The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Gets IMAX Release

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twilight saga eclipse imax logo header The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Gets IMAX Release

A lot of things are done in Hollywood purely for the sake of trying to squeeze out an extra penny – and yet, even knowing that, sometimes there are decisions made in tinsel  town that make even the most cynical of us (that’d be me) want to twist our faces up in disgust.

The latest case of “Are you kidding me?” comes with the news that next summer’s Tweener blockbuster, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be showing in IMAX.

If you just read that and screamed “Are you kidding me?!” then I’m sad to inform you that no, I am not.

Better news: Eclipse will NOT be shot in true IMAX format (like The Dark Knight or Transformers 2), but rather will be shot using conventional cameras, with the print then being stretched to IMAX proportions (a la Star Trek).

Anybody who has watched a movie in this format already knows that the larger picture size ultimately comes at the expense of picture quality. This means that Bella’s hyper-ventilations, Edward’s bored stares and Jacob’s chiseled abs will now be softer and blurrier than ever! Awesome!

Of course, the studio is selling us a much prettier scenario. From the official press release:

Twilight moviegoers will have a whole new way to experience this next installment of the series, with the enhanced image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience putting them IN the movie…The IMAX release puts us on the event film calendar for 2010, and we’re very excited to work with IMAX to bring a new kind of film to the IMAX theatre network.”

And in case you were wondering about what all Eclipse will be about, the press release helps to explain that too!

In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

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Does the decision between love and friendship really qualify as “the most important decision” in someone’s life? I wonder which Bella will pick – love, friendship… love, friendship… Hmmm…. LOVE MAYBE???

Twilight Saga fans rejoice if you’d like, but don’t be fooled: you will be paying higher ticket prices for lower quality of picture, and unless director David Slade has epic LOTR-style vampire vs. werewolf battles in mind, I don’t see why this steamy supernatural love triangle needs to be blown up into IMAX proportions.

Maybe the Twiehard nation can fill me in?

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse hits theaters (and IMAX) on June 30, 2010.

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  1. It’s worth the money they added extra sparkles on the vampires.

  2. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! Oh, I’m sorry, I fell asleep reading the synopsis. :-D

  3. Ok thats fine, star trek was still good in IMAX, you say “blurrier than ever” suggesting that there is a massive difference. I do hope that Breaking Dawn is in true IMAX Format, so that the picture quality and size is amazing. IMAX is always great for atmosphere, and I assume Breaking Dawn will be complemented by this.

    And Stephanie Meyer should totally write a follow up to breaking dawn (i havent read any books so it doesnt ruin the films for me) But if anyone dies – bring em back in some awesome way and give us a 5th lol.

  4. @Kofi

    You seem to be taking this pretty hard. Why do put yourself through the self-inflicted pain and agony of reporting on the Twilight series? There are plenty of devoted Twilight fan sites that people can find their information if they need it – you don’t have to. I get it, you don’t like it – it’s not the end of the world. If IMAX and Summit think they can make money off of it, why not? It’s called capitalism.

  5. I just hope that movies that would benefit from IMAX, Iron Man 2 for example, aren’t pushed out of theaters early so another one of these crappy films can squeeze more money out of people. What’s next, an Adam Sandler film in IMAX?? UGH. (And I like Adam Sandler films, but they are NOT IMAX type films.)

  6. hahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    “and we’re very excited to work with IMAX to bring a new kind of film to the IMAX theatre network.”
    a new kind of film???!!!!!!! hahahahahhahehehheeehhahahehhahhehoahahhaaa
    “Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.”
    haahahahahaha yeah if Bella ever had something that u could call “life” and what does she knows about decisions!!!!

    i just cant get enough of this ridiculous silly press release!!
    those guys at summit really think they r movie makers don’t they.they must be living in their own little world
    apparently unfortunately and disgustingly we live in that little world of theirs

  7. I doubt the film will be noticeably blurry. You guys do realize that most IMAX Experience screens are not the huge giant ones, right? Many are roughly the same size as regular screens. They just shove the seats closer so it looks bigger. There was a big scandal about this last year.

  8. Thats a real good piece of impartial reporting. Real good.

  9. @drsambeckett

    I’ve said it before: Screen Rant does NOT do “impartial reporting”, so to expect it is silly.


  10. Well, it won’t be out that much in that format, since Nolan’s Inception is opening half a month later… This franchise keeps growing lamer and lamer…

  11. ……God dammit

  12. Usually if I was told a movie about vampires and werewolves would be playing in IMAX theaters I’d be interested… this is the exception. I guess people are just dying to see Taylor Lautner’s shirtless body on a bigger screen. And do the folks at Summit know that IMAX screens don’t make acting seem any better?? Also I can’t believe they’re trying to release this next one so soon after the second, actually… I CAN believe it! It doesn’t surprise me. I can tell you without seeing any of the Twilight films or reading any of the books that this third installment will be the worst yet. Rushed production can destroy a movie (POTC 3 for example). Anyways… Count me out. IMAX and regular theater. These people sure know how to make a quick buck though… and be lazy without even filming in IMAX. The Dark Knight had the right idea when they filmed all their major action scenes in IMAX. Not only did it look good on IMAX screens (I assume), but when I saw it in regular theaters (twice) it was also amazing. I’m sure there’s another movie more deserving of IMAX screens than Twilight and all its shirtlessness and bad CGI werewolves.