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Seeing a 7OMM presentation of "WONDER WOMAN"

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: David Granadino Date: 26.06.2017
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Well, I thought I'd report to you about my experience of seeing WONDER WOMAN in 70mm film presentation at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood, California! On 7 June 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity of seeing WONDER WOMAN in all its glory in film as versus a digital projection presentation. The Arclight Cinemas Hollywood is the home of the world famous Cinerama Dome and its huge curved screen. But WONDER WOMAN in 70mm was not showing on the Cinerama screen but in an auditorium that is equipped for showing large screen format 70mm film. The Cinerama Dome shows digital presentations from its laser Christie projector and will show Cinerama films (with all three film projectors) and 70mm films on special occasions, but the Dome usually uses its digital projectors for present day commercial movies. So, I was disappointed that I would not be seeing WONDER WOMAN in 70mm on the Cinerama screen. Instead, in the auditorium that shows 70mm films, the screen is large (but not curved) and the sound crisp, clear, and as usual in the Arclight Cinemas auditoriums, the sound is immersive. As a non-professional film fan, I really enjoy seeing the little imperfections that show up on the screen when film is being projected, proof that I am seeing a film presentation and not a clean digital projection. The film had a subtle orange hue making the film look like something from the past. That makes sense with this film as it takes place during World War I (the Great War). The hue of the film changes from the bright sunny background while following Princess Diana (Wonder Woman) on her island of fellow Amazons, to the orange hue of the world of 1917 in the UK, to the dark film colors of the battle field in France and Germany. I really enjoyed seeing the different film hues and colors that gave the movie depth and a three dimensional character even though the movie was not shown in a 3-D process. I was impressed by the use of subtle colors that made the film stand out as a work of cinematographic art!
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But I wanted to compare the film projection to the digital projection, so I went the same day to the Cinerama Dome to see WONDER WOMAN in its digital clarity. Any movie shown on that great Cinerama screen is worth the price of admission! But the difference between film and digital presentations was apparent in the scenes from the UK. While the film had an orange antiquing hue to it, the digital projection also had the hue but the clarity of the colors took away from the sense that I was transported to a moment 100 years ago. In that sense of time transport, film did a much better job. The sunny paradise of the Amazon island was so much brighter in the digital projection yet something was lacking in what I called depth, or the illusion of a 3-D effect that film can achieve. The sound in both presentations was fantastic, with the Cinerama Dome digital surround sound system creating a deep bass sound that could vibrate the seats.

In conclusion, both film and digital presentations of WONDER WOMAN have its high points and also some differences that is visible to the eye. Color and texture is clearly different between film and digital. And I really enjoyed the texture of the 70mm film presentation at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood, California. A great time had by all in Hollywood!
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