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Get some PRIORITIES! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4229973)

The worst terrorist attack in recorded history occurred a year ago tomorrow, followed by a Holy War against Islam, and now Israel and the Palestinians as well as India and Pakistan are teetering on the brink of their own war, Argentina is in the midst of a financial crisis, America is considering launching attacks against Somalia and Iraq, and you people have the gall to be discussing Attack of the Clones???? My *god*, people, GET SOME PRIORITIES!

The bodies of the thousands of innocent civilians who died (and will die) in these unprecedented events could give a good god damn about Attack of the Clones, your childish Lego models, your nerf toy guns and whining about the lack of a "fun" workplace, your Everquest/Diablo/D&D fixation, the latest Cowboy Bebop rerun, or any of the other ways you are "getting on with your life" (here's a hint: watching Cowboy Bebop in your jammies and eating a bowl of Shreddies is *not* "getting on with your life"). The souls of the victims are watching in horror as you people squander your finite, precious time on this earth playing video games!

You people disgust me!

Re:Get some PRIORITIES! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4229998)

What?

Re:Get some PRIORITIES! (0, Offtopic)

furiousgeorge (30912) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230012)

blah blah blah.

GET OVER IT.

Yes it was a horrible tragedy.
Yes we should do what is required to make sure it doesn't happen.

NO - MOST OF US DON"T WANT TO RELIVE IT EVERY SINGLE FUCKING MINUTE UNTIL THE END OF TIME.

Gawd - some of you people are like a dog with a tennis ball..... Let it go. In case you haven't noticed, memorials, etc are NOT for the dead. The dead are dead - they don't care. They are for the living. And this country is so ridiculously self absorbed it cannot miss another chance to wring it's hands and wail at the sky about these attackes. Christ - let it go.

I think Jim Lehrer said it best when he was asked how the media should remember the attacks:

"As quietly as possible".

YHABT. YHAL. HAND. (-1)

govtcheez (524087) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230287)

You have all been trolled. You have all lost. Have a nice day. Jesus - learn to spot a troll.

Re:Get some PRIORITIES! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230052)

suck it... nigga

Re:Get some PRIORITIES! (0, Offtopic)

PHAEDRU5 (213667) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230100)

Take a chill pill, dude!

Don't you understand that the best way to fight these grim, bronze-age moralists is to laugh?

Don't you understand that the perfect answer to Osama is Madonna's butt in your face on a 63" projection TV?

Speaking of Osama, don't you understand that radical Islam managed to wage a war that lasted less than 90 minutes, beginning at the WTC and ending in a field in Pennsylvania? Not the shortest war in history, but pretty short nonetheless.

As far as I'm concerned, the proper way to remember 9/11 is to do what Americans do best: PARTY!

Osama, rotting in his grave, will never forgive us.

Sorry if this is a bit incoherent, but you hit a little nerve.

Re:Get some PRIORITIES! (1)

TheWickedKingJeremy (578077) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230375)

Though I would have worded it differently, I agree with this view... In the long run, it is probably more effective to drop huge loads of Beatles CD's and walkmans over these countries rather than straffing them with AC-130's. All it takes is one generation...

Re:Get some PRIORITIES! (1)

DaytonCIM (100144) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230193)

Whoa... put down that fifth cup of coffee and step away from the computer. Go outside and take a deep breath.

Please don't think for a moment that the /. community is not aware of current political and social affairs. We are. More than you are aware.

In addition, don't think for a moment that the /. community isn't active in political and social affairs. We are. More than you are aware.

However, it is not realistic to expect us to discuss only one topic. One issue. One idea. Etc...

People die, everyday. Nations attack each other, everyday. Children go hungry, everyday. That sucks... but life and work goes on. And so must we.

So, we discuss "bubble-gum" topics like AOTC going to IMAX.

Personally, I think it's cool. Seeing a 40 foot tall Yoda will be cool. Does it change what's going on in the Middle-East, Africa, Asia, or Los Angeles? No. Does it make the world a better place? Probably not.
But it will give my wife and I some enjoyment for a couple of hours. And enjoyment and happiness is what's important, my friend.

Out.

Maximize the Crap! (4, Troll)

toupsie (88295) | more than 11 years ago | (#4229980)

Now that Star Wars is nothing more than a marketing tool for crappy fast food meals and stupid action figures, it doesn't surprise me that they are going to go "IMAX" to boost the take of AotC so "My Fat Greek Wedding" (A far better movie) won't beat it at the box office this year. Yes, "My Fat Greek Wedding" is better than Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

Re:Maximize the Crap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230021)

AMEN!

"I'll have one Anakin Happy Meal (TM) please!"

Windex! (2)

toupsie (88295) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230050)

The only marketing in "My Fat Greek Wedding" was the constant plugging of Windex which is one product you rarely see "placed" in a film.

Totally. (2, Funny)

Captain_Stupendous (473242) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230374)

Just my quick two cents: I totally agree. MBFGW was a thousand times better than that cereal-pushing, merchandise-spawning, whiny-Canadian-Ptretty-Boy-Starring multi-million dollar fiasco.

That said, I'm still going to see Episode 3

I mean, come on. It's STAR WARS, people!

Who cares? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4229997)

Who really gives a damn?

PORN (-1, Troll)

Fussy Part (598751) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230000)

Forget all these fancy schmancy special effect orgies. I want some real orgies on my IMAX.. Can you imagine watching BUTT BANG PRINCESS IX in that huge oval screen? They should make it 3D as well, for extra sensory stimulation.

Re:PORN (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230046)

I hear they have sex in real life now.

Re:PORN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230219)

Amen to that!

Man that was funny.

Re:PORN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230253)

Forget all these fancy schmancy special effect orgies. I want some real orgies on my IMAX.. Can you imagine watching BUTT BANG PRINCESS IX in that huge oval screen? They should make it 3D as well, for extra sensory stimulation.

Uhh... just what I wanted. Some porn king's jizz shooting off the screen at my face. Eww...

Haven't seen it yet, IMAX doesn't do it (1, Insightful)

gosand (234100) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230001)

Honestly, I haven't even seen it yet, and the idea of seeing it on an IMAX doesn't pique my interest at all. You know what? I have survived this long without seeing it. I may not even give Blockbuster my $2.99 when it comes out for rent.

Re:Haven't seen it yet, IMAX doesn't do it (1)

TheKubrix (585297) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230102)

Brillent review of the movie, and you didn't give out any spoilers either! hurah! Your comment had NOTHING to do with the article, other than trolling about it not interesting you,....well why should it, you havn't even seen it!!

Re:Haven't seen it yet, IMAX doesn't do it (2, Insightful)

JahToasted (517101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230126)

$2.99 is too much... wait for it to come on cable (and only if you have 2 hours to waste).

Re:Haven't seen it yet, IMAX doesn't do it (5, Funny)

Cy Guy (56083) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230170)

I may not even give Blockbuster my $2.99 when it comes out for rent.

And that will only be 11 days later [amazon.com].

For those who don't live near an Imax theatre, might I suggest this as an alternative buy the DVD [amazon.com], then sit two feet from the TV while you play it wearing headphones. If that isn't realistic enough, then invite a couple of teenage fan boys over to talk during the movie.

Then again, who can really complain about a 40' tall Natalie Portman?

Re:Haven't seen it yet, IMAX doesn't do it (2, Funny)

dfenstrate (202098) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230322)

Then again, who can really complain about a 40' tall Natalie Portman?

I could. What fun is it when the notion of "probing" Portman with your "lightsaber" really involves a wetsuit and a flashlight?

In a related story... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230248)

I am not interested in the sport of polo. I might not pay for a single lesson.

WHO GIVES A FUCK

Great... (3, Funny)

Noofus (114264) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230005)

So Jar Jar is now going to be a BIG pain in the ass instead of just a 'pain in the ass'. Whats next - giant tribbles?

Re:Great... (1)

TheKubrix (585297) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230037)

What are you talking about? He was HARDLY in this episode (thank god).

Re:Great... (3, Insightful)

Lord Apathy (584315) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230294)

He was hardly in the episode that is true but one must take notice of the part he played. From the lip of Jar Jar spoke the words that handed over the republic to the emperor.

Figures (4, Insightful)

Phoenix (2762) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230011)

George Lucas must be a bit miffed that Spiderman was the bigger hit and is trying to put the final nail in the "who made more money" coffin.

Re:Figures (1, Interesting)

Lord Apathy (584315) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230329)

Sorry, but I don't think spiderman has anything to do with it. I think George has bigger fish in mind or would that be hobbits?

10SEP02 Lunch (-1)

Guns n' Roses Troll (207208) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230017)

Today's lunch was very good.

- Two (2) large stuffed cabbages [ate one, saved one for dinner]
- Boiled potatos
- 16oz Snapple Raspberry Iced Tea
- 16oz Snapple Apple

Overall rating : 6.8/10

great! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230018)

i think this might be bad for linux :(

A Dream Come True (3, Funny)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230023)

Finally...I can completely immerse myself in the sickly sweet meadow scene.

And watch Yoda bounce and skitter across the heads of the audience down in front.

Some of the more grandiose, expansive scenes will come out nicely though. These are what IMAX does best. The droid factory, the clone factory, and the city chase will be especially striking.

Re:A Dream Come True (1)

marauder404 (553310) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230217)

And watch Yoda bounce and skitter across the heads of the audience down in front.
Actually, I was looking forward to Natalie Portman's Yodas bouncing and skittering across the heads of the audience down in the front. Yum!

Re:A Dream Come True (1)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230270)

You're absolutely correct. . .

Instead of getting a two hour quake like headache from watching this movie, I'll get a half day headache. Maybe even a migrane.

Bigger is not necessarily better. This movie (and I'm not being sarcastic) is best suited for the small screen . . . better resolution . . . and no sick feeling similar to playing first person shooters all afternoon.

Re:A Dream Come True (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230338)

Well, bear in mind that not everyone does get motion sickness from first-person-shooters.

Of my friends, in fact, only one does. The vast majority can play Unreal Tournament or Counter-Strike or Command & Conquer: Renegade all day with no adverse reactions other than a loss of time sense.

The guy who does get sick, however, does also get sick from IMAX pictures, just as you suggest.

The rest of us, however, may well get increased enjoyment of big expansive scenes on an IMAX screen. I've never seen AotC, but I do know that I've enjoyed IMAX pictures in general.

Re:A Dream Come True (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230291)

Some of the more grandiose, expansive scenes will come out nicely though

Like the scene in the evidently chilly ship cockpit with Portman?

Re:A Dream Come True (2)

Xaoswolf (524554) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230364)

I can completely immerse myself in the sickly sweet meadow scene

Now when I sleep through this part, I can actually feel like I'm sleeping in a gentle grassland. Perhaps I'll bring a fan so I can feel the wind on my face. I'll just need to bring someone to wake me up for the good parts, incase the gentle meadow were to put me too deeply asleep.

Re:A Dream Come True (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230371)

Bill and Ted would say "Most Excellent", not "Totally Excellent".

jeez... (5, Interesting)

skydude_20 (307538) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230024)

those slashdot editors, took my title and still rejected it..
2002-09-10 16:46:30 Attack of the really big Clones (articles,movies) (rejected)

Tasty Pixels! (2, Informative)

asdfasdfasdfasdf (211581) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230027)

Well, that should make the pixels on the screen that I saw on standard 35mm about as big as a life-size R2. Nausiating Pixelicous goodness.

Seriously, though, "Beauty and the beast" was hard to watch in IMAX, because you could see every little artist flaw, and the 1990-era CGI looked really terrible. And 'clones' was shot in 1920x1080, that should make the pixels approxamately, what, one foot square each? Yikes.

Re:Tasty Pixels! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230104)

Apparently you havent seen Star Wars on digital. There was absolutely no pixelization on the screen whatsoever, because of the process DLP uses to soften the lines. Seeing Star Wars in digital was quite a step up from film, though I have to admit it was the uncompressed 24 bit audio that was most impressive versus film.

Re:Tasty Pixels! (1)

asdfasdfasdfasdf (211581) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230265)

Actually, I did. And you're right, it looked much, much better. However, IMAX is a celluloid process, and doesn't benefit from those features of DLP-- And I find it hard to believe that if they could have done something to lessen the artifacts on the celluloid for the theater, or 95% of the the viewers of this movie, they didn't. So, I fully expect the IMAX version to have these issues, and more.

pixel == 0.625 inch (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230178)

Assuming that the 100 foot wide screen mentioned in the article is correct, and your stat of 1920 pixels wide is also correct then:

1920 pixels / 100 feet = 19.2 pixels per foot.
12 inches per foot / 19.2 pixels per foot = 0.625 inches

Re:Tasty Pixels! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230313)

Exept that after processing the ORIGINAL shots and prepping them for release ALL evidence of pixels are removed. I was working in the pixel removal commity so I know. It is a two stage process involving sulpher and turpentine. Very smelly, but effective.
Paning

my boot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230029)

your ass - they will meet soon.

Re:my boot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230085)

Suck it Trebek!

International version? (2)

Hektor_Troy (262592) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230040)

There are no plans to distribute the Imax version of "Clones" internationally.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Who do I have to beat up with a light saber to get it to Europe (Denmark)?

Re:International version? (3, Funny)

VivianC (206472) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230258)

Who do I have to beat up with a light saber to get it to Europe (Denmark)?

Don't worry. I'm sure the DivX version will be on the P2P networks in a matter of hours after the first show.

Size Matters (1)

Screamer49 (541759) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230042)

Wonder how tall Yodi is on an IMAX screen...

Yodi? (Re:Size Matters) (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230169)

Who is this Yodi of whom you speak? A great Jedi master was he, until he turned to the dark side? Or perhaps an unknown spawn of the scenes cut from SW2, in which Yoda gets jiggy with JarJar (was their gender firmly established?).

Great! (1)

iamchaos (572797) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230047)

Now I can watch horrible directing, actors with bad dialog and no chemistry as well as the use of old ideas. All of these wonderful things on a REALLY BIG SCREEN. Just how I want to spend November 1. ~g

Pixels! (2)

DrXym (126579) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230062)

Who wants to see AOTC on a massive screen? The pixelation was bad enough on a normal screen. Perhaps LucasFilms have developed an advanced interpolation algorithm to overcome the problem.

Re:Pixels! (4, Insightful)

ProfBooty (172603) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230159)

i saw it in a digital screen, the image was much clearer, but suffered from the "tron" effect, people just jumped out from the cgi backgrounds pasted behind them.

the upside was that you could actually see yoda moving around and he wasnt a blur like the first time i saw the movie

seeing it in digital did not make it a better movie, but seeing it on an IMAX, if properally formatted might be really nice for the battle scenes.

Pretty Skimpy on the Details (2)

Murdock037 (469526) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230064)

I know Episode II wasn't the greatest of flicks, but that's a whole huge flamewar waiting to happen. Moving on...

The real question: The CNN story doesn't list cities where it'll be playing. Anybody find any stories elsewhere that list venues?

Re:Pretty Skimpy on the Details (1)

DaytonCIM (100144) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230311)

Considering Edwards Theatres here in Orange County, CA cut half of their IMAX theatres (due to NO ticket sales), I'm sure I'll have to travel to LA or better yet Vegas. :)

Moviefone.com will have the dates and times sometime soon.

Re:Pretty Skimpy on the Details (2)

Dannon (142147) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230332)

I was wondering the same thing, especially whether it'd be showing in my city. I did a search for "Star Wars" films on the IMAX web site, and only got a documentary on Star Wars special effects. The web sites of companies running local IMAX theaters didn't tell me much, either (except that Apollo 13 is Coming Soon). I'm guessing a formal announcement hasn't been made yet.

I fail to see the point (2)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230065)

Of showing movies shot with the idea of standard movie theater in mind being shown on a IMAX screen. What's the big deal? It's just a bigger screen. I can see that (with exception of Crappy Audio) at a drive in!

Hmm. All I want for christmas.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230068)

Is a 360 view of Helm's Deep.

Now *that* would be truly impressive.

One day, we might view movies in a totally different way. We might don our skin-tight suits, look embarassed as they show off our beer guts, and then say, "Screw it!", heft Narsil, and visit bloody death upon the servants of Orthanc.

Until then, I want my 360 views.

Still, I don't think any movie, not even LotR, or even Star Wars, will make 360 views replace current day movies. Sure, it might be cool to look around and see *everything*, but the average person already misses tons of stuff on a simple one-angle flat screen.

didn't need it bigger (3, Funny)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230077)

I fail to see how blowing up the image and putting me a lot closer to it is going to make it any easier to watch anakin explain to the senator how her skin isn't like sand.

I have a feeling it'd have the opposite effect.

Now maybe if they just took the last 20 minutes of the movie and put it on replay for an hour and half they'd be on to something.

Not to be a troll... (3, Insightful)

JahToasted (517101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230087)

That movie was painful enough as it is on the big screen, why torture yourself and watch it on a really, really big screen? On the scale of suckage this is like a blackhole.

Now the original starwars and empire, that would be cool (am I getting old?).

Is anyone else going to see episode 3 only because we know anikin is gonna get his ass kicked by obi-wan?

Alright, mod away, I got karma to burn.

Re:Not to be a troll... (1)

txsable (169665) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230383)

My wife and I actually got to see Star Wars - New Hope (the redone version with extra Han Solo action!) on the IMAX screen in San Antonio, Texas. It was great - the images weren't 'full screen' (imagine - letterboxed on an IMAX?), but the audio was tremendous!

Offtopic - SourceForge (2, Insightful)

Schnapple (262314) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230090)

This is offtopic but I decided to ask this question the next time a Star Wars topic came around.

As we've seen, there are lots of SourceForge ads on Slashdot (both part of OSDN, I know). There are a few different kinds, but the two I see most often are the ones based off of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Now, I dunno/don't care about the LOTR ones but I was curious - since we all know how hard Lucas___ can come down on copyright infringement, how is it that SourceForge is able to advertise using clearly Star Wars related ads? Or are they different enough from Star Wars to avoid it?

Heh (3, Interesting)

the Man in Black (102634) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230095)

Anything to get it over Spider-Man, eh?

http://us.imdb.com/Charts/usatopmovies

Oh, that Lucas. Anything to say "Episode II: Highest grossing movie of 2002!!!"

Spider-Man: $403,706,375
Episode II: $301,131,530

Re:Heh (1)

Bryant (25344) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230222)

I bet LotR's victory grates more -- AotC is about 20 million under LotR. And another 20 million would put AotC into the top ten movies of all time list... saving it from being the first SW movie not to make the top ten.

Re:Heh (0)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230297)

Oh please. "Anything"?

Good lord, imagine the gall of playing the movie in a theatre. Of all the nerve.

i wonder... (5, Interesting)

gol64738 (225528) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230110)

i wonder if the original film was converted using the newly developed technology by RedHat called IMAX DMRTM using Dell PowerEdge servers.
at the last LinuxWorld show in San Francisco, i was able to catch bits of a converted Apollo 13 to IMAX format.
holy crap, the launch scene was absolutely incredible and shots from the moon actually brought a tear to my eye.
with this technology, any movie can be converted to IMAX format. here's a blurb from RedHat:

"IMAX's new patent-pending technology, IMAX® DMRTM (Digital Re-mastering), uses the processing power of Dell PowerEdge servers to re-purpose individual frames of 35mm film into IMAX films are projected on screens eight-stories high and 120-feet wide with high caliber sound and image quality. Apollo 13 is the first theatrical live-action film to be digitally re-mastered for The IMAX Experience.

The IMAX DMR technology resides at IMAX's Toronto data center which processes several hundred gigabytes of data daily and is one of the largest rendering farms in Canada. IMAX uses dozens of Dell PowerEdge 2550 servers running Red Hat Linux for its DMR process, as well as an additional cluster of Dell PowerEdge 2550 servers for testing. IMAX chose Dell PowerEdge servers running Red Hat Linux for its IMAX DMR process because of the easy-to-use industry-standard platform, outstanding price and performance, and superior Dell support."

Re:i wonder... (2)

GoRK (10018) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230262)

Well, wasnt AoTC shot "all digital" ... seems they would not need to remaster a bunch of 35mm film for this one.

~GoRK

Then on to the good stuff (2)

wytcld (179112) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230308)

Hope they do Space Cowboys soon.

Also, Pinocchio, the one Disney cartoon masterpiece.

Then they can stop. Human civilization will have been completed.

I seen one movie at an IMAX (1)

Squarewav (241189) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230115)

IT was the scorpian king, I was kinda expecting them to at least blow the image up so that it reached from the left side of the screen to the righ, insted was typical 35mm image on a 70mm screen was presented with the ultimate letter box with 20 or so feet top and bottom and 10 feet left and right so you hade this huge screen with an image smaller then most larger movie theaters, wasnt a total loss the seating lay out was nice in that your view is much higher then the person in front of you and the sound was good, I realy dont expect AOTC to be much better unless they plan on converting it to 3:4 format and blowing it up full screen

Ok, I will see it if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230125)

Ok, I will see it if they use the entire half-dome screen and not only that silly squarish format projected onto a smallish part of it. I want it fish-eye all the way.

Ahem... (2)

daeley (126313) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230135)

I just happen to have a chance cube here. Blue, I won't see the movie on Imax. Red, I'll queue up early.

(Roll cube and wave my own hand over it.)

Blue! What a surprise!

Seen It... (1)

dissonant7 (572834) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230147)

...at the Mall of Georgia IMAX , right when the movie first came out. Of course, it was merely the normal print shown on an IMAX projector, but it was still pretty nice. They play alot of geeky movies on the IMAX screen there. I also saw Fellowship of the Ring, XXX, and Spiderman on the IMAX screen, and I look forward to seeing The Two Towers, the next James Bond, and the next Star Trek flicks on it. And no, the pixels weren't a foot tall.

It's going to suck! iMax isn't made for this (3, Insightful)

Anonym1ty (534715) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230154)

Yeah the idea of Star Wars on iMax is a good idea... EXCEPT the movie wasn't filmed for iMax. iMax was made to give you the feeling of being pulled into the action with it's peripheral vision filling screensize. Putting this movie on it will give you headaches and seizures. all those huge 7-story tall people on both sides of the screen making you move your head more than a tennis match

Not to mention the frame rate of iMax causes an obvious flicker when projected so large. And that this movie was filmed digitally with resolution that = crap to many movie goers now... If you couldn't tell then, I'll bet you can tell on iMax!

It will look like another iMax movie that was screwed up by camera shots that were all wrong for such a big screen

See What I hate about iMax [slashdot.org] - It isn't really iMax I hate, just what some people do to it.

Re:It's going to suck! iMax isn't made for this (2)

foobar104 (206452) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230326)

See What I hate about iMax...

You know what I hate? When somebody consistently screws up a trademark that's easy to get right. It's IMAX, all caps. Not "iMax," which looks like you were typing "iMac" and you fat-fingered it.

Digital Clones Facts & Figures (5, Interesting)

asdfasdfasdfasdf (211581) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230187)

According to this site, [1570films.com] the average imax screen is 21.5m x 15.6m.

The resolution of 'Clones' was in the neighborhood of 2000x1000 (2.2 million pixels sony 24p) [starwars.com]

We can assume it will be pan and scan (as all IMAX-conversions so far have been)--IMAX is 4:3.

Therefore, the vertical resolution will be about 1000 pixels per 15.6m, or 1.56 CM each. That's a pretty huge pixel. Ow.

Re:Digital Clones Facts & Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230267)

Not necessarily pan and scan, last movies I saw on IMAX (years ago, Top Gun and Apocolypse Now) were letterboxed.

It was just basically a really big screen. You don't experience IMAX unless you see something that was filmed for it.

BTW the 'pixels' on the Jumbo-Tron at Toronto's SkyDome are about a half a foot square. So long as you're not right up against the screen you wouldn't notice.

Re:Digital Clones Facts & Figures (1)

asdfasdfasdfasdf (211581) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230317)

I can't say for sure, because I didn't see the ones you did, but I think the ones you've seen are the 35MM prints shown on an IMAX screen-- so they are what their original formats were --widescreen.. Beauty and the Beast was actually reproduced on IMAX stock-- and it was letterboxed.

There've been a couple of movies specifically re-done on IMAX, but not very many.

working conditions at iMax (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230205)

You all glorify iMax, but you don't think of the atrocities iMax workers have faced at the hands of upper management in the past. The work sucks [worksucks.tk] website has ranked it at number 3 [worksucks.tk] on it's list [worksucks.tk] of cruel employers, and for good reason, too.

Hope it works better than Matrix. (2)

beleg777 (551987) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230250)

I went to the Matrix in IMAX, and I seriously hope this survives the transition better. The Matrix came out with horrid color and degraded picture quality.

Also, I'm assuming that the IMAX media won't be showing it in digital format, so I hope that the larger size doesn't just enhance the fact that it wasn't made for the format. The movie looked good in the normal theatre, but considering the picture quality I don't expect it to look better when it's bigger.

already seen it on imax! (1)

dextr0us (565556) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230251)

I saw it on imax about a month ago.... so i dont know why this is really news. (note, st. george, UT at the Zion National Park IMAX)

Like many of you... (1)

Stapler (559692) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230254)

Like many of you, I could give a damn, and would rather see something like Two Towers on iMax. Has "A New Hope" even been transferred to iMax? I musta missed it if it has been. How bout doing that instead, Lucas? I know its not about what is artistically worthy, but dammit, can't a man dream?

Offtopic, but Spider-man made more money because...IT WAS BETTER.

Does that mean... (2)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230310)

... the film will suck 8 times as much? Will the bad guys be 8 times as stupid?

If you send a droid to go assassinate someone, you don't then program the droid to come right back to you when it's done! You make it blow itself up!

Along those lines, why use worms when you can use a thermal detonnator? She dies, Jedi dies, everybody within a few kilometers dies... problem solved!

Not that you'd have to do that if you had just nuked the landing platform to begin with...

The Jedi lost you in the bar. You're a shape-shifter. You can then waltz out without anybody being the wiser. So why do you try to attack one of them?

Jedi comes after you and tries to kill you before you're able to leave the planet. You have two guns, but he deflects the shots. Why not shoot both guns at the same time, making him deflect two at once? Better yet, get a freakin' shotgun!

But Obi Wan has the pesky habit of not dying. Why not destroy the damned hyperdrive he left up in orbit? Guaranteed way to keep him from following you! Dur!

Hmmm... Jedi are attacking bad guy base. They all have light sabres. You have guns. Ranged weapons! Do you honestly think that the Jedi are going to have a harder time deflecting your shots if you get close enough to... say... get your head cut off?

Jengo Fett: Bad-ass or dumb-ass? No wonder the clones dropped like flies, look at who they were trying to re-create!

Not that the good guys are much better. Let's fall in love with the freaky stalker/homicidal maniac character! Hell, if that were anything like real life, I might not have... well, let's not go there...

Re:Does that mean... (1)

Stapler (559692) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230355)

All great points. I wonder how much less Ep 3 will make. Maybe it'll only break $250M next go around.

normal film - IMAX != IMAX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4230347)

Make no mistake- this is not an IMAX "version". It is the regular film, projected onto an IMAX screen.

I watched Final Fantasy(ugh) on an IMAX screen- it was just the regular film, blown up to be really big.

It was:

a)dim because a normal projector was trying to cover too big an area

b)out of focus because the usher was, well, an usher, and not a projectionist(extremely common cost-cutting measure in theaters- they have one, maybe two on-staff, or even chain-wide, projectionists, and they 'train' the ushers. Ushers don't give a crap about how good the film looks, they just need to get back to cleaning up the next theater.)

c)the image projected was bigger than usual- but of course was normal aspect ratio and did not cover much of the IMAX sphere.

Even if it had been in focus, grain probably would have been really bad.

Make no mistake- you CANNOT blow up an image willy-nilly and expect it to look any better. Its just a stupid ploy to fill up IMAX theaters and imply there's something 'better' about seeing it on the IMAX screen.

Science museums?? (5, Interesting)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230350)

50 IMAX commercial venues, and 20-30 science museum sites will begin showing the film on November 1.

Okay, enough jokes about pixelation on the IMAX screen. Time for something serious. Am I the only one here who is getting a bit annoyed by LucasFilm's pentration into the museum market? A few years ago Lucas managed to con museums into showing a bunch of Star Wars stuff under the pretense that it was a modern day mythology and should be deserving of serious study. Now he's got science museums showing his movies? Look, regardless of whether you thought AOTC was a good movie or not, can anyone give me a good reason why it should be shown in a science museum? That's supposed to be a place for learning facts about the world around you. Not for watching a movie about explosions a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Are the museums going to get a cut of the profits for showing the film there? Is that why they're doing this? Or is it a gimmick to increase their attendance? Isn't it enough that I can't get a burger without seeing Anakin's smug face starting back at me? Do they have to invade museums too? Will I ever stop asking questions? :)

Seriously, the "science museum" part bugged me a lot more than the IMAX part.

GMD

Normal projection field (5, Interesting)

Yo Grark (465041) | more than 11 years ago | (#4230387)

Listen, not to get your hopes up, but here in Canada (Ontario Place specifically) they've been showing a variety of movies there for years.

The only thing that's BIG is the LETDOWN when you realize the a huge border around the movie doesn't get used. They just show the movie in the centre of the IMAX Screen and draw the curtains to make it look bigger.

Bah, watch out for marketing tricks. If it wasn't shot in IMAX or converted to IMAX, it'll be shown in regular size, just on a bigger screen.

I hope someone can confirm or deny that my experience stands with AOTC

- Yo Grark

Canadian Bred, with American Buttering
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