Four times the resolution of “HD,” 4K UHD will be the new standard for television / home viewing. Most of these titles were originally shot in 15/70MM and other ultra high resolution formats suitable for IMAX / Giant Screen theaters, and have been digitally scanned at 4K or higher resolution. Since they were captured in higher than 4K resolution, when viewed in 4K UHD they look especially crisp and vibrant.
Hurricanes are the strongest storms on earth. They can inflict losses of billions of dollars and thousands of lives. Beyond the hype that surrounds these dangerous events, are stories of significance to society, nature and the future. Collaboration with world-class scientists sheds new light on this lethal phenomenon. Thanks to dedicated film crews standing in the path of hurricane landfall, such as Sandy and Isaac, this series explore in full detail these severe storms, revealing how they shape our planet, sometimes provide new opportunities for life but also threaten our future.
Ibiza features more than just the world famous crazy party island in Europe’s Mediterranean Sea: The film leads through a fascinating journey to beautiful beaches, pristine nature, exclusive ocean view clubs and mythic hippie culture.
Impressions of the vibrant old town, neighbour island Formenterra and many aerial views show images that magically attract the rich and famous, VIPs & freaks of our planet.
18 high class Chillout- and Beach House Classics represent the perfect soundtrack to an inspiring, timeless masterpiece that no scene insider can resist.
The Arctic is accessible to man only because of ice dogs. As hunters, haulers and guardians, for thousands of years they have been a vital link to nature. Dogs led the Sarqaq people out of Siberia and, a millennium later, led explorers to the North Pole. Amundsen won the race to the Pole because he relied on ice dogs. As the light returns to Greenland, we arrive in Scoresbysund with a troop of the only companions worth having.
Iceland – a unique land with an incomparable landscape and pleasantly euphoric inhabitants.
This documentary is a scenic expedition through majestic volcanoes, seething geysers, powerful waterfalls, threatening fjords, and almighty glaciers. Hardly any other country offers such a variety of spectacular forces of nature! But not only that, this island offers its people a bout of freedom and equality that puts it on the list as the number one place to visit. With an extremely low mortality rate, high life expectancy and stellar incomes it is giving Disney land stiff competition as the happiest place on earth. While chalked full of excitement and good cheer, this documentary will give you an insight into how it can be that the people of a small, distant island with only a fraction of sunlight in some months can be happier than the people in sun-blessed Italy and Spain.
Samurai swords have served as lethal weapons but also as objects of sacred beauty in Japan. Priced as high as $1 million, a sword’s beauty can only be revealed by the polishers who show its splendid temper patterns reflecting the sun, waves, and flowers. But today, there are only 50 polishers left and that number is fast dwindling.
Master Sasaki is the only polisher to teach young protégés the ancient techniques. Two rivals, Yuichi and Yuki, undergo a grueling and sometimes humorous apprenticeship, hoping to win the big contest that can make or break their future as an independent polisher. Will the art of samurai swords stand a chance of being passed on for another thousand years? Beautifully shot 4K images showcase the little-known world of Japanese sword polishers.
An “independent watchmaker” is a watch craftsperson creating works of art based on his/her own ideals without belonging to any corporation. Among these watchmakers, Masahiro Kikuno is one that has been receiving attention for his extremely unique work that highlights traditional Japanese culture. Now, Kikuno is aiming to recreate an ultimate timepiece into a wristwatch. It is based on a “temporal hour clock” made by a Japanese master craftsman in 1851, which divides the time between sunrise and sunset into six equal parts. As the length of the day varies with the season, the length of the temporal hours changes by season. The complex and exquisite automaton clock consists of more than 1000 parts. The documentary closely follows Kikuno’s amazing creative activity of translating the same system into a small wrist watch.
Enjoy the exquisite world of traditional Japanese craftsmanship in stunning ultra-high-definition 4K images.
A piece of cloth folded like origami transforms into a three-dimensional designer outfit when spread out. Master fashion designer Issey Miyake has been taking the fashion world by storm for decades with innovative creations that have redefined the Western concept of clothing. Miyake, now in his 70’s, is filled with more ideas than ever before. This documentary closely follows Miyake in the creative process of a new series of “origami-like” designs based on his concept of “A Piece of Cloth.” Miyake and his young staff members are relentless in the pursuit of the designs that are beautiful when folded flat, and are attractive when worn dynamically. Witness the passion, ambition and creative struggles of Miyake and his team, beginning with the planning right thru to the completion of his new collection.
NASA’s next era will be its greatest yet. That is the clear “roadmap” painted by Journey To Space. The film absolutely annihilates the perception that the space program died with the end of the Space Shuttle Program by showcasing the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they must overcome to carry out audacious missions such as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids.
By using extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson (Commander of the final shuttle mission) and Serena Aunon (a new astronaut chosen for future flights), Journey To Space gives a sweeping overview of past space accomplishments, current activities and future plans.
Journey To Space puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its intrepid space pioneers. It uses the most spectacular space footage – including unique views of Earth and operations in space – such as deploying and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. It then goes on to show how the Shuttle launched and assembled the International Space Station (ISS). Together, these programs have taught us how to live, build and conduct science in space. The ISS will continue operating in space until 2024, and the film shows how it is building a foundation for the next giant leaps into space.
The film concludes with a fascinating, realistic scenario of how astronauts will actually get to Mars, live there for long duration, and then return home after a two-and-a-half-year mission. This includes the new icons of the next chapter of space exploration:
– Orion is NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions throughout the solar system.
– Olympus, an inflatable transportation habitat, is an early concept 45- or 50-feet diameter module that would provide astronauts the work area and living space necessary for long-duration missions. Smaller versions have already flown in space, and a full-scale version is shown undergoing ground testing.
– The Space Launch System (SLS), a new giant rocket, will carry spacecraft, Mars landers and ascent vehicles to place astronauts on the surface of Mars. SLS will generate over nine million pounds of thrust and will launch hardware into orbit equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants.
Journey To Space will both inspire a new generation of young people to dream of new horizons in space, and engender a new appreciation for the accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program among an older generation who came to take it for granted.
Journey To Space is co-produced and co-distributed by K2 Films, Inc. and Giant Screen Films and will be released in IMAX(R), Giant Screen and other specialty theaters in 2D and 3D.
Kyoto Imperial Palace contains several residences of the Imperial family as well as a number of vast gardens. To promote the Imperial Palace both nationally and internationally as a symbol of Japan and an estate worthy of an imperial household, the residences feature the most luxurious furniture and the finest craftsmanship. The Imperial Palace is part of a valuable cultural heritage that reveals an aristocratic culture dating back more than a thousand years.
In the hundred-year-plus history of aviation, truly radical new aircraft designs come along only once in a generation. Since the introduction of the wide bodies of the late 1960s and early 1970s (followed by the Boeing 777 in 1994), there have been no truly “game changing” new passenger airliner designs until now, with the development of the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Through the eyes of chief test pilot Mike Carriker, a legendary contemporary pilot who is flight rated in more than 100 airplanes, we will see how a century of aviation trial and error, and some of the seminal airplanes of the 20th century influenced the design of the Dreamliner. The audience will be thrilled with the flight of these legendary airplanes in some of the most breathtaking sequences ever seen on giant (IMAX®) theater screens. Theater-goers will be there for all the important milestones at the dawn of a new era in commercial aviation. They will see the first public flight of the massive, but super efficient Airbus A380 at the 2007 Paris Air Show and the first flight of the smaller, even more efficient 787, the first-ever carbon fiber airliner that made its maiden flight in 2009.
Legends of Flight will also give audiences an insider’s view of how a modern aircraft is built, and make them privy to the manufacturing challenges and incredible financial risks companies assume when they embark on radical new designs. In the end, this unique cinematic experience shows how the 787 might affect the next 100 years of aeronautical design.
Award-winning Lichtmond animation “Universe of Light” in real 4K and overwhelming 5.1. and 7.1 surround sound enlarges the intense impressions and confirms Lichtmond as a multimedia artistic synthesis. Breathtaking images and beautiful songs permit a unique trip into a stunning and wonderful journey into the realm of the senses. The audience immerses into virtual landscapes consisting of sounds, images, and voices. Enthralled by beauty, poetry, and purity.
Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, the four wildlife episodes of Life on Fire paint survival stories around different volcanoes. From the dark abyss to pristine snow-capped peaks, spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire. Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous. Two Scientific episodes show how we live and react to volcanoes. “Volcano Doctors” portrays the current technological revolution driven by the extensive use of telemetry to monitor volcanoes. It reveals the conflict between the scientists risking their lives to understand and predict the next eruption set against the pragmatism of people who live and work in the shadow of moody volcanoes. “Icelandic Volcanoes: Who’s Next?” reveals that Eyjafjallajökull – though it caused havoc – was in geological history a relatively minor eruption and that several other volcanoes with the potential to create far greater catastrophe are simply biding their time …
The world’s elite independent watchmakers are incredibly passionate about watch making from design to assembly, delicately bringing together hundreds of minuscule parts all by hand. The price for one such truly artistic timepiece can fetch up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their phenomenal techniques stretching the limits of human capability are almost divine. Example of their mastery include a watch that uses only wooden parts except for the springs, a watch without hands or a face, and a watch that shows celestial movement. This documentary series goes deep into the workshops of the world’s expert independent watchmakers.
Sports Science reveals how top athletes use their bodies and skills.
The world’s top synchronized swimmers Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina have an impossible stunt called The Russian Roulette where the two move their legs at breakneck speed during a routine when oxygen levels drop dangerously.
A first-ever research by NHK has revealed that when underwater, they display abilities only aquatic mammals are known to have! Be amazed at the supreme performances of the duo metamorphosing into real mermaids in beautiful 4K images.
The glorious Chitwan National Park extends over the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. A large river fed by melted snow and monsoon rains runs through this World Heritage site, attracting endangered species such as Indian rhinoceroses and Indian elephants. Mingling among them are gharials, one of the world’s largest crocodiles. At six meters in length, the main feature of this conspicuous creature is its long, thin jaws filled with razor-sharp teeth. Gharials swish their jaws back and forth to catch fish with impeccable timing. Males also make an explosive sound when courting females. This episode, filmed over an extended period between the dry and rainy seasons, reveals the wisdom behind the secrets to their survival.
The 17th century: The super powers are the Habsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire, being more than just enemies. On September 11, 1697, the Ottoman army is annihilated in the battle of Zenta by the imperial army led by Prince Eugene of Savoy, thus ending the steady rise of the Ottoman Empire over the previous centuries. The dominance of the Habsburgs is well documented, but the Ottoman Empire was a civilization that was no less developed and whose culture we know only little about. Yet the Sultans ruled over Asia Minor, the Near East, the Balkans, North Africa, the Crimea and current-day Hungary for several centuries. We follow Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan, first concubine in the harem and later, as a mother of two Sultans, Valide Sultan. For more than 30 years the Greek woman, abducted from Crete at the age of four, had enormous influence over the political and cultural fortunes of the Ottoman Empire. Our protagonist on the Habsburg side is Prince Eugene of Savoy, who, from an emotionally neglected childhood, rose to huge success as a feared army leader and the wealthiest man of his time. Elaborate computer simulations and skillful re-enactments immerse viewers in the elegant, yet also brutal and merciless world of the Habsburg and the Ottoman Empire, showing not only their military encounters but also the mutual influences in the fields of culture, science and even food.
Million-selling fantasy novel series Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit comes alive in a full 4K drama series, starring leading Japanese actress Haruka Ayase.
The story is set in an imaginary land resembling ancient Asia, where the two worlds of spirits and humans intertwine in mysterious ways.
The heroine Balsa is a skilled bodyguard and a masterful spear-wielder. One day she rescues Prince Chagum who has fallen into a river. The prince is carrying a mysterious spirit egg in his body, and is in danger of being assassinated by his father, the Mikado (king), who fears this will damage his imperial prestige. Balsa embarks upon a perilous journey when she accepts the queen’s plead to protect her son from her husband …
The narrative, including the VFX and action sequences, will propel viewers into a world of dense forests, spectacular palaces, and spirits and demons.
A world of adventure never seen by anyone is now being unveiled.