Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

DLP/Digital Projection?

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

DLP/Digital Projection?

Old 06-28-06, 04:04 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,688
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
DLP/Digital Projection?

I'm thinking of seeing Superman Returns tomorrow night after work if I can make it. And it's being projected in DLP only on the theaters super large screen.

Has anyone ever attended a theater showing a film in DLP? How is the quality? Good,bad? Is the audio quality decent as well?

I don't want to waste my money on an overpriced ticket if there is the slightest problem with this format. That includes color reproduction(i've heard conflicting reports of blacks being turned brown and grey and so forth) and audio quality.
Old 06-28-06, 04:11 AM
  #2  
Banned by request
 
Supermallet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Termite Terrace
Posts: 54,150
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
I've only seen the last two Star Wars films in DLP, and since they were shot on HD, they looked great!
Old 06-28-06, 06:56 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
 
raven56706's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Back in the Good Ole USA
Posts: 21,767
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
you need to see it in DLP screen.... the colors are awesome
Old 06-28-06, 06:59 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Hero
 
TomOpus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 35,886
Received 359 Likes on 264 Posts
I'm hoping to catch Superman Returns in a DLP theater for the 2nd viewing.

Episode III did indeed look great on DLP.

Recently I saw Cars in both film and DLP. The DLP won hands down. I noticed the sound, especially the surrounds, were a lot better... but that might've been the venue.
Old 06-28-06, 07:50 AM
  #5  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,777
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Episode 3 and The Incredibles did look great on DLP, but they were pure digital films in the first place. Was Superman shot in hd or on film? I wonder how film transfered to digital for DLP looks.
Old 06-28-06, 08:32 AM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
raven56706's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Back in the Good Ole USA
Posts: 21,767
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
terminator 3 wasnt shot in digital and it looked much better then the regular... (mind you i saw both )
Old 06-28-06, 08:34 AM
  #7  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
mdc3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Guelph, Ontario
Posts: 9,921
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Go see Superman in DLP, I thought the film print was kind of soft, but I'm assuming the DLP version will be much more "crisp" since the film was shot HD.

MATT
Old 06-28-06, 09:47 AM
  #8  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Rampaging across DVDTalk.
Posts: 4,046
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Michael Ballack
Was Superman shot in hd or on film?
Digital.
Old 06-28-06, 10:54 AM
  #9  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,777
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Fincher Fan
Digital.

hmmm, now you guys got me wanting to see it on the dlp screen near me. That ruins my arrangements for a 200 Superman and a 510 X3

Edit: I guess I'll go with the usual arrangments since I can't see Superman and X3 back to back if I go to the theater with a dlp screen. If I like Superman enough, I'll see how it looks on the dlp next week.

Last edited by Michael Ballack; 06-28-06 at 11:00 AM.
Old 06-28-06, 11:09 AM
  #10  
DVD Talk Legend
 
raven56706's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Back in the Good Ole USA
Posts: 21,767
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Michael Ballack
hmmm, now you guys got me wanting to see it on the dlp screen near me. That ruins my arrangements for a 200 Superman and a 510 X3

Edit: I guess I'll go with the usual arrangments since I can't see Superman and X3 back to back if I go to the theater with a dlp screen. If I like Superman enough, I'll see how it looks on the dlp next week.

i can bet you if you saw it in dlp first... you will want to see it in dlp again


i have a nice stadium seating theater by my house...2 minutes away... but instead i am going 20 minutes away to see Superman in DLP... thats how good DLP is
Old 06-28-06, 11:16 AM
  #11  
Moderator
 
Giles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 33,604
Received 14 Likes on 10 Posts
so I'm assuming since the film was shot in HiDef in the first place, the conversion to IMAX resolution should even look more spectacular.

Originally Posted by TomOpus

Episode III did indeed look great on DLP.
the DLP is saw of Episode III didn't impress me - I thought the 35mm print I saw, after I had seen the DLP version looked more colourful. It might have been since the venue (Natinal Amusement's Lee Highway Multiplex) is a crappy auditorium - the surround sound was very lacking.
Old 06-28-06, 12:48 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
sauce07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Centreville, VA
Posts: 6,547
Received 21 Likes on 16 Posts
Originally Posted by Giles
so I'm assuming since the film was shot in HiDef in the first place, the conversion to IMAX resolution should even look more spectacular.



the DLP is saw of Episode III didn't impress me - I thought the 35mm print I saw, after I had seen the DLP version looked more colourful. It might have been since the venue (Natinal Amusement's Lee Highway Multiplex) is a crappy auditorium - the surround sound was very lacking.
What a ghetto theater. I remember seeing Episode II in digital at this theater, it looked okay but it doesn't make up for the uncomfortable seats, sticky floors and beat up screen.

I'll be going to the IMAX presentation out at Dulles when i get home in a few weeks. Can't wait, i'm willing to spend $10 on parking and another $12 for a ticket to see this in 3-D
Old 06-28-06, 01:09 PM
  #13  
Moderator
 
Giles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 33,604
Received 14 Likes on 10 Posts
Originally Posted by sauce07
What a ghetto theater. I remember seeing Episode II in digital at this theater, it looked okay but it doesn't make up for the uncomfortable seats, sticky floors and beat up screen.

I'll be going to the IMAX presentation out at Dulles when i get home in a few weeks. Can't wait, i'm willing to spend $10 on parking and another $12 for a ticket to see this in 3-D
sorry to burst your bubble but the Uvard-Hazy IMAX presentation is not in 3D - the Air and Space did not equip this theatre to playback 3D - there are tentative plans to book Superman Returns at the downtown Air & Space later in the summer, that is able to playback IMAX 3D - I'm waiting to see the movie there as well as out at Dulles. If and when you do go to the Dulles location go to the 6pm and 8:45 showings the parking are far as I understand is free after 4pm.

The DLP showings for Superman Returns in the DC metropolitan area are at AMC Georgetown, Muvico, and at National Amusement's Lee Highway Merrifield location.


as far as the Lee Highway theaters - they quite frankly suck, the seats are not only uncomfortable, but are very squeaky and audible... as to why National Amusement's didn't equip one of their auditoriums at the much more luxiourous Cinema De Lux is beyond me... oh well.

my fingers are crossed that the second DLP equipped screen at Muvico is going to show Pirates of the Carribean 2 in DLP.

Last edited by Giles; 06-28-06 at 01:23 PM.
Old 06-28-06, 01:43 PM
  #14  
Banned by request
 
Supermallet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Termite Terrace
Posts: 54,150
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Superman was shot in HD? Hmmm...I did not know that. I don't think there's a DLP equipped theater near me.

Has anyone seen the film version and the DLP version? The film version was way too soft, but I presumed that was an intentional choice to make the CGI look more seamless. Is the DLP that much sharper? If so, that would eliminate one of my major gripes with the film.
Old 06-28-06, 02:49 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
TylerDurden_73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Rochester, N.Y.
Posts: 1,393
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
I just got back from seeing the dlp version. When supes goes over the clouds, The picture was almost as if you were looking at the sun itself with all the colors,hues, etc..
Old 06-28-06, 03:21 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,518
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Luckily in my area we get most of the new releases in DLP versions now. I always seek out those screenings because they blow away the 35mm versions in my experience. The most recent ones I've seen in DLP are POSEIDON and MISSION IMPOSSSIBLE III. I'm especially interested to see MONSTER HOUSE in the Polarized 3-D DLP version next month as CHICKEN LITTLE was pretty cool in the 3-D DLP version; it made the movie.

SUPERMAN is playing in DLP here too, but I'm going to the IMAX/3-D version this weekend first.
Old 06-28-06, 04:57 PM
  #17  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Traverse City, MI
Posts: 3,954
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
DLP is awesome, worth it, our digital theater has a intro which kicks ass look amazing. The sound system seems to be better too
Old 06-28-06, 06:32 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Reviewer & TOAT Winner
 
Alan Smithee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: USA
Posts: 9,351
Received 121 Likes on 100 Posts
I've only seen one movie in DLP, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but it looked awful- it was like watching a movie through a screen door.
Old 06-28-06, 06:50 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
mdc3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Guelph, Ontario
Posts: 9,921
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Suprmallet
Superman was shot in HD? Hmmm...I did not know that. I don't think there's a DLP equipped theater near me.

Has anyone seen the film version and the DLP version? The film version was way too soft, but I presumed that was an intentional choice to make the CGI look more seamless. Is the DLP that much sharper? If so, that would eliminate one of my major gripes with the film.
Well, I saw the 35mm and the Imax print, and for the most part the IMAX version was much more colourful and sharper, which was a complaint I had with the film version, so I'd imagine the DLP version is similar to IMAX.

MATT
Old 06-28-06, 07:35 PM
  #20  
Banned by request
 
Supermallet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Termite Terrace
Posts: 54,150
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
I'll have to catch the IMAX, then. Hopefully the DVD/HD-DVD/BD will look sharper than the film print I saw.
Old 06-28-06, 09:44 PM
  #21  
Moderator
 
Giles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 33,604
Received 14 Likes on 10 Posts
Originally Posted by Steve Phillips
Luckily in my area we get most of the new releases in DLP versions now. I always seek out those screenings because they blow away the 35mm versions in my experience. The most recent ones I've seen in DLP are POSEIDON and MISSION IMPOSSSIBLE III. I'm especially interested to see MONSTER HOUSE in the Polarized 3-D DLP version next month as CHICKEN LITTLE was pretty cool in the 3-D DLP version; it made the movie.

SUPERMAN is playing in DLP here too, but I'm going to the IMAX/3-D version this weekend first.

I didn't see POSEIDON in DLP but seeing this in 35mm in it's first weekend of release, the print that AMC (Tyson's Corner) projected was hideous to say the least - it was exceedingly grainy. I would assume the DLP presentation was not.
Old 06-28-06, 09:49 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,777
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
I've only seen one movie in DLP, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but it looked awful- it was like watching a movie through a screen door.
It really depends where you live and what kind of dlp projector they have. I had the same screen door effect for episode 2, but for episode 3 the theater near me had that new 3k or 4k Kodak(at least I think that's what it was) projector that showed that film is dead and dlp is the future.

By the way, I saw Superman Returns today in a theater that used to be an IMax screen but was converted to what the theater owners call "Super Screen"(nothing to do with Superman ) It's bullshit calling it a "Super Screen' though, it's more like what screens used to be before the 20 theater multi plexes took over everywhere. It was film, but it looked good to me, though kind of soft like many have already said.
Old 06-28-06, 10:31 PM
  #23  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,688
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Well I had to skip the film tonight since I didn't get out of work until 20 minutes before the film started. Which would give me no time to get home,change and head to the theater.

So I may see it tomorrow and figure out which showing is on the large screen,since it's playing on numerous screens of course.
Old 06-28-06, 11:31 PM
  #24  
Moderator
 
Giles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 33,604
Received 14 Likes on 10 Posts
Originally Posted by Michael Ballack
It really depends where you live and what kind of dlp projector they have. I had the same screen door effect for episode 2, but for episode 3 the theater near me had that new 3k or 4k Kodak(at least I think that's what it was) projector that showed that film is dead and dlp is the future.

By the way, I saw Superman Returns today in a theater that used to be an IMax screen but was converted to what the theater owners call "Super Screen"(nothing to do with Superman ) It's bullshit calling it a "Super Screen' though, it's more like what screens used to be before the 20 theater multi plexes took over everywhere. It was film, but it looked good to me, though kind of soft like many have already said.
someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the only 4K system is from Sony that is pretty much featured only at LA's Arclight theatre.
Old 06-29-06, 08:34 AM
  #25  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,777
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Giles
someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the only 4K system is from Sony that is pretty much featured only at LA's Arclight theatre.
Maybe I was wrong, I just know the Kodak projector at the time was one of the best movie theater dlp projector's out when Episode 3 was released.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.