IMAX...I do not get it.

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  1. NWinther

    NWinther Friend of Leo's

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    The sound was at best horrible hard and unpleasent, especially voices are really bad.
    The screen was also quite uninspiring, a strange flat unpleasent picture. The edges was a unclear weird smear.

    The movie was 007, only one scene was any fun!
    Strange experience.
    Glad that I saw Dune in the usual theater that I normally use.
     
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    Imax is...meh.

    I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey when it came out in 1968 at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Hololulu. Cinerama was three curved screens that wrapped around the audience, with three projectors, and multiple speakers behind the screens. Sounds traveled with images as they moved up/down and left/right. It was a very realistic 'immersion' experience. It was also a very scary movie for the wee Peegoo. I loved it.
     
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    Only been one time. I think it was on national parks..that was cool from a bird perspective
    100 ft tall. Not sure my eyes are big enough to see a klingon war bird uncloaking..might
    hurt my neck trying to take it all in.
     
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    I don't care what screen, what sound system, what resolution, first and foremost, the story has to be good. I don't want to be wowed (or assaulted) by technology, I want to be moved by a good story.
     
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    I though movies had to be filmed for IMAX - with multiple cameras and all. How could they do a 007 movie in multiple formats? Does the film crew have a gaggle of cameras for each format?

    Then again, I don't care that much. Like @Bones said, a good story should trump all the rest. Give me a good story with cheesy effects over great effects without a story any day.
     
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    I think I feel kinda similarly about ... the variety of threads here at TDPRI.
     
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    Yeah, but it’s IMAX!
     
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    I actually could give a rats behind about the story. I am in it for the bigger than life things you don’t normally see in Every day life. IMAX still a tad too big for me as I recall.
     
  9. NWinther

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    Was not the "effects" that bothered me. They looked just fine.
    The sound was beyond terrible.

    How can they make human speech sound so revolting? Hard and harder...and then even harder....when they shouted...auuuch...no 70's Marshall could outhard that sound. The low bass was ok...but still not very good. How can anyone stand it?

    That is not sound engineering....that is just plain slaughter of your eardrums.
    I am used to loud volumes.

    But I have never heard anything as unpleasent as this....
    How do they make people show up to this? I cannot be the only one who finds it revolting. I have a splitting headache today. My ears are ringing like churchbells...I have been to Pink Floud concerts. AC/DC and so on.....not one of these events had a terrible sound. Just loud and clear...pleasent swampy lows and a balanced mid range and nice highs......

    What has gone wrong?
    And they think that they are the top end of good sound and visuals....

    I am at loss here...I will never set my foot in that place again...
    The theater I usually go to have a much more pleasent sound and visuals.
     
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    Sounds like you went to a bad IMAX. The one we go to is quite good, sound and screen. We try (well, tried) to catch any big productions there.
     
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    Yeah, they used the IMAX cameras.

    https://www.amctheatres.com/amc-scene/no-time-to-die-is-brilliant-in-imax

    With a rich history spanning 60 years and 25 movies, NO TIME TO DIE is the first BOND movie to have been filmed with IMAX® cameras.
     
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    I've never seen a "regular" movie in IMAX.....only things like documentaries. One I saw on the Grand Canyon was breathtaking. (and the sound was impressive, but not overpowering.)
     
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    Don't think it is a bad theater, the IMAX one just did not sound or looked very good!
    I have never tried getting a headache, nor getting a murderous tinnitus after going to the movies.
     
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    Special effects only have the intended impact when new, good stories are timeless.
     
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    I remember going to one cinema that had a huge curved screen. It was not flat.
     
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    is it digital or still 65/70mm? i think they still do either/or sometimes?

    but i imagine nowadays the discrepancy in source digital formats is not huge, and a lot of movies are probably downscaled for regular release.
     
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    I imagine IMAX is "tuned" for the seats aligned with the center of the screen. If you sit anywhere else, a myriad of reasons make everything worse. That's how I justify not going to them haha!

    Regular theaters are better, and I still try to get middle seats in a middle row.
     
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    Compression in action
     
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    I think what you describe is not what most people experience, and your experience is an outlier.
     
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    My first experience in an IMAX theatre was in Toronto in the early '70s. A documentary. I enjoyed it.

    I found this on Wikipedia:
    The first permanent IMAX installation was built at the Cinesphere theatre at Ontario Place in Toronto. It debuted in May 1971, showing the film North of Superior.

     
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