IMAX Corporation, Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Concert Productions International today announced that the Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, will be released to IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the film’s wide release on September 21, 2007. Shine a Light will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technology.
“I am very pleased that audiences will have the opportunity to experience ‘Shine a Light’ in IMAX. The larger-than-life images and sound of an IMAX theatre will only enhance the experience of giving viewers the best seat in the house to watch the Rolling Stones perform,” said Mr. Scorsese.
“IMAX is all about immersing an audience in sight and sound – placing moviegoers in the middle of an experience – and in Mr. Scorsese’s ‘Shine a Light: The IMAX Experience,’ audiences will feel as if they are literally in the front row at the concert,” said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “We expect the energy from the IMAX release of ‘Shine a Light’ to entertain and inspire in a truly immersive and unique way.”
“We couldn’t be happier to work with the Rolling Stones, Paramount, Shangri-La Entertainment and Concert Productions International to bring the Stones and Martin Scorsese to The IMAX Experience,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “With 12,000 watts of digital surround sound, crystal clear images and IMAX’s immersive screens, this film will offer moviegoers and fans of the Stones a front row ticket to a very cool concert event.”
More than a decade ago, the Rolling Stones were featured in an IMAX movie that re-defined the way people experience concert films. Since then, the IMAX theatre network has tripled in size, with most IMAX theatres now located in commercial markets.
“Since the last Rolling Stones IMAX film, our theatre network has expanded into hundreds of cities worldwide, so we’re very excited to be able to reach a much wider global fan-base with ‘Shine a Light,'” continued Mr. Foster. “Moreover, many IMAX films of this genre tend to play in IMAX theatres for years, not weeks, so we believe this project is an ideal candidate to become an IMAX perennial.”