The following will be included with all 35mm programs:

Technical Specifications

Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella are formatted for playback at 1.85:1. The Blue Umbrella is 2.39, and is presented letterboxed within the 1.85 frame (black bars top and bottom) to preserve its aspect ratio.

The whole image is important to the story, so be sure you’re showing the entire 1.85 image, side-to-side and top-to-bottom, and that focus is sharp across the entire picture.

Your theater sound system should be tuned to 85dB (C-weighted) on all screen channels using pink noise. The correct fader setting on Dolby and DTS systems is 7. On SDDS systems, the correct master volume setting is 0.

35mm Film Specifications

Monsters University has been printed on Kodak Vision Premiere film stock, the highest quality release stock Kodak makes for motion pictures.

Lamp Levels

Projection lamp levels that are set too low have a disastrous effect on the picture. When projected at the SMPTE standard of 16fL open gate, the image is sharp and colorful. At lower levels, the colors become muddy and gray. The picture has less snap to it and feels lifeless. Important details in the darker areas will disappear if the light levels are too low.

Projection Lamp Levels

Dolby Digital EX
Cyan dye analog Dolby SR

Datasat discs are included with every print.


Here are the first and last frames of each reel of Monsters University. These are provided to help you identify the reels in case you receive a print that is mislabeled or incorrectly cut. The numbers above each image show the lengths of the first and last shots on each reel, in feet and frames.

If you need a reel or an entire print replaced, call 800-99-FILMS (800-993-4567), Option 1. Replacements will be sent overnight. This service is provided by Technicolor Cinema Distribution and is available 24 hours a day.

IMPORTANT In Reel 2, about 18 feet from the end of the reel is a 7-foot shot during which the picture is black. Do not cut this out. DO NOT CUT FOLLOWING THE SHOT OF MIKE WAZOWSKI. THE ACTUAL END OF THE REEL IS A WINTRY OUTDOOR SHOT OF THE MONSTERS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. (See photo of last frame of reel 2, below).

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Footage: 1728'+04
  • Head: 7'+8
    Reel 1 - Head
  • Tail: 4'+12
    Reel 1 - Tail
Footage: 1534'+12
  • Head: 21'+13
    Reel 2 - Head
  • Tail: 6'+4
    Reel 2 - Tail
Footage: 1595'+0
  • Head: 13'+0
    Reel 3 - Head
  • Tail: 10'+0
    Reel 3 - Tail
Footage: 1707'+1
  • Head: 3'+7
    Reel 4 - Head
  • Tail: 6'+20
    Reel 4 - Tail
Footage: 1587'+8
  • Head: 3'+6
    Reel 5 - Head
  • Tail: 1'+22
    Reel 5 - Tail
Footage: 1785'+0
  • Head: 1'+12
    Reel 6 - Head
  • Tail: 8'+0
    Reel 6 - Head
Perfect Projection Checklist
  • Do a Run-Through of the Built-Up Print
  • Confirm that you are running Flat Format (1.85:1)
  • Confirm Projection Light Level (16fL open gate)
  • Confirm Sound Level (85dB), Dolby/DTS Faders at 7, SDDS at 0
  • Fresh Lamp Life (70% of rated life remaining)
  • Full Framing (no image cut off)
  • Sharp Focus Across Entire Image
  • Sharp, Tight Masking That Doesn’t Cut Off Picture
  • Check and Clean Aperture Plate
  • Check Cleanliness and Operation of Entire Film Path