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Dial M for Murder and the process of 3-D conversion

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At a time when most studios were turning out schlock to capitalize on the new trend of 3-D, one man managed to use the medium in a way that still stands the test of time.

The master of mystery himself, Alfred Hitchcock, directed “Dial M for Murder” in 1954, and used 3-D to do something different beyond just having images fly out of the screen into the viewers’ faces. Instead, he used 3-D to give the film more depth and draw people in that way. For the first time, the film will now be available to view in 3-D on Blu-ray starting October 9th.

What exactly goes into the process of restoring a 3-D movie and converting it to a new format? Will this be a sign of more classic 3-D movies being transferred to Blu-ray? What will it mean for the film industry?


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