Originally Posted by coolrda
And you expect a director to say anything different when we’re talking money?
I have about 1500 movies and 80 percent or more are 2.35-2.40. I have maybe 15-20 VAR’s. Still, as I mentioned above, I’m covered both ways. I can show any movie full height in any AR. That includes IMAX 1.90 and the Netflix/BBC 2.00AR. I’ll take my 2.40 image over IMAX any day They can keep their extra 26 percent of meaningless gimmickry. Where’s the 26 percent IMAX cut off the top of most of their VAR movies when shown in IMAX Digital?
It is true you can show any movie in its full AR on any other AR screen. The studios can on the same token pack any AR movie into any AR container. Those are facts we all agree to I think.
Now comes the question of what is the most common AR for a screen and what is the most common AR for the container. Disregard what we personally like or dislike and if the director wants to play around changing AR throughout the movie. Facts are most HT projectors and all TV’s are in a 16:9 AR and all content is made to fit inside a 16:9 container. They don’t have to fill that container but that’s the shape of it.
Disregard if you think IMAX1.89 is really LieMAX and if you feel the 26% more image is important or not.
Just conceder the simple premise of just two movie as an example or comparison and disregard if you like the movies or the director for a moment.
Two movies that were shown and filmed in a way that allowed them to be released in both scope theaters and LieMAX theaters for people that liked one way or the other or had access to one or the other. One movie was Avatar and the other say Sully. When it came time to put them on BD one director said I like the LieMAX version it will fit on a BD just fine the other director said I like the scope look I’m going to throw away 26% of the movie and replace it with black. His thought process (maybe) is if I release the other 26% I will be condemning my scope movie to be Flat movie in peoples homes. He had to know it would mostly be shown on TV sets and wasn’t going to get wider than the width of the TV. The only exception is going to be .00001% of the BD buyers that were going to take it home and process it and A-lens or zoom it having a CIH screen. The other 99.99999% are going to fit it into a 16:9 screen of some type. The ironic part of it is the .00001% could do just what they were doing anyways and instead of throwing away the 26% that is black and zooming or A-lens-ing they could just eliminate the LieMAX part.
I even think with BD technology it could be as simple as a selection on the main menu to select Scope / LieMAX and let the BD player strip the 26% if you don’t want it.
Maybe it is a gimmick, Scope was invented in the 1950 also as a gimmick and it worked and stuck around. Just like people loved going to Scope theaters they are loving going to LieMAX theaters and watching the exact same movie with the extra 26%.
You can fit any image into your scope screen, correct, but if you are not moving your seating closer you are not getting LieMAX levels of immersion.