As many nEoFILM’s followers will no doubt be aware, I am a HUGE fan of Cinerama, the defunct and some may rightly say, the failed format which was used in theatres between 1952 and 1963, in its truest sense at least. Projecting three full frame 35mm images onto a 146 degree curved widescreen, the three panel Cinerama format ushered in the wide screen revolution in the 1950’s, as well as helping along the multi-channel sound systems whcih we used to day, coining the term “Stereophonic Sound” in the process.
But, there were many drawbacks to this format but it was the beginning, and its most notable decedent is the the large screen format of our day, IMAX. But the newly revealed“Barco Format” goes in some way to reinvent this wheel, by not only attempting a three panel wide/curved screen format, but with each panel seemingly being in the 2.39:1 ratio, doubling the width and enveloping the audience in the most daring way in decades.
And as it essentially adapts the multi-monitor format of our PC’s, this is progressive and responsive to our viewing habits which many of us already use in some way, whether it be a dual screen display at work, or a gaming machine at home.
It is bold, ambitious but ultimately innovative. But is this too similar to continually re-inventing 3-D every 30 years or so?
Only time will tell.
But in the meantime check out this Barco Escape version of the Star Trek Beyond (2016) trailer which has just appeared on the internet this evening. Personally, I am very exited about this as the potential for both cinema and home screens is huge.
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