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the new news regarding the IMAX auditorium conversion is a tad off, if not possibly great, the IMAX ‘coming soon’ banner is up, yet the proposed auditorium has not been finalized. It’s between #1 or 3, as much as I raved about it in my first April 22 post, it better be #3, I actually sent snail mail to corporate, requesting my opinion the IMAX screen be #3.
talking about a mall converting it’s theatre to form new stores, I remember seeing many movies at Pentagon Mall here in the DC area. It had by far the best audio setup, it’s Sony Digital Dynamic Sound system rivalled and superceded, in my opinion, the Uptown theater’s.
on a different subject, I was over at Tyson’s last Friday and the IMAX ‘Coming soon’ banner is up, yet when I asked which auditorium was getting the conversion, the manager stated it was either going to be #1 or 3, I expressed my opinion that it better be #3 – that audiorium’s screen is immense and most ideal.
“My only complaint is that the parking situation is fairly bad.”
bad as in not enough, or bad: unsafe.
there’s no parking garages nearby?
that – in my opinion is a major deterence.
you’re forgetting though 70mm is traditionally 2.20 Films can get as wide as 2.76 Cinemascope films were 2.55 Seeing a re-issue of ‘Ben Hur’ (2.76) at the Uptown theatre here in DC was amazing, watching the curtain unveil the screen, wider, wider, wider… whah!
I have to say Muvico’s website supremely sucks. I thought I had heard Muvico was looking to open a theatre somewhere closer or actually in DC proper. I’d love a theatre similiar to Rosemont’s where all the theatres have 4K Sony digital projection.
Question though: are Hollywood movies that are transferred to IMAX presentations actually remixed to take advantage of the 12-channel configurement? I remember reading somewhere online that the ‘Transformers’ IMAX soundmix was very different from the standard 6-channel mix.
The IMAX systems are 4K Texas Instrument DLP, not Sony LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon). All current DLP’s are 2K, Sony’s systemes are 4K. As I mentioned previousily, ‘Hancock’ was projected in 4K in select theatres that have Sony units, November’s release of ‘Quantum of Solace’ will be the next 4K release. I thought initially IMAX were going to be 6K at least (with the rumored system being two Sony 4K systems outputting 8k resolution), it was surprising to hear from the IMAX rep at the opening of the Hoffman IMAX auditorium it was only 4K. According to an article in American Cinematographer 35mm can actually be 6K in resolution, but due to tweaking of the image to mass produced 35mm print the resolution is greatly reduced.
out of curiosity were the restored prints of Godfather I and II, 35mm or DLP?
I think I was spoiled by seeing ‘Corteo’ live, but this production featured alot of more dancing and less acrobatics – I would have liked more of the former. From the perspective of imagery and sound, the hidef presentation was outstanding, add dramatic camera angles and tight editing – this was topnotch entertainment. [As for the upcoming ‘Rent’ – I sooooo can’t wait!]
well at least there is a September IMAX release, we would have had to have waited til November anyway for Madasgascar 2.
The Hoffman is strangely not listing anything on it’s IMAX screen – what’s up with that??
yes that would be the more ideal way to experience this film.
is the upcoming engagement of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ digital projection or 35mm?
I know Fox had down some 4K restoration/transfers of ‘The Sound of Music’ early on, I’m expecting the eventual bluray to look great. I hope the recently struck 70mm print of ‘West Side Story’ makes it to cities on the East Coast.
As much as I like ‘South Pacific’ (the songs in particular) – I saw a great stage production of it here in DC at Arena Stage – the film isn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be, but the color scheme really irked me. I’m surprised Fox hasn’t restored the Roadshow version for this presentation, that’d be the version I like to see on the big screen.
well AMC didn’t book ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ to any of the three IMAX digital screens, at least it was just announced that ‘Eagle Eye’ is getting released in September from Paramount, let’s hope this go around IMAX digital screens will get this.
‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ has been bounced to next year (July) – shucks!
for awhile they were listing ‘Iron Man’ after it left the Uptown as being a DLP presentation at Mazza, but I never confirmed if that was truly the case though.
Saw ‘Sisterhood’ over at Cinema De Lux in DLP over the weekend and wow, the couple of scenes that took place in Greece – the cinematography was top notch – made me want to go there, more than ‘Mamma Mia!’ did
‘The Dark Crystal’ looked great – the pic seemed overmmatted, the image looked wider than what it’s supposed to be (2.35), but the sound and music score in particular seemed really restrained.
This coming Saturday and Monday’s showing of ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ will be in digital projection – which may or might not be a bad thing. Going to check it out Monday night.
I need to realize that complaining to the manager is always the best route, because one it lets that person know first hand what the problem(s) is/are. He said he’d look into why films weren’t being played back in 5.1 since the auditorium should in fact be decoding it in Dolby Digtial. He said the missing cup holders are replaced regularily since some of the larger sized cups actually pull up/off when the drinks are removed. Not really much of a response to the wearing arm rests, I might have to go one up and complain to corporate. I asked tangentily about future DLP at Mazza, and he gave some rather lame explanation, “certain AMC’s are testing the technology/audience response”, I almost wanted to say, well if you had at least two systems here,you could rotate/book at two films at the same time – it’s not THAT impossible. I didn’t say, well AMC’s relunctance, slow roll out of DLP/LCoS systems isn’t helping one bit, I still have to trek out to National Amusement in Fairfax Virginia to see something in digital, because they have six systems – oh well, time will tell.
Thankfully it was only the first show of the day (a Saturday 11am) for $6 – but regardless, yes, for an auditorium that is supposed to be comfortable and nice, it’s looking ratty – I’d be livid if I had to pay the higher evening ‘Club’ price and I got stuck in one of the seats that had no cup holder.
I should have complained while I was there, but I had to fly out of the movie to meet a friend for lunch. I’ll definately check out THX' website – thanks.
Auditorium #7 is looking worse for wear – plastic cup holders are missing from quite a few chairs, scratch marks on the wooden arm rests are becoming prevailent – the upkeep of the theatre is embarrassing to say the least. ‘The Mummy 3’ looked great (for 35mm) but the sound was terribly lacking – it wasn’t even in 5.1 surround sound, I honestly can’t think of the last film I’ve seen/heard in this auditorium that was 5.1 Dolby Digital sound.
but it’s much more affordable for the studio to convert film to digital, than it is the opposite, film distribution is very costly – the point of installing Digital projection systems was to cut that cost and process out.
As to Kram’s comment, film prints ARE very inconsistent. Compared to digital projection, every imperfection is gone, reel changes, theater indicator dots, random screen length white horizontal lines, grain.
as for the conversion of AMC screens, it’s been slow as molasses. Granted the technology is swaying to 4K, AMC’s very select theatres that feature Sony 4K is non-existent in print and advertising. ‘Hancock’ was screened in 4K, the next supposedly is ‘Quantum of Solace’.
actually the next 70mm film is Ron (Baraka) Fricke’s ‘Samsara’ – coming out in 2009. (It will commercially be released in 35mm, DLP and 70mm)
what? no one wants to comment on the films at the 70mm fest? Other commitments preventing me from trekking cross country to attend this.
It was great to see a nearly sold out audience at ‘Mamma Mia!’ (I wanted to stand up and personally thank the entire crowd from not seeing this over at Mazza – support the independent theatre NOT AMC, that’s my motto). Except for one print flaw, it was a great presentation, scope (2.35) films always look fantastic on the Avalon’s wide screen and the Dolby Digtial soundmix (while not as aggressive as I expected, not the Avalon’s fault more so on the film’s soundmixers creative decision)
hmmm, I was a little miffed. I saw ‘The Muppet Movie’ yesterday, and the print was not OAR (1.85) it was a cropped print.