IMAX's Private Home Theater brings the big screen to you

Shawn Knight

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If you’ve got a cool million or two lying around and you want the ultimate in home theater entertainment, look no further than IMAX. The company recently announced plans to offer a select few the opportunity to bring the IMAX...

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Is there any info on whether this set-up provides the buyer with access to a full media library or is that something they have to build on their own? I would think that the IMAX experience would be hard to emulate from a BR disc and would require the theatrical film versions to be truly worthwhile. Some more notes on what this actually entails would have been nice. I mean the hardware is fun to talk about and all but without the proper media it is kind of pointless, like having a Ferrari or Lamborghini with no gas.
 
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Additional info to add to my previous post:

"Those lucky customers will get an IMAX-designed theater with “proprietary, state-of-the-art dual 4K projection system” in 2D and 3D, a “custom, patented surround-sound system. These private IMAX screens don’t look quite as jumbo as the ones seen in theaters, but they will have the same floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, curved design to help provide “the most immersive movie experience in the world.” And should any of these elements run into trouble, IMAX will also offer 24/7/365 maintenance and support services with a 5-minute response time."

Source: slashfilm article, imax-introduces-home-theater-systems
 

cliffordcooley

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Seriously, it all doesn't cost more than 100K. It's just for those who got 10 times more money than sense.
I do agree with you, but a do it yourself doesn't come with a service plan either. lol

I'm wondering what kind of services and how many are available.
 

Tekkaraiden

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I worked on a few home theatres about
$2,000,000 to waste. And what do you get for this?

1. A good 4K 3D Projector that's not better than this one: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-VPL-VW10...8&qid=1367538679&sr=8-1&keywords=4K+Projector

2. A sound system worth 20-30K or so;

3. A big-*** white sheet, quite cheap

4. A few sits.

Seriously, it all doesn't cost more than 100K. It's just for those who got 10 times more money than sense.
I never understand why people think a white sheet is all you need for a screen. A proper projector screen makes a huge difference between a picture and a picture worth watching.
 
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VitalyT

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I never understand why people think a white sheet is all you need for a screen. A proper projector screen makes a huge difference between a picture and a picture worth watching.
Nobody really said that here ;) However, based on prices one pays for projector screens today...

It is all of course individual. If you want a screen from Draper and pay the top dollar for it, you can do it, but buying a screen from Draper is the same as buying this cinema from IMAX, prices would be just as reasonable.

I think the following is a very cheap example: http://www.amazon.com/Draper-StageS...qid=1367549828&sr=8-12&keywords=draper+screen

Once you go for a bigger size, Draper thinks it is ok to multiply the price 10-100 times, same mindset as IMAX, I guess.
 

Tekkaraiden

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Nobody really said that here ;) However, based on prices one pays for projector screens today...

It is all of course individual. If you want a screen from Draper and pay the top dollar for it, you can do it, but buying a screen from Draper is the same as buying this cinema from IMAX, prices would be just as reasonable.
Very true, personally If I had that kind of cash I'd get a highend a/v shop to build on for me for a lot less (I actually used to work for one years ago). As for the screen, I actually always liked the look/performance of the Stewart screens to the Drapers.
 
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TS-56336

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I refuse to spend money on the "IMAX" versions of movies that weren't shot on IMAX cameras. And very few films actually use them. I can only think of one coming out this year that was actually shot on IMAX
 

Emexrulsier

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Sure you can get a cheap 4K projector but it doesnt come close to a true imax projector which for 2mil they should be providing (or else its hardly imax). I bet a pair of them (for 3D) could set you back 1 mil?
 

cliffordcooley

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Some overrated films I'd love to catch up on this IMAX home theater are James Cameron's Avatar and The Dark Knight which was shot on IMAX cam I believe. :D
Would that really be a prerequisite, to getting a good IMAX experience with this home theater?