BTS Busan concert recreated in live technology-driven cinematic experience

Even though the concert has already happened the ARMY awaits an immersive audiovisual recreation of the epic sold-out show with their favourite band called BTS: Yet To Come in Cinemas.

You can expect the concert to be screened in a nearby location in one of over 4500 movie theatres around the world in over 110 countries. With that many venues participating in this worldwide event, the chance of a show being near you is greater than usual.

BTS: Yet To Come in Cinemas is a film, unlike others you’ve seen before. It’s an immersive experience that goes beyond the surround-sound and high-definition visuals that audiences are now used to. The film is a recreation of a live performance from the band’s recent BTS in Busan concert with special cinematic treatment and new close-up angles being presented in cinemas as an entirely new show. The film has been re-edited and remixed for the big screen, and screened in special formats that enhance the experience for audiences.

Jong Ryeol Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX, said the film’s special formats allow fans to experience the movie completely, through enlarged screens with three different angles and moving motion seats aligning to BTS’s music.

The film will be shown in standard format too, but BTS: Yet To Come in Cinemas will be released in ScreenX, with its immersive 270-degree field of view. It will be in 4DX, where the effects reproduce the live atmosphere of the concert, and 4DX Screen, which is a combination of ScreenX and 4DX.

BTS: Yet To Come in Cinemas stars band members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook, the GRAMMY-nominated group known as BTS, an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means “Beyond the Scene,” in English. The BTS ARMY, are much like the KISS Army that formed decades ago, a dedicated group of club-driven super-fans with the audience frenzy of 60s Beatles fans, or followers of the plaid-wearing Scottish boyband the Bay City Rollers in the 70s. 

Few performers – Elvis, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish, whose concert film Billie Eilish Live at The 02 was released worldwide just days ago in a one-night-only event – have such a dedicated fanbase.

The GRAMMY-nominated South Korean boyband’s concert was recorded in front of a massive sold-out crowd in Busan, South Korea, in October. Audiences will be able to watch BTS perform songs from their repertoire, including DynamiteButterIDOL, and their very first in-concert performance of Run BTS from their recent album Proof

BTS has influenced audiences through the LOVE MYSELF campaign and the UN “Speak Yourself” speech and earned six No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles just over a year after their June 2013 appearance on the scene. They were named TIME’s Entertainer of the Year in 2020, nominated for GRAMMY Awards three years in a row (63rd-65th) and have taken home many statues in recognition of their work from organizations like the American Music Awards (Artist of the Year 2021), and the MTV Video Music Awards.

BTS: Yet To Come in Cinemas is the fifth title on film distribution company Trafalgar Releasing’s roster starring BTS. The others are Burn the Stage: The Movie (2018), Bring the Soul: The Movie (2019), Break the Silence: The Movie (2020), and BTS Permission to Dance on Stage – Seoul: Live Viewing (2022), which shattered event cinema global box office records when it grossed over $32.6 million.

With this kind of landslide success at the box office, and the innovative ways of presenting live and pre-recorded concerts to fans, we’re likely to see this trend continue. Audiences worldwide are showing that they want these kinds of cinematic experiences to re-live those live concert moments in heightened fashion and are willing to put their money down at the box office to do it.

Maybe this is the answer for performers like Ozzy Osbourne, who are unable to do continent-wide country-hopping tours.

BTS: Yet To Come in Cinemas will be presented on February 1, and on February 4 in special Light Stick Screenings.

by Cherryl Bird – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Twitter @ladycbird | Instagram @cherrylbird

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