Originally Posted by sdurani
IMAX versions of movies are shown in IMAX theatres for a couple of weeks and then end up sitting on the shelf forever. The IMAX Enhanced program is simply a way to bring those versions to home video. Millions of people have already seen the IMAX version theatrically, so it's not like this is some unseen version.
Sometimes the IMAX version has the same 2.35 aspect ratio as the non-IMAX counterpart (Transformers), sometimes the IMAX version is full screen (Blade Runner 2049), sometimes the IMAX version ahs variable/changing aspect ratio (Dark Knight). IMAX Enhanced doesn't mean the movie will have a fixed 16x9 aspect ratio. Also, sometimes the IMAX version has a different running time and different edit.
Their digital noise reduction was demonstrated at CEDIA and did its job effectively (reduced noise without sacrificing fine details). The high centre channel is built into IMAX soundtracks. Don't know why you're disparaging it; what would you gain by eliminating it? How did you arrived at the conclusion that it is "barely perceptible" without hearing any IMAX Enhanced titles? It is no more or less "perceptible" than any other channel.
This is an older post but it wont hurt to have it repeated.
I couldn’t agree more. I have a 110” front projection setup and that screen size in my small room is IMAX1.89 immersive. My scope is perfect at that width and I prefer to zoom down to roughly CIA for my flat movies and Academy movies. Regular TV I watch roughly as if it was CIH inside the scope image size. That’s just what works for me.
I’m very excited about being able to see the non-cropped version of the movies that were made to be shown in both IMAX1.89 theaters and scope theaters. Movies like Sully are a great example of how the techniques of filming two ARs of the same movie will be done in the future.
I’m not as interested that much in the audio aspect of the IMAX Enhanced movie although I’m not opposed to it. It is not like I am being forced to change my setup to play it, and I wont likely make any switch to IMAX approved equipment for a long time.
The greater immersive area in the image is what I want most and it has always seemed strange to me if a movie is one that expands like Dunkirk the studios have no problem putting the IMAX1.89 framing on the disc. Then if the movie had two versions a scope and IMAX1.89, we could only get the scope version on BD or UHD BD. The really strange part is years ago I purchased almost the entire IMAX collection (nature, history, science) the 45 minute movies on DVD and in the 1.43:1 original AR. They were not UHD or IMAX Enhanced but nonetheless they were fun to show super immersive with my XGA projector.
The one exception to the rule was Avatar up to this point. James Cameron viewed both versions and liked the open IMAX1.89 version as he said it made the flying seem more real. That’s exactly the point of IMAX1.89 it is to expand the vertical immersion filling more of our FOV in that direction. The material up there of course isn’t critical we look at it just like what is off to the sides in most scope movies.
I personally if I had a wish list I could convey to the studios it would be full speed ahead with these IMAX Enhanced releases of these Hollywood movies on UHD BD. Most of them have already been thru the enhancement process all they have to do is release them to the home market. I would also ask them to put out the 1.89 or 1.77 version to regular old BD as I think there would be a huge demand for all the people not up to speed in 4k yet and the rental market also. I would also ask them to provide a selection key like they used to have with DVD that would let you pick scope or IMAX1.89 even with BD it would be simple code to add to black out the data in the expanded frame. This would be nice for those with CIH theaters. Most of these movies the scope is center cut a few do a tilt and cut method and I even think they could accommodate that.
Having a projector setup there is a lot I can do now with presentation. But when it comes down to it people with flat panel TVs will like it best filling their screens more fully without loosing any of the scope movie.
This is a total win, win and I don’t know why it is so slow in coming.
As a final word there is one exception to doing this and that is the director who says but I like the scope version better. He and the studio in that case have every right to select scope as the AR they want to go out for home use. When they do that it is also telling me they just pandered to IMAX in making a taller version and perpetuated the LieMAX idea. Shame on them if I went and paid 10 bucks more to see the worst of two presentations. If they don’t feel the added height helps the movie they should do what Nolan and others do and let the image go to scope. There is not one thing wrong with a scope movie or even a flat 1.85 presentation. They are different tools for different jobs. My copy of Dunkirk expands and I wish it expanded to 1.43:1 as that was clearly the best presentation. I understand why they didn’t do it on BD/UHD BD as they feared pillar bars and double bars on the scope parts. With variable zoom presentation it would have been wonderful to have though, but I’m very glad I at least got 1.77 of it.