Terence Malick’s latest film, Voyage of Time, is a documentary celebration of the universe. The film presents a collection of footage gathered over a 40 year period from all over the world. I
t first premiered during the Venice Film Festival on Septemper in a 35mm feature-length version. After this, a condensed IMAX version, featuring narration from actor Brad Pitt, was released in 15 cinemas across the United States. Now, a new version of the film will aim to replicate the IMAX experience in normal cinemas, and will be opening 21 cinemas all over the United States from December 9.
This new version of the documentary will be titled Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience in Ultra Widescreen 3.6, and offer the opportunity to see the film for cinephiles and Malick fans who do not have access to an IMAX theatre.
This version will in fact be presented in a 3.6:1 aspect ratio. Furthermore, it will no longer feature Brad Pitt which, as Variety reports, Malick never originally intended to include.
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience in Ultra Widescreen 3.6 also qualifies the film for the Best Documentary Short category of the upcoming 2017 Academy Awards. The main problem regarding this is that this late addition will find it even more difficult to be voted for due to the fact that Academy voters do not have easy access to an IMAX theater.
If, however, it will end up being nominated, the film will feature as one of the very few IMAX documentaries to have received Academy recognition – the others being the short film Amazon in 1998 and the feature length Fires of Kuwait in 1993.