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Comin' At Ya! [Blu-Ray 3D/2D]
Comin' At Ya! [Blu-Ray 3D/2D]
DVD ~ Tony Anthony
Price: $15.58
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy with the Blu-ray 3D overall, January 27, 2016
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"Comin' at Ya!" was the second 3-D movie I'd ever seen when I saw it in 1981 and I have a soft spot for it and its follow-up, so I've been looking forward to this release.

I'm happy with the Blu-ray 3D overall. I would have preferred the international version released on 3D VHD videodisc decades ago which begins with a bank robbery prologue, which helped the film a great deal. Still, that scene was not in the U.S. theatrical version.

It's apparent some alignment and correction work was done, which helps to make the very wide parallax 3-D photography a bit easier on the eyes, If you have trouble fusing some of the numerous gimmicks shots, don't worry, another one will be along in a few seconds! The dirt spots that some are complaining about were there from day one and are not a big deal. I could have lived without the revisionist "noir" effects, but thankfully these are kept to a minimum and not applied to the entire feature as I had feared.

The amusing original theatrical trailer and TV spots should have been included as well, but if you like Spaghetti westerns and 3-D gimmicks shots, this is well worth checking out. For the record, I had no ghosting or crosstalk when watching on a 4K passive TV. I would imagine the wide parallax 3-D might tax displays using active shutter technology, but that's not the fault of the disc.
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3-D Rarities [Blu-ray]
3-D Rarities [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Macdonald Carey
Price: $37.98
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Collection of Extremely Rare Vintage 3-D Material!, June 21, 2015
This review is from: 3-D Rarities [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The 3-D Archive has done it once again in bringing this wonderful collection of fascinating vintage 3-D material to Blu-ray. I've been fortunate enough to see most of these shorts on the big screen at the World 3-D Expos but having these beautiful, pristine copies in my own library is a real treat. I enjoyed seeing each and every one of them again, along with a few new surprises.

My favorite moments are the test films dating back to the 1920s and 30s (tremendous off the screen effects in these), the railroad short, the Bolex Stereo reel promo reel, as well as the "Time For Beany" film used to introduce "Bwana Devil". The stop motion short "Adventures of Sam Space" and the Casper cartoon "Boo Moon" have never looked better. Actual 3-D trailers for 3-D films of the 1950s are great fun also along with some very cool bonus features showcasing View-Master Reels, and rare 3-D footage shot by Francis Ford Coppola. There are even many 3-D comic panels, which make me hope some of those can be presented on Blu-ray 3D in their entirety at some point because they are better than the original 3-D comics!

There is an excellent booklet provided more detail about these rare films as well.

You simply must have this disc in your collection! It's that good! Very Highly Recommended!

The Bubble 3-D [Blu-ray]
The Bubble 3-D [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Michael Cole
Price: $22.99
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 3-D restoration of little known sci-fi gem. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, December 1, 2014
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This review is from: The Bubble 3-D [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I have a soft spot for this film, which is responsible for starting a life-long passion for 3-D cinema. I had been fascinated by View Master reels prior, but nothing prepared my ten year old self for the thrill of seeing this on the big screen in the 1976 re-issue under the title "Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth".

A friend had gone to see it, and showed me the polarized glasses he brought home from the theater. He described how "things really came off the screen at you" and I didn't rest until I got to see it. I wasn't disappointed; the realism and great depth of the images were mesmerizing and the gimmick shots really did "come into the audience". I was vaguely aware that the film was a decade or so old at that point and that the dialogue was silly ("What's childbirth? Nothing but a sexy bellyache") and it moved a bit slowly at times, but I didn't care. I was hooked on 3-D for life.

The film has grown on me each time I've seen it, even in previous presentations, but the new Blu-ray restoration from Kino and the 3-D Film Archive is so good; it made me feel like I was that ten year old again. Absolutely perfect alignment, extremely deep images, nicely cleaned up video, and best of all, those "off the screen" gimmicks still deliver! This film blows any modern 3-D movie out of the water. If you've been craving "popout" as the kids these days seem to insist on calling it, this is the one to get.

I also appreciated the value added material like a wonderful essay by Bob Furmanek on the history of the film's production and distribution, the screenplay excerpts, trailers and a restoration comparison which shows the miracle that Greg Kintz, Technical Director of the 3-D Film Archive, has achieved, The 3-D transfer here is so good, I really wish the studios and Blu-ray companies would take note and hire the 3-D Film Archive folks to supervise their dimensional discs. A flat version is also included, but I will never bother with that!


Dragonfly Squadron [Blu-ray]
Dragonfly Squadron [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Dragonfly Squadron
Offered by francies fantastic films
Price: $15.45
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice restoration is a must buy for 3-D fans and classic film lovers, October 18, 2014
I never thought I would ever get to see this film in the original 3-D format, let alone own a Blu-ray copy. Thankfully, the 3-D archive has rescued this Korean War drama from obscurity with a very nice restoration. It doesn't look like the latest Playstation 4 game nor one of the digital prequels to "Star Wars", and I am thankful for that. Too often DNR tools are overused and end up robbing these old movies of their intended look. I can easily overlook a few minor flaws inherent in the rare elements utilized and anyone with realistic expectations should be able to as well.

What we do get is a very deep stereoscopic image (unlike so many of today's so called 3-D movies, many of which are far too "flat" looking), which has been restored and aligned to look better than I thought possible. The film looked great at the World 3-D Film Expo III and it is even better here. The 3-D Archive has achieved better results as far as the 3-D alignment than the major studios have with some of their Blu-ray 3D releases. The depth really adds to the enjoyment of the film, though a 2-D flat option is also included for those without the necessary equipment.

This is an important release (hopefully the first of many) and is a must buy for any 3-D fan and those that enjoy classic films.

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon [Blu-ray]
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Mark Chao
Offered by Green Valley Media
Price: $7.75
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Native 3-D film presented in flat 2-D form only, February 16, 2014
It is too bad the US release contains only the flat 2-D version, as this was shot in excellent 3-D and really needs to be seen in the intended format to be appreciated, as the film is pretty gimmicky and all that is lost when flattened out.Order the import version instead. I liked the original film better but this one is a lot of fun,

Verdi: Aida (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray]
Verdi: Aida (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Marco Berti
Price: $22.49
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent production, great blu-ray, January 9, 2014
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This production was very good; I haven't seen much opera but it held my interest. I recommend watching the 3-D version if you have the equipment, as it added a lot and made it seem like I had a front row seat.

The Invisible Man: Complete Series [Blu-ray]
The Invisible Man: Complete Series [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ *
Offered by VEI
Price: $8.99
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray version is a disaster, June 20, 2012
The blu-ray version should be avoided at all costs. All episodes are on one disc (and I guess I could live with that) but even worse is that this 1976 4X3 series has been cropped and/or stretched to fill 16 X 9 screens. The pilot appears to be streched while the other episodes are cropped. Why they thought any fan of a 1976 TV series would want see a butchered version like this is beyond me. A major error in judgement for a product marketed to classic TV fans.
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Sony TDGBR750 Titanium 3D Active Glasses (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sony TDGBR750 Titanium 3D Active Glasses (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by Easy Shopping Company
Price: $69.99
9 used & new from $39.99

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much improved performance on Sony 3D TVs, April 11, 2012
These are so light you forget you are wearing them. They are much more comfortable than previous generations. The most improved thing however is that they really do reduce the amount of flicker (and resulting eyestrain) seen when watching Blu-ray 3D content. I never understood why Sony's 3D TVs suffer from this issue so much more than other brands, but these glasses help a great deal. If you have a Sony set, these are worth it.
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Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes
Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes
by Andrew E. C. Gaska
Edition: Hardcover
38 used & new from $4.38

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written page turner, faithful to the original concept, August 10, 2011
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Apparently the first in a series of books that will fill in the blanks between the scenes in the original APES series; this is great fun. I was skeptical, but this is well worth reading. I look forward to further installments, I'd especially like to read a story that takes place in between the events of ESCAPE and CONQUEST and between CONQUEST AND BATTLE. There is so much left untold in the films themselves..

Very well produced hardbound book with excellent painted illustrations.

LG Infinia 47LW5600 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV and Four Pairs of 3D Glasses (2011 Model)
LG Infinia 47LW5600 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV and Four Pairs of 3D Glasses (2011 Model)
2 used & new from $950.00

54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent passive 3-D set., April 11, 2011
The passive 3-D works quite well, but you will want to be eye level with the set. (No above the fireplace mounting here) There is almost no ghosting at all, even on content which contains crosstalk on my 3-D plasma. Resolution IS reduced (I can easily tell) but it isn't that bad and as long as you sit far enough away from the set, you won't see scan lines. The 3-D from blu-ray 3D is bright and of course the polarized glasses are lightweight and easily replaceable. Directv's 3-D channels are bit softer on this set but still acceptable.

Is it as good as my active 3-D set? Not quite, as the active has better picture quality, but the passive set comes out on top even over the plasma as far as lack of ghosting/crosstalk goes. I think most casual 3-D viewers would be quite pleased. 2-D to 3-D conversion is probably the best I've seen also, though I would rarely use this feature.

I wouldn't call active obsolete (after all, 3-D content works on either kind of set, just as you can choose between LCD, plasma or DLP, you can choose active or passive) but if they can get the resolution to be better (full 1080p in both eyes) I would expect the market to go in the passive direction.

2-D picture is excellent, and the various apps and internet features are well executed.
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