Originally Posted by talon95
I did see this at the KC Barrywoods AMC Prime a couple of days ago. A few comments,
1) They did at least partially fix the red light issue from when I saw the Martian there in October. Still some in the bottom corners, but it wasn't nearly as distracting. I generally didn't notice it unless I looked for it.
2) The picture was great as Scott said in his review, although I didn't find it to be as compelling as the Martian. Maybe it's just the difference in how the movies are shot/postprocessed/etc..., but the image looked more, I guess I'll say, "normal" to me.
3) Sound was excellent. Agree 100% with Scott's review here.
The red light at my prime is awful, but they did adjust it some it may seem. I think our Prime's projector is out of focus... or there is something goofy going on. The image at the top is even, at the bottom it is bowed... is that how it's supposed to be?
I saw the martian at the Prime as well.
I was disappointed by the contrast levels in the dark scenes (like the opening sequence/ night time attack on the village).
A couple of scenes that stood out was when the First Order launched the giant laser @ Hosnian Prime... it looked gorgeous.
In bright scenes the black levels were amazing.
When the Star Killer base planet exploded, it was insanely bright & beautiful. The sucking in of the sun beams looked particularly good as well, & things like lights on displays throughout the film.
To get back to The Force Awakens - - My experience is that it gets better with each viewing.
Same here... I feel bad for those of you who couldn't get into it. I do understand the re-hash complaint... but I feel like in the long term... this film will fit in with the Original Trilogy Saga & will be fun to view in sequence. I thought this film was superior to Return of the Jedi... with the exception of the space battle of Endor & perhaps the drama of Luke & Vader @ the end.
Originally Posted by neveralone777
I have now seen TFA at the Airbus IMAX Theater with Laser projection in 3D and AMC Prime 2D near Atlanta, GA. They both offered a spectacular way to watch a movie away from home. Long story short I liked AMC Prime a lot more. If IMAX with laser had been in 2D it would have been a closer comparison. IMAX was very immersive and like they advertise it does really feel like you are a part of the movie and not just watching it. The screen filled my entire field of view and offered a different experience than Prime. The picture quality was very good but it just wasn't sharp the way I wanted it. For me it was a bit blurry and colors did not pop. It had the cleanest sound loud sound I have ever heard in a theater. It was crystal clear and loud without being the slightest bit forward. Unfortunately the LFE was just not there, and I mean not there at all. We waited an hour and thirty minutes in line before entering and got seats almost dead center.
Prime with reserved seating was a huge plus, having our seats waiting for us when we were ready. The seats were fantastic with powered recliners. I am 6'3" and could extend my legs out as far as I could stretch almost laying down without touching anything in front of me, nice! The picture was the best I've seen, super bright and punchy, excellent details and great blacks. The sound was also the best I've experienced although could be too forward for some. It was much more powerful and punchy with the help of built in subs in the seats. The intensity of most scenes were really increased with the LFE I was craving. The screen was large but felt lacking in size after IMAX and I would like a bit bigger screen with Prime. Another small nit-picky complaint, there is a piece of glass that acts as a railing above where your feet are. It is reflective and at times I found light reflecting off it a bit distracting.
Seeing a film as fun as Star Wars in two awesome theaters was a joy to see and experience. If you can get to an AMC Prime theater make the trip it is definitely worth it. It is going to be hard to watch a movie anywhere else after these experiences. Finally, although I liked Prime better, there was one scene filmed with an IMAX camera which was awesome to see. With more scenes filmed in IMAX I would probably lean more towards this being my favorite.
Thanks so much for the comparison... I was really curious to see how IMAX Laser would compare.
I saw it in Standard IMAX 3D... the image was fantastic but the sound was waaaaaay too quiet!
Would you say IMAX laser 3D was substantially brighter than standard IMAX 3D?
I preferred the 3D version more... seeing that up close shot of the Star Destroyer for a moment just standing still... the 3D there was intense & very realistic. Also the laser shot that Kylo Ren froze @ the start... that was awesome seeing them walk past it.
I saw force Awakens at 3 locations:
AMC Prime... best brights & black levels
ICON theater 3D (chicago)... best sound... INSANE bass levels, but the screen a little small for my liking (especially for the 25 $ price!). The 3D was as good quality (bright image) as IMAX but due to the size I preferred IMAX in that regard.
IMAX 3D... very quiet...but the 3D was fantastic