After much speculation, the AMC Theaters chain confirmed that Warner Brothers' six-minute The Dark Knight Rises prologue will debut in IMAX this December. The extended look at director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated superhero epic will precede showings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
This decision to promote The Dark Knight Rises in such a fashion mirrors how the studio built up anticipation for The Dark Knight. Prior to that earlier film's Summer 2008 release date, the opening six minutes of the film - which introduced audiences to Heath Ledger's Academy Award-winning interpretation of the Joker - were attached to 70mm IMAX screenings of I Am Legend in December 2007.
Audiences will be able to view the Dark Knight Rises prologue when Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol makes its IMAX premiere on December 16th.
Note: The Dark Knight Rises IMAX footage will not screen at IMAX Digital locations but rather in theaters equipped for IMAX 70mm.
YES!!!! My area IMAX (Prov., R.I.) "IS" one of the REAL Imax theaters with 70mm Screens (which I thought so anyway, but the link above just confirmed it). Now I need to fire off an email to them & see if they have info on showing the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL film, so I'll know they'll also have the 6-minutes from TDKR. Sweet!
Wasn't this in the news yesterday? We already knew this. Fake IMAX screens (smaller screen, digital) were not getting the Batman preview, only real IMAX screens (full 6 story tall screen, film) were. Having AMC confirm this info, I thought someone from AMC was saying "wait, all our fake IMAX screens will have the preview too" but it sounds like that is not the case. Only real IMAX screens will be showing the preview, so nothing changed.
I am sure this will cause some real confusion around release time. Lots of people will be paying extra for the "IMAX" version and then find that they are getting the fake version with no preview. I remember there being a map on the internet of all the fake vs. real IMAX locations across the US when the brand started showing up at AMC theaters. Hopefully that thing is still out there somewhere for people to check.
I can wait for the movie to come out next summer. I have no interest in seeing Mission: Impossible. After the first movie insulted the tv series so massively I have never seen another MI movie in the theatre.
nomadic76, yours is a digital screen, which means it was probably one of the converted 35mm screens. I believe the aspect ratio is 1.9 or 2.0 for those which would mean it would be cropped and the resolution is lower than a true 70mm IMAX screen.