Somebody please help me on the IMAX Blu-ray thing..

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  1. JeremyR

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    I know that TF2 IMAX is going to be a Wal-Mart exclusive. I have seen IMAX movies, and get the aspect ratio is different (wider), and the sound is typically better. What I don't understand, is what that has to do with Blu-ray. Are they changing the aspect ratio to where you'll have wider black bars on top and bottom? I guess if so, my only problem is my HDTV is only 32 inches (don't have alot of room in my basement), so perhaps it's not for me. I guess I just don't understand, and if somebody could help me I'd appreciate it.
     
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    Actually, a true IMAX movie has a smaller aspect ratio (i.e. it's closer to 1.85:1, or more "square" shaped than a typical scope movie at 2.35:1). And the sound isn't necessarily better, but it definitely is louder. It's still a 5.1 mix, but has many more speakers providing a louder overall soundfield.

    My guess is that this version will be like the Blu-Ray for The Dark Knight - any scenes that were originally shot using IMAX cameras will have the matte opened up, so that the image fills the screen (actually resulting in smaller black bars, or none if you're watching on a widescreen TV). The rest of the film will be shown in it's regular theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (or thereabouts).
     
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    Hmm.. that sounds rather annoying, the aspect ratio changing mid-movie.
     
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    Did you see The Dark Knight on Blu-ray? It will be like that.
     
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    I thought the exact same thing, but in the instances where an entire lengthy sequence was shot in IMAX it wasn't nearly as distacting as I thought it would be. It was more noticeable where only a short, establishing shot (like an aerial view of a building) was IMAX, then everything else surrounding that shot was regular. Even so, the movie itself had me pretty much engrossed, so I wasn't paying attention to the changing aspect ratio.

    The image clarity of the IMAX scenes in TDK was astonishing - particularly the opening heist sequence. Granted, I was watching on a large front projection system - the difference may be less noticeable on a 32" set.
     
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    No, I didn't. I was one of the few that didn't like The Dark Knight particularly, so I didn't bother renting. But it might be a good idea to do so to check it out.
     
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    Well, I will be getting either a much larger flat panel, or a projection in a couple years when we move, so I should think to the future. I just simply unfortunately, don't have the room right now. My audio system is already over kill down there. :)
     
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    On my 32" 1080i tv the IMAX scenes in The Dark Knight looked fantastic so I can only imagine what they look like on a larger display.
     
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    Thanks, then maybe I'll get it.
     
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    The Dark Knight imax sequences were amazing.

    Also What is TF2?
     
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    Transformers 2.

    I guess the more correct abbreviation is T2, but then folks might be getting it confused with another, better movie. ;)
     
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    how about just Transformers 2
     
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    The aspect ratio of IMAX is approximate 1.34, basically the same as the classic ratio of Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Casablanca. From there it can be cropped and conformed as desired.

    RAH
     
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    I've only heard about this exclusive just recently....is this a separate release from the regular version, or is it incorporated into the same package via seamless branching or as a bonus disc? I'm hoping Walmart sells this exclusive in Canada too...would love to get it.
     

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