Los Angeles film fans used to have two choices when they wanted to see old-school 70mm film IMAX. There was the Universal CityWalk location and The Bridge, which then became the Rave. Unfortunately, the Rave 18 was recently purchased by Cinemark and that company has “decided to go in a different direction with this auditorium,” according to IMAX. That means the AMC Universal CityWalk is the only 70mm IMAX screen left the movie capital of the world. However, that too will soon change, eventually leaving the city without a film projection IMAX theater. In its place will be a much more advanced laser projection system. Read more below. Read More »
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These days, IMAX doesn’t just mean a giant screen. It means giant sound too. I’ve had multiple occasions to talk to executives for the innovative company and time and time again they stress what makes IMAX special isn’t just the possibility of a larger than life screen. It’s a a sound mix that’s unique, loud and second to none.
IMAX has released a new video that explains a bit of what makes IMAX sound so special, and even got composer Hans Zimmer to talk about it. Check out the video below. Read More »
There are many misconceptions about IMAX. What films are shot in the format? What films are exhibited in the format? Why are some screens certain sizes and others so much smaller? One fact is, with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now in theaters, it’s officially the first time two studio features shot in IMAX have been released in the same year. To mark the occasion, we spoke to Hugh Murray, the SVP of Film Production at IMAX as well as Adam Davis, the Executive Director of Corporate Communications at IMAX, to discuss some of these misconceptions and talk about the innovations and choices being made, both in Catching Fire, and at IMAX in general. Read More »
This weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is going to be the #1 movie at the box office. That’s a fact. The only question is exactly how much it’s going to make. $100 million? $150 million? $200 million? Fans are so rabid about the film, the sky is the limit. And while the majority of that number will be from traditional movie theaters, a percentage will be from IMAX too. In fact, director Francis Lawrence was so insistent Catching Fire be bigger than the original film, he shot the entire Games sequence with IMAX film cameras.
Having now seen the film twice, I can report the IMAX sequence is just under 50 minutes in length. While that’s not the most IMAX footage ever contained in a Hollywood film (Christopher Nolan holds that record with The Dark Knight Rises and its 72 minutes of footage) no feature film has ever had that much footage in a continuous sequence. Read More »
Seriously, Warner Bros., we don’t need any more reasons to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We’re there. Especially in IMAX. Not only will the first part of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy be gorgeous in the giant format, it has the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness attached. Apparently, that wasn’t thought to be enough incentive, because the studio has now announced four character posters that will be given out exclusively to fans who see the film at 12:01 a.m. screenings on December 14. Check them out below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 by David Chen
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Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 by David Chen
Discovery Communications will partner with Sony and IMAX to launch a cable channel that will be the first dedicated 3D TV network, airing 3D content 24/7. A press release announcing the new joint venture explains:
The new 3D network will feature high-quality premium content from genres that are most appealing in 3D, including natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology, motion pictures and children’s programming from Discovery, Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMAX and other third-party providers.
The three companies will have equal stakes in the venture.
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IMAX and Sony Columbia have today announced that the fourth film in their money-spinning Spider-Man franchise will hit both traditional cinema screens and the global network of IMAX theatres on May 5, 2011. Like the IMAX release of Spider-Men 3 and 2 before it, this will be via the up-scaling technology that takes the 35mm master and digitally pumps it up a bit for IMAX screens.
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As IMAX technology has become a more popular filmmaking process over the past few years, we’ve tried to keep up with it as much as we can here at /Film. Just this past week, I wrote about how the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen IMAX experience compares unfavorably with The Dark Knight from last year. I’ve also urged people to see Watchmen in regular format before you check it out in IMAX. On this week’s episode of The Totally Rad Show, /Film friend Dan Trachtenberg opined that the Transformers IMAX experience rendered the action scenes virtually unwatchable. This raised the question for me: With ticket prices already high as they are, is the IMAX experience really worth it?
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