Today I had a most wonderful movie experience. Whilst visiting my daughter in Victoria, BC, we went to the Royal British Colombia Museum's IMAX Theater's showing of 'Rocky Mountain Express' that is explained here: http://www.imaxvictoria.com/now-playing/index.cfm#MO_20120213171531822978
I had long forgotten that the IMAX system is a Canadian invention from 1960s. Our particular theater has a 61' high by 85' wide screen (largest in BC) with 12,000 watts of audio power. Despite its many years in service, IMAX is still an impressive format.
For train buffs, especially those who worship steam locomotives like me, this movie is a must. Spectacular mountainous scenery abounds as an IMAX Camera-equipped helicopter skillfully follows a beautifully restored CPR Locomotive & its train from Vancouver through The Rockies to The Prairies.
The seating & sound in this theater is superb. This soundtrack is phenomenal but not overdone as in many productions. Before the movie starts, the large speakers behind the screen are lit up by spotlights so that they can be seen by the audience. It would take a large HT to house these beasts, ha!
After learning of the sacrifices of the toughest of our countrymen in the late 1800s who drove this railway through some of the most despicable terrain & unforgiving climate in the world, I came away with a distinct sense of pride in being a Canuck. I wonder if we would have the fortitude & resolve to accomplish this today.
So, if you have access to an IMAX Theater near you, I highly recommend this outstanding 45-minute documentary when it is showing in your region. I am eagerly awaiting the release of this DVD or Blu Ray as I imagine that it will shake a HT with authority...