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Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: rapayn1
Date: January 04, 2010 08:07AM
Poll
Do You Like IMAX Movies On A 5-Story Screen Or The New Smaller Screens?
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4 votes were received.
Yes 2
 
50%
No 2
 
50%



What is the deal with all of these new AMC "Fake IMAX" or LieMax movie theaters? I was looking forward to going to see the new Avatar 3D IMAX movie. Then I discovered that it wasn't playing in what I had traditionally thought of as an IMAX movie theater. Instead, it was playing in a movie theater with basically the same size screen as any other regular movie.

IMAX to me always meant BIG. Large 5-story tall screens with a MASSIVE sound system and tiered stadium seating (never a bad seat in the house). How is it that IMAX is letting AMC sell the brand name IMAX, charge people a lot of extra money (at least in the case of Avatar), and yet it is the same as other movies? Has anyone else been shocked by this and felt like they wanted their money back? Is Real 3D a better choice now if you had to choose between the two?
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: Mini 9
Date: January 04, 2010 08:26AM
Either/or
yes or no?
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: January 04, 2010 09:34AM
Do you take your lunch or drive to school?

Is it quicker to New York or by car?
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: DavidS
Date: January 04, 2010 09:42AM
I agree with the above posters that your poll needs to be re-worded. However, the AMC IMAX theater where I saw the movie looked like a typical IMAX. It may not have been as big as the IMAX at the loca Natural History Museum, but it was certainly much larger than the regular stadium seating screens.

I also believe that the IMAX part refers to the cameras and film/digital projection technology used. While it is traditionally shown on a larger screen, I'm not sure if IMAX has any guidelines specifically on the size.
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: wolfcry911
Date: January 04, 2010 09:54AM
Tominator,
that's funny, I was taught:
Do you walk to school or take your lunch?
Is it quicker to New York or by bus?
What's the difference between an orange?
How many guns on a battleship, True or False?
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 04, 2010 10:24AM
this must be one of the threads with most non-sense content ever on MRF!
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: dk62
Date: January 04, 2010 10:31AM
There is a lot of controversy and debate about IMAX corporation not differentiating between "real" IMAX (shot by high-res IMAX film cameras, shown on enormous screens) and digital IMAX getting into movie theaters (lower resolution, smaller screens).
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: January 04, 2010 11:05AM
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wolfcry911
Tominator,
that's funny, I was taught:
Do you walk to school or take your lunch?
Is it quicker to New York or by bus?
What's the difference between an orange?
How many guns on a battleship, True or False?

Ah. I knew I remembered it a bit wrong. Your version is much closer to what I heard.

I think it was

Do you take your lunch or walk to school. (different order)
Is it quicker to New York or by train. (different mode of transport)
(The orange one was spot on.)
(I don't remember the battleship one.)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/04/2010 11:07AM by TheTominator.
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: January 04, 2010 11:53AM


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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: Mini 9
Date: January 04, 2010 12:02PM
Is the one above larger than or square?
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 04, 2010 12:54PM
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: decay
Date: January 04, 2010 01:21PM
Your poll is flawed.

"Do You Like IMAX Movies On A 5-Story Screen Or The New Smaller Screens?"

The options should be :

• 5-story
• Small

As it stands now, "yes/no" answers nothing.



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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 04, 2010 02:39PM
Quote
rapayn1
IMAX to me always meant BIG. Large 5-story tall screens with a MASSIVE sound system and tiered stadium seating

Agreed...

Quote
rapayn1
(never a bad seat in the house).

...except for that. The traditional IMAX screen is so overwhelming, I find I only enjoy sitting in the rearmost row - anything closer is too close.



It is what it is.
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: rapayn1
Date: January 04, 2010 02:50PM
LOL!!! Sorry about the poll everyone. I thought I had edited it before posting it, as I observed the same problems that many of the rest of you are now pointing out. :-) My apologies. Glad I helped give everyone a good laugh to start off the new year. :-)
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: January 04, 2010 05:21PM
So it's 7372 sf vs 1624 sf. So the original IMAX is more than 450% bigger than the "digital IMAX"

If they charge 4.5x less for the digital version, I'd be okay with it.

Really I think some other company came up with this digital thing and the movie industry wanted a way they could charge even more for movies, so they licensed the IMAX name for it.




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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: January 04, 2010 05:29PM
Every IMAX I've been to has had stadium seating where your entire peripheral vision has been taken up by screen. If you're sitting in the top row you can't see the bottom/front row. So I'm not sure what these MiniMax's are.
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: January 04, 2010 06:19PM
A company has proposed building an outdoor IMAX -- or, more properly, an "IMAX" -- theater at a local public high school. Everybody seems to think it'll be like a real IMAX, not just a drive-through screen with bench seating. [www.vcstar.com]

Seriously, how can anybody expect anything like IMAX-quality in an outdoor theater? The school is next to the freeway!

And don't even get me started on why they're using public school property to do this. In exchange for the space, the developers will let the school use the theater during school hours. Because yeah, that outdoor screen is going to be so useful in the middle of the day.
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Re: Fake IMAX and Avatar Opinions
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: January 05, 2010 03:27AM
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/05/2010 03:29AM by Joey Cupcakes.
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