Fang Zei said:
Hateful 8 was both shot on film AND finished photochemically, necessitating the rollout of the cinerama projectors for people to see the movie as Tarantino intended.
Rogue One used the same lenses but was shot on the 65mm-sized model of Alexa, at 6.5k resolution. This would no doubt look impressive in cinerama if they filmed it out at its native resolution, but the DI is only being done at 4k, and either way it’s still a digital movie to begin with.
It’s also worth noting that the Alexa 65’s sensor is slightly bigger and slightly taller shaped than an actual 65mm film frame. The aspect ratio is something like 2.11:1, so with the ultra panavision lenses’ 1.25x squeeze factor you’d get a 2.64:1 AR. They might’ve simply cropped this to 2.40:1 across all exhibition formats, framing everything accordingly.
Huh, I did know it had been shot digitally, but I totally overlooked the increased height of the Alexa’s sensor. So I guess with 2.76:1 you’d be gaining width but cropping some vertical. Since that would mess with the image distortion, I guess that would rule out the need for the Cinerama projectors.
That said, in certain circumstances I could still see a 70mm film print being a superior experience. Given they’d adjust the color grade accordingly, you might still get more information, assuming a truly lossless copy of the film is being printed onto the film. They still compress the films for digital cinema viewing, albeit at a very high bitrate, let alone possibly losing the extended color range that the Alexa 65 offers. Could be wrong though, maybe film prints of digital material always look worse.