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Why You Need to Watch 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' in IMAX 3D

Whenever a movie arrives in theaters boasting various ways to watch it (2D, 3D, IMAX, etc.), folks understandably need some guidance as to which experience is the best. Most of the time this guidance comes from critics, though lately filmmakers are also taking their mission statement directly to the people, explaining why you need to watch their movie a certain way.

Recently James Gunn wrote passionately about why Guardians of the Galaxy is worth the IMAX 3D ticket, and now Michael Bay is doing the same for Transformers: Age of Extinction, teasing the fact that a whopping 60% of the movie fills the entire IMAX screen.

Here's what Bay has to say over on his personal website:

The best way to see this movie is definitely in IMAX 3D.

By far.

Why? Because for one, we did technically-excellent 3D in this film. We conceived and shot this movie with 3D cameras. So many movies use 3D as an afterthought.

We also are the first movie in the world to shoot with the new IMAX digital 3D camera. The AGE OF EXTINCTION was formatted for 2.40 for normal theaters. What makes the IMAX version of this film so different is that 60 percent of the movie opens up and fills the whole IMAX screen. It makes Transformers 4 such an immersive experience.

The second best way to watch ‘Age of Extinction’ is in a 3D theater featuring Dolby ATMOS sound. ATMOS is the next level in the surround sound experience. The sound not only wraps around from front to back and side to side, there is also a layer of sound above you. The audio will roll and spin around and above you while watching the spaceship chase scene in Age of Extinction.

See you at the movies.


Knowing how ridiculously passionate and forward-thinking Michael Bay is as a filmmaker, it's hard not to trust his words here. After all, he's the guy who made the movie. So if you're on the fence as to which Transformers ticket to pick up this weekend, you might want to listen to the dude and go with IMAX 3D, if it's available in your neck of the woods.

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