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This one is getting the full IMAX DMR treatment and is coming out the same day as the normal version.

Considering my IMAX theater is right across the street from the local multiplex and only cost a few dollars more, it's a no brainer for me.

I actually want to see this in the theaters, as opposed to the last two which I was too embarassed to go to as a single adult male.

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Yikes. I saw "Matrix Reloaded" on IMAX and it was really too much - not not sure full scale movies work that big with that much sound.

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I saw Revolutions IMAX and enjoyed it thoroughly. On top of that my IMAX is one of the only ones that has "kickers" under the seat, so it made for a fun experience.

As far as the sound goes, it wasn't any louder than the regular theater. My multiplex blasts it anyways (I've complained to them about that) so that you can't hear the theaters next door.

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Will it be in its OAR of 2.35:1, or screwed up like the Star Wars blowups?

I've heard their DMR upconversion technique described as nothing more than edge enhancement to the extreme.

If I wanted to watch an IMAX film, I'd watch a real IMAX film shot in their giant 70mm stock with uncompressed 24 bit digital surround sound.

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Revolutions was OAR, and I thought it looked great. So go watch in your multiplex.

The thing I like about IMAX is that they care about their presentation. Whenever I go to my local multiplex there is usually something wrong.

So I'll spring the extra $3 and go IMAX.

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This will be a major event and I'm sure, the same AR as the 35mm version. It would cost a collossal amount of money to shoot a feature length film in IMAX and add the complex CGI. Without a doubt it would be the most expensive movie ever made. For now the DMR "blowups" will have to do.

Try to sit in the center towards the back. I am usually up in front for 35mm but these 100 foot wide IMAX screens are overwhelming. To avoid neck strain and appreciate the grandeur of the experience, remember my advice to sit in the back rows toward the center. IMAX isn't perfect and DMR isn't perfect, but the experience is extraordinary.
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Both EPISODE I and APOLLO 13 were cropped for IMAX, which is nothing more than a mortal sin. :( Hopefully Potter will be done like RELOADED and REVOLUTIONS. I saw neither, but friends of mine did and they said the image was very good.

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AFAIK HP is planned OAR. If not I won't go.

I'll fire off an email to IMAX and see what's up.

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IMAX is way better than a typical multiplex for 35mm screenings. Seats are comfy, no giant heads blocking your view, all the technical details carefully attended and reasonably priced concessions. Doesn't cost any more than the 60's era hovel they call a multiplex across the street from me either.
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Instead of noise reduced blowups why can't the studios produce a real IMAX film?
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Instead of noise reduced blowups why can't the studios produce a real IMAX film?
Larry Davis already answered this question above.

Shooting an effects-heavy movie like this in IMAX would exponentially increase the already bloated budget. IMAX cameras are more expensive, they use more film, and all CGI would have to be rendered at a much higher resolution. Additionally, the IMAX cameras and lenses are larger than traditional 35mm equipment. The filmmakers would be restricted in what types of shots they could accomplish and what locations they could shoot in.

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It's all doable. The effort would be on the screen. We just need a Speilberg or a Cameron to do it.
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Why does it have to be effects heavy (the bain of today's summer fare)?

Disney's Black Stallion prequel is full length and shot with IMAX cameras, and doesn't rely on lots of SFX shots.

I was absolutely blown away by the IMAX film SFX. The recreation of Star Wars O.T. space scenes with giant, super detailed spaceship models and state-of-the-art motion control rigs (no CGI renderings) and the IMAX cameras were out of this world and so much better than any of the computer cartoony crap in the Star Wars prequels.

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Why does it have to be effects heavy (the bain of today's summer fare)?

Disney's Black Stallion prequel is full length and shot with IMAX cameras, and doesn't rely on lots of SFX shots.

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I was going to say something along those lines... what is needed for IMAX is a David Lean type epic with good acting, a great story and spectacular locations. Basically the type of outdoor documentary that IMAX does anyway, with a plot.

Or heck, imagine what even a movie like Cliffhanger would have been like in IMAX! People might have been losing their lunch, myself included... :D

(Yes, I mean over the aerial shots, not Stallone's acting.)

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Imax got back to me- Yes, Azkaban will be OAR.

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When you can carry up and use an IMAX projector to the peak of Everest, don't try to tell us how the cameras limit possible location shoots.

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There are doubtlessly too few IMAX theaters to return the investment on a really expensive film made expressly for the format.

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When you can carry up and use an IMAX projector to the peak of Everest, don't try to tell us how the cameras limit possible location shoots.
The cameras, lenses, and film are all large and bulky. You can haul them up to the top of Everest if you are really determined to, but try shooting a two-person conversation scene in a small room and you'll run into problems.

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I don't think two people in a room talking would be a good scene in an IMAX film.
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I don't think two people in a room talking would be a good scene in an IMAX film.
What if the two people were Halle Berry and Salma Hayek naked?? It could be called "My Dinner With Salma Hayek And Halle Berry Naked."

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What if the two people were Halle Berry and Salma Hayek naked?? It could be called "My Dinner With Salma Hayek And Halle Berry Naked."
OK, I reverse my previous statement. I'd go see that movie on IMAX!

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Why does it have to be effects heavy (the bain of today's summer fare)?

Disney's Black Stallion prequel is full length and shot with IMAX cameras, and doesn't rely on lots of SFX shots.

I was absolutely blown away by the IMAX film SFX. The recreation of Star Wars O.T. space scenes with giant, super detailed spaceship models and state-of-the-art motion control rigs (no CGI renderings) and the IMAX cameras were out of this world and so much better than any of the computer cartoony crap in the Star Wars prequels.

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It has all those effects because it's a fantasy movie involving wizards, magic, creatures that don't exist in the real world and locations that don't exist and could never be built in any cost effective fashion.

As far as taking a a camera to Mt. Everest, that is a feat that required the camera to be caried in several pieces on the backs of several people. However, this is nothing compared to maneuvering a camera the size of a dishwasher across a model for an effects shot. Also, in a narrow, low passageway, the camera is almost impossible to move when it's full of your 5 lead actors (or worse, a large gaggle of kids in wizard-wear) and the crew that goes along with the equipment.

Finally, there's an old expression in the movie business: don't make a movie using kids or animals - the production goes twice as long and you burn film on retakes. Burning 35mm film is expensive enough, imagine take #18 on 70mm.
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Fred, Get outa my head!!!! :)
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What if the two people were Halle Berry and Salma Hayek naked?? It could be called "My Dinner With Salma Hayek And Halle Berry Naked."
Fred must be banned! How the hell will I get anything done at work with that image in my head!:D
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What if the two people were Halle Berry and Salma Hayek naked?? It could be called "My Dinner With Salma Hayek And Halle Berry Naked."
Halle Berry would be blocking the view.
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Halle Berry would be blocking the view.
Probably not, actually. She's awfully short. You could just peek over her.

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Halle Berry would be blocking the view.
Nah, it's just a matter of getting the right angle. I'll probably direct this one myself... :D :D

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