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Old June 16 2009, 12:39 AM   #1
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Should I see it on IMAX?

As big cities wind down the IMAX run, my small city is opening its Star Trek IMAX run this Friday on a real IMAX screen (not the smaller IMAX Experience screens).

Question: Should I see it on IMAX or is it just the same movie on a bigger screen? (meaning, is there any benefit other than it being on a larger screen - after all, I don't believe it was shot in IMAX to take full advantage of the technology)
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Old June 16 2009, 12:46 AM   #2
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

The sound quality is much more dynamic in the IMAX screens. I think it's worth it to see it on IMAX. I've seen in five times that way, and 4 times on regular 35mm film.
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Old June 16 2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

DarthAkuma wrote: View Post
As big cities wind down the IMAX run, my small city is opening its Star Trek IMAX run this Friday on a real IMAX screen (not the smaller IMAX Experience screens).

Question: Should I see it on IMAX or is it just the same movie on a bigger screen? (meaning, is there any benefit other than it being on a larger screen - after all, I don't believe it was shot in IMAX to take full advantage of the technology)
If at all possible, catch the IMAX experience. They had it for a week here in Maryland and I was fortunate enough to catch it there for my second viewing, and it made for a more dramatic experience.

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Old June 16 2009, 12:55 AM   #4
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

Absolutely YESSSS!!
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Old June 16 2009, 12:56 AM   #5
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

I wasn't impressed with IMAX.

The Empire cinema in Leicester square was far more enjoyable. You weren't up close to the screen, the sound quality was FAR better and louder, and the picture was shown using digital projection ie. perfect.

Then again cinemas in the USA are rubbish, so perhaps IMAX is better for you.
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Old June 16 2009, 02:03 AM   #6
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

I'd wholeheartedly recommend it. I saw it at the BFI IMAX in London and it was a fantastic experience. I'm not a big fan of the movie itself, but it's still great fun regardless. It's quite overwhelming having most of your vision encompassed by the picture.

The picture was a bit grainy in places and a bit soft in others, but considering the has essentially been upscaled and projected on to a giant screen, it's a given that the quality isn't going to be as good as something that's actually been shot for IMAX. It didn't detract from the experience for me though, the picture quality was more than adequate. The sound wasn't particularily loud, but it wasn't too quiet and the quality + surround was far better than anything I've heard in your average multiplex.

Of course, sound and picture quality will vary from theatre to theatre, but it should be decent on any genuine huge IMAX screen. I imagine "fake" digital IMAX isn't bad either, but probably not as exciting as having the picture in your face.
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Old June 16 2009, 02:26 AM   #7
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

If you still can, YES.
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Old June 16 2009, 02:29 AM   #8
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

The only time I didn't see it in IMAX was when I couldn't. For a couple of weeks "Museum" had the IMAX, and I had to see it regular. We only have a multiplex IMAX, but it's huge picture and huge sound. You have to move your head to see all of it at times.
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Old June 16 2009, 02:31 AM   #9
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Re: Should I see it on IMAX?

I found IMAX to be far worse than a regular cinema experience, because the cuts in the action scenes made them damn near impossible to follow on the much bigger screen. It might be better if you've seen it before (that was my first screening), but it was certainly very hard for me to watch it there.
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Old June 17 2009, 07:38 PM   #10
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I saw it on IMAX the second time and thought it wasn't worth twice the admission price.
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