No doubt a few of our readers are already sitting on some IMAX Enhanced gear* and have been champing at the bits for some content to show off your new toys. You’ll be happy to hear that the first two IMAX Enhanced UHD Blu-rays are shipping now. The titles include A Beautiful Planet and Journey to the South Pacific,
*If you’re wondering whether your AV gear supports IMAX Enhanced, so far we have a handful of receivers from Denon (including the AVR-X4500H, AVR-X6500H, and AVR-X8500H), preamps and receivers from Marantz (the AV8805 now, with the SR6013, SR7013, SR8012, and AV7705 following via firmware in January via firmware update), and Arcam’s AVR390, AVR550, and AVR850 receivers, plus its AV860 AV Processor.
Sony also has you covered in the IMAX Enhanced certified display department with its MASTER Series A9F OLED and Z9F LED, A8F OLED, A1E OLED, and X900F. If projectors are more your speed, Sony also offers the VPL-VW295ES, VPL-VW695ES, VPL-VW995ES, VPL-VW285ES, VPL-
VW385ES, VPL-VW675ES, VPL-VW885ES, VPL-VZ1000ES, and VPL-VW5000ES with IMAX Enhanced certification.
More details on the new discs from DTS:
The IMAX documentaries, “A Beautiful Planet,” narrated by Jennifer Lawerence, and “Journey to the South Pacific,” narrated by Cate Blanchett, are now available on IMAX Enhanced 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.
Launched in September by IMAX and DTS, the IMAX Enhanced program combines the highest-end consumer electronics products with IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies to offer consumers a new level of quality in immersive sight and sound experiences for the home.
The IMAX Enhanced program uses the newest, proprietary post-production process developed by IMAX to digitally re-master content to produce more vibrant colors, greater contrast and sharper clarity. IMAX and DTS have also partnered with award-winning Hollywood sound mixers to use a special variant of the DTS:X codec technology integrated in home audio equipment to deliver an IMAX signature sound experience with more immersive, powerful sound. The companies are also designing an IMAX Mode for the enhanced devices that will be meticulously optimized to play the digitally re-mastered content as the filmmaker intended in the home.
Additional IMAX Enhanced titles and news will be announced at later dates.
For more information about the IMAX Enhanced program, please visit www.IMAXenhanced.com.
•Sony X900F Ultra HD LED Smart TV Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
•Sony XBR-65A9F MASTER Series 4K/Ultra HD OLED TV Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.