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I am writing you regarding TIME WARNER’S library of 1950s 3D Motion pictures.

I wrote a previous post to George Feltenstein who heads your home video library.

It seems to have gotten no reaction.

That is unfortunate for both of us.

Imagine Warner Bros. Cartoons without Mel Blanc?

That almost happened.

Mel Blanc knocked on the door again, again, again and again. Each time he was told, “Go away. We don’t need you.”

Finally Blanc got lucky. The guy saying, “Go away. We don’t need you,” died.

The new man said, “Come in and show us what you can do.”

The rest is history.

The 3D Film Archive has not heard those words, “Go away. We don’t need you.”

All they have met with is silence.

Which is incredible when we look at the work they have done and continue to do.

They have nearly restored every 1950s title in the libraries of Paramount and Universal.

The results are fantastic.

Don’t take my word for it. Look at the titles.

The 3D Film Archive is run by Robert Furmanek. Mr. Furmanek worked for and was a friend of Jerry Lewis. Plans to restore Lewis’s 3D film MONEY FROM HOME while Lewis was still alive were stalled when the current rights holder balked at spending $10,000.00 for a 3D Blu-ray restoration.



The 3D Film Archive routinely brings its titles in with a budget of around $20,000.00. On MONEY FROM HOME because Lewis was a personal and much loved friend Furmanek went out of his way to get that film before the eyes of Jerry Lewis before they shut forever.

Sadly, the ball was dropped.

The 3D Film Archive has something else to offer. On their facebook page you will find they have a support base so solid that we supporters will help finance restorations ourselves.

How often does that happen?

Robert Harris, an archivist who has done fine work (wish he could locate that complete print of Erich Von Stroheim’s full length GREED that hung around MGM’s New York office for decades) states that this work can not be done for less than $350,000.00 per title.

He’s wrong and wrong big.

Sales on the these titles have been good.

Twilight Time has released several 1950s films from Columbia Pictures in 3D. Thanks to them I have finally seen SADIE THOMPSON with Rita Hayworth in 3D. Wow! What a movie.

Thanks to a boost from Martin Scorsese we can finally see THE MAZE (1953) in 3D.

I certainly do not hope that it takes the death of George Feltenstein and Robert Harris to get someone on the door at Warner Archives who will say to The 3D Film Archive, “Come in and show us what you can do.”

Take a look at GOG. For decades that film was lost to 3D when by chance Bob bought a print of it in beet red color that was the fabled lost side. The 3D Film Archive restored the color to the film.

Not only that they correct as many of the errors as possible in the films so that we get the seamless headache 3D experience that makes these films a delight to our eyes.

I can’t ask Warner Archives to spend $350,000.00 a title to restore your 3D library. I can ask that you pick one title, say BOUNTY HUNTER, which while filmed in 3D was only released in 2D as a first step.Give the 3D Film Archive $20,000.00 and see what they can do for so little.


Because Andre DeToth remains one of the great film makers of all time. With only one eye he helmed the wonderful HOUSE OF WAX (1953) with Vincent Price. Though himself unable to see 3D he had studied the medium.

He knew what he was doing.

So, too, does The 3D Film Archive.

I hope you invite them aboard.

–Reg Hartt








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