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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune; Part Two’ To Be Released in IMAX 70mm Format

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, to be released on March 1, 2024, will debut in a 70mm format for IMAX theaters, following in the tracks of Oppenheimer.

The film was shot entirely with 1.43:1 ARRI Alexa IMAX-certified digital cameras, unlike its predecessor Dune: Part One, which saw only 40 percent filmed in full IMAX. Oppenheimer, by contrast was shot using traditional film, not digital.

Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, Dune: Part Two is another chapter in the heroic journey of Paul Atreides as he joins with Chani and the Fremen while trying to avenge his father’s murder. It stars Timothée Chalamet as Atreides, Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha, and Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot. Other cast members include Javier Bardem, Dave Bautidts, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Stellan Skarsgård, and Zendaya.

Described by Oppenheimer’s director Christopher Nolan as the “gold standard” of filmmaking, the IMAX 70mm format offers a significantly higher resolution, creating a more detailed image and immersive viewing experience. As Nolan himself has stated: “[The] sharpness and the clarity and the depth of the image is unparalleled. The headline, for me, is by shooting on IMAX 70mm film, you’re really letting the screen disappear. You’re getting a feeling of 3D without the glasses. You’ve got a huge screen and you’re filling the peripheral vision of the audience. You’re immersing them in the world of the film.”

Dune: Part Two had originally been slated for release this year but the SAG-AFTRA strike caused it to be postponed till March 15, 2024. The debut has since been advanced two weeks, allowing viewers to have their 70mm immersive experience on March 1.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moran
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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