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Move Over, Indy: 5 Other Classics That Should Get IMAX Treatment

If there’s anything we learned since Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark hit theaters in IMAX Friday, it’s that older films can look even more beautiful once post-converted to the larger format. Heck, even Steven Spielberg was a skeptic at first, but he has been fully convinced that the conversion is worth the effort.

“I didn’t know if the 1981 print would stand up to a full IMAX transfer, so I came expecting a sort of grainy, muddy, and overly enlarged representation of the movie I had made [31] years ago,” Spielberg told Yahoo. “And I was blown away by the fact that it looked better than the movie I had made [31] years ago.”

So why let Dr. Jones have all the fun? There are plenty of other classic properties that deserve the trip to the IMAX theater (so sue us, we’re suckers for the format). Here’s our five picks that should be converted next, but we’d love to hear what movies you’d like to see projected on IMAX screens, so share your thoughts in the comments section below or on Twitter.

Star Wars
Yes, we know, George Lucas has announced he’s going to convert all of the Star Wars movies to 3D but, honestly, screw that format. It’s all about IMAX, and few films would look as good as Star Wars projected on the ultimate big screen. Say what you will about the prequels, but even they are pretty to look at, and they’d benefit from the conversion. And the battle of Hoth digitally remastered to look like it’s being shown on 70mm film? We’d buy our tickets now.

The Godfather
There are many Francis Ford Coppola films that deserve to be on this list, and we almost put Apocalypse Now on instead. But The Godfather is a classic for a reason, and — like with The Master — it would very much benefit from being shown on the IMAX screen. And while he’s at it, Coppola could always convert the next three The Godfather films as well … and Apocalypse Now for good measure.

Jurassic Park
Really, any Steven Spielberg movie could be put on this list. From Jaws to Saving Private Ryan to The Terminal, all of his films are cinematic masterpieces. We already have Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (and hopefully Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade will get the IMAX treatment, too), but we couldn’t resist putting in a teeny-tiny request for Jurassic Park to be transferred as well. CGI might have advanced a lot since 1993, but goodness has Jurassic Park aged well.

2001: A Space Odyssey
This one is a bit of a given. Had IMAX technology been around when Stanley Kubrick was working on 2001: A Space Odyssey, we have no doubt that he would have shot the space epic on that format. Now that we have the opportunity to post-convert films to IMAX successfully, why waste it? Sure, it won’t be as impressive as it would be if the movie was shot was on actual 70mm film, but we’ll take what we can get.

Citizen Kane
Sorry, we couldn’t resists. Orson Welles’s first picture is largely considered the greatest film of all time, and for good reason. Imagine how much better it would look on an IMAX screen? We’re getting chills now thinking about how great that tracking shot of Kane playing with Rosebud would be if it had been shot in 70mm film.


  • Ramone

    Kane is the granddaddy of all American film, but I’d almost rather see Vertigo IMAXed first. Star Wars and 2001 are well overdue. In fact, all space movies should be converted immediately!

  • Jim Deals

     Ohhh, Vertigo or Psycho in Imax would be wonderful.  Definitely need a Hitchcock film in IMAX.

  • sphinxton

    2001 was shot on 65mm film. So it is essentially filmed in IMAX.

  • Nathan

    I saw a 70MM print of 2001 at the Music Box in Chicago years ago. Awesome.

  • Zor-El of Argo

    Superman The Movie and Superman II for IMAX!

  • Michael J

    I heard the Master sucks.Just saying but I do want to see Back To The Future movie in Imax.

  • Red

    2001 is the only one mentioned here that I’d be willing to spend money to see on a IMAX screen.

    As for the suggestion to screw 3D conversions for IMAX conversions, I’d say that would be a good idea only when I can put a IMAX screen in my house, until that day give me 3D and screw the IMAX conversions.

  • butters911

    Since when is the Terminal a ‘cinematic masterpiece’? 

  • I_Captain Blanco

    Oh dear GODS yes.

  • Zor-El of Argo

    I love the “Back To The Future” movies but don’t think they would be significantly improved by IMAX conversion.

    But if you want to get really old school “The Wizard Of Oz” in IMAX would be awesome!

  • funeralthirst7

    Yes on Jurassic Park, the original 3 Star Wars and 2001. The Godfather and Citizen Kane just don’t seem like the types of movies that should be on an IMAX screen. It’s not a knock on either movie but neither has any large scale action scenes or set pieces a la the battle of Hoth. I could see either of those on a normal theater screen and not feel as if I have lost any of the experience.

  • Malik

    Not exactly. While it was filmed in 65mm, it was filmed using Super Panavision 70 cameras. While widescreen 70mm prints are a quantum-leap in sound and picture quality from 35mm, IMAX 70mm prints are much larger.