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Old 09-06-2012, 11:37 PM   #51
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Well this sucks. Cineplex had it advertised that it would be playing at their Chinook IMAX here in Calgary. Looks like it switched to the Empire Theater out in Country Hills.

Also sucks that when I go to try an buy tickets online for Empire, the movie isn't showing up. May have to run there after work and snag a ticket for the 7:00 show tomorrow.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:02 AM   #52
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So for the AMC marathon its Raiders in IMAX and then the next 3 movies in normal format?

Oh, no, that shouldn't be the case at all - the marathon should have all four movies shown "in normal format." For them to show one movie in IMAX and the others not would mean changing auditoriums between movies, since IMAX is about the screen size (as well as the projection resolution). They're not going to have a marathon where people come and watch one movie on one screen at 10 am and then switch auditoriums to watch the other three movies on a different, smaller screen. They're going to set aside one auditorium and one screen that day for the marathon.

Besides, look at the prices for the marathon ($25, everywhere) and the IMAX screening of just the one movie; it varies depending on location and time, but at my local theater the range goes from $9.50 to $14.50. In other words, the price of the single movie in IMAX ranges from 38% to 58% of what it costs for the marathon of all four, and that's without the bonuses of the lanyard and poster (and $5 bonus bucks if you have an AMC Stubs card). If the marathon included even one movie in IMAX, it should be a fair bit more expensive.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:39 AM   #53
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Anyone go to a 12:01 showing last night? How was it? How was the turn out?
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:28 PM   #54
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Well I'll be skipping the marathon. I saw a trilogy marathon in LA for just $10 last year anyway. $25 is a little steep.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #55
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Steep? You think so? It's just $6.25 per movie, and you get a free poster and lanyard (and $5 credit for a Stubs card).

Now, the $14.50 I just paid to see Raiders of the Lost Ark by itself in a couple hours, that's steep (but obviously I've gone ahead and done it anyway )...
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:32 PM   #56
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Twenty minutes to go until my showing...gah, I wish Mola Ram were around to remove my heart, it's beating so fast from excitement it hurts!
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:52 PM   #57
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Twenty minutes to go until my showing...gah, I wish Mola Ram were around to remove my heart, it's beating so fast from excitement it hurts!



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Old 09-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #58
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Went to a 1:15 showing this afternoon. Only about 20 people in the theater, but I guess that was expected. Aside from a lot of grain to the picture (which I didn't mind), it looked absolutely fantastic.

Just a great feeling to see it in a theater.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:07 PM   #59
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Just returned from an 8:00PM show which was half full, about 150 people.

The Good: 98% of the film was OUTSTANDING visually, the audio was amazing and I noticed a few things I had never noticed before on both counts. It was a great experience. The close ups were remarkably crisp and clear. Hats off.

The Bad: Sapito's image shuddered, or shimmered for a few moments before and after the spider web, and untill I see it again I believe it was the projector, (more about that later). There was some grain but it wasn't distracting. What I did notice was more warm and fuzzy nostalgia...it truly was minute.

The UGLY: WOW! The stock footage Washington Street Scene did NOT hold up well! It was a tire screeching in the midst of a mime class! If it were on a true IMAX screen...oof! Shuddering Sapito makes this category as well...but that's about it.

Hope to catch it again...
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:46 PM   #60
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Thumbs up

Hoping to get in to see it myself this weekend.
Thanks for the review!
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:10 AM   #61
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I got off work just a few minutes too late for the 2:00 pm showing I was hoping to catch, and had to go to the 5:00 pm instead (not that I mind seeing movies later - I like them then, with the larger crowds one would expect, but of course they're more expensive then and money is sadly pretty tight for me these days).

I will say it's clear the movie wasn't really shot with IMAX presentation in mind, but it held up quite well. The movie looked and sounded beautiful, and I too noticed details I'd never noticed before in three decades of regular re-watching. The one disappointment was the non-crowd - I was really hoping to experience it with a sizable audience once again, but there were hardly any people there. I'm hoping / expecting the marathon will have a larger turnout, since it's much less expensive per movie (even for all those people pledging to skip one) and there's a single showing.

(Oh, and one more thing: the title on the IMAX poster notwithstanding, the movie was still "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on screen.)

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:11 AM   #62
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Movie starts in 5 min. In seat poster and stub in hand. So excited!!!! Smaller screen tonight. Massive Imax screen Sunday.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:50 AM   #63
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It looked really, really good. Much better than I expected.

The Good: The music, sound, restoration. Man, it looked and sounded terrific. Close ups were crisp, sound effects were clean, some of the more substantial sound effect (explosions, gun fire, and bolder) were rumbly and sounded very good. I honestly felt for the most part like i was watching a modern movie. A couple of distractions (listed below), overall very, very good. Used original truck chase cliff scene (not the CGI version). I noticed small sites and sounds I hadn't noticed before. Score was well mixed, and nice and loud, which for me was perfect. The opening sequence in the Jungle looked particularly different, brighter, and more vibrant.

The bad: Some scenes (just like Rocket Surgeon pointed out) were fuzzy. Especially the scene with Sapito and the tarantulas. At first I thought it might be the projector alignment, or focus, but the fact that Rocket Surgeon said the same thing, makes me think it was part of the movie. It seem to be more prominent in the beginning, I didn't notice it as much after the opening sequence.

The Ugly: The Washington stock footage was out of place, you could definitely see it looked different. Theater wasnt' full. About 50-100 people.

My overall feeling was, "More people should see this, it looks and sounds fantastic!". I wish there was more advertising because it really does look and sound great.

On a side note, I'm especially fond of the score(s) and to hear it prominently and well mixed...wow. To give you an idea, my wife (who's not from this country, not a musician, didn't grow up with Indy, is ho hum about the movies in general) said at the end, "wow, the music is better than the movie", and she liked the movie.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:41 AM   #64
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I noticed small sites and sounds I hadn't noticed before. Score was well mixed, and nice and loud, which for me was perfect.

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On a side note, I'm especially fond of the score(s) and to hear it prominently and well mixed...wow. To give you an idea, my wife (who's not from this country, not a musician, didn't grow up with Indy, is ho hum about the movies in general) said at the end, "wow, the music is better than the movie", and she liked the movie.

I noticed this as well. As much as I might lament it, enough time has now passed that Raiders of the Lost Ark is really from a different era in motion picture scoring than the one we're in now, and there was emphasis on rich scoring that we just don't have in most new movies anymore. I, too, noticed the score had been treated well in the new presentation - not dialed back for contemporary audiences or anything like that at all, but good and prominent, telling Indy what do do, as Spielberg indicated in the original soundtrack liner notes. It was nice and clear, with good stereo separation and all.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:32 AM   #65
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I wondered what was up with the fuzzy screen. BUT IT WAS GREAAAAAT. Finally got to see an Indy movie on the big screen (minus skull).
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:40 AM   #66
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I noticed small sites and sounds I hadn't noticed before.
Ben Burtt added NEW sounds / effects...just found out. Hmmm.

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Some scenes were fuzzy. Especially the scene with Sapito and the tarantulas. At first I thought it might be the projector alignment, or focus, but the fact that Rocket Surgeon said the same thing, makes me think it was part of the movie.

Just got a third confirmation of the phenom from LA with a reasonable explanation:

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Well, I don't think it was the projector as we had the same thing here in LA. I'm seeing it again on Sunday and will check. That sequence as they enter the temple has always been soft in focus, and I am guessing the conversion to 4K really brought it out.

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Old 09-08-2012, 02:45 PM   #67
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Only ten people were at the 10:15pm showing on a Friday. Not a very large turnout. The film looked great and I enjoyed seeing it on the big screen for the first time since I was 7 years old. Not sure if I like the removal of the snake reflection but I get it. The added sounds were okay but unnecessary. The blurry scenes were not horrendous and I'm guessing were partially from being projected. The bluray will be all telling. I noticed a few things I hadn't before in the hundreds of previous viewings. I never noticed when the sub is pulling in the the island, you can see Indy holding on up top. That fly is also in the shot of Indy holding the rocket launcher. It also seemed like they blurred the antenna behind Indy in the scene at Sallah's place. I had a great time and look forward to seeing it again tomorrow on a large IMAX at the Pacific Science Center tomorrow with some friends. Had to go opening night and get the poster. I talked the girl at the ticket window into giving my an unrolled poster as well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #68
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My quick thoughts:

Only five people in my theater. Sigh...

The restoration made the film look brand new, except for a few moments that looked slightly grainy, but really, who gives a rat's about a few seconds of grain? The rest was incredible!

Something that struck me watching this, more than ever, was how incredibly cheesy and campy this film was. The acting is so incredibly cartoony by the villains, especially Toht, and the characters such astounding caricatures. I can't get the moment where Belloq cackles like a B-monster movie scientist out of my brain. Every inch of this film is a camp Saturday matinee adventure. And that, for me, is what makes it so delightful: it's a drive-in B-flick without the awfulness. The cheese and camp adds to the entertainment value. The characters are fun precisely because they are simple, one-note and black-and-white. The closest we get to any moral ambiguity is Indy and his scene with Belloq, and the moment feels slightly out-of-place in contrast to the cartoony simplicity of the rest of the film.

But please don't interpret these comments as criticisms. In fact, any fundamental flaws that the film has are what make it a masterpiece of thrilling simple-minded fun cinema. Same with the other films,especially KOTCS, which in retrospect after watching this seems even more in line with the philosophy began by Raiders, which is: have fun, don't take yourself seriously, and give the audience a good time. The flaws are what make Indiana Jones great, if that makes any sense...
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:17 PM   #69
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Saw it again at the first showing (11 am) today, and I'm happy to report there was a better turnout this time than yesterday afternoon at 5, though it was still a largely empty theater. Stupid Tallahasseans, missing out on greatness... *sigh*

Anyway, the movie's still great, and I'll see it again tomorrow - more than once, so I'll have a better idea how much of a factor the time of the showing might be. I'm glad to see from this thread that at least a few locations are getting good turnouts, though it does appear many / most screenings just aren't drawing many people. Perhaps it's to be expected, what with the premium pricing and the fact the movie's been around in people's living rooms since forever and all, but still. I'm disappointed there haven't been more people. But I'm loving the movie itself all the same.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:40 PM   #70
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Does anyone have a list of new sounds added to the IMAX release? I must have missed this information. Here are some details that jumped out at me, things I never noticed before:

Painting of naked ladies above Indys fireplace in his house.
A extra with a glass eye in the lower right area of the frame when Indy is chasing Marion / the Nazis have are loading her basket into the truck.
Music playing during the opium den scene.
Music playing during the scene where the old man translates the marking on the headpiece.
Lots of flies (bazooka scene, etc.)

The only two scenes that looked bad to me were the stock footage and the shot of the airplane that Indy takes to Nepal (the one before the close up of Indy boarding the plane.)
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:23 PM   #71
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Does anyone have a list of new sounds added to the IMAX release?

Great Idea. Here are some things i noticed:
Water dripping sound fx during opening sequence.
The eyes of the idol during the opening sequence.
Indy on top of sub as it heads towards the island.
The flies. (bazooka, Indy, Belloc scene).

I know there were some others, can't remember though, will chim in if i remember.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:39 PM   #72
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Does anyone have a list of new sounds added to the IMAX release?

I noticed more chatter of the students after they are dismissed from Indy's class. Also, the distinct sound of breaking glass when Toht exits The Raven (whereas before I remember a generic crash sound, so I never was sure whether he was crashing through a window or a door).

With respect to sound, I also have to mention that the gunfight in The Raven sounded much louder than before, it sounded like you were in the middle of an actual gunfight, it was great!

Also, upon viewing in IMAX, I noticed something I never had before: the first shot of the China clipper shows the plane's propellers starting, but then when it switches to the close up shot of the passengers on the gangway, the propellers are not moving. Anyone else notice this before?

Overall I have to say the IMAX experience was great. The only time I had seen this on the big screen previously was an original theatrical version at the Egyptian on Capitol Hill, very grainy. The clarity of IMAX really brought out small details, for example the texture of Indy's suit at the college. I did notice pretty substantial blurriness during the temple tarantula scene, as others have noted.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:43 AM   #73
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http://www.altfg.com/blog/movie/box-...worst-weekend/

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Also worth noting is that 267 IMAX venues are showing the George Lucas-produced, Steven Spielberg-directed 1981 blockbuster and Best Picture nominee Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen. Considering costlier IMAX tickets, Raiders of the Lost Ark collected a somewhat disappointing $438k on Friday and may fail to crack the top twelve box-office chart.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:08 PM   #74
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I talked the girl at the ticket window into giving my an unrolled poster as well.

What can 'ya say? You got game, sir!

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Old 09-09-2012, 03:19 PM   #75
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (IMAX)

Domestic Total as of Sep. 9, 2012: $1,725,000 (Estimate)
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