October sees the arrival of Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience in theaters as a 45-minute extravaganza from filmmaker Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line), with a 90-minute standard-format edition narrated by Cate Blanchett releasing at a later date. This IMAX version has narration from Brad Pitt, who played the father in Malick’s Academy Award-nominated and Palme D’Or-winning The Tree of Life (2011).
Back when The Tree of Life unveiled, The New York Times hailed the film for having “produced the work at an IMAX level of detail, using 5.5K screen resolution.” Unfortunately, theaters never took advantage of this “crispness to their imagery” and the film was released only on standard screens. Not so with Voyage of Time, the companion piece to The Tree of Life—a nature documentary that is more than a documentary, Voyage of Time employs the most innovative special effects and most current science to reinvent the format. Its ambitious goal is nothing less than to recreate and chronicle the birth, life, and death of the universe and all that it contains.