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Streaming continues to eat ground in theaters: Disney + wants to bring IMAX home and will premiere 13 of its titles in that format

Until quite recently, IMAX was understood as an experience strictly reserved for theaters equipped with the system. Obviously, it still is in a clear sense: a screen and sound equipment like the one in an IMAX room is inconceivable in a home. But there is another characteristic of the format that Disney + has decided to bring to homes: the aspect ratio.

The last time the subject was discussed in depth was when the community of viewers reacted with surprise to the unusual almost square format of ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’. There was an explanation: Snyder had decided to respect the 1.90: 1 IMAX for which he originally conceived the film., close to the traditional 4: 3 prior to the massification of the panoramic format.

Disney’s intention is to give you a ratio optional IMAX to 13 films on November 12 (among other actions that will take place on Disney + Day celebrated by the platform). Outcome: Marvel movies that are 2: 35: 1 widescreen will display more image at the top and bottom, up to 26% more, which will make the black bars practically disappear from most wide-screen televisions.

13 IMAX-style movies

Before this change in Disney +, this format could already be seen on certain televisions, such as some Sony Bravia models, in what came to be called IMAX Enhanced, and which will retain this same name on Disney +. They are not the first films in which it is practiced, Beyond Disney: ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Tenet’ or ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ already had this double format in specific editions on Blu-Ray. In any case, it will not reach the extremes of ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’, even more adjusted to the IMAX format, and practically square.

The improvements will also affect the sound: for those who have a computer that allows them to enjoy it, in the future (Disney does not specify when) this change will bring DTS sound, replacing Dolby Atmos that Marvel movies have on Disney +. Besides that, we can also expect Dolby Vision, HDR10 and 4K.

This is the movie list who will enjoy this IMAX Enhanced system:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Black Panther
  • Black widow
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain Marvel
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
  • Iron Man
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings

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