Tron Legacy Will Have 5 Sequences in Tall IMAX Screen Size

February 28, 2010

Tron Legacy

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.

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  • Gill
    Epic is an understatement.
  • Brandon
    Sweet! Can't wait for the trailer.
  • So it only goes 3D once in the computer world. That's kind of cool.
  • inspiredefined
    Not that it can hold a candle to this film, but I just wanted to point out... Spy Kids 3-D employed the "glasses on when you're in the game world, glasses off when you're in the real world" idea first...
  • adam
    Avatar was presented in 1.78:1 for IMAX 3D.
  • JimD
    This is a movie where I can see 3D being appropriate at the right time. Where it would work to enhance the telling of the story and experience at certain point in the film. I'm just curious will people wear their 3D glasses through the whole movie? Do you somehow know that you should put your glasses on at certain point in the movie? How would you handle that fror the regular joe consumer going to watch the movie? If the first part is in the real world is 2D I dont want to wear the glasses.
  • #5 - Right, I think he's doing something similar to Avatar. Apparently it will be full top-to-bottom on digital IMAX screens, but it still have some small black bars on regular "old" film IMAX screens.
  • Shane
    I agree with #6. I'm not a huge fan of 3D, mainly because it's just rarely used properly. Avatar did it well, and after seeing the Tron Legacy trailer in Toronto this weekend... it does, too.




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