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BATMAN BEGINS

It Begins in IMAX
Batman Begins will be released in IMAX® theatres worldwide, in addition to conventional theatres, beginning June 15th, 2005. The film has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

This represents the fifth IMAX DMR film release from Warner Bros. Pictures, following the hugely successful performance of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience, which is the highest grossing IMAX DMR film to date. Previous Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX collaborations have included digitally re-mastered releases of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the last two installments of the Matrix trilogy, as well as the original production of NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience.

IMAX Theatres deliver images of unsurpassed clarity and impact, and will enable audiences to experience the magic, excitement and adventure of Batman Begins on screens up to eight stories tall and 120 feet wide, surrounded by up to 14,000 watts of pure digital sound. (IMAX screens can be three times larger than the average 35mm screen, 4,500 times larger than the average TV screen, and as wide as an NFL football field.) "Batman Begins presents a new, never-seen before take on the origins of the Batman legend and Bruce Wayne's quest to rid Gotham city of injustice,” says director and co-screenwriter Chirstopher Nolan. "The IMAX format provides audiences with an oppportunity to further immerse themselves in the world of Batman and amplify their experience of his extraordinary story.”

The sheer size of a 15/70 film frame, combined with the unique IMAX projection technology, is key to the extraordinary sharpness and clarity of the images projected in IMAX theatres. The 15/70 film frame is ten times larger than a conventional 35mm frame and three times bigger than a standard 70mm frame. IMAX projectors are the most advanced, powerful and highest-precision projectors in the world, and the key to their superior performance is the proprietary "Rolling Loop” film movement. The Rolling Loop advances the film horizontally in a smooth, wave-like motion. During projection, each frame is positioned on fixed registration pins, and the film is held firmly against the rear element of the lens by a vacuum. As a result, the picture and focus steadiness are far above normal projection standards and provide outstanding image clarity.

To fully envelop IMAX theatre-goers, the presentation is enhanced by a multi-channel stereo surround system comprised of 44 custom designed speakers that extract up to 14,000 watts of pure digital surround sound. The IMAX Proportional Point Source loudspeaker system was specifically designed for IMAX Theatres and delivers superb sound quality to every member of the audience, regardless of where they may be seated. There are more than 200 educational and entertaining films in the Large Format film library, which have been enjoyed by more than 800 million people around the world.

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