DARK KNIGHT RISES will have 50 Minutes of IMAX Footage!

Our friends over at /Film got a chance to talk to director Christopher Nolan recently about The Dark Knight Rises and talked to him about the IMAX aspect of the film. I loved all the the IMAX scenes in The Dark Knight, it just brought an incredible epic feeling to those scenes. I actually prefer full on IMAX viewing than I do that silly 3D gimmick that is currently popular in Hollywood. 

Nolan told them that this "film is very special to him and that the 70mm IMAX presentation replicates the magic of going to movies from his childhood." They then asked Nolan how much of the film was actually shot in IMAX this time around, and the director said that the movie will "likely have around 50 minutes of IMAX shot-and-projected footage." How freakin' cool is that!? That is double the amount of IMAX time in The Dark Knight.

The site goes on to give you a little perspective on this adding some details such as...

  • In addition to the opening 6-minute Joker introduction, there was another 20-or-so minutes of IMAX footage in The Dark Knight.
  • Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has 23-minutes of IMAX-shot footage.

I've read a few reviews today on the prologue that was screened recently, and from what everyone is hearing is was absolutely incredible! /Film went on to say that,

The director told me that he shot as much as the movie as he could with the IMAX cameras regardless of the issues it presents. Filmmakers have been wary to use IMAX cameras during close-up sequences due to the extremely loud noise caused by camera. Any dialogue-featured footage shot with an IMAX camera surely needs ADR (the actors need to rerecord the dialogue to tape again in post production).

Like the rest of you I'm excited as all hell to see this movie, and it can't get in theaters soon enough! Thankfully we have this 7-minute prologue to tide us over until then. The prologue is attached to select 70mm IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and will be shown on December 16th 2011.

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