Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by the_pauley, May 19, 2005.
Check this out!
Got one of these in my area, so doubly looking forward to 17th of June.
Oh Shuweet! I will go and watch it at the IMAX in London. Never been to the IMAX. It should be awesome!
Just got this reply from The Film Works Manchester:
Is there any where has has a list of where its being shown? Durham City has an IMAX but the onlt they they've shown is Beauty and the Beast and the rest of the time it acts as the towns cinema since the original one was turned into an Aus theme bar
Definitely going to watch this film.
It's showing at the Bristol IMAX on the day of my last exam.
Who needs to go on a bender when I can watch this instead!
I went to Uni with Chris Nolan. He was my best mates very good mate.
He is a massive Star Wars fan, you know!
Never been to an Imax before whats so special about it?
Big screen and 3D!!
3D as in those funny red & blue glasses you have to wear?
No, 3D, look it up on google, the effect is amazing
Not all Imax screenings are 3D. Another part of the Imax experience is the stunning picture quality and the sheer size of the screen that fills the field of vision.
However, the 3D on Imax is stunning. When we went we had cordless electronic glasses that apparently were synchronised to the projector(s).
Best 3D I have ever seen. Real in you lap stuff - literally. People were gasping and ducking - great!
Of course this is only for movies made in 3D. "Batman Begins" is not, but the advantage of seeing it on IMAX is the stunning image quality and the sheer scale of the image. The Imax screen in The Film Works at Manchester is eight stories high!
Apul - where is the Durham IMAX theatre? Never new they had one. I've looked for info on the web but can't find anything do you know of a link?
I thought The Gala was an IMAX, but now i can't find much about it. Although I'm sure it showed The Lion King in IMAX. Anyway, its a massive and curved screen
The gala site is down right now http://www.galadurham.co.uk/ so not much help there then.
The Idea with an Imax screen is that it is larger than your peripheral vision - this can be achieved since the screen is both very wide and very tall. Proper IMAX films are 65/70mm and therefore have vastly more resolution than normal 35mm film
Personally I dont really see the big appeal of watching a 35mm film (or native HD) on an IMAX screen since it will only fill the middle portion of the screen and will have to be blown up to 65/70mm equiv. You might as well go to the Odeon and sit on the front row!
Although I love IMAX I don't think I could bare sitting in one of those theatres for 2 hours. The reason? Not the motion sickness inducingly large screen or incredibly loud sound but the absolutely shocking quality of the seating. Now I'm not sure if this applies to all IMAX theatres but the ones I've been to (Bradford, Kennedy Space Centre, Futuroscope) all had seating with legroom that makes aircraft economy class look roomy. Seriously though, I'm only 5 ft 8 and my knees were killing after seeing 'Ghosts of the Abyss' in Bradford which only lasted an hour. Perhaps if I took a couple of sponges for the knees it might be better?
I know what you mean about the Bradford IMAX, but the Manchester Printworks screen is much better - I've seen "The Matrix Reloaded" and "Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban" there and the impact was amazing. "The Matrix Reloaded" was particularly intense and involving - the bit with Trinity jumping backwards out of the window was like (cliche alert) 'being in the movie'.
On that basis, I can't wait to see old Bats in gigantic, IMAX-o-vision...
Might have to meet you there paul always thought imax was all educational films (and i work in manchester) gee how out of touch am i
Try The Manchester IMAX screen at The Filmworks. Seats are huge and luxurious.
I've seen Hollywood features on IMAX before and the effect is much more profound than sitting in the front row at the Odeon. Quality is superb.
This explains why:
"IMAX digital re-mastering starts by converting a 35mm frame into digital form at very high resolution, capturing all the detail from the original. Our proprietary software mathematically analyses and extracts the important image elements in each frame from the original grainy structure to create a pristine form of the original photography. This is the most complex step in IMAX digital re-mastering.
The image on a 35mm film frame is comprised of a fine grain structure like that of all photographic images. This grain when projected on to the IMAX screen looks like a TV channel that isn't quite tuned to the station. Removing this grain while preserving the quality of the underlying image is the basis of IMAX DMR.
To create the brightness and clarity that audiences have come to expect from The IMAX Experience®, IMAX uses a proprietary computer program to make the images sharper than they were originally, while colors are adjusted for the unique technically superior characteristics of the IMAX screen. The completed re-mastered film is then transferred onto the world's largest film format, 15-perforations 70mm.
IMAX has always delivered incredible six channel multi-speaker sound that helps puts audiences in the picture. IMAX recreates this immersive experience for IMAX DMR. IMAX DMR recreates each film's original soundtrack, adding another sonic dimension to upgrade the original movie soundtrack to IMAX standards."
so essentailly its just fancy de-noising and interpolation - it will look better but wont be able to add more detail just make the existing print look as a good as it could. My point is that you cant really compare 35mm film that has gone through that process to a true 70mm film.
Have you actually seen a film that has undergone this process on an Imax screen? I have seen a few and they looked stunning. A significant notch up on standard showings I had seen.
No one has disputed that a movie purpose shot on 70mm is the ideal. No one is claiming the print will have more detail. All we are saying is that the experience is better than a standard screening.
You say it yourself - "...it will look better..." - which is exactly what myself and others are saying here. So what's the problem?
anyone know what the bristol one is like?
Sounds cool - will check it out!
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