Coming in at a running time of three hours, Christopher Nolan’s latest film Oppenheimer is going to be one of the longest blockbusters hitting cinemas around the world this summer.
The film, which will be released in the UK on 21st July, follows physicist J Robert Oppenheimer as he works with a team of scientists during the Manhattan Project, leading to the development of the atomic bomb.
The film will be released in a number of formats, including IMAX 70mm, 70mm, IMAX digital, 35mm, and Dolby Cinema.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Nolan said he hopes audiences will see the movie in the biggest format possible: “We put a lot of effort into shooting the film in a way that we can get it out on these large format screens. It really is just a great way of giving people an experience that they can’t possibly get in the home.”
Like some of his previous films, Oppenheimer was filmed entirely on large format film stock, using a combination of IMAX 65mm and Panavision 65mm.
That means the IMAX 70mm version of the film is 11 miles long and weighs some 600 pounds. It will run through projectors horizontally due to its size. Around 100 70mm versions of the film will be released internationally.
“This is the exciting thing about shooting an IMAX film: When you scan it for the digital format, you’re working with the absolute best possible image that you could acquire, and that translates wonderfully to the new projector formats like the laser projectors,” said Nolan.