Technology: Grab Your Goggles, 3-D Is Back!

Eye-popping realism gives new life to an old craze

The first three-dimensional-movie craze earned the technology a bad reputation that has lasted for decades. The hundred or so 3-D feature films and short subjects produced between late 1952 and early 1954 rarely rose above the spear-chucking Bwana Devil or the gore-splattered Creature from the Black * Lagoon. But what really killed 3-D in the '50s -- and in subsequent revivals in the '60s, '70s and '80s -- was not so much bad movies as bad 3-D. Even classics like Kiss Me Kate and Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder have effects that when seen in 3-D, tend to pull the eyeballs...

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