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Digital Projection vs. Maxivision 48

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In his "Ghosts of the Abyss" review, Roger Ebert once again champions Maxivision 48, which he says looks much better than even the best digital projector, and being film-based, is backwards compatible with the current 35mm projectors used in theaters worldwide.

A few of us were able to catch digital screenings of AOTC, but has anyone here ever seen a film presented in Maxivision 48?
post #2 of 4
Ebert is a fossil. He realizes Cameron (like Lucas) is a powerful proponent for the high tech revolution, which will be invading a theater near you in the future. It scares the living shit out of him. He'll try using his influence to fight the DIGITAL horizon upon us, but it's a losing cause. You cannot stop progress, as digital cameras/projection continue to improve, proliferate, and take over. It's an inevitability. Add Cameron bringing 3-D to the table to sweeten the pot, and it's a double whammy for a traditionalist like Ebert.

The boob is scared, plain and simple. Maxivision will not stop the Digital revolution. This reeks of desperation.
post #3 of 4
Well, I won't go as far as mecha, but I always thought his vehement anti-digital stance affected his review of AOTC, especially since he gave TPM 3 1/2 stars.

Either way, the digital revolution is not going to stop. It offers so many advantages over film. About the only area it doesn't beat film is resolution. That won't last for long. There will come a time where digital will progress to a point where it spanks both film and Maxi. In three years time we've gone from a 2.2 megapixel digital camera to a 10 megapixel digital camera. We even have digital cameras that can manipulate the image to resemble film stock. What do you think's going to happen 10 years from now? Currently, the bottleneck in digital is the projector itself. Newer more hi-resolution projectors will have to be designed. Having said that, movie theaters still aren't going to make a massive upgrade in digital projection until film saturation gets to a point where it's economically feasible. But I sure do see more theaters starting to upgrade at least one of their theaters to digital. There's a Carmike theater in Georgia that's now going to add a digital theater.

Comparing Maxi and digital at this point is unfair. Digital is in it's infacy. Wait another 10 years and then compare the two.
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I am a fan of digital, and I like what RR has done with it. But I prefer film period.
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