On May 25, 1983 “The Return of the Jedi” premiered in theaters. And with it, a new tradition was born. The crescendo of a now iconic rumble filled auditoriums and the message presented on screen was simple. “For the past 35 years motion picture loudspeaker systems have not changed. Lucasfilm Ltd. and this theatre are pleased to introduce a new motion picture sound system.” And with the crescendo of Deep Note reaching its climax – THX was born.
On May 4th, Star Wars fans throughout the galaxy rejoiced at the news that LucasFilm and 20th Century Fox would be releasing the complete saga on Blu-ray Disc this coming September. As an added bonus, all 6 films will be THX Certified for audio and video quality. The certification of these discs marks an almost 30 year relationship between THX, LucasFilm and Fox that dates back to 1983, when audiences got their first taste of a THX Sound System at the box office debut of Return of the Jedi – which also marked the introduction of THX Deep Note.
Recently, Rick Dean, a senior vice president here at THX Ltd. and resident 3D guru had the opportunity to share his thoughts on the 3D industry at the annual Spring Digital Hollywood Conference in Los Angeles. Here are his insights on where the industry stands and why it’s poised for explosive growth.