what is IMAX Enhanced and how to watch content in this format at home

Gone are the days when we could only enjoy IMAX content in select movie theaters. Now, thanks to the production companies, we can also receive this experience at home thanks to IMAX Enhanced. Sony and Disney are the main drivers of this way of watching movies and in this article we summarize what this technology consists of and what we can do on our part to see content in IMAX Enhanced.

To enjoy content in IMAX, you only need a compatible device, and that the content we want to see supports this format. The good news is that the content We can find it both on 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, and on streaming platforms such as Disney +.

What is IMAX?


IMAX is nothing more than an image format in which, through specialized equipment, it is possible to display images in greater size and resolution than conventional recording techniques. There are several concepts and technologies involved in delivering content in IMAX, including the aspect ratio, which becomes 1.90: 1 instead of the 2.35: 1 that is usually used in the cinema. This results in the elimination of the black bands of our television and a more expanded image.

Generally, the entire movie is not recorded in this format, but only in some scenes. In fact, filmmakers take advantage of this format to convey a sense of greater immersion in spacious environments, such as a scene in a natural setting, or a big city, among other examples.


Currently we can find a good range of films shot with certified IMAX cameras. However, it is not necessary to have these cameras to enjoy IMAX content, since thanks to technologies such as IMAX DMR (Digital Media Remastering), it is possible to transform a film shot in the traditional way into IMAX format. In this way, not only the aspect ratio is important, but also 3D technologies, spherical projection, and sound enhancements that together make up what is known as IMAX.

How to view content in IMAX?

Away from the cinema, in our living room we can also enjoy this format thanks to IMAX Enhanced. In its Web page Officially, we can find IMAX Enhanced certified devices that support this format, whether they are televisions, projectors, speakers, AV receivers, etc. From the web they emphasize that these devices “meet strict performance standards in display mode, resolution, color and brightness, contrast, and sonic fidelity“. But nevertheless, It is not necessary to opt for any of these products to enjoy a movie in IMAX Enhanced, since we can find IMAX content on some streaming platforms.

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All Disney + movies on IMAX Enhanced at the moment

In addition to Bravia Core, which is owned by Sony, also IMAX Enhanced content can be found on Disney + and Rakuten TV, along with 4K UHD Blu-ray discs. If we focus on the most widespread, Disney + offers a good list of movies in IMAX Enhanced, although not all of its catalog is available in this format.

To watch an IMAX Enhanced movie on Disney + just go to a movie compatible with this aspect ratio and play it. In case we want to see it in traditional format, all we have to do is go to the ‘Versions’ tab on the page of the film in question and choose the ‘Widescreen’ option.

It is expected that little by little more films in this format will be added. To see all the Disney + movies available on IMAX, just go to this page. At the moment we only find some Marvel movies.

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