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Rancho Cordova, Ca. USA—Apr 8, 2015
Movie Director Michael Bay Outfits New Luxury Home Theater with Barco Projection
arco, the global leader in digital cinema technology, is the projector of choice for Michael Bay who recently selected a Barco 4K model for what he describes as “one of the very best home theaters in the world” in his newly constructed East Gate Bel Air, California home.
“I’ve worked with Barco for 15 years, it’s my projector of choice,” comments Bay. “When I present my large-scale films to audiences for screening, I bring in Barco equipment. I obviously wanted the very latest and best technical specs out there – and with the image being the most important thing to me – I knew my theater had to have a Barco projector. It is simply the best.”
Building on a lasting reputation
Bay has depended exclusively on Barco projectors for many years for expertly handling the detailed and complex process of color timing on his films. Praising the projector’s excellent contrast and beautiful, sharp colors, Bay is continually seeking new technologies to improve the viewing experience. “Brightness is the key for our eyes to see color and detail, especially with 3D, and this is where Barco really excels,” continues Bay.
Because Bay desired a 25-foot screen, the
Barco DP4K-23B ultra-bright 4K DLP® Alchemy Cinema projector
was the perfect match to provide stunning brightness, excellent contrast and picture-perfect color. A single projector can significantly elevate the movie experience, presenting both 4K 2D images at 60 fps as well as vibrant 4K 3D images.
Realizing the fantasy
The Barco projector occupies a new 50+-seat home theater secured behind a solid sculptured steel door, nestled within a hidden moss tree garden. The auditorium is in stark contrast to the ultra-modern home, exuding a more understated, old movie house feel with art deco queues and a huge dome sprinkled with twinkle-fiber optic stars. “This was a detail that I grew up with as a kid in the old Los Angeles grand movie theaters, so I wanted to create that feeling here.”
“We are delighted to provide the quintessential Barco movie experience to Mr. Bay in the comfort of his private luxury home theater,” comments Patrick Lee, Vice President Entertainment & Corporate for Barco. “We proudly offer a wide range of digital cinema projectors to suit our customers’ discerning tastes and architectural footprints.”
Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Seeing beyond the image, we develop visualization and collaboration solutions to help you work together, share insights, and wow audiences. Our focus is on three core markets: Enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room), and Entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions). In 2017, we realized sales of 1.085 billion euro. We have a team of 3,600 employees, located in 90 countries, whose passion for technology is captured in 400 granted patents.
Barco is one of three licencees of Texas Instruments DLP Cinema™ technology. TI developed DLP Cinema™ technology working in close cooperation with Barco and others in the movie industry, to develop Cinema Projector and support systems based on DMD™ technology, to meet the requirement of studios, film distributors and exhibitors alike.
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