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Old 03-01-2012, 03:08 AM   #1
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I'm looking through the Playstation Store on my PS3 to see what 3D content they have and found The Mad Magician starring Vincent Price. You can't rent it; the only option is to buy for $29.99. Thought I would share.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:17 AM   #2
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I'm looking through the Playstation Store on my PS3 to see what 3D content they have and found The Mad Magician starring Vincent Price. You can't rent it; the only option is to buy for $29.99. Thought I would share.
Yep, I'm tempted --
But it doesn't look William Castle-ish enough to get it (if Castle DID do a 3D for Columbia, this would be it, but it isn't), and if I'd spend $29.99 on anything at PS Store, it'd be the Stooges short. And not for $29.99.

A taste of YouTube, though, in the meantime:
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:25 AM   #3
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Interesting. This sounds like an online 3D exclusive for now. I don't see it anywhere else so far. Nice to see an older film converted to 3D.

29.99 is steep for online only. Especially an older classic film. The 3D looks good though...
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:30 AM   #4
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Interesting. This sounds like an online 3D exclusive for now. I don't see it anywhere else so far. Nice to see an older film converted to 3D, if its one of his older films that is.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:24 AM   #5
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Interesting. This sounds like an online 3D exclusive for now. I don't see it anywhere else so far. Nice to see an older film converted to 3D, if its one of his older films that is.
I wish this would come to Blu-Ray. The Mad Magician is not a conversion - it was filmed in 3D back in the day, following the success of Price's House Of Wax.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
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That Stooges short has been on the PS3 for a year or so. The other Stooges 3D short which was supposed to be spooky was for some reason removed from the PS3 Store. I rented TMM and it had good depth and has the fast pop outs that don't register that well. It also had a lot of ghosting on my then Samsung C8000 PDP.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:14 PM   #7
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Yep, I'm tempted --
But it doesn't look William Castle-ish enough to get it (if Castle DID do a 3D for Columbia, this would be it, but it isn't), and if I'd spend $29.99 on anything at PS Store, it'd be the Stooges short. And not for $29.99.

A taste of YouTube, though, in the meantime:
Mad Magician clips in TRUE 3D! - YouTube
William Castle did make a 3D movie for Columbia, but it was a 1953 western called "Fort Ti". One of the Stooges' 3D shorts played on the same bill in theaters.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:38 AM   #8
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The Mad Magician is ok for what it is, Columbia's attempt to re-create Warner Brothers' success with House of Wax with the same star (Vincent Price) and the same gimmick (3-D).Its plot is a bit dull (another Price revenge vehicle, which he did so much better in Theatre of Blood and the two Dr. Phibes films, and this one lacks the color of House of Wax. In fact, the whole film comes across as rather cheap. Still if it were released in Blu Ray 3D, I would probably pick it up for old time's sake.
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I have never downloaded a movie (or game for that matter), but I am doing both today. I wanted the new GODZILLA game for the PS3 (I am not a gamer, but I like Godzilla), and while I was on there I decided to get THE MAD MAGICIAN as well. I've seen it a few times, but never in 3D, so I'm looking forward to seeing what pops (unless my memory is failing, I think I remember cards being thrown at the camera; I draw a blank on other 3D effects).
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It's not a rent it's a buy now and yes i watched that film in 3D two months ago.
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I have never downloaded a movie (or game for that matter), but I am doing both today. I wanted the new GODZILLA game for the PS3 (I am not a gamer, but I like Godzilla), and while I was on there I decided to get THE MAD MAGICIAN as well. I've seen it a few times, but never in 3D, so I'm looking forward to seeing what pops (unless my memory is failing, I think I remember cards being thrown at the camera; I draw a blank on other 3D effects).
How did you like the 3D?
Godzilla the game looks interesting and and nice tribute to Godzilla monsters.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:36 PM   #12
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is it available on the Uk PS3 store?
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is it available on the Uk PS3 store?
I've never been able to find it.

I hate all this download-only nonsense, just release a 3D blu ray and I'll buy it!
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I've never been able to find it.

I hate all this download-only nonsense, just release a 3D blu ray and I'll buy it!
likewise. I would not hesitate to buy it.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:43 PM   #15
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William Castle did make a 3D movie for Columbia, but it was a 1953 western called "Fort Ti". One of the Stooges' 3D shorts played on the same bill in theaters.
He made three. The others were "Jesse James Vs the Daltons", and "Drums of Tahiti".

Too bad they just leave them to languish in obscurity, although there are probably better 3-D films that are equally neglected.
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I was pleasantly surprised when I saw all three of William Castle's 3-D movies projected in authentic double-interlock for polarized viewing at the Expos. Pleasantly surprised in that he was a better filmmaker than I realized, and that even though he made low-budget B movies on the backlot, he took 3-D seriously and applied it with intelligence and skill. The technology was new, but he understood how to use it, and he uses it almost as well as Jack Arnold or Andre de Toth. His 3-D films are well-shot. Castle was first and foremost an entertainer, but to be an entertainer he had to be a good filmmaker. You can see by the films that he respected the 3-D process.

There is no earthly reason why Columbia hasn't issued a box set of the three 3-D films William Castle made for them.
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I was pleasantly surprised when I saw all three of William Castle's 3-D movies projected in authentic double-interlock for polarized viewing at the Expos. Pleasantly surprised in that he was a better filmmaker than I realized, and that even though he made low-budget B movies on the backlot, he took 3-D seriously and applied it with intelligence and skill. The technology was new, but he understood how to use it, and he uses it almost as well as Jack Arnold or Andre de Toth. His 3-D films are well-shot. Castle was first and foremost an entertainer, but to be an entertainer he had to be a good filmmaker. You can see by the films that he respected the 3-D process.

There is no earthly reason why Columbia hasn't issued a box set of the three 3-D films William Castle made for them.
Well, I can't speak for the wider audience, and the movie-buying pubic, but I'd buy it.

Which of the three did you like the best?

How would you rate them next to what vintage 3-D has already been released on blu-ray?
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