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The Professor, helped by his flying robot M.A.X., tries to show us the history of 3-D film, and his newest innovation, Real-O-Vision (ride films). But his hardware keeps breaking down, particularly when he's trying to introduce a music video of Elvira. Written by
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Strictly for fans of 3-D stereo home video. Requires LCD-shutter glasses connected to a home controller driven by the composite video-out signal; there are several such systems available.
I viewed this DVD in 3-D on a 35" TV with an S-video connection, using "3-D SPEX" LCD glasses I already owned, from NuVision. The picture was quite good, despite the loss of color caused by the glasses. Note that this should only be viewed in a dark room.
This was transferred from the original IMAX film, and that causes major problems. It was designed to fill the enormous IMAX screen with large amounts of CGI detail, which become overly miniaturized when transferred to video. For example, at one point there is an inset showing examples of some early 3-D movies, but the inset is so tiny that they are mostly lost. In Elvira's few scenes, she mostly appears as a small doll lost in the middle of the screen (the producers are idiots for hiring her, and then making so little use of her unique talents).
The script's attempts at humor are hideously bad, and appear to have been aimed at bored 6-8 year olds; adults will probably find themselves suffering. The failed tries at cuteness are very typical of this entire genre, unfortunately; its scary to think that the producers may actually find it amusing. Its like they were TRYING to drive IMAX into its eventual bankruptcy.
Once you get past the many problems, there is some quite interesting 3-D history, and examples of 3-D stills and movies. Unfortunately the stereo separation is flawed, and the depth is usually badly exaggerated. On the other hand, the numerous examples of CGI stereo are impressive, particularly the "Journey to the Center of the Earth", which was presumably taken from a motion-simulator ride.
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