Another 3-D Leap Into Living Rooms
3-D Archive's Latest Avalanche Is It Came From Outer Space (1953)
I'll bet majority of folks in 1953 at least wanted to believe flying saucers were real. No doubt all kids felt that way. One of them shows up in It Came From Outer Space with a helmet and ray gun, as if ready to repel invaders, or join their cause. Early science-fiction had a degree of plausibility thanks to sightings taken seriously by media. The genre got turned over to scrap merchants after novelty flagged and grown-ups satisfied selves that such was pretty silly after all. It Came From Outer Space rode an interest wave at its peak, not only for sci-fi, but new-arrived 3-D to features, and satisfaction of curiosity for
Digital has overcome all that. Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz's It Came From Outer Space (and yes, they deserve possessory credit) looks, by their own estimation, better than what crowds in 1953 saw. Kinks inherent in prior runs are smoothed out. Furmanek and Kintz have also put back stereo sound not heard properly in sixty-three years. Separation effects fairly bounce off walls. If 3-D had been as good back then as what these fellows deliver, it would have lasted longer. I was never nuts for the process after sitting through botched 70's revives and coming out most of times with blinding headache. No more of those thanks to Furmanek/Kintz. Their stamp on a 3-D box is guarantor of quality. Universal was wise to trust them with It Came From Outer Space. Release date is today, but mine arrived from Best Buy with yester-mail, and word is the disc sells for under $10 at member stores (a BB exclusive). I call this a Blu-Ray bargain of the year.
Maybe there were saucers visiting back in the 50's that stopped coming because we quit making good sci-fi movies like It Came From Outer Space. Ours was a Viewmaster world back then. I regret being unborn or too young to enjoy bounty of it, cause by the 60's, SF like 3-D was either gone or buried on TV. All my exposure to It Came From Outer Space and ones of once-depth came via the tube, where we wondered why objects kept being thrown toward the camera. Furmanek/Kintz now illustrate that, and vividly. Even quiet scenes of It Came From Outer Space carry a jolt. Richard Carlson's telescope --- watch your head! That desert mildly mysterious before is overwhelmingly sinister now. We really get the punch of 3-D composition as designed by makers who knew their depth. It Came From Outer Space as taken for granted before may be safely celebrated now, thanks to 3-D Archive's creative team. If you've put off rigging a den for depth, here is incentive for making the plunge. Added to good news is much more 3-D on Furmanek/Kintz's plate for 2017. Read all about that and more at their Archive site, and HERE'S where to order It Came From Outer Space.