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Sometimes The Kinotech Blog makes a difference in the world.
It’s not like I’m rescuing cats out of trees or saving children in India, but a recent response to a Blog post pulled at the heartstrings.
Friend of the Blog, Lawrence Kaufman, who happens to be President of the National Stereographic Association, told a fine gentleman by the name of Steve Gibson that on Day 10 of 30 Days of 3D, I had recommended all my loyal readers to sit down with a copy of “Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy” before dying in the Rapture.
The good news is the Rapture never came and nobody died.
The great news is that Steve, who happens to be the legendary director of “Hard Candy” has decided to locate all the parts of the film – he’s just located an IP – to prepare it for rerelease. Especially great news when you consider that this month marks the 35th anniversary of the filming of “Hard Candy.”
Steve does caution, “I hate to get anyone’s hopes up about a possible re-release just yet….because I’m still short a couple of sound tracks.” He adds, ” I’m thinking about a hi-def transfer because film labs are getting scarce. Unlike standard def, Blu-ray makes my old anaglyph almost watchable.”
Now the Blog may not be directly responsible for this development, but the timing was impeccable (he decided to look for the elements just after Day 10 was posted), and I like think I had a role (which I really didn’t).
In the meantime, he’s also on the search for a distributor for “Jumpin’ Jack Slash 3D,” which looks to be a great homage to his earlier films.
It’s important not to blow off soft-core porn and slasher films from the 70’s and 80’s as aberrations in the world of 3D cinema. These films and their content are just as important as films about giant blue cat-like creatures and talking toys are today. Such films from Gibson and others kept the 3D cinema genre alive during this period and are reflective upon the times in which they were made. They’re as important in the history of cinema as any Corman or blaxploitation flick.
Many collegiate courses in cinema believe so and often include these films in their curricula. In fact, this year, the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa held a public screening of another Gibson classic, 1977’s “Disco Dolls in Hot Skin,” for Valentine’s Day. Lots of relationships were saved that night.
So it seems the Blog isn’t the only one making a difference. So is Steve Gibson, one 3D film at a time.