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Flicker Alley, in partnership with the 3-D Film Archive, presents 3-D Rarities, Volume II, the long-awaited follow-up collection of extraordinary 3-D wonders, including the feature-length El Corazón y la Espada, all expertly restored in a Blu-ray world premiere.
For over 35 years, it has been the mission of the 3-D Film Archive to locate, save, assemble, and restore previously lost 3-D films. Much of the fruits of this labor of love ended up being presented by Flicker Alley in the critically acclaimed 2015 Blu-ray editing of 3-D Rarities. Almost immediately, and started asking for more, and indeed there was more on the way
3-D Rarities, Volume II spans over 40 years of international 3-D film production, and is appropriately presented in three segments. The first is a superb collection of short 3-D oddities, including the long-lost A Day in the Country; 3-D master Raymond Spottiswoode s The Black Swan; Stereoscopic Anthropologist Hillary Hess s presentation of Mid-Century Memories in Kodachrome Stereo; the mysterious Polaroid-filmed Games in Depth; a prologue for Frankenstein s Bloody Terror, a West German-Spanish coproduction originally filmed in Hi-Fi Stereo 70; and a trailer for the 1983 documentary The 3-D Movie, which serves as a brief historical showcase for a wide swath of classic 3-D films.
Up next is the feature-length, historical romance/adventure from 1953: El Corazón y la Espada (aka The Heart and the Sword, aka The Sword of Granada). The first 3-D movie ever produced in Mexico, the original Spanish version of El Corazón y la Espada has not been viewed in its intended format since 1955. Scanned in 4K and restored frame-by-frame from the original left and right camera negatives, the film stars Cesar Romero (The Thin Man; Batman) and Katy Jurado (High Noon; Broken Lance), alongside a veritable who s who of top Mexican actors of the time.
Last but certainly not least is a special sampling of homemade stereoscopic photographs from silent film icon Harold Lloyd. Presented by Lloyd s granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, these slides are choc-full of Hollywood stars, and many of the images have never been seen at all by the general public!
All of the material included on 3-D Rarities, Volume II is presented in high-quality digital 3-D. Restored and mastered direct from archival materials by 3-D Film Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz, the films and images have been meticulously aligned shot-by-shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements.