Ed Driscoll


WHERE TO SEE STAR WARS EPISODE II IN DIGITAL: The Internet Movie Database is reporting in its Movie & TV News section that “despite George Lucas’s best efforts to push digital projection, only 19 theaters will be showing his Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones using digital projectors when it opens on May 16″:

The 19 are: Harkins Arrowhead Cinemas 18 (Peoria, AZ); AMC Media Center 6 (Burbank, CA); Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 Megaplex (Irvine, CA); El Capitan Theatre (Los Angeles, CA); Loews Century Plaza (Los Angeles, CA); AMC Mission Valley 20 (San Diego, CA); AMC 1000 Van Ness (San Francisco, CA); AMC Pleasure Island 24 (Lake Buena Vista, FL); AMC South Barrington 30 (South Barrington, IL); AMC Studio 30 (Olathe, KS); General Cinema Framingham 16 (Framingham, MA); Show Case Cinemas Randolph (Randolph, MA); Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas (Edgewater, NJ); AMC Empire 25 Theatres (New York); Clearview Ziegfeld Theatre (New York); Loews Cineplex E-Walk (New York); Cinemark at Valley View (Valley View, OH); Showcase Cinemas Springdale (Springdale, OH); Cinemark at Legacy (Plano, TX). Lucas has said that no theater will be allowed to show Episode III unless it is equipped with digital projectors.

I suspect I’ll see it first at a local “analog” theater, but I wouldn’t mind checking out the version at AMC 1000 Van Ness in San Francisco as a comparison. As I said a couple of days ago, I’m currently experimenting with digital recording (on Cakewalk’s Sonar XL 2.0 system). I’d say one of these days I should branch out to digital video, but I’m afraid my efforts would make The Blair Witch Project look like…Star Wars!