Summer blockbusters to show on giant screen


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Posted Online: May 09, 2013, 12:54 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Summer is the time for big-screen blockbusters and the National GeographicGiant Screen Theater at Davenport's Putnam Museum is obliging, starting Saturday with "Jurassic Park 3D."

Steven Spielberg's heart-pounding adventure of dinosaurs invading a theme park -- which has reeled in $967 million in worldwide box office -- was re-released last month in 3D to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

A Time magazine review said of the remastered film: "The conversion makes strengths and limitations of the effects more evident. Alan, Ellie and the kids appear even farther away from the back-screen dinos whose stampede they're watching. But up close and personal, the creatures — like the seven-ton T. rex puppet-machine created by Stan Winston — marvelously are tactile. The benign ones invite the viewer to pet them. The ferocious ones virtually sear you with their dragon breath."

A Washington Post review said: "Steven Spielberg's edge-of-your-seat blockbuster celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 3-D Imax restoration that improves digital effects that were considered spectacular for their time. The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton's best-selling novel hasn't aged one bit."

Newly released cinematic thrill rides will be shown this summer at the Putnam's 60-foot-tall by 70-foot-wide screen following their national releases. In June will come "Iron Man 3" (first released May 3); in July is "Star Trek Into Darkness" (first released May 17), and in August will be the Superman reboot "Man of Steel" (released nationally June 14).

The movies will be part of the Putnam'sannual "Reel Deal" series, which begins on June 1. You can buy the Reel Deal card at the museum (1717 W. 12th St., Davenport) anytime this summer for $35 per adult and $25 for kids (ages 3-12). The Reel Deal must be purchased in person and is a photo ID card.

Upon each visit to the Putnam's National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, present your Reel Deal card at the ticketing window in exchange for a movie ticket to any public show (one ticket per specific showtime). Theater visits are unlimited from June 1 through Aug. 31.

For more information, call 563-324-1933 or visit putnam.org/GiantScreen.





















 



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