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The 1980s: Jaws meets Freddy in 3D

The 1980s saw another burst of interest by Hollywood in the world of 3D. This time, film studios returned to the earlier anaglyph method, using it to add 3D segments to hit films including the last instalment of Wes Craven's Nightmare On Elm Street series, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Steven Spielberg's shark attack classic got another outing in Jaws 3D.

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But while anaglyph 3D was fine for black-and-white flicks, it wasn't up to the job of reproducing colour blockbusters, and like the so-called 'Golden Era' in the '50s, 3D's 1980s resurgence proved short-lived.

A few 3D movies cropped up over the next two decades, the most notable being Spykids 3-D in 2003, but the jury was out.

Studios realised that technology was the key to making 3D a success – and as far back as the early 1990s, blockbuster movie director James Cameron began working on a project that was to become his 3D masterpiece Avatar.

The 21st century brought about a digital revolution in cinema - and for 3D film fans, the best was yet to come.