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Celebrating 100 Years of 3D Cinema

The first documented exhibition of a stereoscopic 3D motion picture took place on June 10, 1915 at the Astor Theatre in New York. The historic footage does not survive.  But nearly 35 years ago, the 3-D Film Archive began our effort to locate, save and restore lost 3D films. Over the past three decades, many rare stereoscopic treasures dating back to 1922 have been located and preserved by the 3D Film Archive. The 3-D RARITIES Blu-ray was released June 16, 2015 by Flicker Alley.

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The 3-D Rarities Blu-ray Disc

Containing more than 2½ hours of archival treasures and presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all 22 films have been stunningly restored and mastered from original materials by our Technical Director, Greg Kintz. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never before looked this good!

It has taken over 30 years for the 3-D Film Archive to assemble and restore the material in 3-D Rarities,an eye-popping collection of ultra-rare and long-lost movies, which Flicker Alley and the 3-D Film Archive are proud to present here for the first time on Blu-ray.

Selections include Kelley's Plasticon Pictures, the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City; New Dimensions, the first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the World’s Fair in 1940; Thrills for You, a promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad; Around is Around, a 3-D animated gem by Norman McLaren; Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, the only 3-D newsreel; Stardust in Your Eyes, a hilarious standup routine by Slick Slavin; trailer for The Maze, with fantastic production design by William Cameron Menzies; Doom Town, a controversial anti-atomic testing film mysteriously pulled from release; puppet cartoon The Adventures of Sam Space, presented in widescreen; I’ll Sell My Shirt, a burlesque comedy unseen in 3-D for over 60 years; Boo Moon, an excellent example of color stereoscopic animation…and more!

Presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival materials. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never before looked this good.

 To place an order, visit FlickerAlley ($ 34.95).

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