Tags: Aspect Ratio, Fake Imax, IMAX, Real Imax, Tron
I’ll make this quick and to the point. Tron: Legacy has “vertically extended” footage. Over 40 minutes of it; composed of over 7 sequences, according to the latest intel.
That means you need to see it at a REAL IMAX, not some digital multiplex mini-Imax, or Liemax, as some like to call them.
Find the real deal near you, using optical technologies comprised of 15-perf 70mm film. No, the film isn’t actually shot on IMAX cameras, it was shot digitally, using the “2.0” version of James Cameron’s camera system developed for Avatar. But, the sequences are digital creations from the get-go, which means they can render them to whatever aspect ratio they want. They apparently wanted to render them in the IMAX ratio. Most of the film will be in the 2.35-1 ratio, like you would see on your hi-def 16:9 TV screen. The “grid” sequences, however, are rendered at the IMAX aspect of 1:44-1, which, obviously is “more square”. That means you have to find a traditional IMAX screen if you want the most bang for your buck.
Why? Because the film will grow taller in those parts. The aspect ratio literally changes. If you are in a multiplex IMAX that means it will get bigger by like a foot or two. (Yes, for those paying attention that means most of the film will be letterboxed). If you are at a real IMAX theatre, it will get much bigger! Think ten feet not one foot.
How do you find a real Imax theatre? Well, you could type real imax into google and it will bring up a map, probably. There’s a good one floating around. Or, you could click here to bring up a really cool Google Earth map (assuming you have Google Earth installed) that will show them to you. In order of size they are GT, SR, MPX and digital. Try to find a GT near you, or an SR. Screw the rest. Vote with your wallets and let the execs know that you are a discerning viewer and want to see real, giant-screen movies.
Of course, Real-D 3d is also awesome, if you can’t find a big ol’ Imax nearby. I’d choose that over a mini-max. But, the vertically-extended scenes are apparently only going to be at Imax locations…so its up to you.
Update – Just came from Tron, and the vertically extended scenes are awesome. Totally worth the trip to Tempe to see the screen grow massively. Not as revolutionary as Avatar, but superb graphics for sure. Look for some VFX oscars on this one.
Tags: 2/0, 3/2, 5.1, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro-Logic, Movies, multi channel, stereo, Surround Sound, television
Dolby Digital. You know that term don’t you? You see it at the theatres, on your DVD boxes and DVD labels, on the Home-Theater-In-A-Box that you bought for some holiday or just before the “Big Football Thing”.
Oh yes, the thrill of surround sound. Helicopters flying all around, spraying bullets. Explosions that wake the neighbors because you haven’t figured out how to turn on the late-night-mode yet…hooking up all the wires…but that’s a different rant. Continue Reading Who’s to Blame for the Dolby Ripoff?…
Tags: Cheese, Fresh, Homemeade, Milk, Queso Blanco, Raw
Ok, so somehow I got it in my mind to make some homemade butter. A little research told me all I needed was some good heavy whipping cream and a jar to shake it in or a food processor. The latter two I have on hand. The first of these, as I know all too well from my previous culinary adventures can be hard to obtain in this part of the world. At least if by cream you mean something with a lot of butterfat and no non-dairy additives to “make it creamier” or whatever crap the marketers of dairy products would have you believe.
So, as usual that plan got changed into something slightly different as I discovered more information. Turns out that there is in fact a way to buy raw milk Continue Reading $15 Worth of Milk and What I Did With It…
Tags: Large Hadron Collider, LHC, physics, Rap, Video
In an earlier post I was talking about the LHC they fired up in Geneva yesterday. If you read it, good. Hopefully you ignored the technical imperfections like me saying that the particles will crash head-on. They won’t. It will actually happen at an angle. And they are not technically trying to recreate THE BIG BANG. They are trying to recreate a moment in time just after it happened.
Once again – this is a big project. It is being done by the guys that invented the World Wide Web. So, if you want to know the technical aspects about it – feel free to Google LHC, or Large Hadron Collider. If you were lucky enough to do that yesterday – you got to see Google’s tribute to the launch of the LHC with the Google LHC Logo. If you missed it, google that and you will find it.
If, however you like your science more along the lines of Schoolhouse Rock then you should check out the video below.
Tags: acceleration, CERN, laboratory, Large Hadron Collider, LHC, particle, physics, science, scientist
Well, we are still alive. I expected that anyhow. This morning was just a practice session.
Seems the guys over at CERN have successfully fired up the LHC. That’s the Large Hadron Collider for those of you that are acronymically challenged, or really don’t pay much attention to the world of particle physics.
If you care about particle physics you can check out the official press release. If you don’t care, it’s ok. It should be about 6 weeks before they fire up the massive particle accelerator with particle beams going in both directions, aimed directly at each other. Continue Reading The Tunnel Is Primed For Big Bang…