10:26am PT by Carolyn Giardina
'Valerian' to Screen in New HDR Format in France and Germany
Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be the first sci-fi movie to be offered in EclairColor, a recently launched High Dynamic Range mastering and theatrical exhibition system.
It will be available in select supported theaters in France, where the film opens July 20 through EuropaCorp Distribution, and in Germany, where it bows on July 26 via Universum Films.
France-based digital cinema services company Ymagis and its postproduction arm Eclair introduced EclairColor last summer. There are currently 95 cinemas that are equipped to play a movie with EclairColor, including 46 in France and 45 in Germany.
Ymagis and Eclair have been demonstrating EclairColor in Hollywood, with the hopes of soon launching the format in the U.S. market.
La La Land and Aquarius are among a small number of titles that have already had an EclairColor release at select supported theaters in Europe.