A dimension not only of sight and sound…

FUCK3dAndre De Toth’s 3D specs.

This is a quick heads-up to say that two weeks from Wednesday we’ll be looking at Hitchcock’s journey into the world of stereoscopic vision, the 3D marvel that is DIAL M FOR MURDER. Now, I haven’t been able to source more than a sample of the movie in 3D, but that doesn’t stop me from announcing that, starting Sunday the 20th, it will be 3D week at Shadowplay. You need to get a pair of red/cyan 3D glasses, if you don’t already own a pair. You can get ’em online, or get instructions on how to make ’em online. They come in handy for all sorts of other things too… okay, they don’t.

If you really don’t like the idea of wearing cardboard spectacles for a week, I have an alternative. It’s a little untested, but I’m 90% sure that if you just get a bottle of red food colouring, and a bottle of cyan food colouring, and an eye-dropper…

15 Responses to “A dimension not only of sight and sound…”

  1. Here’s the science bit:

  2. Christopher Says:

    I watched Dial M a couple of times just recently,but can’t recall a single gimmick in it that shows off the 3D..

  3. Christopher Says:

    coming back to theatres in 3D soon ..I’d just settle for this trailer in 3D

  4. Here are several reasons why DIAL M should be seen in 3-D: the giant phone dial and finger – the scissors! – the abstract close-up of Grace Kelly with the shifting lights behind her – the key – the way the characters move through the space of Milland/Kelly’s flat like rats in a maze …

  5. I LOVE Dial M in 3-D! It’s not a matter of gimmicks (though the scissors in the back, particularly, er, stick out in my mind) so much as the way the props and the dimensions of the rooms suddenly become much more noticeable. It’s a whole different movie (one I never really enjoyed, shown flat).

  6. Yes, from what I’ve seen and read, Hitch disdained throwing stuff at the audience — the cheapest, most vulgar use, although one that’s still FUN: dig that trailer! — in favour of exploiting the use of space like nobody else. So it’s really not apparent when you see it flat.

    But let’s save this for a fortnight…

  7. In 3-D Dial M bceoms a film about a room — comparable to Michael Snow’s avelength as much as Hitch’s Rope

  8. I’ve never yet seen a 3D film where I got used to the effect, it’s always THERE. So it’s not necessary for the filmmaker to go out of their way to EXPLOIT it.

    Wish I could get a copy of Dial M in 3D, but I can extrapolate from what I’ve seen…

  9. They showed it at the NFT’s 3-D season years ago, possibly the greatest NFT event ever (though they didn’t have a print of The Mask, sadly). I doubt I’ve ever passed up an opportunity to see a 3-D movie, I’m even planning on seeing Final Destination – the Third Dimension, though my hopes for that one are not high.

  10. As someone who doesn’t wear glasses (though I probably should), I found them extremely irritable when watching CORALINE (the only film I’ve ever seen in 3D). Because it felt like my nose was being incrementally cut off, I had to hold the two ends and hover them in front of my eyes… for most of the film. Of course, remove them entirely and the screen is blurred. A lose-lose situation.

  11. 3D glasses are often problematic because they’re not tailor-made. You should steal a pair from the cinema next time and get an optician to make you a proper pair!

  12. c. Jerry is 100% correct

    I had seen Dial M on television a few times as a kid–but a screening during a 3-D festival at one of the local repertory theatres changed my opinion of it forever…

    the scissors scene (in which the prospective method of self-defense appears to be right in front of you–ready to be handed over to Grace Kelly) becomes a De Palmaesque experience of oneiric ineffectuality for the viewer… that was 13 years ago, and it’s still very fresh in my mind… quite amazing… Hitchcock is the only director I can think of who resisted the urge to use 3-D as a way to instill direct fear in the audience (for their own safety), preferring instead to add an almost tactile layer to our voyeuristic/empathetic investment in the people on the screen

  13. And still nobody’s tried to repeat that trick. I’m excited to see Joe Dante’s take on 3D. He seemed well aware that the device has so far been used principally to hurl stuff in the audience’s face, and that it’s capable of more… However, given his impish nature, I still expect a lion in my lap every ten minutes.

  14. Christopher Says:

    Got to see It Came From Outer Space and House of Wax in the mid 70’s when they were re-released to theatres in 3D.”.It Came” was the best and biggest hit with the kids..THey Did The Creature from the Black Lagoon then too,but I missed that one….Also in the early 1980s..they ran not only The Creature but Revenge of the Creature as well on TV..You could pick up 3D specs at various convenient stores..7-Eleven here…I watched Revenge..without the glasses..

  15. I’ve seen Creature at my school film society, and House of Wax at the Film Fest here, where it was followed by The Maze, which is a really wild one. Would love to see Invaders from Mars in 3D! William Cameron Menzies had some fun ideas.

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