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AMC Theatres Confirms The Dark Knight Rises IMAX Prologue

Posted October 26, 2011 11:10 AM by Josh Katz

Warner Bros.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.







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RedcastleProductions
  Oct 26, 2011
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That sucks that it will be seen only in film projected Imax screens, because I don't think there is one of those within like 500 miles of Utah.

NeoMaximuz
  Oct 26, 2011
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I know the closes IMAX to us is probably within 250 miles, and I'm not sure if it's Digital or 70mm. Either way... road trip!

cathexist
  Oct 26, 2011
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...so how do I find out if the IMAX theatres near me are 70mm or not

jkcheng122
  Oct 26, 2011
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http://www.entertainmentgeekly.com/2011/01/01/proper-full-imax-theaters/
decayingdarkness
  Oct 26, 2011
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i'd rather wait and see the whole movie at once. i can wait. just good incentive or bonus to get people to see possibly a crappy sequel?

ClaytonMG
  Oct 26, 2011
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In other words, it's only shown on REAL IMAX screens...
cizel21
  Oct 26, 2011
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Just wait it will get leaked on the internet day 1, save your time and money else where. Especially if you have to suffer through another mission impossible sequel.

Liselotte
  Oct 26, 2011
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@cathexist

http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaUSA.htm

Aerodude73
  Oct 26, 2011
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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!

Rudeboy2025
  Oct 26, 2011
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@jkcheng122 - I just realized my state does not have a single REAL IMAX screen according to that link. Weak.

Scratch that, one apparently does according to the second link, but too far away.
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nomadic76
  Oct 26, 2011
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ClaytonMG, digital IMAX is still IMAX. I work for a digital IMAX theater and trust me, the picture and sound are as REAL as any IMAX you've seen elsewhere... ;o)

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Dellamorte13
  Oct 26, 2011
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Surely the prologue will be on the internet shortly before or after MI 4 (or is it 5?) releases. Save your money.

jwoodwar
  Oct 26, 2011
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Awesome I live 20 minutes from one!!! Can't wait to see the new Mission Impossible!!!!!!!

SpartanIre
  Oct 26, 2011
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Aerodude73 - I was wondering the same thing about Prov. Place's IMAX... did not want to waste my money if it was a fakey...

Hunk Golden
  Oct 26, 2011
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Good times. I remember going to see "I Am Legend" and being very excited to see that and the 5-minute bank robbery clip (opening) from "The Dark Knight." That was a fun day!!
retablo
  Oct 26, 2011
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What's even cuter is how people keep bashing MI sequels, when this is like the 18th Batman movie and will probably be as middling as the last one. Oh well.

Memnoch
  Oct 26, 2011
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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.

Proghog
  Oct 26, 2011
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I'm guessing they don't want the clip to leak so they are keeping it in a physical format that can't easily be pirated and put on the net.
Thank You
  Oct 26, 2011
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Now I know which IMAX is real....

Dr. Manhattan
  Oct 26, 2011
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Funny, AMC retracted that statement right after it released.

Dr. Manhattan
  Oct 26, 2011
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Boom. Confirmation gone.

http://www.amctheatres.com/Script_to_Screen/EXCLUSIVE__Update_on__The_Dark_Knight_Rises__Prologue/
sebas323
  Oct 26, 2011
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"REAL IMAX" just down the street!! =]

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denger76
  Oct 26, 2011
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That's the only way people would go see MI? No matter, don't care for another MI sequel! I can wait!

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repete66211
  Oct 26, 2011
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"...interpretation of the Joker..."
Oh please, it's a comic book character, not Hamlet.

I go to the movie theater to watch movies, not movie commercials. Some trailers are great, others bearable, but many are nothing more than ads further delaying the movie you came to see.

Funny, but I live less than a mile from AMC's future HQ and there isn't a theater that will be showing this within 250 miles.

http://www.imax.com/theatres/
capitaltpt
  Oct 26, 2011
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In other words, not many people will see the prologue because the majority of 15-70 IMAX theaters are in museums.

Rich65
  Oct 26, 2011
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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.

ClaytonMG
  Oct 26, 2011
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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.

Mr. Joshua
  Oct 27, 2011
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As some have said before it will be on the internet soon enough. I can wait!

mishal
  Oct 27, 2011
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IMAX 70mm > 3D

TDKR will blow my mind
jstjohn83
  Oct 27, 2011
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the question is will this only be at AMC 70mm imax theaters? because the only one in dallas is a cinemark
DionJP
  Oct 28, 2011
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jstjohn83 come down to Austin and see it at the Bob Bulloch!


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