I much prefer film to digital. It feels much more like a movie to me when it is projected film as opposed to digital and I feel that some point the phrase, “You need to see this in the theater”, will be side by side with, “You need to see this on film”.
Film is especially favorable for me during scenes with intense action. The crystal clarity of the digital projection doesn’t seem to handle motion as well as film. It is almost too crisp when I expect some blurriness.
That being said, I can not wait until my theater goes all digital. Why is that you ask? Why the contradiction? Well, I will tell you.
Quite simply, I am tired of watching movies in the theater that are completely off center. And for whatever reason, whatever the difference, this doesn’t seem to happen with the digital projectors.
I am assuming that running a film projector properly is a highly skilled position. I don’t know much about it at all, but I get the impression it requires a lot of skill to do it right and is becoming a lost art. But the theaters near me have decided that they are not investing in this art anymore.
There is probably some goofy sixteen year old kid running the projector, and this problem would be easily solved if someone, ANYONE, would actually look at the screen after they hit play, but they don’t. I hate when the theater manager tells me that it’s not off center and they just forgot to put the bottom plate up. Really. It’s just the bottom plate? Then why are the subtitles projected below the screen?
I am tired of movies that go off the top of the screen or practically project to the floor. You can see this within the first few minutes of the film, but no one bothers to check the quality of their work so it always goes unnoticed.
I am assuming with the digital projectors, that they have a nice crisp edge and once you point it properly there is no further adjustment needed. Either that or they are just so easy to work that any one can do it.
Anyway, at this point it seems, I am willing to sacrifice the quality of the movie to increase the quality of the experience.