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The DC area debut of Dolby’s Atmos system begins this weekend with the opening of the ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. The soundsystem while already amazing in my opinion, is going to sound even more spectacular, sadly the projection image is something I’m not looking forward to: the last film I saw there, ‘Finding Nemo’ was terrible. A lot of double imaging happened throughout the entire film and the 3D ‘pop’/depth effect was sparse to non-existent. The sound though was tremendous notably in the bass department with the whale sequence and Darla banging on the aquarium which made the whole auditorium shake and rumble to maximum effect.
sorry to disrupt your flow there nick3 – great read by the way, I remember the theater when they were showing their horror movies at the beginning of 1980 – I was too young though to go see movies and the R/unrated flicks that were being shown. I think Lucio Fulci’s ‘Zombie’ was shown here.
question: so if the BTX screen can show a scope film without borders, how did it show ‘Life of Pi’ (which is 1.85) did they crop the top and bottom off? or did the film have side black borders? Is the theater really going to be ready for Dolby Atmos for the first Hobbit film – their own website is not advertising this fact.
I doubt it’s the original screen but there IS a theater space inside the National Museum of Woman in the Arts building – that can present film screenings.
I guess it’s a stretch that either of the two 3D screens will be playing this at 48fps ?
I saw ‘Lord Jim’ and ‘Khartoum’ earlier this year at the AFI Silver and those 70mm prints were outstanding – the former in particular looked nearly mint. Odd that the ‘West Side Story’ screening doesn’t mention if the soundmix is the original 6-track mix that recently got restored. … and damn CBS Home Video for a flawed hidef transfer/bluray release of ‘My Fair Lady’ – maybe since Warner’s just got back the rights to the film, another proper transfer of the original 65mm elements can be done now.
The standalone IMAX-Digital screen will be situated next to the Pole Position indoor race track on the third floor – will be curious in seeing how the height perspective of the screen itself will be integrated.
screen #1 got upgraded to ‘RPX’ for the release of ‘Life of Pi’
I think this is the first AMC in the DC metro area to offer ‘reserved seating’ [thumbs up!]
so it looks like ‘Flight’ will continue it’s run on the BTX screen and NOT ‘SkyFall’ [face palm]
saw a few great movies this last past weekend at the Virginia Film Festival – from what I can tell, this is an all ‘digital’ theater now – only one theater had a problem with a DCP and a DVD screener was shown instead – (ick! and boy was it obvious in terms of resolution). Interestingly, since the new Regal is opening over at the Stonefield Mall – the movies here at the downtown location will all be foreign, indie releases. [Thumbs up!] This is great since the screens tend to be placed high on the walls of the auditoriums, and viewing subtitles unobstructed is non-problematic.
was there this last past weekend for the annual Virginia Film Festival – and it looks like they are attempting to change over to digital: selling t-shirts, tote bags and coffee mugs
so if you saw it in DP, you obviously didn’t see it here at the AFI, personally I wasn’t wow’d by the story or the movie on the whole, but in supporting 70mm releases, sometimes you just got to suck it up and give your money to the cause, and support.
so I saw Disney’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ on the XD screen yesterday – and I was a bit underwhelmed by it, mind you it was great to see this where it supposed to be seen – on the big screen… but. The image I though seemed soft and not as sharp as I hoped since a recent 4K restoration was done on the film (and has been making the rounds to select L.A theaters).
according to their website – the BTX screen is debuting this Friday with ‘Cloud Atlas’ and since AMC did not book this at the Uptown, I’m thinking of trekking out to check out the new screen here.
the 3D systems are Dolby systems – the glasses are thicker and heavier than what I am accustomed to, but the image and 3D pop of ‘Dial M for Murder’ was really really good.
so the screen can change between 1.78/1.85 and 2.35 – with no black borders above or below the image for the latter? That’s too bad the Atmos system won’t be up and running for ‘Chasing Mavericks’ (Oct 26th) – I don’t think I’ve read any news that ‘Skyfall’ will be released in 7.1, let alone remixed in Atmos :( On the plus side ‘Skyfall’ (the entire feature, like the trailer) will be released in 4K DCP
not to digress, but the 7.1 mix for ‘The Lion King’ (on the ETX screen) really DID suck – agree with you there. Even the 7.1 mix of ‘Finding Nemo’ was completely lackluster, my DTS-ES 6.1 DVD of the movie had better surround sound mixing than what I heard on the big screen.
tix are available for a 3D presentation of Hitchcock’s ‘Dial M for Murder’ – thumbs up!
Sunday 10/21 @ 11:00AMWednesday 10/24 @ 7:15PM.
nice theaters, the digital projection of ‘Looper’ was sharp as a tack and looked great. What was odd is that before the movie one of the employees came in and introduced the film and would check the image and sound, well he didn’t stay around for the feature film because the sound notably the dialogue was very very quiet – I couldn’t get up and complain as missing any of the movie would render the plot incomprehensible.
I was personally shocked over the tix price, which for the first (morning) screening of the day was a whopping $12.50 – ouch… If Arclight thinks they can charge that amount (and higher for their evening screenings) for their features at the 2014 opening on the East Coast at the Montgomery Mall Bethesda Maryland location, think again
select Landmark Theaters are also showing this:
ATLANTA, GA: at 9:00pm at the Midtown Art Cinema
BOSTON, MA: at 9:00pm at the Kendall Square Cinema
CHICAGO, IL: at 9:00pm at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema
DENVER, CO: at 9:00pm at the Esquire Theatre
LOS ANGELES, CA: at 9:00pm at the Regent Theatre
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: at 9:00pm at the Lagoon Cinema
SAN DIEGO, CA: at 9:00pm at the Hillcrest Cinemas
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: at 9:00pm
at the Embarcadero Center Cinema
SEATTLE, WA: at 9:00pm at the Harvard Exit Theatre
WASHINGTON, DC: at 9:00pm at the E Street Cinema
any screen can give the ETX screen a run for it’s money IMO, recently ‘Finding Nemo’ in 3D looked terrible. I’m sick of the two projector’s not being correctly aligned. Is the BTX screen a single projector? You should have seen all the speakers if it’s BTX (above the standard surrounds speakers and the one’s in the ceiling) That’s very exciting news!
yes, the print was stunning, but the sound I thought sounded too strident and overly loud at times – all in all though, thank you P.T. Anderson and the Weisteins for actually releasing a ‘new’ movie in 70mm – let’s the floodgates open now [okay it’s a pipedream, but I hope some director’s take note and realize the potential 70mm still has (I want to hear what a modern soundtrack can sound like in five front channel mag sound)]
saw the 1pm screening of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on Screen 1 (hooray!) and in 4K DCP – it was truly amazing – it’s not 70mm, but the transfer team who created the DCP for this Fathom Event left no stone unturned – the clarity, the sharpness, the colors were truly outstanding – I’m still floored by it.
did they upgrade any of the auditoriums to 7.1 audio ? I know that at least one auditorium used to feature 8-channel SDDS.
oh, the theater which is featured on the Faithless ‘Sunday 8pm’ album