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One night only: Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder in 3D

Dial M for Murder (1954) trailer

It’s dial R for Reading Cinemas this erev Halloween when they screen Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder in 3D!

By the time Hitchcock got around to shooting in 3D, the fad had already run its course. Hitchcock didn’t think much of the process, calling it “a nine-day wonder, and I came in on the ninth day.” His modest claim notwithstanding, it’s a safe bet you’ll be bowled over by his stunning use of depth as a narrative tool.

The film received a limited 3D release in 1954, with most of the exhibition chains opting to run it as a “flattie.” It wasn’t until 1980 that Dial M was given its first wide release in 2-strip 3D. The version showing at Reading is the newly restored DCP (Digital Cinema Package, the digital equivalent of a 35mm film print).

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