February 27, 2008

Indy Says No to Digital

Have you seen a film projected digitally? Are you lucky enough to have a local theater specializing in this new projection format? Well, if you are and you happen to be anxiously awaiting the arrival of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (and honestly, who isn't?), you will not be able to see Indy's latest adventure in said format as reported over at JoBlo. It's OK to sob a little, I know how you feel.

Digital technology has slowly been reshaping the movie business, from filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez and George Lucas shooting with digital cameras, to digital technology filtering down to the home user and thus allowing more and more people to try their hand at making movies, to home theater enthusiasts using gorgeous DLP projectors in their homes, not one area of film delivery has been left untouched. This goes right on through to digital projectors at your local theaters.

With all of this love for digital tech, including Indy creator George Lucas, one has to wonder what the thought process was that led up to this decision. Of course, the answer is as simple as saying Steven Spielberg. He retains his love for all things film, and prefers that his films be presented in their traditional format. By his decree, his latest film will not be available in the digital format.

I have only recently seen my first digitally projected film (it was 27 Dresses), and it was quite the gorgeous experience. It makes me want to see everything that way, so I am a little sad that Indy will not be seen this way, but in the end it does not really matter, as I just love movies.

However, if you live near an all digital moviehouse, you may want to drop them a line in case they have not heard already.


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