IMAX questions

Discussion in 'Movies and Television' started by jignat, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. jignat

    jignat Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2006
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    Tampa, Fl
    Hey I was thinking of seeing TF2 in IMAX, but had a few questions.

    1)Does IMAX mean the screen is always a dome shape? B/c i saw a documentary type of film in IMAX and it was like that, or is that a special case since it was part of a museum.

    2) If its not the dome style screen, what separates it from a regular version of the film- are there 3d effects , or some positional audio tricks?

    3) From the hollywood movies youve seen in IMax, would you feel it is significantly better than a modern "standard" theatre?

  2. Boggs6ft7

    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

    May 25, 2006
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    1. Dome is called Omnimax I believe and it is not the same as IMAX

    2. Extra robot scenes I believe

    3. If you are prone to motion sickness, I would not recommend it. I don't think it makes all that much difference.
  3. comaface

    comaface Crush, kill, destroy

    Jan 9, 2009
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    The dome-shaped screens/theaters are a very specific type of IMAX that is either called Omnimax or IMAX Dome. They are a lot less common than a regular IMAX.
    The difference between a non-dome IMAX and a conventional screen is in its sheer size and resolution, and from what I can tell they seem to have higher quality, positional audio. Picture quality is great and just... large.

    There is currently a bit of a controversy going on over IMAX allowing its name to be used under the moniker 'IMAX Digital' to designate screens that are actually no larger than any other screen, while still charging a premium for admission as if it were a larger IMAX screen.

    From the movies I've seen on a 'real' IMAX screen vs. a standard theater, it is significantly better and worth the cost. I've never seen one on a 'fake' IMAX so I couldn't say, but I can't imagine that it would be. Be wary of screens popping up at your local multiplex that are suddenly labelled 'IMAX Digital' without any apparent renovations that would've been necessary to install a much larger screen. Or try these:

    There are also IMAX 3D theaters, but those will be specifically labelled as such.

    I typed the word 'screen' too many times.