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Old October 17th, 2004, 07:22 PM   #1
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Lions Gate tests digital film distribution

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LOS ANGELES -- In a first of its kind move, independent movie distributor Lions Gate Films, based in Vancouver, will make its first release of a movie, The Final Cut (this Friday, in the U.S.), on new digital systems in AMC theatres that offer a low-cost way to reach mass audiences.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 11:35 PM   #2
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Well, I watched "The Final Cut" at the AMC Burbank 16 today.

As I understand it, the system in use for projection was intended as a replacement for the slides that are traditionally shown while the audience is seating, and not designed for theatrical presentations. I noted that the image quality during the pre-show ads was lacking in clarity and had clearly visible scan lines, stair-stepping in the graphics etc. I was more than a little shocked when the feature began and had the same image quality (or lack thereof). It really was sub-standard in many ways, and was a continual distraction to me. We were sitting towards the middle of the theatre, incidentally.

I now read that this system delivers less-than 2K resolution, meaning that it is delivering barely an HD-level signal to a 40 foot screen. Whatever the case, it was pretty awful looking.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 11:43 PM   #3
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oh my charles, are you serious? that's insane. that's just multiplex's way of saying, "yesh we're too cheap to shell out ANY sort of cash to upgrade our system". good thing i didn't go and sheck it out. man that sux. they should have done it like the DLP for episode ii attack of the clones. i mean a lot of cinemas already have those DLP front projectors. why not utilize that? i think they're just afraid to lay down the big pipes needed to digitally deliver content. they just went the cheap way using the slide-show crap to show movies thinking audiences won't notice? this is very disappointing.
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