IMAX DVD's: why are they not widescreen?

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  1. Jay_Sharp

    Jay_Sharp Stunt Coordinator

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    I was browsing thru the listings of IMAXs DVD and 90% of them seem to be in pan & scan or 1:33. Anyone know the reason why those chose this route? Is this the J6P influence again?

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  2. Mike Brantley

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    I'm pretty sure the IMAX format is 1.33 or close to it. It's tall as well as wide! [​IMG]
    Just because something is 1.33 doesn't mean it's P&S.
     
  3. Jay_Sharp

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    Whoops meant to say P&S or 1:33.

    Anyways, I thought their format was 15x70? Most of the IMAX things I've seen on their screens tend to be VERY wide wraparound. Of course that would look too small on a TV, but still I would think they adopt some type of widescreen standard for their DVDs.
     
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    I don't know if you've ever seen an IMAX screen, but they aren't wide. The aspect ratio on an IMAX film is 1.44:1.
     
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    Ahh nm did some research and most of their movies are 4:3.

    My mistake. I guess those screens do a number on your peripheral vision. heh
     
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    The ones that are 16:9 are cropped, like Super Speedway and Mike Jordan. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mike Brantley

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    Tell me about it! Our IMAX theater here in Mobile has a domed screen, so it's hard to tell what shape anything is because of the distortion of the projected image by the curvature of the dome. I much prefer the big, flat IMAX screens they have east and west of me at Pensacola and New Orleans.
     
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    Ah yes the dome, that's where I've seen all my IMAX movies in. Although the theater was in Cincinnati.
     
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    Imax is indeed near the 1.33:1/1.44:1 ratio.
     
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    They show Imax films in the planetarium here, too. Talk about being unwatchable!
     
  11. Allan Mack

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    IMAX and OMNIMAX should not be confused.
    IMAX = flat screen
    OMNIMAX = domed screen
    See here.
     
  12. Artur Meinild

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    But in theory, you could show a 1.85:1 film in IMAX by matting the top and bottom of the picture, right?
     
  13. David Lambert

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    No, Artur...you would matte the SIDES, to make it square-ish. Or else UNmatte the top and bottom. Either way, it's MARred.
    For what it's worth, Chicago's Navy Pier IMAX Theater claims itself to be 60 feet tall by 80 feet wide.
    That's 1.33:1. However, most IMAX theaters claim a 1.44:1 ratio and that's the official format of the film. There are exceptions, theater by theater. One thing is clear: IMAX films are clearly never widescreen in their OAR, and any "widescreen" versions of an IMAX film is MAR.
    The Big Movie Zone, which you should go to for the best information about IMAX, OMNIMAX, and other large-format movies, has this to say about the difference between IMAX and OMNIMAX:
     
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    OK, let me rephrase: [​IMG]
    You could show a 1.85:1 on IMAX using letterboxing, exactly as you would show a 1.85:1 film on a 4:3 TV.
    In my previous post, I meant "matting" top and bottom of the screen, like in letterboxing! [​IMG]
     
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    Aha. Got it. Sorry 'bout that. Yes it would work, although there might be some loss of resolution showing it that big, eh? They have to be re-processed and reformatted for the super-big screen.

    Still, if reformatting for IMAX, we don't want them to P&S widescreen films just to IMAX present them, though!
     
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    Allan, you were correct re Omnimax ... until sometime fairly recently when somebody decided one name would fit all. The theater here at the Gulf Coast Exploreum is officially called an IMAX Dome theater. But it looks like there are plenty of venues still called Omnimax.

    Whatever they call it, it seems like the film is flat and the screen should be flat. Of course, when I go to our domed theater (which is a spectacular place otherwise) I am the only one in our group who is bothered by the image distortion. Sigh.
     
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    How did the IMAX run of Fantasia 2000 cope? Did they mat the sides?
     
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    Most IMAX screens are 87'feet wide x 60'feet tall. This is a 1.44:1 aspect ratio.
     

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