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2013: A Danish Summer of 70mm

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 30.06.2013
No less than three large format films will be presented in Denmark this summer - two films in 70mm and one in 4K digital. "Samsara" will premiere in 50 Danish cinemas in a mix of 2K and 4K digital formats on 28 August 2013. Since Denmark only has about 150 cinemas, it is a wide release, although just for one day only. Some cinemas will continue to play "Samsara" after August 28th, and it will be interesting to see how well the film will play in Denmark.

Mr. Orla Nielsen in Aalborg will play "Samsara" in Dolby Surround 7.1 and 4K in his 90 seat "Biffen" theatre. It will be a high-impact experience to see the film on his 10 meter curved screen, with JBL speakers and QSC amplifiers. You will not find a better cinema in which to see "Samsara"!

Another spectacular one-off large format showing takes place in Helsingør, home of Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is set. Kenneth Branagh's uncut 4-hour 70mm version of his masterpiece "Hamlet" will be shown on Saturday 10th August at 21:00. Get your tickets here!

The 70mm print will be projected using a Philips DP75, with unprecedented resolution and picture steadiness. Mr. Jesper Meng is providing the screen and sound equipment. Jesper has many years of experience doing open-air shows in Denmark, and every summer his equipment is used all over the country. Orla Nielsen will project the film himself, being no stranger to open-air 70mm shows, having done it previously in Karen Blixen's backyard for "Out of Africa" some years ago. He has also shown the 70mm version of "Baraka" in a swim bath in Copenhagen on a previous occasion. "Hamlet" will be played in full six-track Dolby Stereo SR with split surrounds.

Finally, "Baraka" will return in 70mm to Denmark for a handful of shows at Biffen, Aalborg. To book-end the premiere of "Samsara", Orla has imported a new 70mm print of "Baraka" for showing in August and September on his curved screen. "Baraka" will be shown on his award-winning DP70 Todd-AO projector and a Kinoton ST-270 platter system in blazing six-track Dolby Stereo SR with split surrounds.

These 70mm screenings are a unique opportunity to come and see the difference between the current digital standard of 4K and the power and glory of full double-width 70mm film!
More in 70mm reading:

Kenneth Branagh's "HAMLET" on 65mm
Now showing in 70mm in a theatre near you!
Todd-AO at "Sea" in Copenhagen
A Magical Evening on Karen Blixen's Lawn
"Samsara" is a Triumph of the Moving Image
Release of "Hamlet" in 70mm


Kenneth Branagh about 65mm/70mm Film

Kenneth Branagh in Copenhagen. Image: Thomas Hauerslev

"The glory of 70mm is the sharpness of the images it offers. With 70mm, we get a chance to go from what is essentially a personal, domestic story about a family and its' problems to the epic dimension that reflects the effects of those problems on the nation. We can go from the very intimate events in the court to the plains of northern Europe and see Fortinbras for the opportunistic leader he was, ready to invade with thousands of soldiers. 70mm is able to give that tremendous sweep so you feel the impact of the story, but it also has an incredible delicate touch, too."

It was Kenneth Branagh's ambition to film the entire play of Shakespeare's "Hamlet", and he says:

"The film, like the play, will have something for everyone. It is a ghost story, a thriller, an action-packed murder mystery and a great tragedy that is profoundly moving. It is also extremely witty and I hope it will be thoroughly entertaining".

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Costume Design
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
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