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@ Danny: Does the Solaria Christie Duo™ technology projectors correct the bowing of the image on the edges of the curved screen?
sadly ‘Into the Arctic’ is not one of the better IMAX documentary films – the 3D photography is hit and miss as is the movie itself. $9, the price I saw it at, was four dollars too much if you ask me – twenty bucks… highway robbery
According to an advert I came across online for ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ the theater was outfitted to feature 70mm presentations.
did anyone see ‘Ghostbusters’?? I really want to know if the 70mm print looked any better than the craptastic bluray edition.
I see that the Ziegfeld is showing ‘Tommy’ ‘The Song Remains the Same’ ‘The Last Waltz’ ‘U23D’ ‘Shine a Light’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ – are these 35mm prints or DCP’s?
On Saturday May the 5th – the recent 4K restoration/transfer of ‘Yellow Submarine’ is being shown as well as ‘The Beatles: Last Concert’ on Sunday.
I don’t when they did the change over but all the screens are digital projection now. They still have the audio placards (DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS) but since digital projection audio is LPCM it’s odd they retained them. I asked if any screen featured 7.1 but management said no, which is odd, since Dolby EX can easily been converted to playback 7.1
an Angelika theater in Virginia!!! oh now that’s exciting news. Thumbs up!
wouldn’t the 70mm have the superior soundtrack five across sound (+ mono surrounds), does the ‘digital’ version retain this? (I doubt it)
word was that the 4K DCP (i.e, digital projection) of ‘Singin’ in the Rain' looked and sound amazing at last weekend’s TCM Fest. They also presented the restored ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ in digital (drat! I’d kill to see that on the big screen)
was here today for a screening of ‘Titanic’ (IMAX-Digital 3D) and I have to say the volume level is overpowering and not in a good way. The screen is on the small side, so someone must have thought to ‘up’ the IMAX experience it was necessary to amp the sound – well… it doesn’t help. The auditorium here is too small for the volume to be THIS loud – it’s borderline unacceptable.
this is the complex' largest auditorium?? I remember a larger one downstairs when I saw Spielberg’s “A.I.” (it must have been the single auditorium that was split to become #1 and #2)
Really!! oh now that’s exciting news.
I saw ‘Mirror Mirror’ last Friday as well at Tysons, and like the commercials on TV, the trailers were obscenely loud – the feature though was not (thankfully!), if the sound levels are pre-determined, then AMC has successfully made the trailers as obnoxious as they can be.
I miss 8-SDDS, they were the equivalent as the (6-track) five front channel mixes of pre-1977 70mm films – since DCI specs can allow 16 channels of sound and some of those are implemented for Auro3D sound features – there is nothing stopping the resurrection of five front channel sound (fingers crossed).
the ‘Lawrence’ re-release is to coincide with the bluray release (street date TBA but rumoured later this year).
As for ‘Hello, Dolly!’ – I thought this second presentation I saw looked better, in terms of color. although there is still an abrupt odd cut in the opening store scene between Barnaby and Cornelius.
I agree I thought the sound seemed a bit off, notably the surrounds being rather non-present. I also thought the treble from the front speakers was a tad too bright at times. In terms of the audio, Todd-AO sound and most 6-track sound at the time was five front channels plus mono surround, so yes, the music and dialogue has a wide directional presense.
I saw ‘Wrath’ (in IMAX) last Friday morning I thought it was an excellent presentation. Some of the trailers conveyed that the film was 2.35, but I was pleasantly surprised that the film filled the entire 1.78 IMAX screen (although for one scene, when the Chimera’s tail jutts towards the viewer’s face the image was framed at 2.35). According to guest services, the theater’s sixteen screens are now ‘all digital’
the marque now states the theater will reopen in the Fall (2012) as a Jazz/Blues music venue – I think they’d also might want to branch out and include other musical genres as well – it actually might work.
that’s too bad about your experience and it seems to be very prevailent problem – the dual projector and the projectionist(s) don’t know how to calibrate it right when they keep switching from 2D to 3D features. The Barco (single projector) systems over at the Egyptian ‘XD’ and ‘Xtreme’ screens (at Rave Fairfax) are top notch and consistently display flawless digital projection (dark inky blacks notably). AMC should have gone with the Christie Solaria systems that are single projectors – the dual systems have nothing been a problem here on the ETX screen from day one. Proper masking?? you’re never going to get that on any of the speciality large screens – even in IMAX (15/70 and digital) any and all scope films will have black borders above and below the image.
well aptly John Carter didn’t last that long here, ‘Hunger Games’ opens 12am tonight.
@bigjoe: the Seattle Cinerama, the Ziegfeld – Baltimore’s Senator used to be until the recent news of the updates and adding a second screen.
The theatre is one the first to feature ‘Auro-3D’ 11.1 channel sound – I’m assuming it’s on the ETX screen – anyone care to verify.
this theatre is one of the first theaters to feature ‘Auro-3D’ 11.1 sound
given ‘John Carter’ is a scope (2.35) film, wide screen movies always look great and suitable on the Uptown screen – no black borders above and below the movie as on an IMAX (or IMAX-lite) screen.
Screen 9 is now the second auditorium to be converted to an “Xtreme” screen
oh and if DCP is to succeed, pre-1977 70mm and 8-channel SDDS films can (and should) be archived with the five front channel sound for historical purposes. DCP specs already have the left/center, right/center channels of sound in place, but nothing has been encoded/output as such… yet. Two films in the Film Forum’s showcase are ‘West Side Story’ and ‘2001’ where the soundtrack is superior just for the simple fact the 70mm/6-track sound has five channels of sound coming from behind the screen.
I noticed that in yesterday’s Post that ‘John Carter’ is being presented in both 2D and 3D – an Uptown first, giving it’s patron’s a choice in which visual version to see/pay for.
I’m pretty sure that what Landmark E Street and Bow Tie Reston are showing are DCP’s. E Street has the Capital Classic series and Reston (as well as other Bow Tie theaters) has the Cine Classic series (and Reston is all digital now)
It’d be utter cool, if Cinemark could show the recent DCP 4K restoration of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ on the XD screen – maybe before the Fall bluray release. Oh and thanks for the Godfather II update MovieTix86