Anybody here never heard of IMAX? I assume not.
Nevertheless, here we go.
A ground-breaking concept developed in Canada, which once
looked like it might not survive the demands of its high
production costs, has become more or less a household name
(depending on big your house is) and remains a thrilling
wraparound experience whenever the images being screened
are fascinating enough to keep your retina busy and your brain
well fed. The ambition and dedicated interests of producers
Graeme Ferguson, Robert Kerr, and Roman Kroiter have turned
the IMAX Corporation into a special feature inside the cinema
world. Generally, to date, the subjects revolve around man,
nature, milieu, education, and relaxation, but feature films are
also shown with the use of special lenses and given an extra
dimension by the addition of a digital sound system. With
"Fantasia 2000" the moment has arrived that feature-length
films will finally begin being made in IMAX. The length of this
film is approximately 4 miles from end to end. (See also TGH
review "Fantasia 2000")
IMAX film (= 10 x 35mm frame and 3 x 70mm frame) is laid out
projected through one lens to 500 times its size onto the
screen, which itself is (in Rotterdam, Holland, for example) 23
meters wide and 17 meters high (you Statesiders can do your
own calculations) or the equivalent of something like a 6 story
apartment building. The IMAX projector has been called the
Rolls Royce among projectors. Add a 6 channel sound system
with 15 loudspeakers and off you go. Talk about being sucked
into the movie.
If you haven't experienced this yet, it's about time you did. Film
as far as the eye can see.
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