4-D film experience increases sensory effects
Most of us are used to seeing 3-D movies in local cinemas.
Now, it's time to get ready for 4-D. It combines the usual aspects of 3-D with additional effects inside the theatre, such as gusting winds or fog, odours, and vibrating chairs—all synchronized with the on-screen movie.
"The 4-D experience is wowing fans in South Korea, Thailand and Mexico, where CJ Group has 29 specialty theaters that regularly screen big Hollywood titles such as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Prometheus, which featured the crashing spaceship," Verrier writes. "Now CJ Group is close to finalizing a deal with a nationwide U.S. chain to create nearly 200 4-D theaters in the next five years, with the first to open this year in Los Angeles, New York and several other major cities."
Longueil, Quebec–based D-Box is another player in the nascent 4-D industry, with dozens of locations.
For decades, cinema companies have been trying to figure out ways that they can provide an in-theatre experience that can't be replicated at home. It seems that 4-D films might just be the latest response.
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