Hi there… the reason I didn’t write about racketball is that I didn’t want to embarass you by pointing out how you were exploiting Dad’s physical rehabilitation for your own personal gain, peasej.
So a couple of weeks ago Deb and I noticed one of the screens at the AMC 20 was DLP, or Digital Light Processing. In other words, there’s no film involved–it’s a movie projected by a computer, like when you’re watching some k-rad internet porn you downloaded, like President Bush is here. Only much higher tech, much less likely to crash, and much more expensive (about $100K per system).
We just got back from taking in Monsters, Inc. in the DLP auditorium, and both Deb and myself were very impressed by the system.
- The movie was perfectly framed, because some jackass being paid seven bucks an hour to sleep in the projection room isn’t responsible for changing the reels and the slides and putting the projector back in the right place. With DLP, the setup never needs to be touched, so the top of Brad Pitt’s melon or the bottoms of Anna Nicole Smith’s breasts will never be chopped off. Bonus!
- In the “This movie is rated X for extended snowballing” screens, the aliasing you might get with very large-size fonts on your computer screen was actually visible. Seeing this during the previews made me concerned that I’d detect jagged edges on stuff in the movie, but it seems they just didn’t care enough to anti-alias the ratings screens. None of that was visible in the movie itself.
- Most importantly, the movie seemed markedly cleaner and sharper than we remembered film looking. There was no graniness and no artifacts–dust, scratches, melting–that you might see with normal movie film.
I was interested in making certain we weren’t convincing ourselves of these things just because we knew the theatre was digital, so on our way out we dropped by a normal showing of Monsters, Inc., and both of us could immediately tell the difference. The print was more grainy and the colors were much less sharp and uniform.
My prediction is that this is the kind of thing that’s really going to start bothering me if I watch very many more DLP movies, to the point that I’ll actually go out of my way to avoid normal film in theatres. I’m guessing all those crackmonkeys who talk about movie film being superior to digital projection for anything but fixed costs are going to fall fast, and digital will take off like a rocket.
Now, the only question is, will the Texas Instruments system or the Qualcomm system be prevalent? (The Mission Valley 20 has a TI system, so I’m not sure how to compare the two.)
I encourage you to drop by the AMC 20, if you haven’t already, and catch a flick in the digital auditorium. You won’t be disappointed. If you hurry, you can see Monsters there; it was actually really, really good.