MILL VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in its 33-year history, the Mill Valley Film Festival today will screen a feature film, Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff, on television screens - LG Electronics' Infinia LE8500 LED LCD and Infinia PX950 plasma HDTVs.
Both HDTV models are designed to deliver the ultimate in picture quality, having received the highest credentials from THX, known for its design and certification of world-class cinemas, film mastering and post-production. The LE8500 is the only LED LCD HDTV in the United States to receive 2D THX Display Certification, while the PX950 is the only THX 3D Certified TV in the world. With the Infinia Series, consumers are treated to "Something Better" in home entertainment by viewing the exact same colors, contrasts, deep blacks, shadows and details that moviegoers experience in the theater.
In addition to hosting the VIP screening in Marin County, LG Electronics USA is also the Festival's official HDTV sponsor. The Company has installed LG HDTVs in movie theaters, box offices and special event locations throughout the Mill Valley area during the 11-day event, all showing content promoting the Festival, movie trailers and premiere schedules.
Director Craig McCall is debuting his landmark documentary, Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff, on the LG Infinia screens during a VIP screening at a private residence in Mill Valley. Cameraman chronicles the life and work of legendary cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, whose career spanned an incredible nine decades, and whose work behind the camera altered the look of films forever through his use of Technicolor photography. The documentary features on-camera tributes from an impressive selection of notable stars including John Mills, Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, as well as a testimony from director Martin Scorsese on Cardiff's lasting legacy for a younger generation.
"I have been working on this project for 12 years," said McCall. "The film is meant not only to pay tribute to a cinematic luminary, but also to celebrate the art of cinematography. The vision and imagery that I wanted to bring to life in the movie theater also comes across on television screens thanks to LG's advanced technology."
Infinia is the flagship of LG's HDTV line. Leading these introductions is the Full LED Slim technology. The unique backlight structure on the LE8500 Full LED Slim models allows for the Infinia line's ultra-slim depth and picture quality worthy of THX Display Certification. The PX950 plasma HDTV, also in the striking slim design, recreates the cinematic viewing experience by setting optimum color temperature, luminance and gamma levels. With 600Hz Max Sub-field Driving, viewers can enjoy the fastest action sequences in gaming, sports and movies. LG is also the first manufacturer to include the "THX Bright Room" setting which optimizes the contrast, gamma and other settings for watching movies in rooms with a lot of ambient light.
"LG Infinia HDTVs passed a rigorous design and laboratory testing process that includes up to 400 THX bench tests covering more than 1,000 data points to ensure accurate color and exceptional image quality and signal processing performance," said Rick Dean, senior vice president, THX. "Because the Infinia Series has earned the coveted THX display certification, directors like Craig McCall know the theater picture will translate to the television screen just as they intended."
THX's Certified Display program represents a superior benchmark to aid consumers when selecting a new HDTV. The THX Certified LG HDTVs feature THX Cinema Mode, a playback setting designed to recreate the same color levels used in the Blu-ray mastering studio, providing viewers at home with the same viewing experience as moviegoers in the theater.
Peter Reiner, vice president of marketing, LG Electronics USA, said, "With the evolution of LG's technology enabling us to produce THX Certified, theater-quality images on our HDTVs, we are able to provide consumers the high quality screening experience filmmakers intended, right in the comfort of their own homes."
By simply selecting either the THX Cinema or Bright Room Modes on an Infinia model, consumers can easily turn their living room into a screening room with just the touch of a button. Together, these features provide consumers with infinite possibilities in home entertainment. The LE8500 Infinia series includes 55- and 47-inch class models, while the PX950 offers 50- and 60-inch class screen sizes.
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ABOUT CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE
The California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, and by building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through CFI Education. For more information visit cafilm.org or call 415.383.5256.
33rd MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
Presented by the California Film Institute, the 33rd Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 7–17, 2010 at the CineArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael) and other venues throughout the Bay Area. Tickets are $12.50 (CFI Members, $10) unless otherwise noted and are available for purchase starting on September 16 for Director's Circle, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactor Members only, September 19 for all CFI Members only, and starting on September 22 for the general public. Regular tickets may be purchased online at mvff.com. For additional information, please visit mvff.com or call 877.874.MVFF.
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