I’ve been promising since June that I’ll post about what this format is on my blog, but I kept procrastinating. Now that I’ve watched 3 films on P[XL], and big blockbusters are on their way, I felt I should write it now so that you decide to experience Mission Mangal or Saaho or Batla House in this beautiful format!
Movies I’ve watched on P[XL]:
1. Men in Black: International (PVR ECX Mall of India Noida; Lounger)
2. Super 30 (PVR ECX Mall of India Noida; Lounger)
3. The Lion King (PVR ECX Mall of India Noida; Lounger)
4. Street Dancer 3D (PVR ECX Mall of India Noida; Lounger)
5. Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan (PVR ECX Mall of India Noida; Classic)
So, let’s talk about it now!
P[XL] is a new brand that PVR has started, which is priced as much as a normal theatre, but gives you a more immersive experience. It uses a laser projector, so the image is quite clear, and it uses Dolby Atmos sounds, so even the sound surrounding is great! But they’re not what I love the most about this screen – to the extent that I’ll be going here for almost all movies whenever I’m in Delhi.
P[XL] has a LARGE screen, almost as big as a Digital IMAX screen. Moreover, it’s significantly curved, and covering the whole front wall – just like an IMAX theatre. So, it covers your entire view with the picture, keeping you off from any distractions – like the wall. In most of the theatres you go to for a regular format, you would find the screen to be placed at the centre of the wall, but large parts of the wall left uncovered. Sometimes, there’s even a large platform below the screen. These often act as distractions while watching the movie (something you wouldn’t realise until you’ve been to IMAX or P[XL]. There’s no scope for this in P[XL]. But, be warned, they use the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the one most films use, so you don’t get to see the 26% extra picture that IMAX offers.
Second, with P[XL], PVR offers variety of seating options,with Lounger seats at the bottom (front row), classic and prime seats like in normal theatres, and 2 rows of recliner at the top. My favorite among these is the Lounger at the bottom. I know, I sound insane when I say you should go for the front row, all the neck pain! But, no, since the screen covers the whole wall, it means from the floor to the ceiling. And, the loungers are placed at an appropriate distance, giving the best immersive experience. Moreover, they cost around 300 bucks, just as much as a regular seat. Or you can go for the classic for the best view. Whereas, the recliners at the top don’t offer as wide a viewing angle, and cost around 1000 bucks. The closer to the screen you are, the better your view will be in this case.
Third, unlike IMAX/4DX/MX4D which play selected movies, P[XL] plays all major releases, both Bollywood & Hollywood, simply because there is no special format the movie has to be in. It’s more about the interiors of the hall, than the movie. Whereas, certain movies are specially formatted for IMAX, 4DX or MX4D. But, the drawback is that they’ll stay there only for a week – that too if it’s doing good. Every friday there’s a big movie releasing, which also needs its screen.
Last, there’s service on seat using the button provided on your arm rest. In my experience, they didn’t come to me. But, they walk around in the hall a lot, which gets really annoying. Do a little effort yourself maybe, I guess?
Once you’ve been to P[XL], I assure you you’d return there for the next movie you decide to watch too – in that front row. Though, if you’ve an option to watch a movie in IMAX 3D, go there, I’ll always prefer it over other formats. But for 2D movies, P[XL] it is!
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