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J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek on IMAX

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Paramount Pictures and IMAX Corporation announced that Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams (“Mission: Impossible III”, "Lost" and "Alias”), will be simultaneously released to both IMAX® and conventional theatres worldwide on May 8, 2009.

Star Trek will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Paramount Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

“We’re excited to share the enhanced IMAX version of this film with the millions of dedicated fans who have been anticipating this release since production began,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures. “The IMAX Experience adds that extra level of excitement to an already action-packed film, giving moviegoers a premium ‘event’ at the multiplex.”

I am not sure “anticipating” is the right word, “dreading” might be more appropriate.  I would love to see it in an IMAX theater though.  It would make you feel more like you were a part of this Hollywood polished reboot.

J.J. Abrams said, “I’m thrilled that audiences will be able to experience this new, epic world of Star Trek – with an incredible cast and mind-blowing visual effects – on what is, obviously, the most remarkable film format in the world.”

I get the feeling that this is a move designed to benefit the relationship between Paramount and IMAX.  While this announcement does very little to excite me about the movie, but it is at least interesting.