Theo Kalomirakis: The Projector In My Theater
Last night I fired up my theater for the first time. The installation of the sound system is not complete yet, the automation still needs tweaking, and the projector is uncalibrated, but nothing could stop me from an early test drive of the theater. I put on a movie that I had seen on a plane on my way to India last month. The 2012 Australian comedy with music called Goddess had impressed me so much with its effortless charm and its engaging characters that I went and bought a Region B copy of it. (It’s not available in the US).
Straight out of the box, the M Vision Cine LED from Digital Projection produced an image on the screen that looked fantastic. The contrast level and brightness were great, and the colors pure and intense. I also tested a scene from Criterion’s new Blu-ray of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. That clip looked even better than what I had seen recently at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater—in a 70mm print, no less. When our clients pay $60,000 or more for a powerful projector, I don’t know how you can get such a great picture from a projector that costs so much less (around $11,000). I can’t wait to test my reference Blu-ray Discs after the projector is fully calibrated.