The 3-D film process has been one of the main areas of development since the Lumiere Brothers first made the film artform popular at the end of the 19th-century. There have been various booms for the 3-D format over the years, including periods in the 1950s, 1970s, and early-21st-century. The Guardian reports the early 1950s were the first period when 3-D movies were produced and distributed around the world.
1. “Dial M for Murder”
The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock had a difficult time producing “Dial M for Murder” back in the early 1950s. Hitchcock decided to film the movie in 3-D but would later say the two strip 3-D filming process was a nine-day wonder he arrived at on a ninth day. Hitchcock’s movie would be released in a few cinemas in its 3-D format but receive an international release in a traditional 2-D format before a rerelease was completed in three dimensions in the early 1980s.
Martin Scorsese made a foray into the 3-D sector in 2011 and brought a little prestige to a film production process struggling to stay alive. The movie tells the story of 12-year-old Hugo who finds himself living in a Paris train station after a series of tragic events in his life. Unlike many other 3-D movies, director Scorsese concentrates as much on the human aspect of the story as he does on the use of the innovative process.
Empire classes this 2013 blockbuster as the best 3-D movie ever made based on the work of director Alfonso Cuaron. Astronaut Sandra Bullock has a very bad day in space after setting out on a spacewalk alongside colleague, George Clooney. The main use of 3-D comes in with the scenes in space where Bullock is left floating in debris after the disaster takes place. Much like “Hugo” in 2011, the movie proved a success because of the story being told alongside the special effects.
4. “The Walk”
Not as well known as many other 3-D movies, “The Walk” was released in 2015 as the latest craze for movies in three dimensions was drawing to a close. Telling the true story of the tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1973 by French street performer Philippe Petit, the film was praised for the special effects during the wire walking scenes.
5. “The Creature From The Black Lagoon”
Perhaps the greatest horror movie from the first wave of 3-D, “The Creature From The Black Lagoon” was created specifically to take advantage of the new technology. Released in 1954, the monster was designed to have a number of angles and jutting angles to take full advantage of 3-D.