Jon Favreau, currently riding a wave of box-office glory and critical plaudits for his work bringing “The Jungle Book” to life, took to reddit yesterday to explain some of the technical wizardry that goes into exhibiting the film. “I’m posting because a lot of people are asking which of the seemingly endless list of formats I recommend to see the movie in,” he writes before giving a rundown of said options.
The director first describes Dolby Vision 3D as “a very exciting new technology” before lamenting that “unfortunately, there are only a handful of theaters that have it” — “The Jungle Book” is the first film to be released in this new format, so theaters have yet to implement it on a wider scale. It sounds like catnip for purists, with deep black levels and high contrast, but one that currently can only be found at three theaters in America (one in L.A., one in New York, one in Chicago.)
If you’ve seen “The Jungle Book’s” seamless blend of live-action and CGI, it’ll come as little surprise to see how well-versed Favreau is in these different exhibition formats. Still, there’s a certain joy in seeing a craftsman go into detail about his field of expertise, as when the filmmaker says of Standard IMAX 3D that “the key here is to pick your seats wisely. The closer you are to the projector, the better your experience is going to be. I would be careful in any 3D environment not to be in the front of the theatre if you’re not towards the center because it can compromise the viewing experience.”
Favreau also discusses IMAX with laser, Cinemark Ultra 3D, RealD’s Ultima Screen and Fantasound, listing locations where each option is available. He knows his audience well, invoking reddit users’ own base of knowledge near the end: “I encourage you to read the comments below and to discuss because others might have a different take on each of these formats and specific locations that might give you a better indication of what viewing experience might be best for you.” Read his full rundown here.
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