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Giles commented about Harbor East Cinema on Jul 2, 2008 at 7:22 pm

sorry there, some 11th hour changes between Sony, Landmark and some news over at Film-Tech, ‘Wall-E’ is the digital presentation, ‘Hancock’ in Sony 4K got cancelled for reasons unknown.

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jul 2, 2008 at 7:19 pm

sorry to thread jack this topic but here’s the theatres that are presenting ‘Hancock’ in true 4K resolution/playback on Sony Digital Projection systems:

AMC AMC Plaza Bonita 14 3050 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City, CA 91950

AMC AMC Tyler 16 3375 Tyler Ave., Riverside, CA 92503

AMC AMC Orchards 12 14653 Orchards Pkwy., Westminster, CO 80023

AMC AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 410 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, GA 30040

AMC AMC Highland Village 12 4090 Barton Creek, Highlands Village, TX 75077

Cinemark Cinemark Tinseltown Plano 3800 Dallas Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093

Marcus Majestic Brookfield Theatre 770 North Springdale, Waukesha, WI 53186

Muvico Muvico Rosemont 18 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemount, IL 60018

AMC Yonge Dundas 24 10 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2G9

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jul 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm

unfortunately all the Hollywood fare being converted to IMAX dimensions retains the film’s original aspect ratio – so yes you are going to get black bars above and below the image – not utilizing the whole image – I think the last film that was best experienced on the imax screen that used most of it was ‘The Ant Bully’ and ‘Robots’ for that matter where they had OAR’s of 1.85:1 2:35:1 films really don’t seem all that worth it if you ask me. Since this has been mentioned over on the Uptown theatre thread, I’m surprised AMC hasn’t converted that to digital projection, since Disney accomplished it for the DC premier of ‘The Guardsman’ (curve and all) and then promplty took it down after it’s premier [sad face]. They’d be better off installing a 4K Sony LCoS system since the closest is Landmark Inner Harbour Baltimore and is one up from 2K DLP and (supposedly) less than IMAX DLP.

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Giles commented about Harbor East Cinema on Jul 2, 2008 at 6:39 pm

the current digital presentation of ‘Hancock’ is the only Baltimore/DC area theatre being shown in true 4K DP on the theatre’s one Sony LCoS’s digital system.

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jul 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm

oh great, now I have to trek in a gas gusling car over to Udvar Hazy to see ‘Dark Knight’ – no real prob but since Hoffman is on a metro stop, but oh well, so I’d assume it’ll be Kung Fu Panda then in IMAX digital – I mean what’s the point of opening in July if ‘Dark Knight’ isn’t allowed a the IMAX digital “experience”?

Of the one time I’ve been to the AMC theatre’s in Columbia it was my last – it was by the far the worst filmgoing experience ever, really it was – very very rude teenagers.

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jun 26, 2008 at 3:55 pm

also, I thought the point of IMAX going digital was that more studios would jump on the bandwagon, there seems to be considerable amount of time between ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ (if this does get released in IMAX) and Madagascar 2 – September to November and then after Harry Potter : January to the March release of “Monsters vs. Aliens”

???

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jun 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Dark Knight is IMAX-3D that’s new news to me – I knew Nolan shot some scenes in actual 70mm/IMAX but 3D – mmmmm, I don’t think that’s the case.

I thought ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ was a REAL-D only release.

I think they timed the November IMAX-D theatre openings just right, because with the very small window between Madagascar and The Half Blood Prince – those IMAX screens can show more screenings per day than the IMAX screens at the museums – Udvar Hazy here in the District area might be screwed, suffice to say.

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jun 25, 2008 at 9:03 pm

agh, I can’t stand the fact there’s no edit function on this website…

The first three IMAX screens debuting next month (July) will obviousily feature ‘The Dark Knight’

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jun 25, 2008 at 9:02 pm

according to IMAX’s website: the first three IMAX digital screens are:

AMC Columbia
AMC Hoffman
AMC Potomac Mills

Tyson’s is slated for November in time for “Madagascar 2”

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 25, 2008 at 7:46 pm

It was great to see all the films at the recent Silverdocs festival being shown in DLP in all three auditoriums as such. About 2 percent of the films were actual 35mm prints.

“Totally Awesome 80’s Movies Part 2” open next month through the end of August – and I can’t wait to see ALIENS on the big screen – the last time I saw it theatrically was at the lower level theatres at Mazza Gallerie on their small rinky dink screens (long gone btw)

other films in the series will include:

The Goonies
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
The Breakfast Club
Sixteen Candles
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
Better Off Dead..
One Crazy Summer
The Dark Crystal
Labyrinth
They Live
Can’t Buy Me Love
The Thing
Poltergeist
Flashdance
Videodrome
Videodrome
Dirty Dancing
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Adventures in Babysitting
Aliens
Near Dark

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Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Jun 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm

what does that mean exactly: ‘scorched lens’?

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Giles commented about Moore Warren Theatre on Jun 14, 2008 at 4:48 am

wow! shnazzy – thanks

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Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Jun 14, 2008 at 4:42 am

unlilke the crappy print that Paramount sent of ‘Iron Man’ for it’s engagement at the Uptown, ‘Indy 4’ (which I finally saw this evening) looked much better and sounded fantastic. The cigarette burn/reel changes were also not as noticeable as they were on the ‘Iron Man’ print I saw.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 14, 2008 at 4:38 am

anyone planning on seeing the three showings of ‘Ben Hur’? (I can’t my weekend is unfortunately pretty much booked) Would love to hear how the print looked and sounded

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Giles commented about Moore Warren Theatre on Jun 12, 2008 at 8:53 pm

out of curiosity how large are the screens in the two ‘Grand Auditoriums’?

anyone care to post some pics of the place?

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Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Jun 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Recently saw in the Washington Post that the theatre has switched hands over to being a Regal now. Maybe now we’ll see some of the larger screens there being converted to digital projection.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 2, 2008 at 2:38 pm

oops that meant to say January 2004

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on May 28, 2008 at 7:31 pm

The Silver has also shown in 70mm:

  • Far and Away (January 2003)
  • Days of Thunders (January 2003)
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Giles commented about Aero Theatre on May 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm

okay, someone has to report back here and their impressions on the upcoming 70mm presentations of THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES (May 29), and PATTON (May 30) and STAR! (May 31)

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Giles commented about Paramount Theatre on May 28, 2008 at 7:04 pm

a mini 70mm Film Fest is happening in August showing: BARAKA, VERTIGO, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and 2001.

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Giles commented about Sony to offer HDTV events in movie theaters on May 27, 2008 at 8:38 pm

wonder what tix prices will be like?

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Giles commented about IMAX sells $18 million worth of shares on May 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

DLP hasn’t released the specs for it’s IMAX Digital system, but it would have to exceed 4K at least. Early talks involved Sony and their LCoS systems, two in fact to increase the resolution up to 8K – how DLP accomplishes this, I have no idea.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on May 21, 2008 at 9:17 pm

no that’s just excessive.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on May 21, 2008 at 8:19 pm

technical question – how were 35mm prints actually blown up for their 70mm incarnations? Is it somewhat akin to the new trend of films being DMR’d to IMAX/70mm? Is the intermediate negative sourced? I know that for the recent engagments of ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Jumper’ on DC’s Uptown’s curved screens, the image wasn’t distorted, it was the near decolorization of the 35mm prints that were the issue.

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Giles commented about Plan for Regal, AMC, Cinemark to go all digital on May 20, 2008 at 2:27 pm

that would make sense Robert P. – I’m just glad to finally see that AMC installed a DLP unit at Mazza Galleria – a hop and a jump from my home.