Tron Legacy Will Have 5 Sequences in Tall IMAX Screen Size
by Alex Billington
February 28, 2010
There's a lot of buzz for Tron Legacy right now and it's for good measure because after seeing the trailer, it's my most anticipated movie coming up this year. After the premiere at the event in Los Angeles this past weekend, Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I talked briefly with director Joe Kosinski in the lobby. When asked about aspect ratios, Kosinski told us that there would be 5 sequences that would be shown in a taller full-size aspect ratio as if it were nearly top-to-bottom IMAX size (even though it's not). There have been only two other movies to show IMAX scenes: The Dark Knight and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
For all you tech nerds, Kosinski said that the aspect ratio of the movie itself is normally is 2.4:1, which is normal anamorphic widescreen. But for those 5 sequences, the aspect ratio will be 1.77:1, which is not full IMAX, but he may have been mistaken. The full IMAX ratio is 1.43:1, but it sounds like they're still trying to push to nearly full IMAX for those 5 scenes. I'm already excited for this movie and all this does is make me more excited. Although I know Transformers 2 wasn't a good movie, those full IMAX scenes were some of the best visual moments. And the same goes for The Dark Knight. I'd love to see an entire movie like this.
In addition, the trailer confirms another interesting little bit about Tron Legacy. Most of the first part of the movie, which is when we meet Sam Flynn and follow him in the real world, will be presented in 2D. It's not until we step foot into the Tron computer world does it go full 3D. It's kind of a Wizard of Oz effect and you'll get a small glimpse of this in the trailer if you see it in 3D in front of Alice in Wonderland. I love what Kosinski is doing with this, playing with the visuals in a way we haven't ever seen before. And once you get a glimpse of the trailer, you'll be excited to know that we'll get to see this in glorious IMAX on December 17th.