New shows, new themes and new tech at Universal Studios Hollywood
Published: June 25, 2009 at 10:04 PM
Just wanted to give you a heads-up -- next time you're at USH, stop by the Shrek 4D attraction -- We've just upgraded the projection system and the new projectors are a vast improvement ofer the originals. The old projectors were a quartet of Barco ELM R12 behemoths. Each eye consisted of two projectors and each projector covered half of the screen. The two images were blended down the center. The original projectors were only 12,000 lumens. The new projectors are state of the art Christie HD+30K units.
Burning your retinas at 30,000 lumens each, they provide a marked improvement in image quality. Much brighter, better color saturation, better color consistency (the old side by side pairs suffered from mismatches in color temperature), and MUCH better contrast (really becomes obvious in the cemetary scene). These are, incidentally, the exact same projectors that are going into the new King King attraction (16 of them) as well as the upcoming Transformers (24 of them).
USH also released some detail about this year's Halloween Horror Nights:
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will present an all-new "live" attraction based on the most profitable horror franchise to date, SAW, per an agreement among Universal Studios Theme Parks, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures.
The new SAW experiences, to be presented at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event, will mark the first time that SAW characters and stories will be developed as "live" attractions in a U.S. theme park. At Universal Studios Hollywood, characters, themes and live action recreations of the infamous "traps" from the entire SAW horror franchise will be featured in a "maze" experience, in multiple "scare zones" and aboard the parks signature "Terror Tram," where guests will be subjected to a deadly "game" that will echo a story element instantly recognizable to SAW’s legion of fans. The team designing the live SAW experiences includes the Universal Studios Hollywood creative department as well as Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures.
A SAW attraction will also be included in the Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Orlando.
Finally, wrapping up the USH news, I will be attending the debut of the park's new live show, The Creature From The Black Lagoon: The Musical, next Tuesday, reporting with a review later that day here on Theme Park Insider.