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Seeing Dune in the full IMAX 1.43:1 was the single best cinematic experience of my life.

Seeing Dune in the full IMAX 1.43:1 was the single best cinematic experience of my life.

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  • riegspsych325

    honest question(s), do they plan on putting this out on home release? Has any movie been released in an IMAX format? I know Marvel has done some of their movies like that on D+

  • stumpcity

    Here’s the thing:

    The use of terms like “standard” and “intended” are pretty misleading here.

    Villeneuve and Fraser absolutely intended for the “actual” version of the film to be in scope. That’s what they planned for, that’s how they designed shots, that’s what they wanted. It’s not “standard,” it’s *the movie*. It’s a scope film and they never once intended it to be otherwise.

    Most IMAX presentations now are, in fact, simply removing the mattes from the intended presentation so that it “fills the screen” at most IMAX theaters. Because the screens are a little bigger in most cases (in some cases it’s literally just the standard theater screen just pushed closer to the front rows) presenting the film open-matte “feels” IMAX-ish. But it’s literally just an open-matte screening of the movie.

    In the case of the ACTUAL IMAX screenings (very, very few in number since IMAX has mostly converted to being big multiplex rooms instead of standalone giant-size screens) Villeneuve and Fraser did tweak some compositions instead of just protecting for the removal of mattes in the “regular” IMAX screenings, but they did so absolutely knowing this was not the intended way for the movie to be seen, and would only be seen as such in very limited opportunities/engagements.

    The 2.39:1 presentation of Dune *is Dune*. That’s what the movie is supposed to look like, that’s what they wanted everyone to see.

    The problem is that IMAX, mostly due to pursuing increased profitability (and you can’t really blame them) has essentially redefined itself to be an ASPECT RATIO in the minds of viewers, and in doing so, has more or less revived from the ash heap the idea that movies in scope widescreen are actually *keeping* visual information from you, and that anything that doesn’t “fill the screen” is ripping you off.

    It’s a wild paradigm, that the brand once known for the absolute, ultimate, top-tier theatrical experience has more or less brought back the misconceptions about widescreen framing that ran rampant in the VHS/Laserdisc days, but that’s what’s happening. And it’s partially why a home video release in 4:3 (basically) won’t work very well (see – Justice League) because the benefit of the screen being so damn tall is why that ratio has the impact it does on an IMAX screen. You can’t replicate that on a TV. In fact, what it does is further emphasize how much smaller this thing looks on your own screen. Because not only is there dead space on both sides of your screen now, the image that’s between that dead space is, itself, full of dead space, because you’re meant to be watching *that* image on a screen that extends like 20+ feet above and below your field of vision.

    This isn’t to say that those very few screenings in the 1.43 format weren’t awesome to witness, because they absolutely were – that’s how IMAX is supposed to work. But to suggest that the movie’s “real” presentation is that, and everything else is just “stealing” picture from you is a marketing-fueled purposeful misunderstanding of what the filmmakers were actually trying to do with the film

  • Dr_Batman_MD

    For people demanding home releases of the 1.43:1 aspect ratio, watching that aspect ratio on your home widescreen tv is not going to get you the IMAX experience.

    If you go to one of the few 1.43:1 screen, the seats are placed stadium style basically up against the screen. Looking straight ahead, you can’t see or really focus on the top and bottom of the screen. They’re meant to fill your peripheral vision. You brain focuses your eyes on the center, which is what the widescreen aspect ratio includes. The top and bottom are atmosphere and immersion, not important information. Now if you were to watch it on a tv from across the room, you’d just see a box with awkward framing, as there would be too much empty space above and below the subject. It would be like watching an old 4:3 tv show with black bars at the sides, but worse because all the action would be focused on the center of the screen, with redundant space at the top and bottom.

    If you live by a 1:43:1 IMAX screen, absolutely try to catch these movies in that format. It’s an incredible experience. But unless you’re sitting 2 feet away from your huge tv, it’s not an experience you can replicate at home.

  • YubNub81

    I watched it at home in my mini theater “100” projector screen and it was amazing. I hope they re-release part 1 in theaters before part 2 comes out. I’d love to see it on the big screen. Especially Imax.

  • nousemercenary

    I saw Dune four times in theaters. Twice in IMAX and twice in Dolby AMC. Loved it. I kind of wished they had filmed the first two parts at once though so we didn’t have to wait so long. Probably would’ve saved them money too. Hopefully Part 2 is a success, as well as the HBO series and they decide to make more. There are like 20 something Dune books between the original writer and what his sons wrote. Expansive lore.

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