What is IMAX Enhanced and which Disney+ movies support it?

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(Pocket-lint) - Disney has announced an "IMAX Enhanced" mode for Disney+.

Basically, it's launching an IMAX Expanded facet ratio for a prime acceptable of movies. IMAX and DTS worked with Disney to bring the caller acquisition to the Disney+ streaming platform. In fact, it's the archetypal streaming work to person entree to IMAX Enhanced, starting with 13 movies. But it's coming elsewhere, too.

.@Marvel fans, assemble! This Friday, re-enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe with IMAX’s expanded facet ratio. IMAX Enhanced is coming to @DisneyPlus! #IMAXonDisneyPlus #DisneyPlusDay pic.twitter.com/vYofdIE0UM

— IMAX (@IMAX) November 8, 2021

What is IMAX Enhanced?

Well, let's commencement with IMAX first. It's a well-known amusement marque that attempts to make a premium movie-going experience, by promising a definite level of prime from a proprietary strategy of high-resolution cameras, film, projectors, and large-screen cinemas. IMAX traditionally uses a 1.43:1 format.

As for IMAX Enhanced, which launches connected Disney+ connected 12 November 2021, it's a caller marque for getting the IMAX acquisition successful your ain home.

IMAX Enhanced uses a caller IMAX Expanded facet ratio of 1.90:1, which is person to the 16:9 ratio of the TV successful your surviving room. The thought is, with IMAX Enhanced, you tin ticker a movie arsenic the manager and cinematographer primitively intended to contiguous it to audiences successful IMAX theatres.

For instance, Marvel movies are typically presented successful wider, letterboxed facet ratios. But immoderate of them diagnostic 1.90:1 sequences that were captured with IMAX-certified cameras for a taller representation successful IMAX theatres. Black Widow has 22 minutes of IMAX Expanded Aspect Ratio footage.

Some Marvel movies, similar Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, were adjacent changeable wholly successful the IMAX Expanded Aspect Ratio format.

These assorted movies and sequences volition present capable up much of your location TV surface erstwhile streamed done Disney+'s IMAX Enhanced mode. The result? Smaller achromatic bars. The caller acquisition volition adjacent see "immersive IMAX signature dependable by DTS" - but not astatine launch. It's coming successful the future.

Where is IMAX Enhanced available?

IMAX Enhanced contented is rolling retired to Disney+ and different streaming platforms arsenic good arsenic Ultra HD Blu-ray discs successful the US, Europe, China, and Japan.

How to ticker IMAX Enhanced Disney+ movies

Starting 12 November 2021, each Disney+ subscribers worldwide tin acquisition IMAX Enhanced crossed 13 Marvel titles that diagnostic IMAX’s expanded facet ratio. All you request to bash is find the movie connected Disney+ and past deed play. 

— Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 8, 2021

Which Disney+ movies are IMAX Enhanced?

The database of Disney+ movies that enactment IMAX Enhanced is arsenic follows:

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain Marvel
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Iron Man
  • Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings
  • Thor: Ragnarok

Note: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is besides making its debut connected Disney+ Day, which is the aforesaid time IMAX Enhanced releases.


Will different services get IMAX Enhanced?

Disney+ is the archetypal motorboat spouse successful the US. But IMAX said the caller acquisition is coming to much streaming options, globally:

  • Sony Bravia Core successful the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia
  • Rakuten TV successful Europe
  • Tencent and iQiyi successful China
  • Tsutaya successful Japan.

Are determination different IMAX Enhanced movies?

Apart from 13 Marvel movies, the IMAX Enhanced postulation is expanding to see Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jumanji: The Next Level, Bad Boys For Life; arsenic good arsenic Paramount Pictures’ Terminator: Dark Fate, Transformers: The Last Knight, Top Gun, and more.

You tin spot the afloat database of IMAX Enhanced contented here.

Which devices enactment IMAX Enhanced?

IMAX Enhanced-certified devices are presently disposable successful the US, Europe, China, and Japan, with much launching worldwide.

While you bash not request an IMAX Enhanced-certified instrumentality to entree IMAX Enhanced context, IMAX said it has identified a subset of TVs, projectors, speakers, and AV receivers that each "meet strict show standards crossed viewing mode, resolution, color, brightness, contrast, and sonic fidelity". That means, ideally, with immoderate of these certified devices, you volition beryllium afloat optimised and prepared to get the astir retired of IMAX's ocular and audio technology.

You tin spot the afloat database of IMAX Enhanced certified devices here.

Want to cognize more?

Check retired the IMAX Enhanced FAQ page for much details

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published connected 8 November 2021.

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