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This best not be happening. All movies in CT will sound like ‘Peabody’ in Auro!
I have a solution for side-masked screens. Install 5 speakers behind the screen. The AFI Silver does this. Just route front left and right to the far left and right for scope, route the two to front left center and front right center for flat. Same goes for the height channels in Auro.
I’ve gotten used to eating in the dark. The worst part is getting the check. Total distraction, but I do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Hey, Giles. I too was pissed about “Mr. Peabody” not filling up the screen and I even thought the sound was off-putting. I have a theory that the left and right fronts were covered by the masking, as auditorium 11 uses side masking. For the record, Turbo was a better-sounding film, and Ender’s Game uses Auro to its advantage. Those films were in scope, filled up the screen, and very robust (aside from the rattle issue in Ender’s Game). Let’s hope Amazing Spider-Man 2 is better.
Have you ever went out of the theater for a refund once the film has started? That just happened to me today. Not only the place was packed with noisy kids, you could see the pixel grid, fluctuating noise, and muffled sound. Will Ferrell’s voice panning from center to front right noticed a signifcant drop in quality and intelligability. Any sound expert knows that the front stage speakers should have equality in tonality, projection and color. This place is a living joke and I chose it because shows for The Lego Movie were sold out in Alamo and Cobb.
It’s going to be grueling for cinemas still using 35mm.
I’m starting to hate IMAX right now. I’ve always wanted to see a film in Empire 1 for its Dolby Atmos THX 56kw sound system, during a trip to the UK, and now I’ll never get the chance to do so. The IMPACT screen should resemble no more than an ETX or RPX screen here in the US, big screen without masking. :(
This area now has 100% reserved seating, with no surcharge says Cobb Theaters. I did notice a $0.25 surcharge for my matinee ticket when I went to see ENDER’S GAME in auditorium #11. The film was presented in Auro 11.1, a premium sound format at a regular price in this theater. But the best thing about it compared to IMAX/RPX/ETX… There is MASKING! Very inventive use of the sounds, this actually takes advantage of the format more so than TURBO did. Just one complaint, there was a rattling effect during a large portion of the low-frequency moments. Annoying, but a pleasant experience. Auro 11.1 is nowhere near as good as Dolby Atmos.
Well THAT just sucks.
GRAVITY was awesome on the RPX screen in Dolby Atmos. The entire sound mix enveloped me into this world I thought I’d never be in. It was an experience in itself. The 3D that was post-converted was really good, it almost helped the story. Although PACIFIC RIM rocked here, GRAVITY made this theater a favorite.
It looks like this place now has three screens with Dolby Atmos installed, including the RPX screen. All three are showing Insidious: Chapter 2 as of 9/14/2013.
This will forever be the theater that Mike and Jay went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in HFR 3D on the UltraScreen and had an unpleasant experience. I guess none of you will get that unless you’ve watched Half in the Bag.
What better way to examine the Silver’s new DCP system than a screening of the 4K restoration of Lawrence of Arabia? I caught yesterday afternoon’s screening in screen #1. First of all the picture was rock steady. Steadier than the 70mm presentations of 2001 and The Master. The DCP is identical to the Blu-ray in that it used the same amazing master, but the DCP gained that resolution to create a grid-less picture. There certainly was less resolution than 70mm, but the digital restoration was just too marvelous.
A few complaints. The new DCP system is sketchy at the moment. There is slight keystoning towards the upper part of the image. The masking was first set to 2.35, but the picture was pillarboxed to 2.20 so the unused junk on the left and right sides was illuminated. Finally 90 minutes in, the side masking set to 2.20, and although if you look closely you can still see some of the black junk but it was reduced. Thank heavens. The douser was also open during the overture and entr'acte which contain a black screen while the douser should be closed during those moments. At least the curtains were used.
The sound was on the reverberating, wet side. Dialogue had an echo and was almost unintelligible. Thanks to the Art Deco stylized room that is screen #1, the modern screens 2 and 3 are acoustically superior to the technically superior screen 1.
Once the DCP system is at full speed, then the Silver will be totally versatile and even more amazing.
I know about this place because I pass by it on my many trips to New York.
Man, they should’ve bought Ziegfeld.
Laser projection along with Dolby Atmos sound? That is going to be SWEET!
The sound in at least one of their auditoriums was upgraded to Auro 11.1 sound and premiered in this theatre along with the Village 12 in Leesburg, VA yesterday with “The Croods.”
This venue just recently had Barco’s Auro 11.1 sound system installed in one of their theaters. It’s showing “The Croods” in 2D, which I don’t know why not in 3D.
I went to see “Oz The Great and Powerful” in #11. Previously I saw “A Good Day to Die Hard” in the same auditorium. That presentation was shrill, loud, and plainly unacceptable. This presentation was much, much better. It seems like AMC took criticism and re-EQ’d the auditorium, or the sound mix wasn’t awful. Sadly, the two projectors were not aligned, as it looked blurry with a smudge on the screen left-off-center. Bass was multi-dimensional, sounds were discernible, all thanks to Dolby Atmos. The Atmos ‘woods’ trailer really shows off the power of the system. So great sound, okay picture.
So I saw “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in their IMAX auditorium. Wow, this place sure has changed since a went there to see “Dr. Seuss' The Lorax” earlier this year. The picture is clearer (and its not just the HFR), the sound is much, much more robust. I actually enjoyed the IMAX proprietary sound system for the movie more than I enjoyed the JBL system/Dolby 7.1 mix of the film at Cobb Village 12, and it’s usually the other way around. The right projector still had the same issue, it showed a few frames of black momentarily that all you see in the right eye of the polarized glasses was nothing whereas the left eye had the image. Can’t believe they didn’t look over that.
The HFR was different and hip. It did look like a new HDTV, but perhaps the greatest HDTV ever with the greatest luminance control of the IMAX 3D system and no artifacts in the motion as it was natively shot in 48fps. Sure it looked cheesy at times (“Blunt the Knives”), but the CGI blended pretty well. People should look back at the LOTR trilogy if they call the CGI in this film fake. ‘The Hobbit’ shows us how much can be improved in ten years. Gollum looks more real and emotive than ever. I also don’t want HFR to take over the cinema industry and milk the technology as with 3D. I want 24fps to still be a viable option available in the future.
The movie itself was boring, so we left two hours in. I had already seen the full film in 2D back in Cobb. I don’t think I can make another showing so no Atmos show for me. Think I’m going to wait until “A Good Day to Die Hard” or “Star Trek Into Darkness” as my first Atmos film. Oh and the preview for ‘Star Trek’ was fantastic. It looked soft at first, but once it got to the IMAX sequence all was better, though the constant alternating aspect ratios later on became comical.
Yes I just called this theatre and no it won’t be shown in HFR or Atmos. Me no like. The GM said it was almost ready for Atmos and they haven’t upgraded to HFR at the time I spoke to the General Manager.
“Life of Pi” can assure old-timers that digital cinematography can be as beautiful as film. I’m not putting one format better than the other. It’s more spiritual than Hugo and Avatar, and it made me reflect on life. This is THE place around NYC to see that movie, other than Ziegfeld which is actually in NYC. (No I haven’t seen it yet at the Ziegfeld)
Moviebuff82, a part of me is sad to hear that because it grew up with the THX brand being known for greatness, but another part of me could care less. Most movie theaters in the New York area suck now with a few exceptions (Ziegfeld, Garden State, Lincoln Square) but I’ve never been to Clifton Commons and might like to visit there one day. THX means nothing to me anymore, as there are thousands of Blu-ray movies that look and sound excellent and are not THX-certified, same with movie theaters. I once went to AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 just for the THX certification and it was HORRIBLE. The movie started 40 minutes late and we eventually left the place 10 minutes into the movie once it started. Learned a lesson that day. Eventually that place lost its THX certification.
Now for the good non-THX theaters the ETX in Garden State Plaza where I saw “Life of Pi” can give most THX auditoriums a run for their money. The ETX trailer they played before the film reminded me of the power THX can, or used to have. Fortunately for me I can relive THX and “Amazing Life” anytime at my home theater.
Came back from “Life of Pi” in 3D on the ETX screen (#3). Being a Dolby Atmos location for “Brave” (it no longer says this location is with Atmos on Dolby’s website, but it is still set up for the system) and “Life of Pi” being an Atmos film, this might be the place to see it in. Atmos wasn’t advertised, and the film was presented in at least 7.1.
And wow, what a place to see a movie. It’s everything the Tyson’s Corner 16 in McLean, VA wishes to be but isn’t. This is the superior theater. The ETX setup has two Sony 4K projectors (which at first I thought it wasn’t enough for a big screen like these types of theaters but produced outstanding pictures and clarity) in dual-projector mode for 3D. The sound was also massive and sometimes pushes the chairs. The seats were comfy, but a bit squeaky. Going to visit again someday.
I don’t go to the ETX in Tyson’s often. The only times I’ve watched a movie on that screen were Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Lion King (3D reissue), both in 2011. The former surprised me with the unadvertised feature of Dolby 7.1, and even though Michael Bay films are too loud usually, it didn’t sound awful and pretty much rocked the house! The latter filled up the entire screen with its 1.78:1 aspect ratio and was pretty clear, even though the DCP was in 2K making fuzzy images a given when blown up to a giant screen, and the 7.1 remix sucked.
But back to the Bow-Tie, I forgot to mention that the BTX has yet installed ceiling speakers for Atmos. I haven’t asked the GM about what type of projector setup the auditorium has. Unlike the ETX, the screen is enhanced for scope films, so the full aspect ratio of the Bond trailer fit the screen. It is expected to be ready by November, to be opening with Skyfall.