While Raiders of the Lost Ark enjoys a limited IMAX released this weekend, we got to thinking what other classic releases we would love to see blown up in the IMAX format. While, of course, it’s never going to compete with the 70mm IMAX presentation of something like The Dark Knight Rises, the full-frame presentation of many a classic film can provide myriad benefits to viewers, especially those who have never seen said film on the big screen before.
Here’s our 10 films that are absolutely, positively begging for an IMAX re-release.
10. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Terminator 2 is unquestionably one of the greatest action films ever made, girded by James Cameron’s assured direction, as well as evocative cinematography and a career-defining performance by Arnold Schwarzenegger as the cyborg who, this time, isn’t the bad guy we might have expected. While Cameron’s sci-fi masterpiece is best considered a mixture of scintillating action and intelligent sci-fi commentary, it is first and foremost a spectacle, a celebration of the film medium, and absolutely something that would worship at the feet of the IMAX format should it come a-knocking.
The IMAX form is all about exaggerating the seemingly impossible, and drawing attention to the insane potential of special effects; and what better instance to cement this fact than with the stunning rendering if the T-1000 as “he” emerges from the tanker fire, ready to fight another day. The towering action sequences would look stellar when blown up to such a high resolution, and we hope that the studios take heed from Indy’s example.
This article was first posted on September 22, 2012