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Spielberg on Indy IMAX
Plus ET and Jurassic Park
By Robert T. Trate
August 16, 2012
Source: New York Times
The New York Times' Dave itzkoff had a 1:1 interview with Steve Spielberg himself about Raiders of the Lost Ark arriving on IMAX for the first time. Lucasfilm had already dropped the press release about the screenings but here is what the director had to say about his homage to the saturday morning serials.
Spielberg goes about the over process, working with Ben Burtt about the sound conversion and his plans for Jurassic Park to be converted into 3D. Oh, and let us not forget about Indy 5!
How does a film that wasn’t shot for Imax get converted to be shown that way?
There’s two fronts, on any successful conversion, to Imax resolution, which is significantly clearer and sharper, with much more depth and fidelity than the movie appeared in theaters in 1981. So the first tier is where you take the DI [digital intermediate] and you enhance the resolution to Imax resolution. The second tier is that the sound is significantly different. They take the [audio] stems that we gave them, and they put them through their 12,000 watts of digital surround sound, and it’s a totally uncompressed experience.
You kind of feel the sound in your chest, like when the boulder is rolling, chasing Indy through the cave. You really feel the boulder in your stomach, the way you do when a marching band passes by and you’re standing right next to it.
How long ago did you have to get started on this process?
Ben went to work on the sound conversion over a year and a half ago, knowing that we were coming out on Blu-ray. This was Greg Foster’s idea, actually – he’s the head of Imax [Film] and it was his idea to give “Raiders” an interesting launching point before the Blu-ray hits the streets, to come out in all 275 of Imax’s North American theaters. I remember the days when we used to go to the Cinerama Dome or the Ziegfeld in New York, to see the 70 millimeter exclusive engagements. When I first started watching “Raiders” on the big Imax screen not too long ago, it reminded me of those old event-ized days.
Check out the rest of the interview here at the New York Times website.