IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Releasing today announced that the highly-anticipated motion picture Michael Jackson’s This Is It will be released for a special run in select digital IMAX(R) theaters worldwide during the film’s limited two-week engagement in thousands of theaters globally starting on October 28, 2009. The film’s domestic run at select digital IMAX theaters will be for evening showtimes starting at approximately 9 PM Pacific Standard Time, beginning Tuesday, October 27, 2009. Tickets for the worldwide release go on sale for most locations this Sunday, September 27th at 12:01 AM. To find out which IMAX locations have the film, visit IMAX.com.
“This Is It” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
“The combination of the never seen before rehearsal footage of Michael Jackson preparing for his sold-out London concerts, more than 25 world premieres and special IMAX engagements makes this a once-in-a-lifetime event for moviegoers, music lovers and Michael Jackson fans,” said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing.
“The rollout of our new digital IMAX locations is expanding the range and frequency of IMAX content available to moviegoers worldwide,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Our partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment is growing with our theatre network, and we’re looking forward to continued success with them as we open more theatres and release more films.”
“We’re very excited to participate in this special event, where IMAX audiences and fans of Michael Jackson will feel the energy of his talents,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Sony Pictures Entertainment knows how to create an event on a global scale, and their use of our new digital IMAX locations internationally demonstrates how major studios can take advantage of our network in new and exciting ways.”