4K UHD

​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.

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Flight of the Butterflies
2012
44

What weighs half a gram and travels thousands of kilometers every year?

Every winter, the remote and mountainous volcanic forests of Mexico are home to one of nature’s greatest gatherings – hundreds of millions of migrating monarch butterflies weathering the winter.  For centuries this miracle was hidden from all but a few.  When it was revealed to the world it was hailed as one of the greatest discoveries in nature.  It also unveiled the longest insect migration on Earth.

We follow the captivating story of Dana (Danaus Plexippus) and her descendants as they make the perilous return journey from Mexico to Canada.  How do these tiny and iconic creatures travel so far and know where to go each year to a place they have never been?  This epic natural history saga is interwoven with the fascinating detective story and a determined scientist’s almost 40 year search to find their amazing overwintering sites.

Galapagos
2013
3 x 50 min

The story of Life on Earth is one of our greatest mysteries.  How did such variety and wonder develop?  Fortunately there is a place where this mystery has been unravelled.  It’s the site of the planet’s greatest natural experiment – a living laboratory where life has played out in isolation from the rest of the world.  That place is Galapagos.  The result is the most remarkable collection of flora and fauna on the planet, set against the backdrop of a stunning yet brutal tropical paradise.  In this groundbreaking 3D series Sir David Attenborough returns to Galapagos for the final time to ask the fundamental question: how and why did life prevail on here?

Over three epic hours he will be our guide for this greatest of natural stories.  Shot on Red Epic cameras in glorious 5K detail, the series captures the beauty, diversity and strangeness of the Galapagos in a way never seen before, providing an immersive ringside perspective for viewers.  This is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity.  The stage is at times barren, sometimes brutal but always beautiful.  And the characters are mind-bogglingly weird, disarmingly tame and endlessly fascinating.  Join Sir David for Galapagos 3D – the greatest show on Earth.

Galapagos: Realm of the Giant Sharks
2014
52, 40

In the far reaches of the Galapagos archipelago there is a remote island – Darwin Island.  Here, a mysterious parade of giant whale sharks passes … all of them are pregnant females, about to give birth.  What has drawn them here?  Where are they going?  Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks follows a group of researchers who have travelled out to Darwin Island to begin following these dinosaurs of the sea wherever they travel across the globe.  But placing satellite tracking devices on giant sharks is not always easy.  Steel spear tips bounce off.  Dangerous currents intervene.  And the sharks can deliver bone-crushing swipes with their tails … In an exciting blend of science and natural history filmmaking, Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks uses action-packed, high-resolution photography to draw audiences into the world of one of the ocean’s largest and least understood creatures.

Gentle Yet Protective: Borneo Pygmy Elephants
2015
52

Borneo elephants are miniature elephants measuring only 2.5 meters from the ground to the top of their back.  Much of their behavior remains a mystery as they live hidden in the dense growth of the forest.  Borneo elephants communicate with low-frequency sounds that are inaudible to humans, and their strong familial bonds mean they help group members when danger is near.  Follow a veteran team of researchers from the World Wildlife Fund as they reveal the amazing world of the elusive Borneo elephant.

Giant Sea Serpent: Meet the Myth
2015
52

Its extraordinary dimensions, as long as 10 meters, and shape in the form of silver ribbon, inspired the myth of the sea serpent.

For the past two years, scientific buoys, immersed at a depth of two thousand meters in the Mediterranean off the French Riviera, have attracted countless species of pelagic fish, among them the Giant Oarfish also known as the “King of Herrings,” drifting vertically, alone or by pairs.

With the help of the world expert in Giant Oarfish and logistic collaboration of enthusiasts a scientific expedition reveals the biology of this enigmatic ambassador of the abyss.

Thanks to underwater robots, mixed-gas dives and revolutionary images (5k, high speed, UV and X-rays), the film shows for the very first time when and how the creature feeds and reproduces.

We thus raise the veil on its paradoxical habits: why do all the adults self-mutilate and rid themselves of two-thirds of their bodies without being affected?  Why does this lethargic fish not have any known predators?  Why does it sometimes strand, while still alive, on shores often in pairs?  Why is this ghost of the abyss attracted by electric cables?

Global Child
2016
10 x 30 min

Global Child‘s host Augusto uses social media to connect to amazing people as he explores the world, sharing inspiration through incredible adventures.  In each episode, Augusto explores an uplifting life lesson by unwrapping it through new friends as they share adventure, laughter, spirituality, and exploration.  The audience will not only learn about Augusto’s experiences, but also how to use social media to discover all those incredible adventures themselves.

Hayaku
2014
8

Hayaku is a journey into the vastly undiscovered and mysterious land of Japan with its sublime landscapes and cultural sites.  Some of the locations include Tokyo, Matsuyama, Imabari, Nagano, Gifu, and Ishizushisan.

Hearst Castle: Building the Dream
1996
39

High above the majestic central California coast rises an enchanted castle, a special place created from the dreams of one man, William Randolph Hearst.  His vision was inspired by his many trips to Europe’s finest castles.  From this unique blend of European influence rose an architectural masterpiece which Hearst furnished with priceless art treasures from around the world.  Hearst Castle: Building the Dream will captivate audiences with Europe’s spectacular architectural wonders, the foundation for the dream that became Hearst Castle.

Helsinki
2014
9

This short film has been shot using timelapsing technique over the course of one year.  It captures life and landscapes of Helsinki city from various perspectives.  Many places were scouted around the city for this film.  The music has been created specifically for the film by Perttu Tuomaala (DJ Preal) – an acclaimed musician from Tampere, Finland.   This film is an official entry to the IMAX Awards on Vimeo.

Hidden Pacific
2019
40, 23

Hidden Pacific is a pioneering film that profiles some of the Pacific Ocean’s most beautiful islands and marine national monuments — breathtaking places that will leave audiences with a deep-felt appreciation for the beauty of nature untouched by civilization.  The storied histories of Palmyra, Midway and other atolls – from the WWII Pacific Theater to their present environmental recovery and ecological research initiatives – provide the platform from which the film explores a diversity of science and human stories.  Hidden Pacific is produced by Tandem Stills + Motion, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and affiliated organizations.

Humpback Whales
2015
39

Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals.  Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and take care of their young.  Captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras, and found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a slow but remarkable recovery.  Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.

Hurricane: The Anatomy
2015
3 x 52 min

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 – Chill-Out Paradise
2014
90, 37

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.

Ice Dogs
2016
60

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 – On Top of the World
2016
52

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.

In Love with the Samurai Sword
2014
49

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.

In Tune with Time: Watchmaker Masahiro Kikuno
2015
52

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.

Issey Miyake: Design for Feel
2015
59

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.

Journey to Space
2015
42, 24, 17

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.

Khumbu Valley
2014
51

Spectacular journey through the Khumbu Valley, home to the highest mountain in the world, the Everest or as the locals call it, Sagarmatha – Holy Mother.  Shot in breathtaking 4K.

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