‘Star Trek Beyond’ surrounds Angeles

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
USS Angeles members became more immersed in “Star Trek Beyond” as we saw the movie expand from one screen to three.
Elizabeth and Kelly Critch, Jeremy Kranz, Eric Fillman, Jon Lane and his son Jayden, Lisa Sobien and I saw the Barco Escape version of the latest “Trek” movie July 30 at the Regal at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
There were screens in front of us and at our left and right. At various times in the movie, the scene expanded from the front screen to include all three. There were 20 minutes of three-screen footage.
In theory, it’s a good idea, and we enjoyed being surrounded. But we felt the Barco format was a work in progress.
Elizabeth noted the movie would have worked better on a curved screen, such as the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight Cinemas, where widescreen movies played in the CinemaScope format used from 1953 to 1967. Eric said he found the edges of the screens to be distracting.
Lisa said she noticed that often the scenes were simply three-screen expansions of shoots originally done for one screen. As such, the resolution suffered a bit on three screens. I thought the three screens worked better for the computer-generated imagery of space and starships.
After the viewing, some of us had dinner at a nearby Yard House restaurant and sang “Happy Birthday” to Lisa. Servers gave her a chocolate souffle with vanilla cream. Happy birthday, Lisa!
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Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840