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FRIDAY FEATURE: A Look Back at ‘Inferno’ Director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks’ Dynamic Legacies in IMAX Beginning with ‘Apollo 13’
Oct 28, 2016

Andrew Stewart | Manager, Corporate Communications 

Happy Friday, IMAX fans, and welcome back to another edition of Friday Feature!

In celebration of the IMAX release of Inferno—the third installment in the $1.2 billion-grossing Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code) franchise—I’d like to spotlight the film’s acclaimed director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks and their incredible legacies to date with IMAX.

The Hanks-Howard dynamic duo hold a special place in the IMAX pantheon as their modern classic Apollo 13 was the very first film to have been digitally re-mastered with the proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology and released in IMAX theatres in 2002.

After its release, Howard said, “IMAX has truly redefined the experience of moviegoing.”

The LA Times stated in a special feature: “Watching Apollo 13 in IMAX (opening Friday), you’d think that Ron Howard’s 1995 movie about the heroic rescue of three NASA astronauts on an aborted mission to the moon was made for the giant format.”

And legendary film critic Roger Ebert said the film was “impressive in 1995 and looks even more so in IMAX.”

It was the beginning of an incredible legacy of releasing Hollywood films in IMAX and one that has included several subsequent films from Howard and Hanks, including the former’s In the Heart of the Sea (2015), as well as this year’s Hanks-starrer Sully, which was filmed almost entirely using IMAX cameras.

Other past films starring Hanks (or his voice) that were released in IMAX include Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Cloud Atlas and Toy Story 3.

Go check out Inferno in IMAX (opening today); also, be sure to enter for a chance to win a 6-day/5-night trip for two to Florence, Italy, through IMAX.com.