Golden Village has recently introduced a new cinematic experience that attempts to physically immerse you in the film you're watching. What better way to find out if it succeeds than to put ourselves through almost six hours of plotless Bay-hem?
For the sake of this story, we first watched Transformers 4: Age of Extinction in a regular cinema, before attempting it with D-box a few days later. The rationale was that if we managed to endure the movie a second time, it must be quite impressive indeed.
Shake, rattle, and roll
Much like the Shrek 4-D Adventure at Universal Studios Singapore (which we were quite disappointed does not provide winning lottery numbers) D-Box is a seat motion system that simulates the action on-screen via vibrations and movement, making you feel as if you're right there admidst the action. Only much more precise, and without the occasional water spraying in your face.
Located right at the back of the cinema in two rows, we liked how the D-box seats were much wider and spacious than regular ones, almost making the extra S$3 to S$6 for a ticket worth it already. On the right of each seat is also a simple control panel to adjust the intensity of the motion, which we promptly cranked up to maximum - might as well go all out.
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Once the movie got going with the action, the appeal of D-box soon became apparent. The system's motion was quite intuitive, rocking the right side of your seat as the corresponding area of the screen erupted in mindless explosions, swerving from side to side during a car chase, and following the camera's perspective. During aerial shots, you could almost feel like you're right there flying the drone.
The action overkill in Transformers 4 also meant the chair was constantly shaking and vibrating, almost like we were in a massage chair, which is an added benefit for a 3-hour long movie. However, at some parts the motion did seem slightly random. Feeling the jerks as you watch a car screech to a stop makes sense, but swinging from side to side as a baby dinosaur gnaws at a fish doesn't.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Although it was our second time watching the movie, the D-box experience really did make the movie more engaging, even though our screening wasn't in 3D. How did we know this for sure? Because we almost walked out of the first regular screening, that's how.
However, the seats are very far back from the screen. Great for minimising motion sickness, yet we can't help but feel that it's much better suited for larger IMAX screens.
D-box is currently only available at GV Bishan, and since it's pointless to have D-box for a romantic comedy, save it for action extravaganzas like this one. Unless wild sex scenes are expected, perhaps?