updated 2/3/2011 2:16:24 AM ET 2011-02-03T07:16:24

More Than 43 Minutes of Footage Specifically Designed to Maximize the IMAX Canvas

Film Opens in IMAX® Theatres in France on February 5, 2011; IMAX Run Will Continue for Duration of Nationwide Release

PARIS, Feb. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX), and The Walt Disney Studios announced today that TRON: Legacy, a 3D high-tech adventure about a father and son who embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe, will open in France for an exclusive four-day run in the country's five commercial IMAX® theatres prior to the nationwide release on February 9, 2011. The IMAX release will continue to play in IMAX theatres for the duration of the nationwide run in conventional theatres.

More than 43 minutes of footage has been specifically designed to take advantage of the premium IMAX Experience®. Seven sequences expand on the IMAX screen, thereby allowing audiences to become even more immersed in the massive scope and scale of TRON: Legacy, only in IMAX® 3D. The film has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology. With crystal-clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and maximized field of view, IMAX provides the world's most immersive movie experience.

"Director Joseph Kosinski has masterfully incorporated IMAX technology into the production of this movie to create a truly unique and immersive cinematic experience that will transport audiences right into the world of TRON," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "With a four-day exclusive IMAX run prior to the nationwide release, Disney has done an outstanding job of ensuring French fans can celebrate the arrival of TRON: Legacy in the way it was meant to be experienced." 

About TRON: Legacy:

Walt Disney Pictures' TRON: Legacy is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that's unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn's Arcade -- a signal that could only come from his father -- he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe -- a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. Presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and scored by Grammy® Award-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy becomes available to additional French 3D theatres on February 9 in Disney Digital 3D™ and Real D 3D.  

TRON: Legacy stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett and Michael Sheen.

The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver and Steven Lisberger with Donald Kushner serving as executive producer. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote the screenplay. The story is by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird.

TRON: Legacy is being distributed worldwide by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

TRON: Legacy: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play at the following IMAX® theatres beginning February 5, 2011:

France    

Lyon – Pathe Carre de Soie
Paris – Cinema Pathe Quai d'Ivry
Paris – Gaumont Disney Village
Rouen – Gaumont Rouen Grand Quevilly
Toulouse – Gaumont Toulouse Labege  

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX theaters deliver the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX 3D, and IMAX DMR (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo and Shanghai.  As of September 30, 2010, there were 470 IMAX theatres (348 commercial, 122 institutional) operating in 45 countries.

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IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com or www.imax-china.com . You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/imax ), Twitter ( www.twitter.com/imax ) and YouTube ( www.youtube.com/imaxmovies ).

For a full list of theatres in France please visit: http://www.imax.com/countries/FR/

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