Yes. I’m still going on about how awesome my new home theater system is. It’s been a dream of mine for a long, long time. And the greatest thing about it is that there are perks that keep showing up that I didn’t even think about when I was dreaming.
Case in point? Groundhog Day. I’ve seen this movie many many many time. (I should probably add a few more “many”s to that, just to be fully accurate.) So you’d think that when I saw it on a big screen, there wouldn’t be much that would feel different to me.
You’d be wrong.
I was amazed at how much easier it was to spot details that I’d missed before. People in the crowds that come into the scene later on. Side characters you spot that you didn’t spot otherwise. For example, did you know that in the hospital scene where Phil is trying to save the panhandler, you can see the kid who falls from the tree later on? He’s got a broken leg, and his mom is filling out paperwork. (Because Phil wasn’t there to catch him. Get it?) How awesome is that? And that was on a standard DVD. I can’t wait to watch a movie on Blu-ray.
The big screen also makes things a lot more intense. We watched episode 6 of Lemony Snicket last night, and that was just thrilling. The house falling into the lake? Incredible. (The surround sound system worked really well for that too.)
I know that in theory it shouldn’t make a huge difference. After all, I can watch a movie on my iPad and use headphones, and I can put the screen pretty close to my face and have the same net effect as a big screen, right?
Nope. That’s what I’d thought ahead of time, but I was just wrong wrong wrong. Your mind knows what size that screen is. It knows that the scary thing on the screen is actually just about two inches tall. But when the scary thing is four feet tall? Big difference.
It’s not the same as watching it in the theaters, but it’s awfully close. I want to watch Lord of the Rings on the thing. Or Star Wars. Or some Marvel. Ghostbusters! The number of movies I’ve got on my “rewatch soon” pile is so long.
I’m loving it. Everybody should do this!