Wednesday, February 21, 2007

movie magic

Something was missing.

The screen was giant, the popcorn deliciously salty and buttery.

But something was different.

While watching the previews, Buddy leaned over and whispered, "That's not film, it's digital." Missing were the scratches, lines, fuzzies, and breaks for reel changes. The picture was amazingly clear.

Since the movie was not on giant reels of film, I wondered what it looked like - a DVD? A giant DVD?

The new technology is from DLP - I have seen their commercials - "its all in the mirrors".

A digital movie can be distributed to theaters via satellite, physical media, or fiber optic networks, then it is stored on a computer, which sends it to a digital projector.

An online search here will let you know which theatres in your area are showing digital movies.

Slipping off early on a weekday to go to the movies! I can get used to this living on the road!

We saw Ghost Rider, it was better than I thought it would be. A Marvel Comic movie with Nicholas Cage - he was smokin!


Motherkitty said...

Pretty soon all movies will be digital, including the actors! That way they won't have to pay such huge amounts of money to the "stars" -- they could just make up some people and they won't have to be real. Oh, wait. Didn't they make a movie with Al Pacino a couple of years ago where he invents a movie star that was all digitized?

Anyway, what will they think of next? I personally love the quality of the new movies and the wonderful sound -- I just don't like all the movie trailers they show now. I wish I could just press menu and fast forward past them.

Glad you had a mid-week excursion to the movies. We haven't been in ages because there is so much to watch on DirecTV these days.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Thanks for the education on DLP and I love living on the road...some of my best memories are from living on the road.

Susie said...

It's amazing the difference in movies now! We haven't seen Ghost Rider, but we enjoy Nicholas Cage!

Kerri said...

Sounds like lots of fun. We like Nicolas Cage too. Digital movies! Interesting! Glad you managed to slip off early and do something fun :)