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RE: 2001: A Space Odyssey...Imax

It is a good show. I recently saw it in a seventy MM projection, but the show would have been better served on an Imax screen.

There probably was a little pan and scan, from the look of the print I saw, but it was a new print. I saw it with a little interview where it was mentioned Kubrick was having problems with introducing the aliens, what how and where. The science fiction writer issic asamov suggested just don't show the alien, leave it to the imagination, and the problem was solved.

The first time I saw it , projected in cenerama at the dedicated cenerama dome theatre was the whole show, quite an impact with three film projectors filling a semi wrap around screen, with sound in a theater large enough to have a balcony. The score on that one is pretty strong, sharing in the sensation made back when this movie changed sci fi forever.

Before this movie, sci fi was guys in silver suits fighting monsters.

The theatre is still there, a hollywood feature, but I wonder how many cenerama prints are still left, not many movies could budget technicolor film for three cameras and count on only a handful of theaters capable of showing the format.

Always dug it that model building on that movie provided the seed money to get michell turntables into production, because I own one.

Almost forgot, went to see Ben Hur at the cenerama dome, with charton heston as a featured guest. When he arrived at the far side of the parking lot 50 year old ladies in dresses broke into a full run, pumping arms to cover ground, purses flying,

I would have bet money those PTA looking ladies could not move like that, they had on sensible dresses and heels, and then broke into a sudden sprint when someone yelled heston had arrived. Heston was old at the time, but getting around on his own, no problem. Good movie, but EDward Robinson's work doesn't hold up, laughable.

Edits: 08/29/18

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