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Paramount Goes IMAX in 2011, M:I4 to Have IMAX-Shot Scenes

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January 12, 2011

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Earning quite a bit of good money on Tron Legacy, IMAX is on a roll right now and to keep it up, they need to line up some big stuff in 2011. Well - Paramount and IMAX officially announced that they'll be releasing four of their big tentpole movies from 2011 on IMAX: J.J. Abrams' Super 8, Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Spielberg/Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Best of all, they say that Mission: Impossible will feature "scenes shot with IMAX cameras" that, like The Dark Knight, will feature a fullframe IMAX shots.

If you love seeing movies on a gigantic IMAX screen, then there's some good stuff coming up to enjoy on it (especially while we wait for The Dark Knight Rises), that's for sure. "Consumer demand for The IMAX Experience has never been higher," said Paramount's Rob Moore. "Coupled with the rising popularity of the IMAX brand, the growing number of IMAX screens and the increased interest from our top filmmakers to have their movies offered in this format, IMAX is and continues to be a key part of our release strategy." Always glad to hear them supporting IMAX. The Adventures of Tintin and Transformers 3 were shot in 3D and will be released in IMAX 3D, however Super 8 and the new Mission Impossible sequel won't be in 3D.

"When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of -- and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format."

I'm most excited to learn that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is getting entire IMAX scenes, as those blew me away in The Dark Knight. We haven't seen that utilized again since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and that was kind of a waste anyway. This time though we have Pixar mastermind Brad Bird at the helm and know that he's dabbling in IMAX makes me anxious with excitement to see something from this new sequel already. No word on the length or exact number of scenes we'll see in IMAX, but the more the merrier. Super 8 will be released on June 10th, 2011; Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be released on July 1st, 2011; Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol will be released on December 16th, 2011; and The Adventures of Tintin will be released on December 28th, 2011. Which of these are you most excited for?

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  • KING
    damn. cant wait. i dont care what people say bout transformers. that shit is gonna be crazy with some crazy action scenes
  • max s,
    I'm in for all of them except for tintin cuz i don't know what the hell that is, but yeah i'm most looking forward to Mission Impossible 4 out of this list then Transformers 3, say what you will about the story and acting but the special effects in those movies are awesome, and then Super 8, i just really want to see some more footage for Super 8
  • Mross
    Lots of incorrect info here! Tron had full screen shots, and 2011 is LOADED with IMAX films...Green Hornet, Sanctum, Mars Needs Moms, Sucker Punch, THOR, Pirates of the Carribean 4, Cars2, Transformers 3, Harry Potter 7.5....deep breath...
    • Anonymous
      You need to read more carefully. It says Paramount will be releasing 4 movies on IMAX. Those movies that you mentioned have nothing to do with Paramount: Sucker Punch, Harry Potter 7 Part 2 (Warner Bros.), Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (Disney) and so on... Only Thor is released by paramount, but not in IMAX.
    • Yea, exactly what Isildur said. Not only that, but nothing in this is "incorrect" - it all came from a press release! Plus, those 4 movies are 4 of the biggest this year, one of which you listed (Transformers 3...) and beyond that, Mission: Impossible 4 is the ONLY movie this year actually shooting scenes in the IMAX format! So this is definitely a worthwhile announcement.
  • Anonymous
    Hmm... I'm excited for Super 8 (loved Cloverfield) and for Tintin although I don't know much about this film. Of course, everyone will see Transformers 3 and M:I4, including me, but I want something new, something fresh; and I think they'll be just fine on IMAX screens.
  • Parker
    IMAX is great and all (I'm an IMAX projectionist) but people really need to see the truth with this whole IMAX craze. I've had our IMAX representative tell me that digital IMAX's are nothing more than a digital projector with the IMAX name on it. He said the screens were even smaller than the "classic" IMAX screens and I'm not talking about the domes either. But people are stupid and they would rather pay more money to watch a movie that wasn't even shot with an IMAX camera than pay a cheaper price to watch a 35mm movie.
  • Mark nerditall
    This can be overwhelming and an exhaustive subject!! Imax/3d and digital versus 35mm, You have to understand specs on poloarized lenses and 3d, understand 4k digital projection and Imax 250/ MP equivalent  resolution and screen sizes,Imax camera cost and limited time use. Understand 35mm digital scans to 2k or 4k. Bottom line we are getting treated as ginny pigs for tech experiments and we l aren't educated so they will take our money!. I learned most important is poloraized 3d is a waste of money, reduces resolution by half! (why do you thing shutters are $150 for home 3d).  digital IMAX movies are all scanned to 2k Upscaled  to say 4-8k digital Imax projectors and if it features 70mm parts sadly down-scaled!!! except for 70mm Imax projector equipped theaters,35mm is up-scaled up to 14k and while  parts shot in 70 remain "Perfect!" !! But sceinece films/documentaries thoose are played at full 70mm at science centers. SO bottom Line stay away from 3d and upscale garbage , stick with 4k digital projectors!! unless Movie has 70 mm parts go IMAX real IMAX 70mm theater near you..

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