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'Dunkirk:' Footage and Format Decisions

"If you want to know which 'Dunkirk' ticket to buy, here’s the lowdown."8/01/2017 2:30 PM Eastern
A scene from the Warner Bros. Pictures action thriller 'Dunkirk.' Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon
"Christopher Nolan's new movie comes in IMAX, 70mm, digital, and other formats," Alissa Wilkinson explains. "And how you see it matters.

"The is being projected in a number of different formats, and formats are notoriously complicated. And though Dunkirk is playing on both IMAX and more conventionally sized screens, the choice facing ticket-buyers isn’t just about the size of the screen they'll be watching the film on; it's also about whether they'll see a digital or film projection — another complicated matter.

"If you want to know which Dunkirk ticket to buy, here’s the lowdown. If you're lucky enough to be within range of one of the film’s 31 IMAX 70mm screenings in the US, then by all means, spring for that option — it’s worth the added cost to see the film as the filmmaker intended it to be seen.

"What are the advantages of seeking out an IMAX 70mm screening? First, you’ll see about 75 percent of the film that's been shot on IMAX film, which means enormous, sweeping shots of beaches and a super-immersive experience. That was Nolan's intention; in this clip, he pitches the movie as 'virtual reality without the goggles.'" To read the full story, click here.

Dunkirk is Playing in A Lot of Formats. Here's How Each Affects Your Viewing Experience.

70mm? Digital? IMAX? A Guide To Watching Dunkirk in Cinemas

The Dunkirk 70mm IMAX Experience

Large-Format Filmmaking for Dunkirk

Dunkirk Post: Wrangling Two Large Formats

The Modern Rebirth of Large-Format Cinematography

How Dunkirk Took Imax Cameras Where They'd Never Gone Before

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