IMAX Corporation and Universal Pictures today announced that Les Miserables, the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in select IMAX® digital theatres worldwide. The film will begin its limited domestic IMAX run in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal day-and-date with its domestic release on December 25. Internationally, the film will begin its IMAX run on January 10 in the Netherlands, followed by Russia, U.K., Mexico, Croatia, Israel, Poland, Italy, France and Brazil.
"Les Miserables is a musical epic that lends itself perfectly to The IMAX Experience®," said Nikki Rocco, President of Distribution, Universal Pictures. "Audiences will be immersed in the unforgettable music and breathtaking visuals that only IMAX can provide."
"Universal's Les Miserables is a captivating cinematic event that is an ideal fit for The IMAX Experience®," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The enhanced visual spectrum and precise, powerful IMAX sound will transport audiences to 19th-century France, where they will feel as if they are there on set as Tom Hooper's ensemble cast performs Les Mis' classic soundtrack."
The IMAX release of Les Miserables will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Les Miserables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King's Speech's Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
In December 2012, the world's longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper's sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo's epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs—including "I Dreamed a Dream," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and "On My Own"—Les Miserables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime. www.lesmiserablesfilm.com