Streaming continues to eat ground at theaters: Disney+ wants to bring IMAX home and will release 13 of its titles in that format
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Until very recently, IMAX was understood as an experience strictly reserved for movie theaters equipped with the system. Obviously, it remains so in a clear sense: a screen and sound equipment like the one in an IMAX theater is inconceivable in a home. But there is another characteristic of the format that Disney+ has decided to bring to homes: the aspect ratio.
The last time the subject was discussed in depth was when the viewing community reacted strangely to the unusual almost boxy format of 'Zack Snyder's Justice League.' There was an explanation: Snyder had decided to respect the 1.90: 1 of IMAX for which he originally conceived the film, close to the traditional 4: 3 prior to the massification of the widescreen format.
Disney's intention is to give an optional IMAX ratio to 13 films on November 12 (among other actions that will take place on Disney+ Day that the platform celebrates). Result: Marvel movies that have a 2.39:1 widescreen format will show more image above and below, up to 26% more, which will make the black bars on most widescreen TVs virtually disappear.
13 IMAX-style movies
Before this change in Disney+, this format could already be seen on certain televisions, such as some Sony Bravia models, in what was called IMAX Enhanced, and which will remain this same denomination in Disney +. They are not the first films in which it is practiced, beyond Disney: 'The Dark Knight', 'Tenet' or 'Mission Impossible: Fallout' already had this double format in specific editions on Blu-Ray. In any case, it will not go to the extremes of 'Zack Snyder's Justice League', even more adjusted to the IMAX format, and practically square.
The improvements will also affect the sound: for those who have equipment that allows them to enjoy it, in the future (Disney does not specify when) this change will bring DTS sound, replacing the Dolby Atmos that Marvel movies have on Disney+. In addition to this, we can also expect Dolby Vision, HDR10 and 4K.
This is the list of movies that will enjoy this IMAX Enhanced system:
Streaming continues to eat up ground in theaters: Disney+ wants to bring IMAX home and will release 13 of its titles in that format