In November, the Digital Cinema Initiative posted two new draft documents towards a high dynamic range specification for cinema titled Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum and High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum. They represent a major improvement over DCI’s previous draft, which I wrote about last September [DCI Has Lost Its Way https://bit.ly/2Omcnoa]. In contrast, the new documents are well written, detailed, explanatory and responsive. But questions remain and cost matters, leaving plenty of room for improvement.
Éclair today announced the ÉclairColor certification of its content services unit in Berlin. This is the second ÉclairColor certification of an Éclair facility after Paris-Vanves. Two German releases have already been mastered in ÉclairColor by Éclair’s Berlin teams: Jacob Lass’ So Was Von Da, opening in cinemas across Germany today, and Florian Gallenberger’s Grüner Wird’s Nicht, opening August 30.
Bestar Cinemas in RuiAn, China has become the first Chinese multiplex to open an ÉclairColor high dynamic range auditorium. The Ymagis Group and Chinese cinema systems integrator Great Ocean made the announcement today.
Director Xavier Gens’ horror film Cold Skin premiered today in ÉclairColor HDR at Cines Verdi in Barcelona. The film is being distributed by Diamond Film España. The screening at Cines Verdi was a sneak preview that followed an ÉclairColor high dynamic range technology presentation and a cocktail reception. Cines Verdi, a nine-screen complex, is the first cinema in Spain to incorporate ÉclairColor. Éclair’s exhibitor services company CinemaNext/Proyecson installed the system.
The Hackesche Höfe Kino in Berlin is the first all-EclairColor cinema complex in the world. Hackesche Höfe Kino is the flagship theatre of German cinema exhibitor Timebandits GmbH & Co. Kinobetriebs KG.
The Ymagis Group has installed its first screen in the United States and its 100th cinema auditorium overall with EclairColor high dynamic range at the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin, Texas. The 100 EclairColor screens are currently located across Germany (47) and France (46), the United Kingdom (3), Italy (1), Switzerland (1), Tunisia (1) and the USA (1).
Ymagis Group will showcase EclairColor HDR cinema technology at the upcoming Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français convention in Deauville, France. Two special presentations will take place at the Centre International de Deauville’s Michel d’Ornano Auditorium on September 26 and 27. Technical presentations of the technology will be also held. The EclairColor presentations will be open to all FNCF convention delegates
Éclair and EuropaCorp have announced that Luc Besson’s latest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, will be available in ÉclairColor and in 2D in select cinemas in France July 26 and in Germany July 20, via Universum Films.
French cinema exhibitor Megarama has signed an agreement to install EclairColor HDR technology on 15 screens. “We will deploy the new EclairColor HDR technology at 10 of our cinema sites across France with the first two cinemas – Megarama Bordeaux and Megarama Villeneuve-La-Garenne – to be equipped in April,” said Jean-Pierre Lemoine, president and CEO of Megarama Group. “After laser technology, we are continuing to invest in the modernization of our own cinema equipment with EclairColor, a brand new, affordable HDR technology powered by Sony Digital Cinema 4K SRX-515 projection system technology. The benefits for moviegoers are real with a significantly enhanced image andan increased perception of details, the color range is much richer and the gradients much more refined, even in the darkest colors.”
CinemaNext has announced that it has equipped 25 screens in 13 cinemas across Germany with EclairColor technology. In conjunction with these installations, Ymagis Group’s content services arm, Eclair, has overseen the EclairColor mastering of the film The Lost City of Z, which opens in cinemas in Germany March 30. The film from critically acclaimed director James Gray is distributed by StudioCanal in both Germany and France.