'Dark Knight' To Bring IMAX Home

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Home Media Magazine | 'Dark Knight' To Bring IMAX Home


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Author: FRED TOPEL
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Posted: July 14, 2008
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[FONT=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]The Dark Knight[/FONT] [FONT=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight features Imax sequences that fully fill the eight-story screen, while the rest of the film appears letterboxed. Director Christopher Nolan said that the Blu-ray Disc version could capture the Imax sequences by filling a 16:9-ratio HDTV while the majority of the film appears letterboxed.

“For home video, certainly the Blu-ray version will [involve] actually changing the format size and actually using the IMAX footage,” Nolan said. “You can see the difference on that high resolution.”

As an example, the recent Blu-ray release of Batman Begins featured six minutes of the Imax footage from The Dark Knight. Indeed, it fills the 16:9 frame and captures the detail.

“On the standard 35mm version, we did 35mm extractions from the Imax frame,” Nolan said. “The Imax negative is so clear and grain free that there’s a great sharpness and clarity to them. Obviously, the differences are nowhere near as dramatic as there is on the Imax screen.”

There might be minor cropping in the Blu-ray edition, as Imax screens are not exactly 16:9 in dimensions.

“Some of the smaller Imax theaters are a smaller aspect ratio which is 16:9 as well,” Nolan said. “It’s still quite a difference from the 2.40:1 [aspect ratio] to a 16:9. So I think you’ll get some sense of it.”

Shooting in Imax changed Nolan’s technique as a filmmaker to accommodate the technical limitations of the format.
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Yeah, it's coming soon to the IMAX in Austin. I'm not sure if I can wait that long. :eek: I will probably go and watch it on a digital screen at Tinseltown Pflugerville--screw the drafthouse. I don't *NEED* to have a beer to sit through Batman.
 
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Just got home. Its 2.5 hours and sold out every showing today. Seating is a little tight (like packed baseball park seating), so be warned,,,,,and the line was almost out the door. I was about 4th in line though, you need to arrive an hour early and park in the free parking garage accross the street. Heath Ledger is magnificent in this movie, you will find yourself wanting more and more scenes with him in them. He is unbelievably twisted and evil. And the magic trick with the pencil.... oh my.
 
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Cant wait, thanks for the review. Ill be hitting the Imax at 1315 tomorrow. From the looks of the trailers Ive seen, it appears to be magnificent, will def. be a BD buy.
 
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Just got home. Its 2.5 hours and sold out every showing today. Seating is a little tight (like packed baseball park seating), so be warned,,,,,and the line was almost out the door. I was about 4th in line though, you need to arrive an hour early and park in the free parking garage accross the street. Heath Ledger is magnificent in this movie, you will find yourself wanting more and more scenes with him in them. He is unbelievably twisted and evil. And the magic trick with the pencil.... oh my.

Hey, at least you had a line inside the door.

Thanks to the wonders of digital projection, The Dark Knight was being played on every screen for the midnight showings last night. Theater management was loading one theater at a time so the line to get inside after you bought a ticket wrapped all the way around to the rooftop balcony on three sides of the building. It had to be at least 5,000 people.
 
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Im surprised. but glad its 2.5 hours. I really like a long action style movie if its done right. I dont enjoy the 83 minute deals.
 
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Hey, at least you had a line inside the door.

Thanks to the wonders of digital projection, The Dark Knight was being played on every screen for the midnight showings last night. Theater management was loading one theater at a time so the line to get inside after you bought a ticket wrapped all the way around to the rooftop balcony on three sides of the building. It had to be at least 5,000 people.

I saw the same thing with Episode III in 2005. I think this is going to be bigger. All the IMAX showings are sold out here all weekend, except for a couple overnight.

I had no idea part of this was shot in full IMAX until I read this thread. I was about to go see it only on DLP. I did get my IMAX tickets for tomorrow before they sold out. :)
 

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