Last month, we shared the news that Fathom Events would bring director John Carpenterhis classic from 1982 Things back to the cinemas for two nights this month; Sunday, June 19and Wednesday, 22nd of Junend. Unfortunately, some fans left Sunday’s show deeply disappointed with the presentation. Genre filmmaker Mick Garris shared his disappointment Social Media and his post quickly went viral. Garris said,
I’ve just been back from watching John Carpenter’s masterpiece at the Fathom Events 40th Anniversary Show on Universal Citywalk AMC … and I’ll NEVER EVER see a Fathom Event again and I highly recommend you avoid them like the plague. FIRST, the film was shot in widescreen format 2.35: 1, but was shown in 1.85: 1, which literally cut out a third of the film. The image was soft focus, low resolution, and the digital image was out of registration, so all objects were framed in red on one side and blue on the other. Also, all the movement all the way through the movie originated, like trying to watch Netflix with a really bad wifi signal. Fathom Events and the theaters that run them should be ashamed of themselves and the outrageously low-quality programs they run. It could have been a great time to revisit one of the classics on the big screen and share it with an enthusiastic audience. The power of Carpenter’s brilliant film carried us through, but I remain disgusted by this ripoff. ”
On Twitter, cinema director Kolpitz explained that Fathom has two ways to send movies to cinemas: DCP files, which are how new releases appear in the digital age and come in 2K or 4K, and Dish Network DVRs, which are shown in 1080i and are cropped to 1.78: 1. “DVR content is also always in 1.78: 1, as this is how a Dish Network box broadcasts its content.” So that’s why Things was chopped up and low resolution for his Sunday show; it was a Dish Network DVR.
Fortunately, Garris’ complaints received so much attention that Fathom aims to improve the experience for viewers attending the show on Wednesday night. Kolpitz has been informed that “Fathom will release a DCP hard drive for Wednesday’s 19.00 screening of Things. So at least expect the correct image format. Probably 4K too. “
Your protection and trust are of the utmost importance to us. We know you come to theaters and expect the best experience possible, and we are proud to be the provider of that experience. We are aware that the latest view of Things was not shown in its original image format and the disappointment it caused. Wednesday’s planned event will be shown in the correct image format, so you can see the film in cinemas as it was meant to be seen. “
So at least they did something to make things right, even the fans who watched Things Sunday already gave their money to watch a subpar presentation.
Did you see Things on Sunday? If so, let us know what you thought of the show by leaving a comment below.