As you may or may not know IMAX is not a film but rather a medium by which film is displayed. This passed weekend I enjoyed my first visit to one such cinema and I was rather excited by the prospect long before the act itself took place. I discovered through some minor research that IMAX was the equivalent of Blu-Ray to the cinema going experiance. It’s not quite so easy to describe as that but I shall endevour to do my best.
My research presented me with this information, much of which was gathered from the IMAX website itself. The main feature of this form of cinema is that it is presented in a way different to the normal cinematic experiance. While a normal film typically uses 35mm film IMAX uses 108mm film. This allows the film to be realised in what can accurately be conveyed as high definition. What-is-more is that the screen is endowed with 1200w of sound, allowing even the smallest pin drop to be heard with crystal clear clarity.
Around this point it would be easy to think that this review is some sort of presentation for IMAX extolling its virtues with no mention of its drawbacks. It is not, IMAX does have its failings but mostly they are to do with cost, which admittedly is not incredible. The average ticket price increases by around a further 50% which could be considered a significant amount however a trip to IMAX should not be an everyday occurance. Indeed at the time it was viewed as something of a one-off, though this may not indeed be the case. The cinematic experiance is renewed with a trip to the IMAX and once again going to the cinema becomes the experience that it was meant to be.
I would argue that the experience was somewhat enhanced by the film being viewed (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) which in and of itself would have been an incredible movie going experience but to see such a film with the enhancements offered by an IMAX presentation simply leave an audience breathless. As the camera pans deftly over the ruined form of Cybertron, the audience is treated to a 3D view reminiscent of ‘Avatar’ in which the scale of the planet is carefully constructed by showing a relitively close image of the surface. Then an image of a cybertronian (in this case the audience is unsure of the allegiance of the figure) is added to the canvas, though he appears ant like by comparison to the scale of objects around him.
The 3D though is beautifully executed never seeming to be too much or too little but rather just enough. Once more when the planet of Cybertron is being shown huge metal pillars gradually fade into view immediately to the right of the audience. Perhaps a phrase over used is that it was ‘like being there’ however in this instance the words ring true. Watching the planet succumb to its wounds and a vast plethora of immediate explosions is like being a bird high above the action, high enough to be safe from it, but low enough to appreciate the scale and intensity of it.
It is enough to say that IMAX is an incredible experience, much of this review was to encourage people to take in the experience for themselves and truthfully I sincerely hope you do. IMAX allows movies to be enjoyed to their fullest, heard to their best and appreciated with crystal clear clarity. IMAX itself is a joy, one that people should endevour to take in, whatever the film.