Although it may often be too much to take in all at once, seeing a movie in IMAX can be a hell of an experience.
Even though I got a headache from watching Avatar in 3D IMAX, it was certainly worth it because the film was amazing. Similarly, seeing Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight flicks in IMAX was pretty sweet too because he shoots with an IMAX camera, which makes the city skylines and action sequences look truly breathtaking, even when they’re shown in normal 35 mm.
We recently reported that the long-awaited adaptation of Ender’s Game will indeed have an IMAX release, and now word has spread all over the ‘Net that Raiders of the Lost Ark return in IMAX for a total of one week, starting on September 7. As Deadline reminds us, this is a week before the Indiana Jones flicks come out on Blu-ray on September 18 as The Complete Indiana Jones Collection.
Frankly, this is something I’d enjoy seeing myself because I still love the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s still the best of the series no contest, and it still holds up very well. There’s a lot of great sequences I’d love to see in the biggest format possible, such as the big rolling boulder. Tickets are on sale in advance, and you can snap them up via Fandango and IMAX.com.
The Wrap is also reporting that Steven Spielberg assisted with the IMAX conversion, and it’s doubtful there’s going to be any Lucas style meddling even though Lucas is executive producer on the Indy flicks, but the audio tracks have been redone in surround sound, which should be a definite plus.
As the big Spiel himself said, “When the boulder is rolling, chasing Indy through the cave, you really feel the boulder in your stomach, the way you do when a marching band passes by, and you’re standing right next to it.”
Again, this is certainly something I can get behind, and Hollywood is definitely IMAX-ing out these days, which seems to be the latest technology the town is hoping will bring audiences back to theaters. For those confused and bewildered by the last Indy film, definitely go back and see Raiders again when you can, and be reminded what all the hubbub was about in the first place.