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I understand why everyone says it is "a must" in 70mm
From Dublin to London to see the premieres in 7OMM

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Written by: Ronan Nissenbaum Date: 18.11.2016
In January 2016, myself and some friends decided to travel to London from Dublin to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX 15/70mm as we are huge Star Wars, IMAX and film print fans. In planning our trip we realised that were lucky, as "The Hateful Eight" was opening that weekend in 70mm and that "2OO1: A Space Odyssey" would be showing in 70mm.

On day one we went to see
"Star Wars" in IMAX 70mm at the Science Museum, and despite having seen it a few times already I was dying with excitement going in. I had never seen a 15/70mm feature film before and I couldn't wait to see the few minutes that had been shot with IMAX cameras. In looking back and seeing the initial 70mm screenings of the Original Trilogy, it felt great to be seeing one of the few 70mm prints made of this film, plus it was just exciting to see the new movie on film. From the IMAX countdown before the film started I couldn't believe the quality of the image, it was so steady, bright and clear. When the film started it was something special, the colour looked so much better than on the digital IMAX I had seen a few times before, and reminded me of when I was young seeing the Prequel Trilogy on film. The IMAX-shot scene was very fast and full of CG so it wasn't the best example of true 15/65mm film, but my friends and I had our jaw open by how large the screen was when fully filled. Overall it was a truly special experience. Later that day we went to see Star Wars again in digital IMAX 3D in the BFI IMAX, just to see how amazingly large the screen is there.

On day two we went to see The Hateful Eight in the Odeon in Leicester Square. This really felt like an event as we got the programme, an introduction, and the curtain opening at the beginning of the film. After the overture the film began and the quality was just stunning. The width of the image was unbelievable and the colour and definition were just something else. At the intermission I got to look around the beautiful auditorium of the Odeon which made me feel like I had travelled back in time. The whole experience was fantastic. After this we got to go back to the Science Museum where the great guys in the projection booth allowed us to go up to the booth while the print of Star Wars was playing. This was a dream come true, I couldn't believe the size of the print, and it was cool knowing that this was the only print of the movie in Europe. Later that day we went to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in the Prince Charles Cinema. I had seen 2001 before but never in 70mm as I had missed it every time it played in Dublin. I understand why everyone says it is "a must" in 70mm as it is definitely not like watching it at home! The picture was pin sharp, most noticeably on the space station near the beginning, and the trippy sequence towards the end was heightened.
 
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On day three we went to see Star Wars in IMAX 3D with Laser at the Empire in Leicester Square. Because the film was finished at 2K it didn't look much better than the regular digital IMAX 3D, but it definitely was much brighter and steady. Later that day we went to see Star Wars again in the Science Museum right before we went home, as we knew we would probably never get to see it this way again.

We loved our trip to London so much that we decided to go back again in April for the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It had been playing in Dublin in 35mm, but in London it was showing in 35mm, 70mm, and IMAX 15/70mm.
 
 
On our first day there we went to the Odeon Leicester Square to see "Batman vs. Superman" in 70mm. It was in the same auditorium as The Hateful Eight except this time we decided to go for the royal balcony seating which was definitely worth it. Apart from Interstellar, it was a long, long time since a blockbuster would get a large format presentation like this so it really felt like an experience from a time long past. This, along with Interstellar in 70mm, may be the best 70mm presentation I had seen. Like Interstellar, it was without a doubt the best blow-up by far, and the four IMAX-shot sequences were insanely sharp. Compared to the shaky 35mm print I had seen, the stability and brightness were remarkable. After the film we were allowed to go up to the projector room and see the print. From the Odeon staff to the projectionists, everyone was really nice. The projector room was great as there was so much history there.
 
 
After that we went straight to the BFI IMAX to see BvS in 15/70mm. As we arrived, the lovely staff allowed us to see their projector room aswell. e missed the first while of the movie but this meant we got to see the projector and print in action. The projectionist was extremely nice and allowed us to stay up there for almost thirty minutes. Because we had travelled so far to get there, the staff gave us the VIP treatment and a wonderful experience. The 35mm blow-up scenes didn't hold up so well on such a large screen, but the 15/65mm had my jaw dropped. Everything about them was incredible and seemed to match the quality I had seen in IMAX documentaries, despite having VFX. At the end of the day we went to see Big Trouble in Little China in 70mm at the Prince Charles Cinema. I couldn't believe the quality of the print. Definitely the best preserved "old" blow-up I've ever seen, as there was no dust, no shake, no scratches, no grain and it looked like the print had been struck yesterday.

On the second day we went to see BvS in IMAX 3D with Laser at the Empire Leicester Square, and this was a true example of what it should be. The film and VFX for the IMAX scenes were finished at 4K, so this is where I saw why this is the replacement for the 15/70mm projectors. Afterwards we went to the Science Museum IMAX where there was another 15/70mm print of BvS. We went back up to the projection booth where the projectionist recognised us from the last time, and said we had been the last people up there. He was extremely nice and told us to pop back in the next time we were over, and we'll definitely be back over for Dunkirk and whatever other new 70mm prints are shown. I love film prints of all formats, but there's something so special about 70mm prints that really makes going to the cinema an event.
 
 
   
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