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speaking of ‘Lawrence’ it is rather interesting that the AFI will be showing it in 70mm and the 4K DCP – while the 4K has discrete surround, the original mix is five front channel + mono surrounds. Very strange that ‘Cleopatra’ didn’t have surround sound, since the bluray does. I didn’t bother seeing the restored ‘Cleopatra’ over at Landmark Bethesda since they screened it on the small screen (auditorium #1) – I might check it out here though.
from the museum’s website: “The Bullock Museum features Austin’s premiere IMAX Theatre. This 400-seat, state-of-the-art theatre uses innovative IMAX technology to create the ultimate film experience.
Unlike many IMAX theatres, ours is equipped with an IMAX projector that has both 2-D and 3-D capabilities. The Theatre can also show special films on a movie-quality 35mm projector.” The audio system is comprised of 44 speakers.
what’s very unfortunate, well in not only that 65mm still yields the highest resolution over “4K digital”, is that the five front channel soundmixes (prior to 1979 70mm 6-track: three front, two surrounds, plus bass) aren’t retained as such in DCP form – until studios start archiving the sound elements properly in DCP form (which does account and accommodate left/center and right/center channels), 70mm films/mag sound will always be superior.
more specs: Christie (4K) projectors, 7.1 surround sound on all screens, digital 3D as well.
yes, the theater does have 4K digital projection.
another facebook message/confirmation is that playback can be projected 4K. Here’s also a link to the mini 70mm film fest that also makes mention to the Silver’s new DCP system: http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2013/p62/70mmspectacularpart2.aspx#sound
since this isn’t mentioned in the theater overview outside of the AFI Silver, the National Gallery can nearly screen every type of “film” presentation (except 70mm): 35mm, 16mm, HD-Cam, DCP, digibeta
question: does anyone know what DCP unit/projector is being used for the digital projected films? I shot them a message via facebook awhile back and have never received a response [how rude!] While I won’t go into the esoteric films mentioned in the latest ‘Summer 2013’ guide – two DCP presentations stand out: ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’ – which for anyone who’s seen Criterion’s bluray is beyond stunning. ‘Glory’ which I assume is from the recent 4K scan is having a Washington premier on Sunday Sept. 15 with an introduction by director Ed Zwick.
actually I shot the Silver a facebook message regarding future DCP presentations and they gave a response saying – it will begin as soon as next month. (I, of course, forgot to ask if they will be able to project 4K content).
‘Jedi’ would be cool in 70mm, but I’m thinking that it’s 35mm. Lucasfilms I seriously doubt would let them screen the film from projected bluray and the Silver can’t (as I understand it) show actual DCP’s. That has to change though, since the major studios are now threatening all new movies in 35mm will cease as of 2014. I saw ‘Lifeforce’ last year and I haven’t heard a 70mm feature THAT loud – the tremendous ending and notably the ending with the crescendo of music was hair raising and simply jaw dropping – don’t miss it this time Jodar!
oh so close, well apparently the internet article I read was off by two feet in regards to the width and height of the IMAX-D screen – tsk, tsk, tsk. Am curious in checking this out the next time I visit family in Syracuse. How much of a separation is there between the IMAX auditorium and the RPX one? – I know that at AMC Tysons, since the IMAX-D and the ETX screen share a wall (or there’s a inner hallway between the two), there is very minor sound bleeding of low frequency bass I noted during ‘Man of Steel’
I remember seeing ‘The Mutilator’ and ‘CHUD’ here, two really awful 80’s horror movies. Oh and ‘Flashdance’
The IMAX-D screen is 70ft wide by 38ft tall.
as much as I am critical about the digital projector/inconsistent sound levels here at AMC Tysons and specifically on the ETX screen; I thought ‘Man of Steel’ was by far the best the system has had to offer. Sound levels were appropriately loud and forceful (not migrane inducing as ‘A Good Day to Die Hard, or 'The Hobbit’ for that matter) and while not as nuanced as ‘Oblivion’s soundmix, the Atmos mix had a ton of energy. The 3D displayed no ghosting. And while the critics have been rather savage to the film, I on the other hand was quite entertained by it. The script maybe a tad flawed and vapid, but Snyder’s action set pieces are dynamic and exciting. In regards to Brandywine Maryland’s Xscape plex, the reclining seats are great, but what I saw there the other day didn’t really have me wanting to go their on a regular basis – it has minor problems of it’s own.
I saw ‘Fast and Furious 6’ on screen 8 this afternoon, and for the most part it was a decent presentation. Interestingly the 2.35 image was moved up to take up the upper part of the screen, not in the center as most 1.85 fixed screens usually do. But… the lighting from the stairs at the lower front of the screen bounce up back onto the screen, so not only was there a light ‘light’ source in the lower black border but when ever there was a predominantly dark scene the flaw was even more obvious. Management said they’d look into the problem and see if it could be fixed. The 5.1 audio mix, while bombastic really didn’t complement or really show off the 10.2 audio system, I barely heard ANY overhead sound effects. On the plus side I love the seats, talk about comfortable, I could have fallen asleep in them. I also love the fact that there were only around three trailers NOT like Regal’s mind numbing twenty minutes worth of trailers. The DLP system for those interested is a Christie projector.
a mini Spielberg retrospect is happening this month Friday and Saturday late night with digital DCP’s of Jaws, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, E.T … and Close Encounters (director’s cut ) in 35mm (!!! awesome!)
saw ‘Renoir’ on screen 1 last night via the new Christie DLP digital projector and it both looked and sounded fantastic. Great brightness, color and the lossless audio complimented and brought out the best of what digital projection can do with a film that is actually shot in 35mm. Technical note: screen one’s projector is upgradable to playback 4K DCP’s and supposedly set up to also feature 7.1 audio (although I wasn’t able to hear ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ which did play on screen 1, but was bumped to screen 2 for this week). Screen 2 projector is also a Christie projector; a Solaria One to be exact.
I’d see ‘After Earth’ but not IMAX – 4K DCP’s are being distributed so any projectors out there like the Sony one’s at most AMC’s seem more than suitable. I got to the Udvar Hazy an hour and 15 minutes BEFORE the 7:15pm showing on last Monday and one, I didn’t have to pay the parking (cough ‘rip off’) and obviously the first in line – I was no need or rush to see it in it’s first three days of release. You now have me wanting to check out the Xscape plex in Brandywine
to be fair (or negative in this case) the Atmos mix of Iron Man 3 was nothing to rave about in the first place. I gather Atmos' rollout is planned on variants that I am not aware of, but I’d expect the Xscape might happen here. More Regal Atmos upgrades are happening in the coming months and Bow Tie Reston’s is supposedly still happening.
interesting about the differing sound mix, I didn’t even bother seeing/hearing it in Atmos here – since I wanted to check out the IMAX shot scenes in an actual 15/70 venue (i.e, Udvar Hazy). Would like to see ST:ID again, in 3D, but more than likely be down at the National History Museum (which starts a week from today).
actually the Coate playdate story (on in70mm.com) states the Jenifer, not the Cinema played ‘Return of the Jedi’ (which is correct since that’s where I remember seeing it at)
“After an extensive renovation, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema reopens Friday, May 3 with a number of brand new, modern amenities including the addition of a full-service bar, luxury reserved seating in each auditorium, RealD 3D projection and an expanded concession menu. Each of the eight auditoriums features crystal clear projection and sound systems. They have also been outfitted with new plush, leather-like chairs designed to provide maximum comfort to patrons. Plus, the theatre has installed a new digital system that will provide a satellite feed for domestic and international performances. Seating in each auditorium is now entirely reserved, whether customers purchase tickets online, print at home or buy them at the box office.
“The minute one approaches the theatre they will see our stunning new marquee and quickly realize the attention to detail this theatre received. We begin a new chapter at Bethesda Row and will continue to provide the best movie experience in town,” said Landmark Theatres' CEO and President Ted Mundorff.
The theatre was remodeled from top to bottom to give it a renewed sense of style and contemporary feel. From the new, fully digital box office with specially lit LED screens featuring films and show times to high end wall coverings and oversized lounge-style seating in the bar, every aspect was designed to meet the demands of today’s discerning customers. As you go down the escalator, there is a shimmering screen over the lobby with glistening crystals. The brand new bar will feature a wide variety of beer, wine and liquor including many local brews and film-themed cocktails."
just the clarify the iPic theaters are opening up at Mid Pike Plaza (where the Toys R Us is) for some reason I was thinking White Flint ‘mall’. I’ve seen NO construction on the complex where the Silverspot cinemas are supposed to be. In terms of the Arclight there will be 16 screens and hopefully like the La Jolla theater have a specialty ‘wide-screen’ auditorium with Dolby Atmos sound(fingers crossed). As of February this year, there’s this new story and web video simulation of how the theater and the new food court will look: http://rockville.patch.com/articles/montgomery-mall-unveils-video-simulation-of-new-cinema-food-court
so the theater space is up and running again – for live music this time. (wonder how long it will stay open?)
as far as I know the new iPic theaters are still on track for over at Mid Pike Plaza (where the Toys R Us is) and I still have no idea if the Silverspot Cinemas are still being constructed (and specifically where – supposedly by the DSW shoes/Hamburger Hamlet area of Old Georgetown Road) AND… the Arclight theaters over at Montgomery Mall. I wonder if AMC is willing to keep this open with eminent stiff competition of at least two of the theaters opening in 2014-15 – time will tell – these auditoriums are so antiquated, I’m surprised they have stayed open this long. The long standing rumor that While Flint Mall might be razed, this might not be around – maybe Cinemark will rise out of the ashes and construct a theater with a gargantuan ‘XD’ screen and obliterate the competition (har har)