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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

‘Avatar’ doesn’t really need IMAX, it turns out

So, I saw Avatar again this weekend, this time in IMAX 3D — the press screening I attended a few weeks ago was in 3D but not IMAX, and it was fascinating to note the difference.

And the difference is… not much, actually. What makes Avatar so unique, so absorbing, and so absolutely must-see on a big screen is the 3D, which truly does draw you in and make you feel as if you’re really on Pandora. Of course, you could put down the fact that I was not totally blown away by the film in IMAX to the fact that I’d already been blown away by it the first time around, and so perhaps some of the surprise of the experience was lessened merely because it was my second journey to Pandora.

But, on the other hand, I didn’t find the experience diminished by IMAX, either. It’s just that I felt immersed to precisely the same degree as I did when I saw the film in non-IMAX 3D.

I’m curious to hear from others who’ve seen the film in both formats whether you have a preference.

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