I’m going to laugh when I click the “Random Factoids” category in my sidebar and see a 3 1/2 month gap between Random Factoid #564 and #565. In that last factoid, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” had just come out in theaters. Today, that movie has been on video for 2 weeks. So that should give you an idea of just how long I’ve been away from factoiding. (This time around, I’m going to try to find the joy in them rather than looking at them as a daily task that I often do willfully.)
So where to begin? How about with the latest attraction at my “home” movie theater, RPX. That, of course, stands for the Regal Premium EXperience. For $4.50 more, you can get “crystal-clear ALL DIGITAL projection, high-impact GIANT SCREEN, powerful uncompressed SURROUND SOUND.” (And if it applies, a “breathtaking IMMERSIVE 3D experience,” but it didn’t in my case.) It was advertised as “the best picture you’ve ever heard,” so naturally I had to go see what all the fuss was about.
The RPX screen opened April 1 with “Source Code,” a movie I happened to be dying to see, so I went to check it out as soon as I got a chance. What I once knew as “theater 11″ had been totally revamped with a cavalcade of blue lights inside and outside the theater, and the seats had been replaced with smooth leather ones. Off to a good start, but then the movie started.
“Source Code” was fantastic, yet I wasn’t blown away by the presentation. I certainly didn’t understand why I needed to pay $4.50 more to see the movie on a slightly larger screen with marginally better sound. It felt no different than seeing a movie digitally projected in a normal theater, which comes with no premium.
So, until further notice, my advice is to save your money and avoid the RPX until it actually provides a premium experience.