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Kopin to Showcase Customers' Products Powered by Digital iVision Technology at SID 2007
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (8:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Kopin Corporation will showcase a sampling of its customers' eyewear products at the SID (Society for Information Display) 2007 Exhibition, which runs through Thursday, May 24th, at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. In particular, the exhibition will highlight 3D video eyewear products powered by Kopin's Digital iVision(TM) technology. Digital iVision technology provides large cinema-like pictures in a compact package by enlarging high-resolution images displayed in a tiny microdisplay with optical elements.

"For the first time, cinema-quality 3D movies and 3D games will be available to consumers through the use of Digital iVision-enabled eyewear," said Dr. John C. C. Fan, Kopin's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Digital iVision creates an exceptional 3D viewing because it does not compromise on the brightness or resolution since the two displays can be driven independently to provide slightly different images to the left and right eyes for stereoscopic viewing. I urge anyone interested in the next wave of high-resolution 3D mobile eyewear to visit our booth. You've got to see it to believe it."

3D eyewear products being displayed at Kopin's booth (#1905) include:

  • Kopin 3D eyewear reference designs. The reference designs provide stunning high-resolution 3D images by utilizing Kopin's A910 ASIC to drive a stereoscopic pair of either CyberDisplay(R) SVGA LV (800 x 600 resolution) or WVGA LV (854 x 480) displays. The A910 manages an SDRAM frame buffer to provide smooth flicker-free video to the displays. Supported input formats include High Quality Field Sequential (HQFS) DVDs and page-flipped computer video at up to 120 Hz.

  • Icuiti Corporation's iWEAR(TM) VR920, a winner of 2007 Consumer Electronic Show Innovations Awards. The iWEAR VR920 is an interactive 3D video eyewear with built-in head tracking, microphone and audio. It utilizes iWEAR 3D(TM) technology that makes 3D videos automatically functional to the viewer. The iWEAR VR920 uses two Kopin CyberDisplay VGA (640 x 480) microdisplays to create an experience that is equivalent to a 62-inch 3D big-screen image viewed from a distance of nine feet. It plugs into a laptop or standard PC through a simple USB connection.

  • Shenzhen Oriscape Electronic Co. Ltd.'s Cyberman(TM) GVD510-3D and GVD510A, which use two CyberDisplay VGA microdisplays, respectively, to create a 3D stereoscopic virtual image equivalent to a 40-inch flat-panel screen at a distance of seven feet. The Cyberman 510A connects to a DVD player, iPOD, or a cell phone. In addition to these devices, the Cyberman GVD510-3D also connects to a PC, the Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation or Microsoft Xbox.

  • Welton Electronics Ltd.'s ARGO(TM) Cinema-2, which incorporates Kopin's BDM-922K. The Cinema-2 combines a Private Viewer with VGA resolution and a portable DVD player with Dolby(TM) Surround-sound. Lightweight, durable and highly portable, the Cinema-2 provides 2D or 3D motion pictures equivalent to a 48" screen viewed from a distance of seven feet.

Bitmanagement and Spatial View Cooperate on Development and Distribution
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (7:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The world is 3-dimensional – and it's slowly becoming aware of it. The interest in the "real" 3D view, in true depth information, and the vivid auto-stereoscopic presentation of 3-dimensional data is constantly growing. This is leading to interesting new advancements in 3D-display technologies, which in turn, are naturally demanding suitable software. Bitmanagement Software GmbH and Spatial View Inc. have thus decided on a close cooperation in the fields of development and distribution, affecting both existing and upcoming products as well as collaboration on projects.

Part of the deal is the further development of interactive and real-time-capable 3D-software with the goal of optimising resources and avoiding duplicate developments. "The interest in the 3D-field has skyrocketed internationally, as was shown in the keen approval by trade show visitors at CeBIT 2007 in Hannover," says Wolfgang Opel, CTO of Spatial View Inc. "The bundling of resources is the order of the day - to finally make the innovations in the 3D-world available to a broader clientele cost-effectively."

"When talking to the innovation managers of the large telecoms and web providers, who create concepts for fields like interactive TV, communities, and interactive 3D, we exceedingly learn that the demand by end-users for the integration of auto-stereoscopic hardware is constantly growing. Thus the pull-effect on both the users and the suppliers of user-applications for 3D-displays is steadily intensifying," says Peter Schickel, director of Bitmanagement Software GmbH.

SeeReal Technologies Introduces New 3D Disruptive Technology for TV and Computer Displays
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (9:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Breakthrough Approach Opens the Door for Universal Implementation of 3D Display Technology

SeeReal Technologies, a leader in the development of holographic 3D display solutions, will unveil a revolutionary new approach to computer generated Holography for TV and projection displays at SID International Symposium. This new approach overcomes the two significant challenges that have prevented 3D technology from becoming a mainstream option in consumer displays, and opens the doors to widespread 3D adoption in the coming years. SeeReal's Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Armin Schwerdtner, will be leading a detailed and compelling presentation of this new approach at SID on Wednesday afternoon.

"While there have been impressive developments in 3D display technology over the past decade, the remaining visual conflicts between natural viewing and 3D visualization need to be eliminated in order for 3D to be integrated as a universal consumer product," explained Dr. Schwerdtner. "Since the only alternative able to perfectly substitute natural viewing is holography, SeeReal has spent the last 4 years developing this approach that overcomes the obstacles that have historically prevented holography from mainstream displays. And today, we have the solution."

Holography was invented 60 years ago, but two inherent historical challenges have prevented it from becoming a mainstream technology in consumer displays:

1. Insufficient Display Resolution: In order to achieve a viewing angle of 60° in holographic displays, a pixel pitch of about one wavelength is required. For a 47-inch display, that typically corresponds to approximately 250,000 times HDTV resolution.

2. Inadequate Data Volume and Processing Requirements: Computation of each pixel's value requires significantly more steps than for a regular 2D display. Multiplied with the greatly increased pixel quantity required, enormous computational power is needed. Real time video quality holograms thus typically require up to several hundred Peta-FLOPS.

SeeReal's new breakthrough approach to electro-holography overcomes these two challenges through Tracked Viewing Window technology and real-time encoding of sub-holograms. Based on extensive experience and know-how in development of 3D display technologies, SeeReal has created a concept, the Viewing Window Technology, limiting pixel size to levels already known for HDTV applications. This, in combination with a real-time tracking system, eliminates superfluous elements and at the same time significantly reduces the requirements for real-time computing solutions. This new concept of limiting holographic imaging to the Viewing Windows is applicable to direct view (desktop or TV) as well as to projection imaging.

"The next step," adds the company's CEO Mark Thorsen, "will be to finalize consumer product prototypes together with one or more technology partners. We already have a number of promising contacts in this respect."

Dr. Schwerdtner's session, "A New Approach to Electro-Holography for TV and Projection Displays," will take place on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:50 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention Center, room 103. In addition to Dr. Schwerdtner's presentation, SeeReal is also providing compelling visual demonstrations of its technology, at its SID booth #1437-6 in the German Pavilion.

Planar Systems Announces Reseller Agreement with Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging
3D-News Posted: Friday, May 18, 2007 (10:53 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Leica Geosystems to Carry Planar's Next Generation Stereoscopic 3D LCD Monitors

Planar Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in specialty display solutions, announced a reseller agreement with Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Partners, which will carry Planar's stereoscopic 3D LCD monitors. The strength of Leica Geosystems' channel in the geospatial market is a great complement to Planar's technical expertise in 3D and stereo displays. With nearly 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems' products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze and present spatial information. The strategic relationship with Leica Geosystems further supports Planar's corporate strategy to provide unique and innovative products in vertical markets needing specialty display solutions.

Planar currently offers three stereoscopic display products, including the SD1710, SD2020 and SD2320W. The SD line of stereo monitors features Planar's StereoMirror(TM) technology to display superior 3D image quality without compromising user comfort. The stereo view is achieved using a beamsplitter (half-mirror) at a bisecting angle between two premium Planar LCD monitors configured so that the two images appear in the same virtual plane. The user wears lightweight polarized glasses that enable the left eye to view the lower monitor's image and the right eye to view the upper monitor's image. Unlike other stereo 3D products, Planar's StereoMirror technology displays the full-resolution of the monitor in each eye with high stereo contrast, ample brightness, vivid colors and flicker-free comfort. The crisp and clear stereo image can be viewed by multiple users at once, while either standing or sitting.

Planar's SD series of stereo monitors is plug-and-play with Leica Geosystems' software and off-the-shelf graphics cards. It is bright enough to use in normal office lighting and because both eyes see a continuous, full resolution and flicker-free image, the monitor can be used for an entire work shift without discomfort. CRT stereoscopic displays can cause eye strain, headaches, or even nausea from alternately blinking right and left images. Autostereo (glasses-free) displays restrict users, forcing them to position their head in a specific "sweet spot" with no room for movement over extended periods of time while delivering only half or less of the display resolution to each eye. Because Planar's stereo monitors use LCD technology, they are better suited for Leica Geosystems customers than CRT monitors, which use older frame-sequential approach to stereo viewing.

"Leica Geosystems' suite of geospatial analysis software has earned them great respect within the industry and a global customer base for its products," said Scott Robinson, product manager of stereoscopic displays at Planar Systems. "They have distributors in every corner of the world, ensuring that their users have the latest tools they need for their work. Our partnership with Leica Geosystems gives us an avenue to equip end-users with Planar's advanced stereoscopic monitors."

Planar identified the geospatial market as an attractive application for its stereo monitors because photogrammetrists must use stereo to extract 3D information and data from aerial or satellite imagery. Leica Geosystems is a leading provider of software and hardware solutions for the geospatial industry. The agreement is beneficial to both companies by combining Planar's display technology expertise and Leica Geosystems' distribution strength and market knowledge into custom bundles that serve the unique requirements of the geospatial market.

"The partnership with Planar Systems allows our sales force to offer customers a robust stereo viewing environment when replacing CRT-based stereo monitors," said Richard McKay, Vice President, Sales, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging. "Planar Systems' high performance solutions provide our customers with added ease and confidence."

All StereoMirror(TM) monitors and accessories are now available through Planar or Leica Geosystems and come with a one year warranty. Extended and advance replacement warranties are available. For additional information please visit http://www.planar.com/stereomirror and http://gi.leica-geosystems.com

projectiondesign in Multi-Sensory Retail Booth for IBM Italia
3D-News Posted: Friday, May 18, 2007 (10:50 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

A revolutionary concept in multimedia retail design made its debut during Milan Fashion Week in March 2007 - with visual technology from projectiondesign playing a key role. A Multi-Sensory Booth was the brainchild of the global IT giant, IBM. It is intended as a revolutionary new way for retailers to stage promotions, allowing customers to hear, see and even smell new product presentations. To achieve this goal, the Booth uses a combination of stereoscopic 3D video projection, 5.1-channel surround sound, and olfactory systems.

While IBM Italia provided the computing systems for the Booth, additional technology was supplied by AGMultivision (video projection), PFM Multimedia (stereoscopic 3D production) and the Trieste-based retail consultancy M-Cube (scent production). AGMultivision supplied two projectiondesign F20 SXGA projectors. These were used with a Cyviz Viz3D processor to reproduce the stereoscopic effects, and projected onto a 120-inch silver projection screen from Stewart Filmscreen.

"We are very proud that we were able to contribute to such an innovative project using advanced technologies from projectiondesign, whose products we distribute in Italy," comments Anna Dossi, Marketing Manager at AGMultivision. "This was the first time anywhere in the world that a multi-sensory experience has been created using stereoscopic projection combined with sounds and scents."

The 6m by 3m Multi-Sensory Booth was installed on a women's fashion floor at La Rinascente, one of Milan's most prestigious department stores. Visitors to the Booth, who included large numbers of VIPs from the fashion industry as well as ordinary shoppers, were treated to a 1.5-minute stereo 3D video produced by PFM Multimedia, which had earlier recorded the fashion shows of, among others, Alberta Ferretti and Moschino. The clip contained a number of special effects - such as the Moschino logo appearing to come out of the screen - as well as synchronised scents which, for example, allowed the smell of leather to enter the Booth when the video focused on a pair of shoes.

"The concept behind the Multi-Sensory Booth is to offer customers an unforgettable experience by touching their human senses," says Luca Recalcati of IBM Italia. "After the fantastic reaction we received during Milan Fashion Week, we have decided to offer the Booth as part of our IBM product/solution proposition, and will be offering it to customers through our sales force."

Guido Villa, Sales Manager for Southern Europe at projectiondesign, concludes: "The IBM Multi-Sensory Booth is a prime example of how our high-quality, extremely dependable and easy-to-configure projectors can be used in the most demanding and unusual of retail applications. The Booth has demonstrated its effectiveness to hundreds of CEOs from some of the world's leading fashion brands, as well as wowing members of the general public - a tremendous vote of confidence in our technologies."

Bluerock Announced U2 3D Preview Screening at Cannes
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 (7:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

New York-based editorial powerhouse Bluerock announced the 2007 Cannes Film Festival presentation of the film, "U2 3D," billed as the first live-action concert film shot entirely in 3D and starring the renowned Grammy-winning band, U2. The 55-minute preview is intended to garner buzz for the upcoming full-length feature, and will screen at midnight on May 19th at the "Palais des Festivals". Bluerock's Olivier Wicki edited both the preview and the full-length versions of the film in 2D and it was then put through the 3D process. The film is the latest in a long-standing collaboration between Bluerock and U2's Bono.

Bluerock President Ethel Rubinstein praises the film, "Bono and the band set the bar for dynamic performance, and Olivier Wicki used his creative and technical genius to ensure the film portrayed every bit of their awesome talent. We were honored to be chosen as a creative partner."

"U2 3D" documents U2's wildly successful "Vertigo" World tour. Armed with 3D glasses, viewers will now have the opportunity to see U2 in a concert atmosphere without enduring sweaty crowds and high ticket prices. The full-length version of "U2 3D," featuring 15 songs drawn from over 700 hours of footage, will debut in the fall of 2007. The film was directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington and produced by 3ality Digital, Los Angeles.

The entire band worked closely with Wicki on the editing of the concert film, frequenting the Bluerock offices throughout the post-production process. The team also worked together on an effects-driven VMA-nominated U2 music video, "Original Of The Species," also edited by Wicki, and on the musician/activist's ONE.org projects, including the eye-opening PSA "Snap" (edited by Bluerock's David Mester).

Design and effects house Spontaneous, New York, a partner with Bluerock, is also closely involved with "U2 3D." Creative director John Leamy designed the film's opening title sequence, logo and movie poster. Leamy, who was CD for U2's "Original of the Species" music video, edited the "U2 3D" trailer. Spontaneous is also enhancing the 2D tour visuals that were originally designed for "Vertigo," for use in the film's 3D environment.

SMART Theater Network launched its new 6D multi-sensory experience at the National Museum of Science Technology and space in Israel
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2007 (20:37 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

"Hocus Science Focus", another production of SMART Theater Network, is a unique 25 minute sixdimensional show where viewers can not only see the movie, but also experience it through every other sense – sight, smell, sound, touch, motion and above all - interaction. "Hocus Science Focus" takes the viewers behind the scene of magicians, to learn and understand the scientific explanation of all their "magic" and tricks. Scientific subjects such as mathematics, chemistry and physics are experienced in a very fascinating and thrilling way.

Pierre, the ostentatious magician, and Dr. Helen Thompson, the rational scientist, lead the viewers through this puzzling dilemma: do we live in "the magical world of science" or in "the scientific world of magic"?

While doing so, the visitors learn that magic and magicians have been around for a long time, from ancient Egypt to the fakirs in India. But even in ancient times, most tricks were simply based on scientific principles. Many scientific discoveries were quickly utilized by magicians, like the law of connected vessels, the discovery of magnetic forces, and inventions such as light bulbs and cellphones.

Like all Smart Programs, 'Hocus Science Focus' includes original 3D (stereoscopic) footage accompanied by a realistic scent system. It also incorporates an integral interactivity system that allows each visitor to influence the program and participate in a "The Magician's Quiz" trivia game, and the pièce de résistance: the Smart Seats. These seats look like luxury cinema seats, but they have dual motion capability, 3 built in ticklers, a bass shaker, air and water effects and personal speakers.

"Hocus Science Focus" was produced with the academic counseling of the National Museum of Science, Technology and Space in Haifa. Parallel to exhibiting the multi-sensory show in its 6D cinema, the museum has an exposition about the same subject.

GeoScopix Expects to Sell 200 Units in the First Year of Operation, Targeting F.E.M.A., Bureau of Land Management and Army Corps of Engineers
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2007 (20:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

GeoScopix, Inc. announced some of the many applications and target agencies who would be most interested in obtaining the Gator: a patented stereoscopic, GPS-based, handheld digital geographic data manager. The University of Florida holds the patent for the Gator while GeoScopix has the exclusive worldwide rights to its development and manufacturing.

The "Gator" uses a state of the art "stereo" camera system to take high resolution photographs. The 3-D photos can then be used to map relevant details such as elevation, distance, height, width and location. The expected launch date for the Gator is in the third quarter of 2007. Some of the market segments that the Gator is geared towards are disaster recovery, military surveillance, construction, first responders, police, crime scene investigation teams, insurance companies and others. Specific agencies that would find this technology especially useful include the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Homeland Security / FEMA.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has an annual budget of over $40 billion, of which FEMA receives approximately $5 billion (1). The Army Corps of Engineers had a 2006 budget of $4.5 billion and the Bureau of Land Management's annual budget is approximately $10.5 billion. GeoScopix expects to sell at least 200 units in the first year of operation.

Dr. John Alexander, Director of Development for GeoScopix, states, "Originally the Gator was developed for disaster relief. It was created with the intent that first responders could locate damaged property and injured people and send a stereo photograph with details of the exact position back to headquarters. This would allow the disaster management groups to accurately assess the situation and decide what other types of assistance were needed; perhaps medical dispatch, evacuation, or other methods. We also recognize a fantastic deployment opportunity of the Gator for police use in accident reporting and for crime scene investigative reports. The Gator would allow all objects in the viewing field of the picture to be accurately located and mapped and the GPS time feature would allow for a very accurate time stamp identification of the photograph."

Dr. John Alexander heads Research and Development for GeoScopix. A recently retired Distinguished Research Professor from the University of North Florida, Dr. Alexander leads the Electrical Engineers in the technology transfer and manufacturing process. He is also a founder of GeoAge, a geographic information emergency response software development firm and the founder and Director of the Applied Global Systems Lab. He has also done consulting and professional presentations for corporations such as IBM, Motorola and IEEE Computer Society.

Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Installs Third InterSense IS-900 Wireless Motion Tracking System
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2007 (20:28 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

InterSense, Inc. announced its custom-configured, IS-900 wireless motion tracking system has been installed in the 3D Immersive Visualization Total Immersion System (TIS) at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE). This marks the third installation of an IS-900 system within LITE. Founded through a partnership between the State of Louisiana, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the $27 million, 70,000-square-foot LITE Center is the first autonomous data visualization and supercomputing facility in the country, serving industry, government and universities.

Working with Christie Digital Systems' stereoscopic display technology, the IS-900 wireless system enables real-time tracking of users' movements as they interact with the virtual images enveloping them within the 3D Immersive Visualization TIS. The system features the InterSense wireless head tracker, which updates the TIS' visualization software with precise, smooth measurements, as well as a wireless wand input device, which enables the user to navigate through the environment while intuitively interacting with the scene. Christie Digital Systems is one of InterSense's key value-added display technology partners and led the integration of the TIS visual solution.

In order to provide superior performance throughout TIS, the IS-900 ultrasonic emitters are embedded in the display so that they are virtually invisible to the user. This custom configuration of the system provides complete coverage throughout the space, while also ensuring seamless integration of the components into the display. While alternate technologies often yield tracking "dead zones," the IS-900 maintains consistent performance throughout the entire environment.

"The InterSense technology is a tried and proven solution in this industry, and we are delighted the IS-900 wireless system is now part of the TIS. LITE has other immersive visualization venues that also use the IS-900 technology, so this is an exciting addition to our capabilities," stated Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, executive director and chief scientist at LITE and a widely regarded pioneer in Virtual Reality. "The precise real-time tracking offered by InterSense's inertial acoustic system allows us to have one of the most accurate and stable immersive visualization systems available to industry and research today."

"LITE is a one-of-a-kind facility and we are proud to provide an advanced tracking solution to support the data visualization research and development of new business solutions taking place there," stated Mike Donfrancesco, vice president of sales at InterSense. "Dr. Cruz-Neira is a leader in virtual reality technologies and in applying them to solve real-world business problems. We look forward to further supporting her and the LITE team in their cutting-edge research."

As in the LITE, InterSense technology is used in a majority of the world's six-sided immersive display solutions. The company has also installed motion tracking systems within immersive visualization environments at Duke University (The Visroom's "C"), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Beckman Institute Cube) and Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center (C6). Introduced in 1999, InterSense's IS-900 motion tracking product family is an enabling technology used in flight simulation, mission training, oil and gas exploration, 3D visualization and other immersive display applications.

3D Conference in June in the UK
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 (18:28 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The University of Central Lancashire in Preston is hosting a 3D conference on 21st and 22nd of June to examine the impact that 3D immersive environments are having on industry, entertainment and academic life. With the recent installation of Europe's largest educational stereoscopic 3D lecture theatre, The University of Central Lancashire acts as the perfect venue for this two day event.

They have a wide range of confirmed speakers including representatives from Virtalis, Red Star Studios, Elucidate and many more. If you would like to present, exhibit or attend this event as a delegate please contact Laura Padden for more details at LPadden@uclan.ac.uk or have a look at their website at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/iss/3d

John Wayne:'s 'Hondo' to Premiere in Digital 3D in the Cannes Classics Program
3D-News Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2007 (7:26 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Paramount Home Entertainment International (PHEI) and Batjac Productions, Inc. will honor the great John Wayne at the Cannes International Film Festival next month with the premiere of the 1953 classic film Hondo, recently restored in digital 3D. The screening will take place in the week that would have been 'the Duke's' 100th birthday (May 26, 1907). It will be attended by Gretchen Wayne, President and Owner of Batjac Productions, Inc.

The Cannes Classics screening will be the kick-off event for the international launch of Paramount's and Batjac's prestigious collection of John Wayne's classic films including Special Collector's Edition DVDs of Hondo, The High & the Mighty, Island in the Sky and McLintock!, which are new to DVD, as well as True Grit, The Shootist, Hatari, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, In Harm's Way, among others. Other Batjac titles being released internationally for the first time on DVD include 7 Men from Now, Plunder of the Sun, Track of the Cat, Man in the Vault and Ring of Fear.

"The 3D screening of HONDO at Cannes is one of those one-of-a-kind events my late father-in-law would have loved," said Gretchen Wayne. "It has also been very exciting to see the enthusiastic reception his fans are giving the DVDs."

"We are very grateful to Cannes for giving us this opportunity to pay tribute to the legacy and legend of John Wayne in this spectacular way," said Dennis Maguire, President, Paramount Home Entertainment International.

The Hondo restoration and history

Hondo has been meticulously restored and remastered three times by Batjac Productions, Inc. from the original and authentic film elements: first on film for a VHS release, second in a digital format for DVD release and, most recently, in digital 3D for Cannes.

In the early 1990's, Michael Wayne worked with Cinetech to restore the film in preparation for a VHS release in the United States and the UK. More than 10 years later, Paramount required a new digital master for the DVD release. Barry Allen, Paramount's film restoration expert leveraged the work that Michael did and took advantage of emerging digital restoration techniques. After additional color correction work and digital "dirt busting", a crisp and clean new master was created and served as the source for this summer's international DVD release

For the digital 3D version screening at Cannes, Batjac went back to the drawing board and cherry picked the best of all elements, restored and original, to serve as source elements. This work was all consuming in that both the left and right eye needed to be restored. The digital technology process had advanced exponentially since the DVD master, so even better master elements could be created. Processes used were DRS, DVNR, AGR4 and Da Vinci's ACSIII program. The final product will be airing on a traditional white screen and audiences will be viewing the 3D film with white active polarized glasses.

The Man

The man who became the embodiment of the great American western hero was born Marion Robert Morrison 100 years ago in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from U.S.C., which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western The Big Trail, and, although it was a box office failure, the movie showed Wayne's potential.

For the next nine years, Wayne worked in a multitude of B-Westerns and serials in between bit parts in larger features. Wayne's big break came in 1939, when Ford cast him as the Ringo Kid in the adventure Stagecoach. Wayne nearly stole the picture from his more seasoned co-stars, and his career as a box-office superstar began. During his 50 year film career, Wayne played the lead in 142 movies, an as yet unsurpassed record, and was nominated for three Academy Awards®, winning the Best Actor award in 1970 for his performance in True Grit.

Hondo Synopsis

Apache war drums sound an ominous warning for an isolated female rancher and her son. Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a cavalry rider who becomes the designated protector of the strong-willed Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page) as well as a father figure to her boy, Johnny (Lee Aaker). Angie, determinedly awaiting the return of her brutish husband (Leo Gordon), refuses to leave their homestead despite the growing danger from nearby warring Native American tribes. And she finds herself growing more and more enthralled with this stranger, Hondo - a man hardened by experience but still capable of sympathy, kindness and love.

Based on the Louis L'Amour story, "The Gift of the Cochise," Hondo is a Western in the best tradition of the frontier genre. In it, Wayne, who also produced the film, stars as the title character, a hard-bitten half-Indian cavalry scout whose only companion is an ill-tempered dog. With a poetic and exciting script by James Edward Grant, and outstanding performances from a great ensemble cast, the film also features Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness and breathtaking locales. Hondo earned two 1954 Oscar® nominations - a Best Supporting Actress nod for Page in her theatrical debut and one for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story.

'Meant To Be Seen' & Dimension-3 Expo Join Forces
3D-News Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2007 (7:21 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Meant to be Seen (http://www.mtbs3D.com), the first and only Stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) Certification and Advocacy group announces their acceptance as media sponsor for Dimension-3 Expo. Europe's newest stereoscopic 3D conference, taking place on June 5th, 6th, and 7th at Espace des Arts, Chalon-sur-Saône, France, is one of the first conferences of this kind.

Stereoscopic 3D refers to media that displays images with true volumetric depth through the assistance of special screens, monitors, projectors, and glasses.

"Stereo 3D is huge in Europe. Dimension-3 Expo will be having special presentations and discussions about S-3D in video games, film, theme parks – we have a lot to cover," said Stephan Faudeux, General Manager of Dimension-3 Expo.

"In less than two months, we have multiplied our membership several times, and as an advocacy group, it is our responsibility to do all we can to support initiatives like this one. Therefore, we are actively promoting this conference to our members," said Neil Schneider, President & CEO of "Meant to be Seen".

More than promoting, all MTBS registered members qualify for a 20 % discount on conference attendance, and membership is completely free.

Game developers, video game enthusiasts, and all interested parties are encouraged to register for free at http://www.mtbs3D.com. To learn more about Dimension-3 Expo visit their website at http://www.dimension3-expo.com

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