The first documented exhibition of a 3-D motion picture took place on June 10, 1915 at the
Astor Theatre in New York. The historic footage does not survive.
Nearly 35 years ago, we began our effort to locate, save and restore lost 3-D films. Over the past three decades, many rare stereoscopic treasures dating back to 1922 have been located and preserved by the 3-D Film Archive.
Released June 16, 2015 on 3-D Blu-ray from Flicker Alley, we are very proud to present:
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!
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!
"Fans of 3-D "Pop-Out" should play portions of this disc every single time they fire up their systems: tons of off-screen effects are present. And almost all of it better than anything you'll see in a modern 3-D film."
Peter Apruzzese, Home Theater Forum
March 12, 2015
Click here to read the reviews.
At the sold out June 13 New York premiere at MoMA. Pictured left to right: 3-D restoration expert Greg Kintz; Producer Bob Furmanek; Dave Kehr - Adjunct Curator, Department of Film at MoMA; Executive Producer John McElwee of Greenbriar Picture Shows and Associate Producer Jack Theakston (Rome Capitol Theatre)
3-D RARITIES is a hit on the Big Screen!
We've just had three very successful shows at MoMA. Traditionally, New York audiences can be tough and they loved it! Many films got applause from young and old alike and the word-of-mouth was excellent following each performance. We want people around the world to see these beautifully restored treasures on the big screen.
If you have a venue in your area that has 3-D DCP capability, ask them to salute the centennial of stereoscopic motion pictures and play 3-D RARITIES. This specially-edited 94 minute DCP is available worldwide.
Click here to watch the trailer.
For booking information,
please contact Josh Morrison at Flicker Alley.
The restored Norman McLaren shorts Now is the Time, Around is Around, O Canada and Twirligig under license by the National Film Board of Canada.
3-D Restoration - Greg Kintz
Producer - Bob Furmanek
Associate Producer - Jack Theakston
Executive Producer - John McElwee, Greenbriar Picture Shows
Bonus Materials Include:
• Introductions by Leonard Maltin and Trustin Howard aka Slick Slavin.
• Essays by Julian Antos, Hillary Hess, Thad Komorowski, Donald McWilliams,
Ted Okuda, Mary Ann Sell and Jack Theakston.
• 3-D photo galleries - Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), New York World's Fair (1939),
Sam Sawyer View-Master reels (1950) and 3-D Comic Books (1953)
• 3-D footage directed by Francis Ford Coppola from The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)
• Commentary tracks by Thad Komorowski and Jack Theakston.
More information on the June 10, 1915 3-D test screening is on the Homepage.
To learn the full story of our 3-D preservation work, please read Archive History.
Here are some comments on a preview screening of 3-D RARITIES.
Ronald Epstein - The HTF 3D Addict
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Andre Dursin - The Aisle Seat
The Robot's Pajamas
Better Living Through 3D Viewing
3-D Review Online Magazine
G. Allen Johnson - San Francisco Chronicle
High Def Digest
Dr. Svet Atanasov - Bluray.com
A Classic Movie Blog
World Cinema Paradise
Robert A. Harris - A few words about...™
The Mookse and the Gripes
Dick Dinman - DVD Classics Corner on the Air