BREAKING: Ang Lee’s visually stunning Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will be screened both coasts in its 4K version. Starting November 10, moviegoers can watch the film in 120 frames per second (fps) format at ArcLight’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
The high frame rate makes viewers feel like they are actually in the scene, standing next to the actors, almost as if eavesdropping on conversations. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk also will show in New York Lincoln’s Square on the East Coast in the same high-frame speed.
The film, which premiered in the format at the New York Film Festival, is the first ever to be shot at this high a frame rate. It’s more than double that of the previous record holder, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which clocked in at 48fps. The standard, for point of comparison, is 24 fps. Lee has talked about the Herculean effort behind the $40M film with particular attention to every last detail — costuming, makeup, lighting — as to appear real and pure for the 4K version.
The Cinerama Dome is the only theater on the West Coast that will be showing the film in 4K, the way Lee envisioned it. Of more than 150,000 digital cinemas worldwide, the Dome is one of only a half-dozen that can project the film in 3D, at a 4K resolution and at 120fps per eye — courtesy of the Christie Mirage system.
TriStar is releasing the film in 800-plus theaters on November 11 before going wide in lower-speed frame versions.