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Funnyman Aziz Ansari, currently gaining some traction through his role as Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, went on a little bit of a rampage yesterday about IMAX technology after seeing Star Trek on a sub-par screen that was billed as The IMAX Experience. His language is a bit colorful on the matter, but you should definitely check it out over at his site, Aziz is Bored.
The short of it is that we are in the very early years of IMAX as a feature length distribution method, and there are bound to be some hiccups along the way. Once the centerpiece of many a science museum, the massive screens and 65mm projectors have since been adapted for longer spools of film and thus year-round mainstream use. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some faltering along the way. Worse, I know for a fact that most viewers won’t care either way.
I plan to do some research on the subject shortly, but in the meantime you can check out Aziz’s update on his blog in which he challenges the CEO of IMAX, Richard Gelfond, to a debate. I do hope that happens, as we at the candler blog believe that distribution methods should be discussed openly. For a list of IMAX theaters and specific details near you, check out this list over at Large Format Examiner.