Major theater chains that are house to IMAX screens may be closed temporarily, but you still can bring some of that IMAX magic to your own home this summer. The entertainment corporation announced that several titles from its celebrated catalog of critically acclaimed, eye-opening documentary films will be available to stream exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. beginning this summer, kicking off with “A Beautiful Planet,” “Pandas,” and more.
IMAX is much more than just a technology that widens the moviegoing experience for blockbuster films. It can also be an educational tool to inform its audience of the world unseen and beyond the stars.
“With people at home, there is an immense and growing desire for discovery, particularly for students, families, and children. For years IMAX has helped share the power of the natural world and the potential of human existence, and now, together with Hulu, we can bring those incredible, enlightening experiences to millions more,” said Megan Colligan, President of IMAX Entertainment.
IMAX will be releasing 16 documentaries over the summer for HULU subscribers and their families to enjoy. These documentaries feature “over four decades of the most powerful and daring explorations humankind has ever embarked upon becoming available for subscribers and their families.”
Since the first IMAX film “Tiger Child” debuted at Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan, IMAX has helped transport audiences into the most fantastic moments in human and natural history across more than 75 documentaries and counting. Documentaries using IMAX technology have been nominated for Academy Awards® (“Fires of Kuwait” 1992) and traveled to the depths of the sea (“Journey to the South Pacific” 2013), while IMAX® cameras have ventured into space 24 times – more than any human being. Hollywood’s biggest stars have also repeatedly lent their voices to IMAX documentaries, including narrations from Tom Cruise (“Space Station” 2002), Jennifer Lawrence (“A Beautiful Planet” 2016), Kristen Bell (“Pandas” 2018), and more. The next documentary film from IMAX will be “Asteroid Hunters,” narrated by Daisy Ridley.
While most will be without that IMAX immersive screen and sound system, they will still be able to experience the high-quality visuals as they will see what it is like to see the Earth from the stars.
Hulu subscribers can discover the ends of the Earth and beyond with IMAX, all through the eyes of legendary cinematographers, heroic scientists, rarities of the animal kingdom and more. Many of the IMAX documentary films headed to Hulu have also been filmed or digitally remastered with brilliant, proprietary IMAX visual and audio technology.