If you’re going to see the upcoming James Bond film “Skyfall” on IMAX, you’re also going to be seeing more picture than those catching it on regular screens. 26% more picture in fact.
IMAX.com has put up a posting revealing that the IMAX presentation of “Skyfall” has been specially formatted to feature a larger aspect ratio than the conventional release for the entirety of the film.
Cinematographer Roger Deakins recently revealed to Immersed in Movies that: “We shot 2.35:1 [aspect ratio] but because of the size of the chip, you’ve got so much space top and bottom that basically I shot it for both formats… the IMAX was clean and the image quality is fantastic because you’re using the full size of the chip. So I had seen a lot of tests and was blown away by the IMAX. We did a 4K finish and it’s down rez’d to 2K after that. It quite surprised me, the fantastic quality.”
The film was NOT shot with IMAX cameras (like scenes in “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”) so won’t have that 1.44:1 aspect ratio that fills the entire IMAX screen. Instead it has an aspect ratio of 1.90:1, which means it still fills most of the screen.