I got this one
from Amazon just yesterday. The cool thing about it is that, according to the producer, over 70% of the photos taken during the Civil War in the US were stereograms. The technique was invented in 1838, and had become very popular by the time of the Civil War. Using a stereopticon, an individual can view the resulting photos in 3D; but two people cannot view the same stereo photo card at the same time in 3D (unless there are multiple cards, that is).
I've seen a lot of the photos that are on this first volume of stereographs, but as 2D photos. The composition of most of them makes little sense as flat images. But to see them, now, as the original stereo photos they were meant to be shows that the composition was very deliberate on the part of the photographers, and works only if you have depth instead of mere breadth and height!
I don't know how successful the producer will be with his first disc. The production values are kind of Windows Movie Maker, but in 3D. There is a music track with many, many cuts. Occasional sound effects are added, and (scratches head) in a couple of the photos they add animated lightning flashes.
Anyway, overall the experience is interesting. I didn't expect a presentation of still images to be exactly cinematic, anyhow.
The best thing about Stereographs: 3D Portals To The Past Episode One: Photographs From The American Civil War Era Volume One In 3D
is that more than one person can don their 3D glasses, and study the images simultaneously, which leads to discussion and contemplation of the pictures. And the producer has included complete Library of Congress reference material, so if you wanted to you could find the same images online, and print them out to view with your own personal stereopticon.
Of course, Glenn Bonat has already applied his Photoshop or GIMP skills to the original downloads and restored them to a better appearance where necessary and possible. Clearly a lot of research and work has gone into this attempt. I hope he is able to continue producing these so that I can buy Vol. 2 eventually.
This seems to be more an academic undertaking than something a person has done hoping to sell a million copies of it. It would be an excellent addition to the history department of a university or high school. The technology for viewing might be a little pricey.
There is a glitch with the main menu that allows you to select to play all or to select chapters. On my machine (the one of my two 3D Bluray players that I've tried it on, anyway) that menu plays for three seconds before reloading. It could be a write glitch from burning the BRD, I guess. I can work around it by being very quick of thumb.
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