"A fascinating history of 3-D and wide-screen film-making."
Dave Kehr/New York Times – October 4, 2013
"Long settled as leading authority on depth and widescreen history."
John McElwee/Greenbriar Picture Shows – October 3, 2013
Welcome to the 3-D Film Archive; the first organization dedicated to saving and preserving our stereoscopic film heritage.
Founded in 1990 by award-winning
producer, author and motion picture archivist Bob Furmanek, we have located and restored original dual-strip 35mm polarized 3-D prints
of more than thirty features and two dozen shorts from 1922-1955, the “Golden
Age” of 3-D cinema.
It has taken over 30 years for the 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 for the first time on Blu-ray in June 2015.
Selections include Kelley's Plasticon Pictures, the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City; Lumière’s L’Arrivée d’un Train, first shown at the Academie des Sciences in Paris; 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 by Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz. 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.
Pre-orders will be available on March 31. Watch for updates!
We are restoring GOG for 3-D Blu-ray release by Kino-Lorber in late 2015!
This project is especially gratifying because we found the only existing 35mm left side material in
the late 1990's. Greg Kintz and I are honored to be entrusted with the restoration.
We are proud to be collaborating with the Toronto International Film Festival to restore the landmark Canadian horror classic, THE MASK. Watch for a 3-D Blu-ray release in late 2015 from Kino-Lorber!
There are more vintage 3-D classics coming to 3-D Blu-ray in the near future! Keep an eye on this page for updates.
Now Available on 3-D blu-ray:
Click each link to read the reviews.
Home Theater Forum 3-D Addict
Reg Hartt: The Cineforum
World Cinema Paradise
Greenbriar Picture Shows
Rupert Pupkin Speaks
Movieline with Greg Walton
Film School Rejects
Home Theater Forum
Robert A. Harris: A few words about...
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Todd Erwin - Home Theater Forum
T.J. Moore's Movie Madness
Stuart Galbraith IV - DVD Talk
After 25 years of working to save and restore these rare films, we are delighted to share our three-dimensional treasures with the world!
None of our films are in the red/blue anaglyphic format. They will all be seen in their original and vastly superior polarized 3-D versions.
Contact us for additional information on our vast library of vintage 3-D materials, including posters, lobby cards, pressbooks and stereo slides from the Golden Age of 3-D movies.