Movie magic to leave home for?
posted by Michael Zoldessy on May 28, 2012 at 7:46 am
The Wall Street Journal reported that some new technology has been rolling out lately that could widen the gap between the theatre and home viewing experiences. Dolby will be testing out its Atmos audio system with Pixar’s “Brave” this summer and “The Hobbit” will be the first film to be presented at 48 frames per second, a new digital high point.
I think making the movie going experience better than the home theatre experience is great. However, all the new technologies will be wasted if the audiences do not learn how behave any better. I am tired going to the movies and being subjected to cell phones going off, people looking at their cell phones, and people talking to each other explaining the movie or commenting on the movie as it progesses. They talk in a “stage whisper” that they think no one else hears. I have stared at people and even finally told a few to keep their comments to themselves. And they look at you as if you are doing something wrong. There is no one around to complain to, and when you finally walk from “Theatre 18” to the lobby you have missed a good part of the movie and that’s only if you are able to find someone to complain to right away. Moviegoing isn’t what it used to be and it’s not all just in the presentation. People are not what they used to be either. For this reason the comfort and silence of my own home theatre is less frustrating and more enjoyable. So until audience behavior improves, that is where I will see most of the movies. In addition if you are not into crashes, explosions, or superheros, what movie choices do you have anymore? Give me the good old “smart comedies” of years ago or the dramas with an interesting story and more than an ounce of intelligence.
I’m looking forward in knowing what theaters have upgraded to the new Dolby Atmos system. As for HFR (high frame rate) movies, Regal is upgrading all it’s 3D projectors to be able to playback movies as such. Cinemark’s XD screens will also see the upgrade.