Superman IMAX Release Delay - UPDATED
by Alex Billington
June 11, 2006
I was talking with my theatre's manager and he mentioned that, for his theatre, the IMAX (3D) showing of Superman Returns may not make it to midnight release times or even release day (on the 28th). The reasoning was that the IMAX reel, to fall within time requirements for an IMAX movie, had to be 3 minutes shorter than the regular reel. So what they did is just "speed up" the credits scroll to fall within time. Apparently in the industry, every single person in the credits must approve the credits, and also approve this change. So they were still working to get approval, and then go into production on the reels, and then send them to the theatres, meaning it wouldn't arrive until Tuesday (the day of 10PM/Midnight showings). And finally, because an IMAX reel is much bigger and arrives in 100 individual reels, the build takes long hours and then the movie has to be synced twice in prep (because of the 3D)… which means at least 5 hours of watching it twice for sync + all the time to build the reel. All of this combined couldn't happen in time for the 10PM showings. And he sounded like this was fairly sure to be the case (even this far out). Just a lil' heads up that I heard from my friend in the theatre if you are planning on going to that.
I'm actually going to a regular screening, as I prefer the midnight atmosphere in that theatre wayyy better. And hell yes we will have full on coverage of all that madness!
UPDATE: I spoke with the manager here. He said they've (the studio) has worked it out and they should be getting their reels in on Sunday, but it's not confirmed. As far as it sounds, they all should have their reels and the 10PM showings should be on as planned. Now, this is a should. I'm sure most theatres are still being cautious incase something falls through and they get them late. Of course, check with your theatre on Monday to find out 100% for sure. Talk to a manger and so on and you'll know whether they've got to move it or not. That's the update - and enjoy Superman!!