High Dynamic Range

Kinopolis Opens Germany’s First Dolby Cinema

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:12 -- Nick Dager

Kinopolis Gruppe today announced that it has opened Germany’s first Dolby Cinema at the renowned Mathäser Palast in Munich. In addition, the Dolby Cinema at Mathäser will have its own entrance as well as a lounge area for film fans to enjoy the refreshments and beverages that will be on offer in a VIP style lounge.

Swagath Cinemas Installs 14-Meter Samsung Onyx LED Screen

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:51 -- Nick Dager

Samsung and Harman have installed one of the world’s largest Onyx Cinema LED screens in India’s tech capital Bengaluru at the iconic Swagath Cinemas, which will now be rechristened Swagath Onyx Theatre. The screen measures 14 meters. Globally, there are only two other 14-meter Onyx Cinema LED screens installed to date, in Malaysia and China.

The Beach Bum Releases in ÉclairColor HDR

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 13:19 -- Nick Dager

Distributor Neon has released The Beach Bum in Éclair Color high dynamic range at select Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations across the United States. This marks the first title available in Éclair Color HDR across the U.S. The movie opened in Germany (Constantin Film) in Éclair Color in March and will open in France (Mars Films) in July.

CinemaCon 2019: A Watershed Event?

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 13:21 -- Nick Dager

A highlight of this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up Thursday, April 4, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was the announcement of the formation of the Cinity Cinema System, a joint effort between the Huaxia Film Distribution Company, Christie Digital Systems and GDC Technology to “develop, leverage and promote premium format movies driven by new, advanced configurations.” The announcement follows several years of debate in Hollywood and around the world regarding the best way to move forward with critical technology issues including high dynamic range, high frame rate, wide color gamut and immersive sound. Those issues were widely discussed at CinemaCon and we will have more to say about the show in the coming days. But the Cinity Cinema System announcement stands out because it feels like a watershed event. The question now is this: is Hollywood still the center of the motion picture industry or is that center shifting to China?

Mixing Realism with Comic Surrealism

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 11:50 -- Nick Dager

Based on the acclaimed Dark Horse action noir graphic novel, Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, the Netflix feature film Polar was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Lords of Chaos) and shot by cinematographer Pär M. Ekberg with Panasonic VariCam Pure cinema cameras. Born and raised in Sweden, Ekberg got his start as a still photographer at a young age and eventually transitioned into cinematography. He has shot features, commercials and music videos for established artists such as Beyoncé, Pink, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and U2, and many others.

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