I just went to watch Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this morning. I decided to check out how it would feel to watch a normal movie on an IMAX screen, cause I *thought* they would be getting some nice proper IMAX prints.
I guess I should have noticed something was wrong went the trailers played and I noticed that everything felt blurred and stretched. Then when the movie started I had this feeling that the picture was just a *little* bit off focus, and then I noticed IT! There was VIGINETTING on the picture!!! If you don't know what that is, it's when the camera's lens casts a shadow over the picture in the corners. That's when I realized..
I DON'T THINK I'M WATCHING AN IMAX PRINT!!!!
It must be just a normal movie print and then they MAGNIFIED the image to be shown on the large screen. But the end result is like stretching a 640x480 image to be viewed on a 1280x960 screen, you just don't feel that the picture is sharp enough.
Damn I felt so disappointed with that, to think I went all the way down to Berjaya Times Square and didn't even get the intended results of watching the movie nicely on the big ass screen.
The next time I go to IMAX to watch a movie is when I can CONFIRM that the movie actually HAD an IMAX print made, if not it's just a waste of time and effort to have to go to IMAX just to catch a movie thinking it'd be special to watch a movie on the multi story screen.
As for the movie itself? Not bad, I enjoyed myself. It was nice how they decided to satisfy certain questions fan boys would have.