but unlike other traditional 3D glasses.

More about Gunnar Optiks’ 3D Glasses Technology…
To see MicroVison Optical’s 3D Movie Glasses Collection…

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