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Should you see Skyfall in IMAX? Only if you want 26% more footage

Oct. 25, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Skyfall quad trimmed

I'm sure you've seen comparisons between full screen and widescreen presentations of your favorite movies on DVD - this is something kind of like that, but for the cinematic presentation of SKYFALL.  See, in the same way that the widescreen format allows for you to see more footage as part of your viewing experience than the full screen format (which cuts off bits on either side of the frame), so to will viewing Bond's latest in IMAX rather than conventional cinemas. 

Here's the full description of the difference in technical terms from the folks at IMAX themselves, followed by a comparison picture to show you just what might be missing from your non-IMAX viewing: "The filmmakers worked with the IMAX team in the post-production process to increase the aspect ratio of the film and designed the IMAX presentation of Skyfall to allow audiences to see up to 26% more of the originally captured image. The technical term for the proportional relationship between an image’s width and its height is called aspect ratio. A film made for CinemaScope 2.41:1, the standard in the industry, is cropped and uses only part of the image the movie camera captures. Like with SKYFALL, we provide filmmakers with the ability to optimize their film’s aspect ratio for an IMAX screen during production by shooting with the extremely high-resolution IMAX camera (capable of up to IMAX® 1.43:1—up to 40% more of the picture) or in post-production (capable of up to IMAX® 1.90:1—up to 26% more of the picture). So what does this mean for moviegoers? You get to see much more of the original image, resulting in a full panoramic view that makes you feel part of the action."

I tend to always check out films in IMAX if I can help it, even though the cost can be nearly double that of a normal ticket.  And when a film is not just shown on an IMAX screen but properly formatted in a way that enhances it? All the better, and all the more worth it to pay the extra money.  But maybe that's just me - what about you? Will you be seeing SKYFALL in IMAX when it hits on November 9th? And if not, are there any reasons beyond cost? Sound off below!

IMAX footage comparison

Extra Tidbit: SKYFALL is the second longest Bond movie ever made, running 2:22:58. Only CASINO ROYALE is longer, and even then just by a little over a minute.
Source: IMAX Blog

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3:50PM on 10/25/2012

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I am going to see this shit midnight for sure
I am going to see this shit midnight for sure
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10:23AM on 10/25/2012

This is stupid

The director should decide between what he/she wants. If it's shot specifically in IMAX 100% through then of course it should maintain that ratio. This isn't new, either. AVATAR, anyone? At the same time, this is a ploy for "ooh extra goodies at Imax!" when all that's happening is the original composition of the cinematography is altered, either in Imax or in standard theaters. Also P&S has often added top/bottom to the screen, and widescreen TV shows originally intended for 1.33 ratio
The director should decide between what he/she wants. If it's shot specifically in IMAX 100% through then of course it should maintain that ratio. This isn't new, either. AVATAR, anyone? At the same time, this is a ploy for "ooh extra goodies at Imax!" when all that's happening is the original composition of the cinematography is altered, either in Imax or in standard theaters. Also P&S has often added top/bottom to the screen, and widescreen TV shows originally intended for 1.33 ratio have been released; many times to hilarious reveals behind-the-scenes due to that extra space.... I don't like this claim of "betterness" when all it really is is destruction of the filmmakers' intent.
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9:52AM on 10/25/2012
Phew, for a moment there I misinterpreted the headline as meaning there was some sort of super-extended cut that would only be shown in IMAX theaters.
Phew, for a moment there I misinterpreted the headline as meaning there was some sort of super-extended cut that would only be shown in IMAX theaters.
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8:21AM on 10/25/2012

Review

Saw it last night at a private screening. Reviewed it in MFC Reviews. Excellent flick !
Saw it last night at a private screening. Reviewed it in MFC Reviews. Excellent flick !
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8:20AM on 10/25/2012

Am i missing something here?

How is showing what the filmmakers purposefully left outside their chosen aspect ratio a good thing? You're fundamentally altering the presented image by reinstating portions of the image that we are not supposed to see, damaging the artistic integrity of the picture.
How is showing what the filmmakers purposefully left outside their chosen aspect ratio a good thing? You're fundamentally altering the presented image by reinstating portions of the image that we are not supposed to see, damaging the artistic integrity of the picture.
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8:19AM on 10/25/2012

i NEED to see that odometer.

IMAX here i come!!!
IMAX here i come!!!
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6:59AM on 10/25/2012
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6:58AM on 10/25/2012
It's too damn expensive and a regular movie theater is much more cosy. Watching a movie in Imax is like watching it in a gym.
It's too damn expensive and a regular movie theater is much more cosy. Watching a movie in Imax is like watching it in a gym.
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6:58AM on 10/25/2012
And yet 2.41:1 looks better to me. More cinematic.
And yet 2.41:1 looks better to me. More cinematic.
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6:58AM on 10/25/2012
agreed
agreed
8:17AM on 10/25/2012
yeah but you cant see the odometer!
yeah but you cant see the odometer!
8:43AM on 10/25/2012
Haha, I was thinking that as I wrote my post.

But from an esthetic point of view I still prefer the original aspect ratio; the odometer is better left out in my opinion.
Haha, I was thinking that as I wrote my post.

But from an esthetic point of view I still prefer the original aspect ratio; the odometer is better left out in my opinion.
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