guardians of the galaxy vol 2 imax

The best way to experience Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is probably in IMAX. Filmmaker James Gunn designed a good portion of the movie to include an expanded aspect ratio. In those sequences, the picture expands to fill the full IMAX screen, allowing moviegoers to see 26% more of the image than standard theaters. IMAX has given us a featurette to exclusively premiere which demonstrates the aspect ratio difference. So if you’re not sure if you should see the film in IMAX, hit the jump and watch the video to see the IMAX difference.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 IMAX Ratio Featurette

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says the following about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 IMAX release:

“I think IMAX is just a completely immersive viewing experience. I think that there is a real value to going to see a movie in a cinema surrounded by other people, but to do that it’s got to be within a theater where it really is worth it to go see it. Some of the movie is in to 2:40:1 aspect ratio which is a thinner aspect ratio and then we open up to a much fuller aspect ratio and we kind of go back and forth throughout the movie between these two aspect ratios. It creates a pretty fun feeling in the viewer to go from smaller to bigger depending on what the scene calls. You have the slow kind of quiet parts then you have the big loud parts and then it gets slow and quiet again and I think this translates perfectly to an IMAX aspect ratio shifting experience. We have elements where it breaks the screen, which we did it once or twice in the first movie. We did a few more times in this movie. You need to go see a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a place like an IMAX theater  where you can experience something completely different than you can at home because you’re going to get the biggest experience.”
I really enjoy the full-screen IMAX experience especially when a filmmaker plans for it with whole sequences and not just shots. I have not seen the film yet on an IMAX screen but from what I’ve heard, approximately 40 minutes (about a third of the movie) is presented in the IMAX 1:9:1 aspect ratio, which is substantial.
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