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In the Phoenix area, I hadn't been to the Harkins IMAX since the second Batman movie, because I found the picture just too dark and the sound just too loud. Yet at the Harkins Cine Capri the picture and sound were top notch all the way!
On vacation in LA for a bit, so went to the AMC Burbank IMAX presenting "The Hobbit" in 48p & 3D & Dolby Atmos. Keep in mind the digital regular theater video is converted by a special process for use in the IMAX theater. Also, my understanding is that "The Hobbit" is the first feature film mixedfor Dolby Atmos.
Watching a few "previews" of 3D blu rays already out, they looked quite nice, with Avatar 3D really standing out! Plenty of brightness,brightness clearly not an issue.
Then, a special Star Trek "Into Darkness" preview - a nine minute clip. Looked phenomenal, the video 3D was amazing! And the sound was amazing as well. Web research later revealed that this past weekend the IMAX theaters showing "The Hobbit" also showed this Star Trek preview, AND that this entire nine minute 3D clip was shot with IMAX cameras.
Alas, "The Hobbit" picture and sound were mostly disappointing. Sound too loud, so any benefits of Dolby Atmos far outweighed by its being SO LOUD! Picture seemed bright enough but all too often I could tell the fakery of the sets and objects used. Is this due to the 48p frame rate? I suspect this is primarily due to the IMAX conversion.
Once I'm back in Phoenix, I'll go see "The Hobbit" 3d 48p at the Harkins Cine Capri, or other theater there that its playing at, and see how it fares there. A friend really liked it there.