What Format Should You Select for Doctor Strange in The Multiverse Of Madness? A True IMAX Film

The new Marvel film Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (or DSITMOM as it is being called) will hit theaters later this week. It’s set a few months later than the events of Spider-Man. No Way Home. It’s directed and written by Sam Raimi. Raimi helped to create all this superhero fun with his highly successful Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 through 2007.

It has been filmed with a Panavision Millennium DXL2 camera. This camera is part of IMAX’s “Filmed In IMAX” program. While it is not an IMAX camera, Panavision is confident that it can capture images that are high enough to be displayed on larger IMAX screens. The 8K sensor of the Millennium DXL2 is used to capture images. The Sphero 65 lens was used. This is described on the Panavision website as an offering that has a “moderate focus roll-off with subtle aberrations”, blended layers of contrast, pleasing flesh tones, rounded out-of–focus properties, and classically soft and glamorous images. It is finished with a 4K digital intermediary, which should make it stand out in the image quality department.

The entire film will be presented in 1.90:1 aspect ratio. This means that it will fill all IMAX screens except the large 1.43:1 aspect-ratio screens found in theatres with IMAX 15/70mm projectors.

Recently, I was disappointed that IMAX had abandoned 3D. However, a select few showings will see the film in IMAX 3D. This is only available in the UK for the opening night (Thursday 5 May), so you won’t have any luck if you don’t already own tickets. This is very different from the pre-pandemic IMAX 3D, which was standard for the first few weeks before IMAX 2D. A 3D showing seems rare, especially since Blu-ray 3D home releases seem to have dried up.

But, it’s clear that 3D will be making a comeback with this massive movie, as a teaser video from Avatar 2 The Way of Water was shown at Comic-Con Las Vegas this week.

To return to Multiverse of Madness: I recommend an IMAX showing in stereo 3D or 2D, then a Dolby Cine. This will provide a greater picture and sound courtesy of HDR, Dolby Atmos, but without the increased aspect ratio of IMAX.

You can also find Doctor Strange in ScreenX. This screen has an additional picture projected down the sides. 4DX is where you move your seats up and down, and you are blasted with air and water. is also fun. Superscreen is an extra-large display with 4K projection.

If you don’t know the screen is high-quality, I would avoid it. Let’s hope that Spider-Man : No Way Home continues to be a fun and exciting game in whatever format it is.

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