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Labyrinth on the big screen this weekend in Illinois

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by Magic Mara, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Magic Mara New Member

    Hey everyone! I just found out that Labyrinth will be playing this weekend at the Genesee theater in Waukegan, Illinois. It's a special event for the promotion of the Bristol Renaissance Faire of Wisconsin. I'm not sure why they chose this film in particular, but obviously I'm glad they did! The show is at 7:30PM on Saturday, June 9th. It doesn't look like you can buy tickets in advance, so it would probably be a good idea to arrive there early. You can read more about it on the Genesee website:


    I can't wait! Is anyone here planning to attend?
  2. amygam Member

    cool. I wish my area (and those within a 100mile radius) would do something like that.
  3. Laszlo Member

    Is it screened from the Blu-Ray?
  4. bandit Well-Known Member

    Ah!!! I'm jealous!
  5. Magic Mara New Member

    I'm not sure if it's going to be from the Blu-Ray, but I hope so! Sometimes seeing retro films on the big screen is a disappointment if they use an old and scratchy reel. :concern:
  6. Laszlo Member

    Exactly my opinion.
  7. Magic Mara New Member

    Well, they did use an old reel, unfortunately! At the start of the film there was a weird purple cloud hovering on the screen, and people were laughing. Luckily it went away after about 3 minutes, and the rest of the movie looked pretty good. There was a nice surprise, though... The announcer said: "Before Labyrinth, we're going to show a Henson short film." It turned out to be an episode of Fraggle Rock! It was crazy fun to see the fraggles on the big screen, and the audience sang the theme song and was really into it. It was one of my favorite episodes, too: The Lost Treasure of the Fraggles.

    Good times! :)
    Plaid Fraggle and bandit like this.
  8. Laszlo Member

    Well, what I thought. But Im glad the rest of the movie looked good.
    Ah and Fraggle Rock... I loved them as a child.
  9. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Labyrinth is a real treat (well any old school Henson production is) to see on the big screen. I saw Labyrinth at the Henson festival they had in Huntington Long Island several years back, and it was special for me because I really wanted to see it when it first came out (I was about 10 years old at the time) but for some reason never did.

    But people were really into it, and they did use an older film reel, which I personally like as I'm very into the age of old movie palaces and actual FILM, not digital. I usually feel gypped when they show a film from a DVD/BluRay at screenings like this. If I wanted to do that, I'd watch it at home, not pay money.
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  10. bandit Well-Known Member

    I agree! If I were going to watch the film, I would like to see it in the original reel format. It adds the perfect touch of nostalgia to the whole experience. I'm so jealous that you guys had that chance! Ah! Ya bums! Still, what a wonderful experience for a Henson fan! I hope we see more of that kind of thing throughout the country. Especially FL....especially Pensacola FL....Hahahaha
  11. Laszlo Member

    But the BluRay would have a much better sharpness than an old film reel. Or am I wrong?
  12. bandit Well-Known Member

    It would definitely be crisper but for a film lover, having it in original form would have more meaning. A little vinyl copy vs a cd. You can make s strong argument for both.
  13. Laszlo Member

    The original form would be the master negative, which they also use for the BluRay transfers. But most theatres use old crap copies. Nothing compared to the original master negatives.
  14. bandit Well-Known Member

    But what I'm saying is that in the day, if you were going to go see this, you wouldn't be using the master negative. Just like when you by a record, you're not buying anything but a copy either. Like I said, it's more for the nostalgia of it all.
  15. bandit Well-Known Member

    Hahaha! I think we've only ever had two conversations and both of them followed a similar theme. "This is good because..." "No, that's not an original." That's kind of funny. Don't get me wrong, I understand what you are saying but there really is that nostalgic feeling some of us want and I think that's what they were trying to capture by showing the reel.
  16. Laszlo Member

    Yes, I understand and I used to think the same way. Nostalgia is good, but (in this case) can be quite disappointing IMO.
  17. Laszlo Member

    Well, I guess Im just a perfectionist...
  18. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Hi, Laszlo, nah, it's not about being a perfectionist. I get wanting to see the film in the best quality you can (heck, that's why the Blu-Ray business is doing so well, and I have to admit they're amazing, but like Bandit said, it's more for the nostalgia and being a genuine film lover wanting to see the film from a film reel. I love how studios have restored films for DVD but sometimes they overwork them.

    Take for instance some of the classic Disney animated films that have been re-released. They've tried so much to restore and upgrade the quality that in some cases, they're actually hurting the original product. I remember getting Snow White on regular DVD several years back and being disappointed by how the beautiful HAND painted backgrounds in the film were flattened out and made brighter for the restoration process. Like the wooden frames in the Dwarves' home, etc. As someone who loves old school hand-drawn 2D animation, I have a problem with that. Sometimes newer is not always better. And dont' get me started on the comparison between vinyl and CD's lol Listening to certain albums in both formats, there's just no contest...vinyl wins

    But getting back to Labyrinth, when I hear about theatrical screenings of older films, I want to see it from a film reel. If I want to watch a Blu-Ray, I'm not going to pay $15-25, I'll stay home. I have a big screen TV and a great home theater system, other than the vibe of seeing it with a live audience (which depending can have it's benefits and curses) there's no reason to go otherwise in my opinion. I was thrilled to see the Muppet Movie for the film's anniversary a few years ago from a film print in a theater. :)
  19. Laszlo Member

    Most CD's sound horrible not because of inherent characteristics of the medium but rather how poorly they are mastered.
    That said CDs are dated. There are already much better systems than CDs and vinyl.
  20. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Well, that's true in some cases, but I have other copies of albums on both CD and vinyl and the CDs are supposed to be from original masters, etc. and the vinyl still sounds better.What newer formats do you suggest in regards to listening to music? I'm not a big fan of MP3s, either as they are compressed and make the music sound "tinny", and you lose a lot of the background sounds. I don't even own a new Ipod. I have a second hand used one from my sister that I barely use.

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