Tuesday, May 7, 2013

World 3-D Film Expo Returns to Hollywood, from Hitchcock's 'Dial M for Murder' to Camp Classics 'House of Wax' and 'Jaws 3D'

From World 3-D Film Expo

“Excitement That Can Almost Touch You!” … “Bwana Devil – A Lion in Your Lap – A Lover In Your Arms!” … “The Hand is at Your Throat — The Kiss is at Your Lips – House Of Wax!”
It’s been 60 years since 3-D literally leapt off American movie screens with films like CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, KISS ME KATE, DIAL M FOR MURDER and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE. Now, over half a century later, 3-D is back in the mainstream with a vengeance … and so is the World 3-D Film Expo!

Debate still rages over whether 3-D is a novelty, a gimmick, a passing fad (funny enough, they said the same thing in the early Fifties about another fad called “rock ‘n roll” …) 3-D today may be technically different than the dual-35 mm. projector system of the early days – but whether you’re watching James Cameron’s AVATAR or Andre de Toth’s spine-tingling HOUSE OF WAX, there’s that same sense of childlike wonder and pure gonzo fun at watching images float/bounce/stab off the screen straight at you. There’s no denying it: 3-D is Cool.

3-D technology has changed significantly since the first Expo at the Egyptian in 2003 – and in keeping with the times, we’re thrilled to partner with RealD in presenting digital 3-D screenings the first weekend of a number of previously-unavailable movies, kicking off with a special 60th Anniversary screening of the John Wayne western HONDO, followed by such treasures as a 1946 Russian adaptation of ROBINSON CRUSOE and a fascinating program of “European 3-D Cinema from 1935-1953” (including long-lost 3-D footage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics). And yes – we’re finally showing the nuttiest 1980’s 3-D movie of all, JAWS 3-D in a new digital transfer! (It’s worth noting that all of the above programs are only available in digital 3-D now – another reason to embrace the new technology.)

But for fans of classic 35 mm. double-system projection, never fear: we’re screening an incredible bonanza of one-of-a-kind prints of classics like KISS ME KATE, HOUSE OF WAX, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, all in their original dual-interlocked projector format with a silver screen and polarized glasses – alongside gems like the World 3-D Premieres of the Korean War drama DRAGONFLY SQUADRON (one of the last unseen 3-D features from the classic Fifties era) and the long-lost short “COLLEGE CAPERS” (restored from the only surviving print in existence.) And let’s be honest: 3-D was never meant for a Chekov play, it was always best at pure genre filmmaking – and whether your taste is Gothic Horror (THE MAD MAGICIAN, THE MAZE), Film Noir (I THE JURY, INFERNO), Musicals (THE FRENCH LINE, THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE) or “What on Earth is That??!” (the indescribably deranged ROBOT MONSTER and GORILLA AT LARGE) — it’s here at the 3-D Expo.

Sadly, several of the 3-D features and shorts screened at the previous Expos are no longer available – yet another reason that Expo III is a once-in-a-lifetime event, because for many of the movies showing here, you literally will not see them projected this way again. For the hardcore film-buffs, another reason not to miss the Expo is that we’ll be showing all of the features and shorts in their correct aspect ratio (many in widescreen); for the most part, these 3-D films have not been seen in their director-intended widescreen versions since their original theatrical play-dates nearly 60 years ago!

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