‘Oppenheimer’ Set for Limited IMAX Re-release in November

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Christopher Nolan’s 2023 biographical thriller film, starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, has made history by grossing over $946 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing World War II-related film ever. This epic movie will be back on the big screen for an exclusive one-week encore presentation starting this Friday, November 3, 2023.

The special screening will feature IMAX 70mm film projection in select locations worldwide, including four AMC Imax screens in California and New York City, as well as two additional locations in London and Melbourne, Australia. Here are the specific venues:

– AMC CityWalk Stadium 19 in Hollywood, California
– AMC Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, California
– AMC Lincoln Square in New York City
– AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco
– BFI London in the United Kingdom
– Melbourne Museum in Australia

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Based on the 2005 biography “American Prometheus” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, the film delves into the life of Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist known as the “father of the atomic bomb” for his pivotal role in the Manhattan Project—the World War II initiative that gave birth to nuclear weaponry. The narrative primarily focuses on his research, leadership of the Manhattan Project, and his subsequent downfall due to a security hearing in 1954.

In addition to Cillian Murphy’s compelling portrayal of Oppenheimer, the film also features Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife “Kitty,” Matt Damon as the head of the Manhattan Project, Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as U.S. Atomic Energy Commission member Lewis Strauss, and Florence Pugh as Oppenheimer’s communist lover, Jean Tatlock. The ensemble supporting cast includes Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, and Kenneth Branagh.

“Oppenheimer” was shot by cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, using a combination of IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large-format film, including, for the first time, scenes in IMAX black-and-white film photography. As with Nolan’s previous works, practical effects took precedence over computer-generated imagery. The film was edited by Jennifer Lame, and the score was composed by Ludwig Göransson.

Released on the same day as “Barbie,” a fantasy comedy directed by Greta Gerwig, based on Mattel’s Barbie franchise, the trend was coined “Barbenheimer,” serving as a form of counterprogramming during a summer of industry upheaval.

Universal Pictures joined other major American film distributors in boycotting Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, resulting in the film not being released in Russia.

In Japan, the only country to have experienced nuclear bombings, the film is still awaiting a release date. Universal Pictures noted that plans have not yet been finalized in all markets. It’s not uncommon for American films to debut in Japan months after their U.S. release.

As of the current date, the film has received widespread critical acclaim and surpassed $946 million in global box office revenue. Apart from its status as the highest-grossing World War II-related film, it has become the third-highest-grossing film of 2023, the top-grossing biographical film, and the second-highest-grossing R-rated film. Additionally, “Oppenheimer” marks Nolan’s fourth film to receive an R-rating in the United States, following “Following” (1998), “Memento” (2000), and “Insomnia” (2002).

“Oppenheimer” is set to be released on 4K Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray, and DVD formats, including digital, on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.