Next month, you can see the Christopher Nolan movie oppenheimer in pretty much any theater you want, but it’s no secret that the filmmaker has certain preferences when it comes to optimal viewing. In fact, there is a version of oppenheimer that could be he preferred and definitive version, but if you want to see it, you will have to head to a few select theaters.
IMAX has announced the list of locations around the world that will be showing the film not only in IMAX format, but also on IMAX 70mm film, giving it the grain and texture Nolan loves and cultivates. Some of these theaters will even show the 70mm “15-perf” IMAX film, meaning the perforations in the film print are placed on the top and bottom rather than the sides, further expanding the ratio. aspect ratio for an even grander image. theatrical experience.
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“IMAX film brings images to life. From resolution and color to sharpness and overall quality, there’s nothing compared to using IMAX film cameras,” Nolan said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “IMAX film format is the gold standard of film photography”.
If you’re a movie buff, that all sounds like a lot of fun, but the problem will be finding theaters that are actually equipped to show the movie, and there aren’t many. The list of IMAX locations showing 70mm film runs in only 30 theaters world, including 19 in the United States, six in Canada, three in the United Kingdom, one in Australia, and one in the Czech Republic. Unsurprisingly, most US theaters are located in California, but there are a few scattered elsewhere, including one in New York City, two in Texas, two in Michigan, and a few others around the world. country. You can check out the full list of locations on the IMAX website.
So why so few? For one thing, many theaters, including IMAX screens, have made the switch to digital projection in recent years, eliminating the need to transport film canisters and training projectionists to handle film themselves. Add in that skillful film screening is sadly a dying art, and you’re left with fewer people who know how to handle film in the first place. Then there is the logistical problem that comes with oppenheimer specifically.
oppenheimer It was, as you may have heard, shot entirely on large format IMAX cameras, and of course 70mm film is bigger than 35mm. Add that to the running time of the movie, and according to The Associated Pressyou have a 70mm print which is 11 miles long when it’s all set and weighs something like 600 pounds. That’s a lot of movies, no matter how handy you are with film stock. However, according to Nolan, it’s all worth it in the end.
“The sharpness, clarity and depth of the image is unparalleled,” said Nolan. access point. “For me, the headline is that by shooting on IMAX 70mm film, you’re really letting the screen disappear. You have a feeling of 3D without the glasses. You have a huge screen and you are filling the peripheral vision of the audience. You are immersing them in the world of the movie.”
oppenheimer is in theaters July 21. Get tickets now.