Thoughts on Evil Dead and Digital Projection.
I had the pleasure of seeing Evil Dead at a cinema this weekend. I think it had the right combination of suspense, gore, and respect for the original story. Out of my friends, I am not the biggest fan of the Evil Dead franchise, but I have enjoyed each of the original films. I felt this film fit in with the others, but I have yet to discuss it with my friends that are hardcore fans.
I sadly arrived late to the showing and since it was the release day the auditorium was full and I was forced to sit close to the screen. I usually prefer to sit in the middle middle of the seating. Not too close but not too far. The theater has implemented 2K digital projectors for its movies. There’s already a big debate of digital vs. film and I want to share this experience to the ongoing conversation.
Because I had to sit so close to the screen, there were occasional moments when I could distinguish the individual pixels in the projected image. When there was a bright, in focus subject, at the bottom of the frame, I could see the dots making up the image. This totally took me out of the movie.
Now I understand that I may have a heightened awareness to this sort of thing. And I may be hypercritical over the standard movie goer. But I literally thought to myself, “I could have waited to watch this at home and I would not have been subject to this.”
The whole reason I go a see a movie at a theater is to get an immersive experience that I cannot get in my home. I am less likely to get pulled out of that experience in a theater than an active environment like my living room. I pay a premium to go to a large dark room and not be distracted and stay with the story all the way through.
And sure there are uncontrollable elements that will always pull away from the story. My tiny bladder getting full, someone blowing up my phone (when it’s on silent, and I am forced to leave the auditorium before pulling it out of my pocket), etc. But I don’t want the theater and its projector to be the thing that pulls me away from the story!