WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2007)–“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” will be the first large-format 3-D film to release simultaneously on both giant screen and REAL D digital 3-D screens nationwide, it was announced by National Geographic. Already setting records as the biggest release for a film of this genre, the film will open worldwide this month on more than 190 REAL D screens and 75 giant screens.
Narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber and with an original score by longtime musical collaborators Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel, the film brings to life the extraordinary marine creatures of the dinosaur age on the most advanced and captivating cinematic mediums, creating an unparalleled visual encounter for audiences of all ages.
Launching the film in REAL D digital 3-D theaters will significantly expand the reach of National Geographic’s 3-D film by offering access in markets not being served by existing giant-screen theaters. REAL D cinema also offers audiences a state-of-the-art digital 3-D experience unlike anything currently available.
“‘Sea Monsters’ on REAL D will make your jaw drop,” said Lisa Truitt, president, National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “Like the giant screen, REAL D is an immersive medium that takes audiences on an eye-popping journey in a way never thought possible. In teaming with REAL D, we not only double the film’s reach but also are able to bring the most fantastic imagery to life via the most cutting-edge cinematic delivery.”
Funded in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation, “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Journey” submerges the audience in the ancient waters populated by saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid — the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs.”
National Geographic Cinema Ventures (formerly National Geographic Giant Screen Films) is part of National Geographic Ventures (NGV), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Cinema Ventures produces original 2-D and 3-D productions for the world’s largest screens and retains distribution rights to one of the largest film libraries in the giant-screen industry. More information is available at www.nationalgeographic.com.
REAL D is the leader in the delivery of premier digital 3-D experiences. The company has the largest 3-D cinema footprint in the global marketplace, which expanded to over 1,000 screens worldwide in 2007. Recent releases on the REAL D platform include the 3-D versions of Columbia Pictures’ “Monster House,” Walt Disney Pictures’ “Chicken Little” and “Meet the Robinsons” and the re-release of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as well as Paramount’s Upcoming “Beowulf.” REAL D is the worldwide inventor and provider of key stereoscopic technologies used in entertainment, marketing, science and other industries. REAL D’s mission-critical 3-D visualization technologies are used by organizations such as NASA, Pfizer, BMW, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, SEGA, Boeing and more. For more information, visit www.REALD.com.