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Is the screenratio of 3D movies always 1:85?


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#1 Kristof Lanslots

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 05:45 PM

I've noticed that lots of spectacular movies (like Avatar) are shown in 1:85 instead of cinemascope 2:35. Is this because of technical reasons? Is it because 2:35 is too wide to view comfortable in theaters? That would be a shame, because much of the magic of cinema is the very wide screen ratio 2:35. With the coming of Imax and 3D , the very old 'savior of cinema' cinemascope is abandoned.

Some movies are 2:35 in 2D and 1:85 in 3D and then we have 1:44 for Imax.

Do such directors look at their screen for a good composition in 2:35 or do they have all three format lines on their screen?

Is this evolution bad for the creative part of filmmaking?
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:39 PM

I've noticed that lots of spectacular movies (like Avatar) are shown in 1:85 instead of cinemascope 2:35. Is this because of technical reasons? Is it because 2:35 is too wide to view comfortable in theaters? That would be a shame, because much of the magic of cinema is the very wide screen ratio 2:35. With the coming of Imax and 3D , the very old 'savior of cinema' cinemascope is abandoned.

Some movies are 2:35 in 2D and 1:85 in 3D and then we have 1:44 for Imax.

Do such directors look at their screen for a good composition in 2:35 or do they have all three format lines on their screen?

Is this evolution bad for the creative part of filmmaking?


It's just a choice. Some people prefer that aspect ratio to scope. Some people like that ratio for certain types of movies and scope for others. It's not really a black a white answer.
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#3 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 06:46 PM

Some movies are 2:35 in 2D and 1:85 in 3D and then we have 1:44 for Imax.


The 35mm over/under systems, such as Spacevision, Stereovision and Arrivision, have ARs from 2.5:1 to 2.35:1.

Chosing 1.85 might have more to do with video, excuse me-digital, projection.
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