Posts tagged with “D-Box”
THE CRAZIES (2010/IN THEATERS & D-BOX) This taut and insidiously creepy thriller takes a tired, clichéd premise—you know, the old biological-weapon-created-by-the-military-accidentally-turns-a-small-town-into-zombies-almost-as-dangerous-as-the-military-that-is-sent-in-to-contain/destroy-them, basically—and knocks it ON ITS ASS. Holy cow. Director Breck Eisner (who *shhhh* shares his real first name with his famous movie mogul dad, Michael Eisner, but is apparently playing it low-key to keep tha haters in check, at least for a few weeks) literally explodes out of the gate with an assured and nuanced debut. Well, OK, you got me—actually this is Mr. Eisner’s second theatrical feature film, following on the very tan, sandy heels of 2005’s much ballypooed & bare-chested Matthew McConaughey actioneer Sahara, but I’d hate for you to hold that against him and avoid this semi-precious, blood-spattered gem. Read more »
So you have no idea what the heck D-Box Motion Code (TM) is? Join the club. The club of which I am no longer a member. Because I have experienced the D-Box in all its glory (!) and have returned, slightly rumpled but relatively unchanged, to tell you all about this fun, silly, and more expensive (varying between $6-$10 more than a normal feature) way to enjoy your favorite, hopefully deafening theatrical releases that happen to be released in this exciting (read: sitting on a subwoofer) and loud (what?) format.
You may have noticed the in-no-way-unassuming D-Box display drawing stares from 8yo boys (and your boyfriend) in the lobby of your local D-Box-equipped theater. Do not be afraid of said display—two bucking D-Box seats in front of a mini screen showing a promo loop of D-Box infused scenes from blockbusters like 2012 and the new Sherlock Holmes—plop right down and test it out. What you’ll find is a cherry red (radical!) modern and comfortable theater seat (albeit slightly firmer and with less of a headrest than most), with two obvious distinctions: a small control panel at the front of the right arm rest with four settings to control the intensity of the movement and vibration, and a mother subwoofer under the seat. Basically, D-Box is an advanced version of the “4-D” motion seats you’ve (maybe?) enjoyed in tourist spots throughout America, from Branson, MO to Niagara Falls, Canada (wherever THAT state is!), where the seats wiggle and bounce and follow the action on screen in an immersive (fake word) experience that allows the viewer to take part in the action on screen. D-Box takes that format, which usually accompanied short 20-30 minute thrill-seeker fare (NOW YOU’RE ON A ROLLER COASTER! NOW YOU’RE FLYIN’ A BI-PLANE!), and applies it to the Hollywood Blockbuster, with more active and precisely coordinated motions that can ripple wave-like through the seat cushions, and louder, vibrating sensations that make every explosion personally interact with the viewer’s suddenly liquefying innards. Read more »