IMAX Melbourne Is The Only Place You Can Watch Dunkirk In Top Quality

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Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan's latest film, and by all the early accounts we've read it's going to be a very visually impressive bit of cinema. There's only one place in Australia you can watch it in its full 70-millimetre cinematic brilliance, though: and that's Melbourne.

IMAX Melbourne is one of only six screens outside of North America, and one of 37 screens in total, to show Dunkirk in the 1570 film standard: 15-perforation 70mm, the large format film type that auteurs use to get the highest possible image quality for their movies -- like Quentin Tarantino with The Hateful Eight. Nolan also has previous form with 70mm, shooting Interstellar in the format.

The majority of Dunkirk was filmed in 70mm, and exclusively in IMAX theatres -- exclusively in IMAX Melbourne, because IMAX Sydney is goooooooone -- the screen will expand vertically by up to 40 per cent to fill the entire IMAX display area.

Museums Victoria and IMAX will also have an exhibition of objects from the actual evactuation of Dunkirk in 1940, including a pennant flown on the foremast of minesweeper HMS Lydd. IMAX Melbourne's opening weekend tickets for Dunkirk have already been snapped up after they went on sale earlier in the week. Advanced sessions starting from July 19 are on sale now [IMAX Melbourne]

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    It's screening at IMAX in Perth.. Is our IMAX different to Melbourne's or something?

      There's one in Perth. He just didn't do his research before writing the article.

        Or, the IMAX in Perth is 4K digital not 1570 film, and I actually did.

          You must get sick of people jumping to conclusions, whereas I find it humorous that you are constantly putting people in their place.

          you smacked that sum'bitch up the side of the head

      I suspect that means that the Perth IMAX is showing the 4K digital version, rather than the 70mm film version. IMAX Melbourne is showing both editions from what I heard.

    Correction: The Hateful Eight was shot/released on standard 70mm - which is 5 performations. The traditional IMAX format (1570) is thus 3 times the frame size of traditional 70mm.

    And if someone wants to get anal and make the point that Hateful Eight was actually shot on 65mm and released on 70mm, then yes, that is the way it actually works. And nobody cares.

    So to confirm, the other 70mm presentations (eg the Sun Theatre) are a lesser 70mm format?

      70mm theatrical is different to Imax 70. Theatrical 70mm the picture runs vertically on the film strip ( so you hold the film strip vertically to see the pictures and each frame is 5 perfs long. Imax 70 runs horizontally (so you hold the film horizontally) and each frame is 15 perfs long. it uses 3x the surface area of theatrical 70. No digital format has come close to 15/70

    Might see it in GU Filmhouse in Adelaide has ATMOS.

      Unfortunately you won't get the full benefit of ATMOS with Dunkirk as it hasn't been mastered in Dolby Atmos. It's a really pity because the planes overhead are the perfect use case for Atmos.

    Hi, I saw the last weekend screening at IMAX Sydney, Interstellar and the Dark Knight, and I have to say it was EXTREMELY disappointing with regards to the quality.
    The projector light/bulb was very dim, and was not bright enough for the size of the screen, either that or the screen was too big - and infact the screen WAS too big.
    Does the Imax cinema in Melbourne suffer from this problem? Or is the brightness-screensize ratio matched perfectly?
    I'd love to go to Sydney to watch dunkirk with film projection, but if it's anything like the Sydney Imax, I will give it a pass.

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