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#235843 - 12/18/08 05:59 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: bridgman]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
I tried three different types of Formica/laminate from Home Depot & Lowes and they were all awful, so it's not as easy as it might sound. Some ended up being partially transparent, and others were downright reflective (handy if you want a sunburn, otherwise not great).

I couldn't get the Wilson Art in my area, so I ended up getting a screen from Elite Screens. I think I paid ~$300 for a 92" fixed frame screen with a nice velvet frame. It paired with my projector creates an absolutely wonderful picture. For as cheap as the elite screens are, it wasn't worth it to me to go through the DIY process.

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#235898 - 12/19/08 10:15 AM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: bridgman]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1361
Loc: New Orleans
Thanks Murph, Bridgman and Jason, I'll keep all that in mind. I appreciate the info and a stoked to hear there are good options at affordable prices. Some of the DIY screens for under$200 had me sold, so this is even better. And $300 for a done deal is at least not a terrible "worst case".


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#235899 - 12/19/08 10:27 AM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: michael_d]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: New Orleans
 Originally Posted By: mdrew
We just watched the second Narnia last night and DK last Sunday. While I didn't like the movie as much as DK, I think it topped DK for visual and audio quality. I've not heard the SB's this active before.


I gotta disagree on this Narnia thing. Perhaps my TV is just not good enough to see the quality of Narnia, but on my 720P RP DLP, DK was leaps and bounds better. Perhaps in DVD Narnia is better, but on B-Ray it is not even close - again, on my set. The IMAX images on DK made my TV look better than ever before. Narnia was good, but the blacks were not even close, and clarity of only a few scenes equals much of DK. In essence, DK looks like live action (picture window), while Narnia looks like good special effects with that computer look. For sound, I can see Narnia offering more in terms of demo material in that is has significant surround action, etc. But again, I felt it lacked the clarity and precision of DK. Very different material, but I can see a preference for Narnia. But images, wow, I'm surprised there is a strong belief that the Narnia B-Ray is better than DK. At least it forced me to watch Narnia with the kids last night. All good! \:\)
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#235903 - 12/19/08 10:40 AM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Zimm]
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Maybe if the monk weren't deaf.....
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#235908 - 12/19/08 12:40 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: New Orleans
 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
Maybe if the monk weren't deaf.....


Well then it would just be pretty lamp cord, now wouldn’t it! Besides, this way he is not persuaded by the sound, just the art of it!
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#235916 - 12/19/08 01:29 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Zimm]
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Registered: 01/24/08
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Now if only I could hear the film well while wearing my batman cowl.

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#235978 - 12/19/08 05:56 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: StuntGibbon]
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Registered: 03/09/03
Posts: 1849
Loc: PA
A friend of mine just got a BR player (sony 550) and I'm going over to watch Batman tonight on his 100" projection screen. It will be my first BR experience, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks. I'm not expecting much sound wise, as he needs to upgrade his speaker system, but hopefully that will be decent as well with the new audio formats.

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#236072 - 12/20/08 10:45 AM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Zarak]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: New Orleans
 Originally Posted By: Zarak
A friend of mine just got a BR player (sony 550) and I'm going over to watch Batman tonight on his 100" projection screen. It will be my first BR experience, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks. I'm not expecting much sound wise, as he needs to upgrade his speaker system, but hopefully that will be decent as well with the new audio formats.

Well, did we kill it for you by overhyping it? I hate when that happens.
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#236615 - 12/23/08 08:28 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Zimm]
Zarak Offline
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Registered: 03/09/03
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Loc: PA
There were 6 of us, and 4 of the 6 had seen Batman already, so we ended up watching Hancock instead. I liked it mostly, and the picture looked good, but I have never watched a standard DVD on his projector, so it was tough to say how much better it looked.

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#237549 - 12/31/08 06:54 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Zarak]
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
fyi...even though the screen jumps to full 1.78:1 for the IMAX scenes, you're still not getting the full original IMAX picture as it was shot. (IMAX is 1.43:1)

So for the full effect, be sure to visit your local IMAX theatre next month and see it as it was really meant to bee seen. \:\) Yes, that was a completely shameless plug.

note: try to visit the largest IMAX theatre in your area. Not all IMAX theatres are alike. If it's possible avoid the newer "MPX" or Digital screens. While they're better than a 35mm theatre, they're not a full 1.43:1 screen size, which is what you'll want for The Dark Knight.
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