IMAX Featurettes, Oh My!

Yesterday we got a bevy of new promotional material for Catching Fire, Twiffidy did the honors of regaling us with her adoration for the four Entertainment Weekly covers (available at newsstands this Friday!) featuring some of our favorite Hunger Games characters, and some of our least– that all depends on your own personal taste. However, yesterday along with the amazing, stupendous, shiny, new EW cover reveals, we also got a behind the scenes featurette, which sadly isn’t even a word, but that’s not stopping people from continuing the usage of it. Any who my lovelies, the featurette was all about the amazingness known as IMAX.

Right, so if you were blissfully unaware of this already I hope it wasn’t jarring news to you, but portions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was filmed in IMAX format. I like IMAX, it’s bigger, clearer, louder, but– it’s more often than not more expensive to buy a ticket and sit your butt down in a cinema showroom’s plush seat. Meh, I think we can deal, unless we plan on going and seeing the film a handful of times! Oh wait, we probably will! Oops. I highly recommend that many of us start budgeting for this frivolous, but totally and yes entirely necessary expensive. More on the featurette though, because it is also entirely necessary to discuss is it’s contents, just like the contents of the stomach contents of a murder victim. Well, it wasn’t very in depth, or very reveal-y, which is all good to me, I actually don’t want too much delved into in promotional material myself. Although what was revealed was the thematic and cinematic usage of the IMAX format to better enhance the depiction of the arena scenes. Erm, that means that the only portions of the film that are in IMAX format are the arena scenes. Know what I say to this? Huzzah! Me likes this choice, it’s what I hoped Francis Lawrence and his team would choose to use the IMAX format for, and the idea of its specific usage at the point in which Katniss enters the arena harkens back to a classic film from the year 1939 called The Wizard of Oz. Way back when that film was released the use of color film was brand new, and if you know anything about that film, you know that the color portion of it started the moment Dorothy entered the magical, scary, and dangerous world of Oz.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Totally.Β 

Them There Eyes



  1. So I guess Dorothy’s “we’re not in Kansas anymore” is Katniss’s “This is no place for a girl on fire.” πŸ˜‰
    I’m seeing it in IMAX, double feature. Since I didn’t see the THG in IMAX last year, and I’ll be seeing 2 movies, the cost was very worth it. And I bet Katniss blowing the force field will look a-mah-zing in IMAX. I’ll of course be seeing it again, but on a regular screen.

    BTW, great analogy to The Wizard of Oz, it’s one of my favorite movies. And I can’t believe you found a way to compare it to THG, of all things. πŸ˜€

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