Imax 3D – The Ultimate U2 Experience (U2 3D)

Just got back from London, with an overwelming cinema experience in my bag; The U2 3D Film. The British Film Institute (BFI) IMAX is home to the UK’s biggest cinema screen – more than 20 metres high and 26 metres wide, 12.000 watts of digital surround sound and the most sophisticated motion picture projection system in the world. It gave me the most ultimate experience that I can remember – The first live-action 3D concert movie – featuring u2!

The effect that this technology from 3ality Digital LLC is able to do with a live stadium concert is not possible to describe. Eye position of a stereoscopic camera in real time, high resolution 3D systems with zoom lenses, and integrated digital processing gives us tomorrows film concerts – today!

The film was shot at the Vertigo Tour back in 2005. I had the pleasure of seeing them during this tour in Oslo in the summer of 2005. But seeing the crowed at the huge stadium in Buenos Aires, feeling their heartbeat, smelling their tears and sweat singing to Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride, With Or Without You and One among all the great songs on this tour was a breathtaking, astonishing and a fantastic experience.

Sitting on top of Larry Mullen Jr. watching him at work, throws me directly to the event, I am not any longer at a cinema in London I am there! When Bono steps towards you it’s like you are able to scratch his nose. When you are in the crowd you are really among them, watching the girl in front of you filming with her cell-phone camera, is so real that all you can do is sit back and laugh.

It is actually a bit scary but this awesome film gives us a glimpse of the future of cinema.

After publishing this post I found a great article/post at Silicon Republic named Even better than the real thing

  2 comments for “Imax 3D – The Ultimate U2 Experience (U2 3D)

  1. February 26, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Nice post Larre. While the description of the technology sounds a bit like a marketing-blurb from the producer you’re enthusiasm really shines through. It’s nigh on impossible not to be at least a little bit envious.

    Interesting remark about the “future of cinema” as well. It could well be that you’re on to something. Digital distribution, well equiped home theatres and other forms of entertainment is taking its toll on Hollywood. In many ways it’s similar to when the telly first arrived Stateside. To battle the new house-alter tinseltown came up with stuff like Cinemascope etc. to give the audience a superior experience to the small box in their living rooms.

    Perhaps super-high-def, high-frame-rate 3D Imax stuff is the answer to the recent onslaught of flat-screen-tellies and digital surround systems…

  2. February 26, 2008 at 8:13 am

    🙂 Yes, my first comment when this film ended was that this is not only the future of cinema, it is the future of home entertainment (from a movie perspective)

    Thanks for the comment!

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