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  years ago,” Spielberg told Yahoo. “And I was blown away by the fact that it looked better than the movie I had made  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.
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.
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.
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.
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.