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Old 08-10-2016, 03:27 AM   #1
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South Korea Lady in Dream (1968) [No 3D Blu-ray]

Apparently, in 2013, the Korean Film Archive re-discovered elements of their country's earliest 3D movies and began the process of scanning and restoring them. A Man of Great Strength: Im Ggyeok-jeong and Lady in Dream, were both released in Korean cinemas in color scope 3D in January 1968. The former was first, but the latter is of greater significance because it was made by director Im Kwon-taek, who is a legend in Korea with currently 102 film directorial credits and still active today. It seems that Lady in Dream was also created with stereo sound, which no longer survives. Cinematographer Jang Seok-jun, who passed in 1980 with an equally long list of credits and Korean film awards, was responsible for the 3D photography of both, and from what I can gather, shot five total 3D films during the 60s and 70s. None of them are available on DVD or Blu-ray.

Here are links to a couple of interviews with the Korean Film Archive, very crudely translated by Google. Part 1 details the history of Koreas first 3D films, and Part 2 details the plot and use of 3D in Lady in Dream, providing unrestored screen captures.
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Video is available of Lady in Dream's film print here:

It is difficult to assess the current quality of the elements and their restoration status due to the language barrier. However, if you go to each movie's page at the KMDB, you can see that a "Digi-Betacam" exists for both films, made from a dupe negative and release print. You can also find 100 B&W stills from the set of each movie (Lady in Dream, A Man of Great Strength). The KMDB site claims to have original negatives for The Devil and the Beauty (1969) and Hong Kil-dong (1976) (site has trailer). Jijiharu's Black Sun (1971) may not be in their possession.

Lady in Dream is a combo gangster crime drama and supernatural horror movie. Here is the plot synopsis:
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Spies murder a wealthy industrialist and his daughter in order to claim their estate, only to be haunted into confessing their crime by the daughter's vengeful ghost.
Given that it was shot by acclaimed filmmakers and the KMDB site seems so interested in it, I bet it is quite entertaining and would be very keen to see it and the rest of these features in 3D if they are ever made available.

Here are selected film print pictures from their interview (click the "Part 2" link above to see the rest):
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(Same train tracks as in Memories of Murder (2003), no?)
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From the stills gallery:
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Whoa! Nice detective work.
Thanks so much for posting this information, BleedOrange11.

I had no idea these Korean 3-D films existed.

Money burns a hole in my pocket for these 3-D films.
Let's hope someone releases them on blu-ray sooner rather later.
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I vaguely remember Chris Condon saying something about the Stereovision lenses he had sent to Korea. And the projection lenses. Do you know if these films were shot with Stereovision lenses?
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I don't know. They do offer this picture, if that helps. The article suggests that the camera may come from Russia (nothing about lenses).

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Again -- whoa!

I haven't seen a 35mm 3-D camera like that before. Those are 35mm magazines each one behind a lens twin-mounted on a single camera body. The bar with the turnstile and a knob is probably to adjust convergence. It's not a Stereovision rig, but it's infinitely more interesting.
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For completeness sake, the KMDB lists more Silver Age 3D, apart from Ape.

A 1979 animated super hero feature, Taekwon Boy White Eagle, available on 2D DVD, potentially made from a similar process as Starchaser

Also Festival of Fear (1986) (lists original negatives)

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That camera design fascinates me. There's no beam-splitter or mirror. It's more compact than either the Duning or the Norling, the American cameras which were three times the size. I wish we could see how the claw and shutter mechanisms are placed inside the housing.
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The article seems to discuss their trouble building a custom lens for the projector to play back the 3D, but I can't make much sense of it.

I'd love to see these movies get some help with restoration and distribution. Funding and awareness are probably the biggest issues holding them back. Lady in Dream especially looks like it could be right up Criterion's alley. Too bad they don't have its original negatives. Would restoration from a dupe negative give comparable results as long as the film isn't destroyed by vinegar syndrome or other methods?

A Man of Great Strength says that it is available as VOD from the KMDB website, but I couldn't find it upon searching. They have countless old Korean movies available in full for free as "VOD" on their YouTube channel.

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A Man of Great Strength 3D camera rig:
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1968 classic 3D, thanks for all of the details BleedOrange.
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That Festival of Fear device looks a heckuva lot like Optimax III, but not identical. Note the fact that the left-eye lens is lower than the right-eye lens.
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