Originally Posted by R Harkness
Are you familiar with the quality of home theater projectors these days, especially with Blu-Ray? I have a JVC RS55 projector and screened the scene you mentioned for guests recently and, despite that they all own flat panels and Blu-Ray players, they were absolutely blown away by the sharpness and detail of the image, and that was at over 9 1/2 wide!
In other words, to a certain degree in home theater these days, you can have both: an immersive image size and incredible vividness and clarity.
I think it speaks also to the abysmal quality of most theatre experiences as well. My closest theater is just sad. And it's a newer theatre. But every screen is dirty. The bulbs are set very dim. The judder is just crazy.
I WANT to be a film fan, but I can't be, because the theatre experience is just abysmal. If I were in Los Angeles, and had access to the best theatres, great, but most of us live in cities with mediocre theatres.
For better or worse, home theater with modern equipment, is almost always a superior experience in every way, save the size of the screen. And quite frankly, viewing a film on a screen 30' wide is not always desirable, much less necessary.