Last week I was lucky enough to see 2001: A Space Odyssey
in IMAX for a limited engagement
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film. 2001
has been one of my favorite movies since I was a teenager, and in the last decade or so I've seen it on the big screen a couple times. But seeing it in IMAX was a special treat. (More technically minded film nerds will be sad to hear that I didn't see the full size 70MM IMAX, but the smaller digital IMAX format, which for a film neophyte such as myself is still pretty impressive).
Obviously the giant screen made for a great experience. All of Kubrick's amazing shots look a bit more amazing on such a big screen, especially the uncanny beauty of all those outer space shots and the trip through the star gate. Whatever they did to restore the film looked amazing. You could see the texture on the actors' outfits in ways I had never noticed before.
I also noticed aspects of the soundtrack that I had never noticed at home or in previous big screen viewings, like new layers of creepiness in Gyorgi Ligeti's unsettling polyphonic compositions. The more famous songs like Johann Strauss's The Blue Danube
and Richard Strauss's Thus Spoke Zarathustra
also sounded great.
again also reminded me of everything I love about the film -- as well as why it's not everyone's cup of tea.