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I saw 2001 A Space Odyssey in 70mm projection at The Music Box Theater in Chicago over the weekend. It looked great overall compared to any other presentation I'd ever seen of the film.I was surprised that the theater was completely full and then sum I'd estimate 800 to 900 people. The other thing that surprised me was the fact that, as I looked around, it appeared that the majority of those in attendance were 20 to 30 somethings. Angela and I were seated in the second row.
It was a new print and had only been run through the projector once the previous day as a test. The previous night they had had problems with the audio and cancelled the showing. The image had much better detail,with colors which were richer and more realistic. Reds,flesh tones the earth looked blue etc. Background detail was particularly improved You could clearly read Parker on the floating pen for example and, of course, text on things had no ringing. Some scenes were so sharp that it was astonishing, others looked no better than my BD at home. There was a bit of debris on the film here and there and the image was not as stable as the BD with gate wobble and the image moving around vibrating quite a bit at times. Additionally, there was obvious color balance differences at reel changes.
Anyway it was a great experience to see this as it was intended to be shown for the first time in my life (I saw it when I was 13 the first time with my parents).