STARCHASER: THE LEGEND OF ORIN
1985, 107 min, South Korea/USA, Dir: Steven Hahn

Zygon, the evil overlord of planet Trinia, forces his slaves to mine crystals day in and day out. One day, a young miner named Orin finds a jeweled sword in the rocks and embarks on a mission to restore peace and civility to his planet. Along the way he meets smugglers, robots and a princess who team with Orin to battle Zygon. Released more than 30 years ago, this sci-fi adventure is one of the first full-length animated features made in the 3-D format.


JAWS 3-D
1983, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Joe Alves

The Brody family is back in the third installment of the JAWS series, starring Dennis Quaid and Bess Armstrong. This time out, police chief Brody’s son is all grown up and ready to marry a killer whale biologist when an undersea exhibit opens at the local Sea World resort and a great white shark sneaks in. As Quaid, Armstrong and crew deal with the ensuing havoc, they soon realize the situation is even more dangerous than they thought. The 3-D cinematography gets the audience closer to the action than they’ve ever been, from waterskiing human pyramids to a realistic and terrifying wave of destruction.


SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE
1983, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Lamont Johnson

Forced to land on the plague-ridden planet Terra XI, three women find themselves in the clutches of the evil dictator Overdog (Michael Ironside). Their only hope lies in the hands of the rogue scavenger Wolff (Peter Strauss) and his guide Niki (Molly Ringwald), who face a series of treacherous obstacles on the barren planet. With spectacular special effects and impressive 3-D imagery, this is one of the overlooked gems of the 1980s space opera craze.


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