On January 13, Sony Pictures will present the first-ever showing of a major studio motion picture using Sony’s revolutionary new “4K” digital projection system at a screening of Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster Spider-Man 2. The uncompressed “4K” digital cinema content for the projection system will be powered by advanced visualization and shared storage systems from Silicon Graphics.
The special invitation event will be held at the Entertainment Technology Center’s Digital Cinema Lab at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre (6433 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, Calif. 90028). A panel discussion on the movie’s production will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the screening of Spider-Man 2 at 8 p.m.
“A very talented team of people worked incredibly hard to bring these amazingly detailed images to life” said Yair Landau, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President of Sony Pictures Digital. “Sony’s 4K digital projection system is the ideal vehicle for screening this movie in the most dramatic and visually appealing manner, truly showing off all the care and effort that went into this production.”
The new projector uses a Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) imaging panel to achieve a 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution, nearly four times the pixel count of current HD displays. The commercial availability of a digital projector with 4K resolution — long considered an ultimate goal of digital cinema-offers the industry a clear competitive alternative to existing projection technologies.
“We developed the 4K projector to provide movie-goers with a dynamic viewing experience unlike any other they’ve ever encountered,” said Andrew Stucker, general manager of digital production systems at Sony Electronics. “The projector’s SXRD technology is poised to become the quality standard in digital cinema, and we’ve worked closely with companies like Silicon Graphics to further enhance the solution.”
Silicon GraphicsÂ® OnyxÂ® advanced visualization and SGIÂ® InfiniteStorage RM660 storage systems will power the uncompressed digital cinema content for the Sony projector.
Sony has also incorporated the specifications and guidelines established by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) into the design of the new projector to fully support DCI’s efforts in providing an enabling technology that will allow the industry to move to a digital environment.
The presentation preceding the screening will focus on the sound design, editing and visual effects of Spider-Man 2, featuring the film’s editor Bob Murawski, sound designer and sound effects editor Paul Ottosson, supervising sound mixers Greg Russell and Kevin O’Connell and visual effects supervisors John Dykstra and Scott Stokdyk.