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the 3D wasn’t that great, nor the whole color scheme of the movie but it was the soundmix of ‘Clash of the Titans’ on the XD screen that took center stage… again. The music score was unmemorable but the sound effects had a tremendous amount of auditory power. Notably during the end Kraken destruction scene and inside Medusa’s lair.
so… can someone here check out ‘Kick Ass’ on the EXT screen and report back with their thoughts on the system? I’d really like know what other theatres in the AMC chain, corporate wants to convert
saw ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ today in XD and when compared to the Sony 4K presentation I saw last Saturday – it blew it out of the water. The image was brighter, which the manager stated happens when they show 3D movies in XD – to compensate for the glasses darkening the image they readjust and boost the light output. Not only was the picture a marvel (in 2K no less) – I could see a ton of visual information like scales on Toothless and individual hairs on the neck and arms of Hiccups’s father, but the sound was amazing – I heard sound effects I hadn’t initially heard (apparently there are six speakers behind the screen). The sound is superior to the IMAX setup clearly from the fact that there are 16 speakers along the sides and back of the auditorium, as compared to only two speakers in IMAX configured auditoriums. On the whole, the XD presentation of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ had a lot of ‘wow’ moments that the Sony 4K did not effectively convey. Definately worth my time and 14 bucks – major thumbs up!
the screen is most definately NOT the same size as Hoffman’s – it’s larger.
As for the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ color scheme – I’m sure it was the fact that the film’s many sequences come of as monochromatic as designated by the film’s Director of Photography and director Tim Burton, hence why the colours don’t really have a pop, it’s sharp, but not as a dynamic colour range.
From what I’ve read about ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ – the IMAX versions have been reframed to 1.44 and 1.78 for IMAX Digital thus utlizing the whole screen.
yeah this needs another opinion on the matter, I don’t want to be touting something that aint so… you know what I’m saying… :)
so I made it out to the theate this morning, and wow, I was very, VERY impressed. The first trailer ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ (3D) was stunning – I uttered an audible “whoah!”. ‘Alice in Wonderland’s image filled all the of the 1.78 framed screen. The sound on the other hand seemed too bombastic at times, very very aggressive and alot of bass, I’d be curious to know if any of the adjoining theatres blocks out the sound. I’ve only been to Hoffman’s IMAX-lite screen and Tysons easily blows that theatre out of the water. I’d say it’s the same size or even larger than King of Prussia’s (PA) IMAX screen
well… looking at the chains website:
CineBistro’s look pretty swanky.
Screen 12 recently upgraded to Digital 3D projection (Sony 4K) with the recent opening of ‘Alice in Wonderland’
again, I don’t know why I attend this theatre – I had a free tix and it was the closest Regal near home. ‘Shutter Island’, the movie, was good, but the sound was not being processed in digital 5.1 but analog 4-channel sound – ugh and again… the exit signs which I awear were made for the visually impaired ruined all the dark scenes in the movie – this a major problem.
Screen 2 and 10 are “side masked” and display scope (2.35) films to great effect.
apparently, the IMAX system was not working on Friday morning, all the screenings were cancelled in order to fix the problem.
I watched the Channel 50 doc over the weekend – and I was impressed with the planned renovation, question though: it’d seem though like the dinner theatre aspect could change depending on the show – like at the State Theatre in Arlington – half seating, and open floor nearer to the stage – right? And with a black tie event already planned for it’s August 2010 opening – wow, that’s kind of quick – I didn’t think the renovation was that far in it’s process. It’s great to see music venues beginning to preliforate in and around the DC area, with the Howard and Fillmore (in Silver Spring)opening in Summer 2011 (the planned ‘new’ date)
a shout out that PLAYTIME in 70mm will be presented twice next month – the 20th (7pm) and the 21st (5pm)
actually I forgot to mention that with the addition of the IMAX-Digital screen, the complex will now have four 3D screens, one DLP screen (#6) two Sony LCoS 4K systems (10 & 12) and Texas Instruments IMAX digital setup (3)
I’ve never been to the Columbia IMAX screen, but when to compared to Hoffman’s – yes, it’s alot larger (in height), by alot. Supposedly the two auditoriums behind the concession stand mirror each other, but in my mind, the one to the left(and immediately to the right) (#3) seems larger to me. Of the movies I’ve seen there: ‘Casino Royale’ ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ and the aforementioned ‘Zathura’ – all the presentations have been stellar, 5.1 soundmixes have been thunderous and agressive, and the sheer size of the screen is uttely amazing and immersive.
and… drum roll please… the auditorim that got the upgrade … [oh I’m so excited to state this] … #3..
refer to my post, fourth one down from the top. This screen is massive, for once AMC does something right (after my numerous letters to them over this matter). Oh I can’t WAIT to see ‘Alice in Wonderland’!
but the million dollar question is which auditorium it is – if it’s not one of the largest screens – AMC is truly truly stupid.
ah….. 1977, I remember seeing ‘Star Wars’ at least 7 times during it’s run at the Uptown – good times!
well yes it was on the first floor with an entrance direct to the outside. Now to explain where it was – if you were to be standing in the open air parking lot that was inbetween the mall and the Circuit City (which is no longer there) the theatres were right there, it’s now a Thai restaurant (or has been) the long hall way that was close to Lords and Taylors.
I haven’t seen a THX trailer before a movie in any of the auditoriums as of lately. Yes, before ‘Avatar’ – the brief Sony logo was displayed. Auditorium #2 is the one directly behind the concession stand – the screen is comparible to both 1 and 4, there might be more seats in 4, but it’s equally a “large” auditorium – the screen is closer which is helpful when viewing a 3D movie.
Sidemasking screens are auditoriums 1,2 and 4. 3,5,6,7 are not
Question: how long DID ‘Caligula’ play at the Georgetown?? – it seemed at least a couple of years
as I saw ‘Avatar’ 3D here today, I can say the screen features side masking – in that when projecting 2.35 widescreen films the screen’s sides extend horizonately – something alot of Regal theatres and AMC’s Tyson’s screen are not configured to do. Since Sony 4K systems tout more luminence over 2K DLP, this film benefitted greatly, the glasses didn’t darken the image and the digital sound was thunderous and intense – this was definately the superior presentation than the first time I saw the film at Regal Carousel Mall in Syracuse New York.
really? that’s really wide – however, how would a 1.85 film look? I’m definately going to see ‘Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland’ at the Majestic since it’s a non-scope film and it would take up more of the whole wall (with no screen ‘top and bottom’ decreasing)
CinemarkFan – you asked about theatres that do side masking – i.e, extending the screen’s sides – I saw ‘Avatar 3D’ again at Mazza and the screens opens horizontally to reveal a scope (2.35) film
question what is the aspect ratio of ‘Avatar’ on the XD screen, some have noted it’s similiar to IMAX’s 1.78:1
what is the dimension of the XD screen anyway?
is XD 2K digital projection or 4K?
MPol: uh, ‘The Dark Knight’ was not shot or projected in 3D – it was though shot in IMAX for select scenes but I assume you know that fact