With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the film industry, production companies and distributors have been forced to rethink traditional theater and at-home release models. The latest business that’s shown itself willing to expand its offerings is Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has announced that it’s working in partnership with Imax to bring its catalog to the latter company’s Imax Enhanced platform.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures “has committed to releasing hundreds of new titles in the Imax format over the next two years, including all upcoming SPE and Imax theatrical releases.” The movies will be available through Imax Enhanced, which releases films that have undergone Imax’s digital remastering process for at-home viewing. As part of the deal, SPE films like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jumanji: The Next Level, Bad Boys for Life, and Venom will be available in 4K HDR, DTS audio, and Imax’s expanded aspect ratio, designed to be viewed on high-end home theater devices.
Imax Enhanced films are currently available for streaming in the United States on the FandangoNOW service, on Rakuten TV in Europe, and Tsutaya in Japan. The company writes on its website that “Imax Enhanced will continue to expand across new streaming platforms in the coming months.”
For now, the most interesting news is likely just that SPE has demonstrated an increased interest in providing at-home releases for even its most recent films. This news comes amidst a lot of (very silly) turmoil between distributors and theater chains trying to figure out how to navigate a movie industry badly affected by the pandemic. Last week, following the successful on-demand release of Trolls: World Tour, AMC and Regal Cinemas announced they would no longer show films from distributor Universal Pictures in retaliation.
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