Belgium – Angleur—Jun 10, 2005
DIGITAL CINEMA – Pioneer XDC has already presented more than 6,000 digital
screenings of Star Wars Episode III around the world. With upcoming releases
like Sin City and Madagascar, XDC leads the digital race.
As well as being Official Partner of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, XDC is proud
to have been selected as the digital partner of Lucas Films for Star Wars
Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith. Along with successfully executing world
premieres in Cannes, Madrid and Rome, and several gala screenings from
Copenhagen to Singapore, XDC has offered state of the art projections to
enthusiastic movie goers. As for exhibitors, the digital screen has raised more
return than the 35mm.
“To date, XDC's 71 European digital cinema screens (that's over three quarters
of Europe's digital cinemas), have shown this movie more than 6,000 times
without a single failure…" said Bernard Collard, General Manager of XDC. “No
scratches, no judder, no breaks, Cinemagoers all over the world are able to see
the filmmaker's vision come to life courtesy of XDC's support."
Besides Star Wars, more than 40 movies are already available or announced in
digital format in 2005. Exhibitors who have chosen to join the XDC initiative,
are really enjoying the benefit of having continuous digital cinema content
available to screen. Indeed, more distributors are willing to go digital in
addition to or instead of 35mm. XDC will provide 4 digital copies of Sin City to
play in The Netherlands and another 12 digital copies of Madagascar in the
Benelux. Other orders will be delivered within the next months all over Europe.
Hollywood Classics, UK distributor, has just announced the availability of 14
classic films for digital cinema projection.
"It's one thing to be a regularly chosen and reliable partner at red-carpet
events" said Laurent Minguet, CEO of XDC ... "It's much more important to be a
trusted partner at the real revenue generating end of the business - in those
cinemas. And we’re reinforcing that success as XDC prepares to roll-out a
further 100 digital screens across Europe by year-end and 500 as a target by
early 2007. XDC, our digital cinema is today a reality!”