IMAX, Recommendations? Also, Super Speedway 2 is 1.85:1 anamorphic, other 1.85:1 ?

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  1. ChrisA

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    Hi I was wondering if people could post their recommendations of various IMAX titles. I am putting in an order for the new Super Speedway because it was always highly rated, and now comes in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Are their any other IMAX films that are 1.85:1 aspect ratio? Most imprtantly, I'd appreciate comments on people's TOP IMAX selections, as well as which one's to perhaps avoid. I'd certainly want to make sure I purchase the must have's. It looks like the NEW Super Speedway 2 and Mission to Mir are in the best of IMAX category. Opinons?
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  2. Michael St. Clair

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    Cropping IMAX to 1.77:1 is the worst of IMAX. Cheering the cropping of IMAX films to fit 16:9 screens is every bit as much 'Joe Six Pack' as cheering the cropping of regular theatrical releases to fit 4:3 screens.
    Regardless of the choice issue, if I were to applaud a studio for including a pan-and-scan copy of a film on an upcoming release in addition to a widescreen transfer, I would be bashed and booed by the forum faithful. And I would deserve it.
    If it ain't OAR, it's shit.
    [Edited last by Michael St. Clair on September 22, 2001 at 02:22 PM]
     
  3. ChrisA

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    Actually, there are some IMAX films that were originally filmed by normal means, and then cropped and enlarged to go to IMAX, so presenting them at 1:85:1 or whatever can be the OAR. One example being Fantasia 2000 which, if I recall, was made INTO an IMAX negative after being created on normal film. That aside, though, since we all don't have 3-story screens and projectors at home, being happy at the opportuniy to have a choice between 4:3 and 16:9 (ala Super Speedway) is nice. Jumping down someone's throat as some kindof anti-OAR person isn't really a logical reaction. If the choice is there, the viewer is ultimately the winner.
     
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    correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that the new Mach II Super Speedway DVD has the first version's presentation and aspect ratio on the disc as well as the new 16x9 cropped version.
     
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    There are no other 16:9 IMAX films available due to the fact that is not the OAR. Of course you could always contact those who have the rights to the other films and request them to be Pan and Scanned or cropped to fill up a 16:9 display.
     
  7. ChrisA

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    Nobody complained louder than me about Willy Wonka. Seems like you can't even post a question without the OAR patrol.
    I would appreciate it if people could give opinions of their favorite IMAX DVDs and dissapointing IMAX DVDs
    Thanks!
     
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    I always liked the "Beavers" movie when I saw it as a kid...
     
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    I just watched Warner's upcoming "Mission To Mir" disc and it's both an excellent film and very nice DVD.
    Also fascinating are "Beavers", "Stormchasers", "Dolphins" and "Discoverers".
    One of the best sound mixes that I've ever heard in the format is from one of the more recent IMAX theatrical releases, "All Access: Backstage". Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if any studio has this on their DVD release schedule. It would really be terrible if it didn't get a DVD release soon since the sound mix for the concert performances in the movie is amazing.
    The one that I would avoid with be the upcoming home video release "Cirque De Soleil: Journey Of Man". Cirque De Soleil itself is amazing, but the film tries to stick a bland and pointless story in-between performances from the group.
     
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    I only have the Super Speedway and Stormchasers.SS is great as you know but Stormchasers was a dissapointment for me sound wise.
    Both the DD and the DTS has audiable digital clipping in the dialog and surround channels.
    And no it's not my rig it happens at low volumes too>
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    Chris,The list of IMAX films I've enjoyed is long,if you enjoy documentaries,nature,and science these are great movies to sit down and spend an hour of your time.Some of the movies I own are,Antarctica,Storm Chasers,Magic of Flight,Blue Planet,Dream is Alive,Alaska,Ring of Fire,Whales,Africa,and I have many more.I've enjoyed each one for it's content and have never thought I was short changed because I didn't see them in an IMAX theather.Pick up one that interests you and enjoy it.Good luck,Jim
     
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    "...and have never thought I was short changed because I didn't see them in an IMAX theather... "
    ...as documentaries go, there are tons of those that are better, more interesting, more instructive and enlightening than the generally very superficial IMAX shorts... 'cropping' the latter to make them into faux 'widescreen' flicks, just so they can be transferred to DVD anamorphically,
    is disingenuous at best...
    ...the whole (and, personally, I would say only) point of seeing those films
    is to watch them on the humongously large (but not wide!!!) IMAX or OMNIMAX screen as intended...
    Just MNSHO, of course!...
    . . . [​IMG] . . .
    [Edited last by Hendrik on September 22, 2001 at 10:16 PM]
     
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    quote: humongously large (but not wide!!!) IMAX or OMNIMAX screen [/quote]
    Yeah, well once you make a 1:33 aspect ratio screen with a 1,200 inch diagonal screen, it is wide [​IMG]
    I'll sell my CRT projector when they make 1.778 aspect ratio 3 chip DLP's that optically resolve 1080p and cost $15,000 or less. Then I'll project that son of a beeeotch onto a 300 inch diagonal screen! Someday soon hopefully!
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    The first 'show-off' title in my collection was "The Living Sea" of the IMAX presentation from Image Entertainment. The combination of the stunning camera work plus the full workout that all 5 channels (plus .1 of course)provides a source of repeatable pleasure that does not become repetitious over time.
    Apparently this title is now part of a box set that also includes The Discoverers, Dolphins, Flight and Stormchasers.
    Sadly the other two IMAX discs from WB I picked up on the strength of this disc (The Blue Planet and The Dream Is Alive)pale in comparison.
     
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    My favorite IMAX film is "Mysteries of Egypt." It is stunning on the big screen, but I don't know how the DVD version holds up.
     
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    "Super Speedway" may be the best of the bunch. "Africa, the Serengeti"is also very good. The Dream is Alive is excellent, if you're interested in the space program. I saw Destiny in Space at the KSC Imax theater and am looking forward to the dvd. I am very interested in pre-Columbian America, but did not enjoy "Secrets of the Maya." The views were beautiful, but the treatment of the subject was superficical. Similarly, "Hidden Hawaii" did not impress me.
    I want to add my voice to those who are surprised by the readiness of some 16x9 TV owners to favor pan and scan when it fills THEIR screen.
     
  19. Sean Laughter

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    I'd have to agree Bill, it's almost like : "No OAR, No Sale . . . unless the OAR isn't widescreen, in that case have at it!"
     
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    Has anybody determined whether there is more width on the new widescreen Super Speedway DVD?
    Since IMAX is 1.44 (approx 13x9) vs a 4x3 set, a 16x9 set can show the full width and matte down the top and bottom less than true full frame movies. That's where the complication is, I think for some of us. Perhaps the anamorphic widescreen version should have smallish black bars on the sides?
    I do have a widescreen set, but I guess it will seem quite wrong if someday down the road, movies like Casablanca will be available in 4x3 and 16x9 P&S on the same disc.
     

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