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Prometheus and Other Blu Ray News

Its that time of year when all of the summer blockbusters start to announce when they will be available on DVD/Blu Ray – in other words, its a great time of year.

We’ve already seen or will so see a long line of classics finally released on BluRay, including JAWS, the Indiana Jones series of movies, the entire Harry Potter collection and even the long awaited E.T.

The Summer of 2012 brought on a good list of great movies and already you can get your hands on the biggest box office winner, The Avengers, and even what is maybe still my favorite movie of the year, “Cabin in the Woods”.  The latter is a fantastic flick for anyone who is a fan of horror, sci-fi or just interested in an awesomely different take on the normal torture-porn genre of movies.  There is a moment towards the end that will forever be one of my favorite movie scenes of all time (if you don’t know after seeing, ask, I won’t mock you too much).

But soon we will also get our hands on “The Dark Knight Rises”.  While I am excited to see this movie again, I was disappointed to find out that there will not be, not yet at least, a “Director’s Cut” of the movie in this edition.  There has been lots of talk about deleted scenes or a longer version of an already long movie.  Instead what we’re getting on Dec 4th is a blu ray combo pack that will marry the 72 minutes of IMAX footage with the 35mm and a whole litany of “2nd screen features” and stuff tied to apps.  Oh, yes, if you really are into it, there will be a collector’s edition (see above) with a copy of Batman’s broken cowl.

Prometheus may go down as the summer’s most controversial movie, leaving people with more questions than answers and the blu-ray release promises that “Questions Will Be Answered” and will provide alternate beginnings and endings.  There is also a long list of 2nd screen features and an app that you sync to the movie and over seven hours of additional material for anyone that really wants a deep dive into the ALIENS mythology.

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Learn Yourself About IMAX and 3D

As you walk up to the box-office of your local movie theater these days not only are you challenged with what movie to see, but now, also, what version.

  • IMAX
  • IMAX Digital
  • 3D
  • IMAX3D
  • IMAX3D Digital

Plus there are other theater brand specific digital screen presentations (ex: Cinemark XD) that are too numerous to list here.  What I want you to know is that much of this is a marketing gimmick and in many cases will not only cost you more money, but the end result product you’re about to see and hear isn’t as good, or the improvement you just paid the extra few dollars for.

First, IMAX.  IMAX is a standard started in the ’70s that in its original and purest form is a completely different medium from what you normally see 99.9% of all other movies.  It is a 70mm film, actual film and uses very heavy and special cameras to shoot.  It also requires very special and expensive projectors to show these movies and that’s why you normally only see real IMAX theaters at science museums and a very few number of commercial theaters.  Pretty much everyone has watched a space or underwater documentary on either the domed screen or giant flat wall versions of IMAX at some point in their life.  Today though many commercial screens now office “IMAX Digital” which really isn’t IMAX at all.  It’s just a watered down set of specifications and a marketing ploy.

IMAX Digital can be a superior experience to your normal screen.  It will generally be a little bigger in screen size and the sound system will be cranked up.  It will be using the newest digital projectors which can have some advantages over traditional film projectors (and some disadvantages). But additionally, pretty much none of the movies you see this summer will be shot in IMAX.  In fact, only a handful of movies (Dark Knight Rises, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) even shoot a just few scenes in the format, meaning using the IMAX cameras and resulting in a 70mm film stock, and even these won’t be presented properly on today’s IMAX digital screens.  If you look at the image to the right you’ll see the dramatic differences between a true IMAX screen and what is being marketed today at your local theater as IMAX Digital.  Slash Film has done a much better job of explaining this in far more detail and you should read it.

Now about 3D.

I hate 3D.  Avatar was about the only time I’ve watched a movie in 3D and almost fully enjoyed it.  I hate the glasses that don’t cover your entire field of vision, I dislike the ever so slightly out of focus and washed out colors image.  But if you insist on seeing a movie in 3D you should know that not all are equal.  Many movies today are not filmed in 3D, but are converted to 3D in post production.  The result is a far less successful effect.  Below is a list of 2012 movies (provided from this website) that native to the format and you should keep in mind when buying tickets.  So, do NOT see Avengers in 3D, but if you must, seeing Prometheus or Spider Man should be a better use of your money.

The point to all of this is to make you sure you know what you’re spending your money on


Shot in 3D

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Brave
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • The Hobbit
  • Prometheus

Fake 3D (converted)

  • The Avengers
  • Frankenweenie
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence
  • Gravity
  • John Carter
  • Men in Black III
  • Star Wars Re-release
  • Titanic
  • Wrath of the Titans

 

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Dark Knight Rises Shows Off Prologue

Wednesday night the six minute prologue that will show before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was shown to a select audience at the the IMAX theater in Universal City.  Christopher Nolan himself introduced what, just like he did with previous Dark Knight movie, turns out to be the movie’s opening scene and introduction to its villain.  In this case it is Bane, played by Tom Hardy.

The overwhelming message is that what was shown was kick-ass and amazing.  The main part involves Bane, an airplane and what brutality he’s willing to go through to accomplish an objective.  There was a common concern that the voice of Bane was unintelligible.  Bane wears a crazy mask, that actually sustains his life, but in the prologue the mask, along with his British accent rendered much of what he said too hard to understand.  While most of the critics worried about this fact, or wondered if it was simply something that still had to be worked out in editing I think it’s something else.

I think Nolan will leave this flaw in tact for the movie.  I think the difficulty of understanding Bane verbally will make his character even more interesting, driving a need to watch scenes over again and again and movie go-er’s all discussing what they think they heard or what he meant when the movie was over.

There is currently a viral promotion taking place at Operation EarlyBird where select IMAX theaters are showing the prologue again.

You can read a whole selection of what critics who were in attendance thought below.

July 2012 just cannot get here fast enough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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