With regard to IMAX enhanced films, it is counter to the physical nature of scope aspect ratio screen displays. In an effort to "future-proof" my projection space I opted for the Barco Cinemascope projector. This model has a native 5K 2.35 chip allowing all formats to be presented in consistent height...from 1.33 to 2.35. This eliminated the need for a costly anamorphic lens which can sacrifice brightness and sharpness. The 2.35 design utilizes a maximum amount of pixels to project the image while minimizing pixels devoted to black bars.
If "No Time To Die" was transferred with IMAX 1.90 scenes, the height would remain the same, but large black bars would appear on the left and right. While there might be more detail on the IMAX frame, the effect compared to a full scope image would be diminished.
Lately more and more films being released in the native film aspect ratio of 1.85. This produces small black bars at the top and the bottom of all 16x9 sets. I wonder why 1.85 was not selected as the video aspect ratio to begin with, since 1.85 has long been a common film aspect ratio? In any event, the scope chip on the Barco allows for a 1.85 pre-set that adds a bit of width to the frame while eliminating the small black bars (that added width exceeds the width of fixed 16x9 panels). This is also done without pixel masking. Additional pixels are employed to show all wider formats until all 5K pixels are uses for a 2.35 Cinemascope image like "No Time To Die". I thought this was the wise way to go, but "IMAX Enhanced" actually creates a lesser image on my setup!
I wish I had been able to see Die in IMAX. I saw an interview with either Craig or one of the producers and they said they filmed it in IMAX because it was intended to be seen on a big screen. The only IMAX in Kentucky, that I know of, is at the Science Museum in Louisville and they only show educational films. My son even looked around on line when it cam out and could not find an IMAX theater running it in Cincinnati or any other place in driving distance.only intended that version to be seen on IMAX screens.
I tried to enter my digital code and got a message that it was not yet valid. Official street is Tuesday, IIRC?
On the subject of the Digital Copy, be aware that the code provided with the disc is only redeemable on iTunes and is not compatible with Movies Anywhere or VUDU.
Universal has never been part of Movies Anywhere, but until now their Digital Copies were redeemable at VUDU. That's apparently no longer the case.
This part actually blows my mind. Movies being shot in wide ARs with the intention of being shown theatrically is one thing but, the move to shoot TV shows wider than 16:9 makes no sense for a medium that will never be shown on wider screens.TV shows are also moving to wider aspect ratios at a rapid pace. I've tracked nearly 900 TV series to date with aspect ratios wider than 16:9.
The clear trend among the people who actually make the content we watch is to embrace wider aspect ratios, not to fill your TV screen at all costs.
I've never really understood why some people find a rectangle inherently superior to a square or vice-versa. Cinematic to me has always been more about size than shape. But I wonder if the generation that grew up with DVD actually sees the presence of black bars are being somehow "cinematic."This part actually blows my mind. Movies being shot in wide ARs with the intention of being shown theatrically is one thing but, the move to shoot TV shows wider than 16:9 makes no sense for a medium that will never be shown on wider screens.
I know, I know…artistic reasons. Fine, that seems to be what people say just to try and end the conversation. I have no problem with widescreen on home media, I’ve been buying widescreen movies since the VHS days. I want to preserve the theatrical presentation the best I can at home.
TV shows have no theatrical presentation and I don’t buy this idea that wider ARs feel more cinematic. Jurassic Park has always been 1.85:1 and I’ve never viewed it as less “cinematic” then Star Wars.
Anyway, I know I’m in the minority around here but, I wish TV shows would stick to 16:9 more.
To bring this back to No Time To Die, does the BD have extras? Just looked at the iTunes version and there are no extras which just seems odd. I don’t remember the last time a major big budget film did not include extras on iTunes.
Actually, the DC issue is probably because the movie belongs to MGM and Universal's just handling the disc distribution/release itself, not the digital.
MGM's the one who's never participated in Movies Anywhere. Universal's actually been w/ MA all along and still is. In fact, Universal's even intentionally switched away from offering iTunes and Vudu DC codes in favor of MA codes for disc releases of their own movies over the last few years.
This part actually blows my mind. Movies being shot in wide ARs with the intention of being shown theatrically is one thing but, the move to shoot TV shows wider than 16:9 makes no sense for a medium that will never be shown on wider screens.
I've never really understood why some people find a rectangle inherently superior to a square or vice-versa. Cinematic to me has always been more about size than shape.