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Those who had the chance to see The Dark Knight, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX know that there is some incredible potential in the format. And it's a potential that Steven Spielberg is starting to realize. In a recent interview the legendary Academy Award-winning filmmaker revealed that he is contemplating shooting his next film, an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel Robopocalypse.
The Indiana Jones Blu-ray box set is coming out next month and earlier today it was revealed that Raiders of the Lost Ark will be receiving a very special release in IMAX starting September 7th. But the news only gets better for fans of the professor/adventurer, as now we have the first trailer and poster celebrating the IMAX re-release as well as official word of nationwide Indiana Jones marathons that will be held in AMC theaters.
Now Steven Spielberg is helping the giant-screen format take yet another bite out of the 3D pie. Whereas George Lucas plans to re-release all of the original Star Wars films in 3D, Spielberg is making a new plan to bring one of his classics back to the big, big, big screen
Not all Hollywood IMAX releases are created equal, and by shooting sections of The Dark Knight using actual IMAX cameras, Christopher Nolan raised the bar for feature films that use the format-- and he's done it again with The Dark Knight Rises. Containing over an hour of IMAX footage, the movie leaps up on the giant screen, absorbing and lush and practically enveloping the audience in its 70 mm celluloid.
While the 12:01 poster for midnight screenings of The Amazing Spider-Man didn't really wow us, we've seen some great ones in recent months. I'm proud to say that I have midnight posters for both John Carter and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on my walls and with any luck I'll be able to add one for The Dark Knight Rises as well.
Next week sees the release of The Dark Knight, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but that won't be the end of the filmmaker's time in the world of comic book movies. Though he won't be involved with Warner Bros.' Justice League film, he is an executive producer on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. His involvement with that project, however, has raised some questions about how the new Superman flick would be released.
A press release has come out announcing that Abrams has indeed filmed some "key scenes" from the next Star Trek movie using IMAX cameras and that the film will be getting a simultaneous IMAX 3D release when the movie comes out on May 17, 2013. It should be noted that Paramount and Bad Robot, Abrams' production company, were also behind Ghost Protocol, making this announcement less of a surprise.
One of the things I regret not getting around to doing when The Hunger Games hit theaters was seeing it on an IMAX screen. While our own Katey Rich made a good point in saying why she was glad she'd avoided seeing the film on an IMAX screen, I can't help but think that the futuristic world of Panem and the lush setting of the arena in which the "Games" took place were probably quite a sight on the giant screen.
Ever since Clash of the Titans was quickly post-converted to 3D after the success of Avatar the public has been a bit more weary about the idea of changing film formats. Due to lesser quality conversions many members of the movie-going audience began to see 3D as a gimmick and a cash grab.
Christopher Nolan is clearly one of the biggest supporters of IMAX, having shot long portions of The Dark Knight in the format and establishing it as a viable alternative to 3D as a way to get moviegoers into theaters to see something they can't find anywhere else.
With its shaky-cam shooting style and emphasis on close-ups of its cast, The Hunger Games really didn't seem like it could benefit from being blown up on a giant screen-- if anything, you'd just have to work harder to chase the characters back and forth across the screen, and pay extra for the privilege
Some movies are really meant to be seen on the big screen, and based on the trailers, the Peter Berg directed action film Battleship seems like a prime example of that. While the film isnít set to hit theaters in the U.S. until next month, some will have the chance to see the movie on an even bigger screen before then.
According to a press release, Brad Peytonís follow up to 2008ís Journey to the Center of the Earth will reach 282 IMAX theaters domestically and an additional 166 around the globe. The film reportedly has been digitally remastered to fit the format, though if the Cats & Dogs director didnít aim for IMAX from the get-go I'm not sure how thatís going to work properly. If you end up paying the extra bucks to actually see Journey 2 on an IMAX screen, be sure to let us know how it looks.
For many, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collinsí young adult novel The Hunger Games is already one of this yearís biggest movies. Lionsgate and IMAX are about to make it even bigger. For a limited time, the film will be screened in IMAX theaters across North America.
When it comes to the debate of IMAX vs. 3D, we here at Cinema Blend are staunchly in favor of the former. Managing to create what appears to be actual depth instead of artificial depth, IMAX is the most immersive format currently available for filmmakers. Some of the best action sequences from last year came courtesy of Brad Bird using 65mm print for scenes in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and we can't wait to see what other filmmakers do with it.
Other tickets aren't yet onsale-- and though we will probably get the expected splashy press release when it happens, you might want to keep an eye on the Fandango site anyway. This sneaky early-bird offering seems to validate Warner Bros. decision to put the six-minute IMAX prologue of The Dark Knight Rises in front of Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol
Movies actually shot in 3D will always trump those that have been post-converted, but the truth is that the latter has been getting much better recently. While the post-conversion fad got off to a horrible start with the release of Clash of the Titans - which is easily one of the worst 3D movies we've seen in recent years - some of 2011's best 3D movies weren't actually shot stereoscopically.
Today isn't technically opening day for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol but as it opens on 425 IMAX screens across the country with a preview for The Dark Knight Rises running in front of it, it's managed to make a big box office splash anyway
If you see even a frame of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on the largest screen possible, you'll know what I mean-- and if you see it on IMAX, you might be too busy scraping yourself up off the floor to read this. The new film from Pixar veteran Brad Bird, which opens today on IMAX screens and everywhere next Wednesday, is the most spectacular narrative use of the large-screen format maybe ever
If the image has you scratching your head at first glance, it's a stylized representation of one of the franchise's most famous visuals, the slowly burning fuse, forming the outline of the Burj Khalifa, the aforementioned world's tallest building. That fuse dates all the way back to the original series that ran from 1966 to 1973, and has returned in all the incarnations since, from the 1988 reboot series to the modern big-screen Tom Cruise outings.
While Iím not permitted to give you a moment-by-moment breakdown of everything that happened in the movie (why would you want that? Just go see it for yourself!) I can tell you my reaction to the footage and I will start by saying this: the scenes are epic in scope and utilize the IMAX camera perfectly, it features a brilliant introduction of Bane, and has one fairly significant flaw that hopefully will be fixed before the movie is released on July 20, 2012.
As reported last week, a six-minute preview for the finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, will be attached to IMAX screenings of Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The situation seems like a win-win, as both films made extensive use of IMAX cameras during production, meaning that the best way to see each individual film will be on the biggest screen imaginable.
The striking shot references the breathtaking high-wire stunts Cruise performed on the side of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai Ė the worldís tallest skyscraper, and just another playground for the fearless action star. In Ghost Protocol, Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, leading spy fro the IMF who is forced, once again, to go off the grid when heís blamed for a bombing at the Kremlin.
I'm not sure if this move will play out as well as it did for Transformers, as Mission: Impossible 3 was the smallest box office draw for the franchise, but this is definitely an interesting promotion. What we've seen from the movie so far is pretty awesome, and the IMAX footage only makes it more intriguing.
The fourth Underworld film will be released on IMAX by Sony Pictureís Entertainment as a day-and-date release on Jan. 20, 2012. Itís the first installment in the series to be screened in IMAX, as well as the first to screen in 3D. And as Will points out, the latest trailer appears to go out of its way to utilize the technology by throwing as much as it can off the screen at its audience.