« Back to Blog

Press Release~D-Day Normandy 1944 in 3D IMAX at The Virginia Air & Space Center

19 May 2014 by

Press Release:

New IMAX® 3D Theatre Documentary Brings To Life the Historic Landing That Changed the World

[HAMPTON,VA ] May 16, 2014 – The Virginia Air & Space Center  and 3D Entertainment Distribution invite audiences to step back in time with the new IMAX® 3D theatre film “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944,” which opens at the Riverside 3D IMAX Theater on May 23.

In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by US General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named “Overlord,” with just a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy.

Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner. D-Day itself is well-known, yet few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this became the most important location in the world.

“We wanted to make a film to pay tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 years ago. Regardless of nationality, virtually everyone today has a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent with a connection to World War II,” explained writer & director Pascal Vuong. “I thought for a long time about how to produce a large format documentary on this subject, and finally found my own way of telling this complex story to family audiences using a brand-new ‘cocktail,’ mixing innovative film techniques.”

Blending multiple cinematographic formats, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the very first time. Exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics, audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective in breathtaking IMAX® 3D how this landing changed the course of history.

“What I was drawn to in this film is that it tells us the story of D-Day in a new way that gives such clarity to one of the most important events in the history of mankind,” said Brokaw. “I originally thought this was going to be another traditional documentary featuring grainy black & white footage, but as soon as I saw the first minutes of this film on the giant IMAX® 3D screen, I found it irresistible.”

Over 3 years in the making and with a budget of USD 5 million, all live-action sequences for the Film were shot exclusively on location in Normandy, France. No fewer than five CGI and visual special effects companies also collaborated under the creative leadership of N3D LAND Films to complete the 43-minute film.

The Riverside IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center is located at 600 Settlers Landing Road in Hampton.  “D-DAY 3D: Normandy 1944” will be shown daily.  For information on tickets and showtimes, please call (757) 727-0900, ext. 703 or visit vasc.org. 

The second large format documentary film from writer & director Vuong, "D-DAY 3D: Normandy 1944” is produced by N3D LAND Productions and distributed worldwide by 3D Entertainment Distribution. Ronan Chapalain is responsible for the stereography and post production, and Col. (Ret.) Peter Herrly is the main historical advisor. The original musical score was written by Franck Marchal and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Paul Rouger. Producers are Catherine & Pascal Vuong and Sylvain Grain, and Normand McKay served as associate producer.

The 70th anniversary of D-Day will be marked by national and local commemorations on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia throughout 2014.

The Film is recommended for all audiences.

For more information, visit http://www.DDay-Normandy1944.com

Press materials and video assets available for download from http://www.3DEpublicity.com



Founded in 2001, 3D Entertainment Distribution is a fast-growing company focused on the production, post-production, theatrical sales and marketing of innovative 3D films for IMAX® theatres and digital 3D cinemas worldwide. Based in London and Los Angeles (CA), the Company is dedicated to immersing audiences of all ages in engaging, story-driven 3D experiences that inspire and educate. For more information about our company, please visit http://www.3DEfilms.com


N3D LAND Films is a production company founded by the four creators of the award-winning large format 3D documentary "Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World.” In 2011, N3D LAND Films launched the production of the first large format 3D documentary devoted to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In 2013, it signed a partnership with 3D Entertainment Distribution for the worldwide release of “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944,” which is dedicated to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives in this battle for freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.N3DLAND.com

About the Riverside IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center

The awesome power of IMAX® comes to life in the Riverside 3D IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center. IMAX (short for "image maximum") is the world's largest motion picture format, offering viewers an unparalleled sense of realism and motion. In our unique, technologically advanced theater, images of awesome power are projected onto a screen five stories high and enhanced by 16,000 watts of digital sound, placing the audience in the middle of the action. 

Editor’s Note

Phone interviews with Pascal Vuong (Director/Producer), Catherine Vuong (Producer), and Col. (ret.) Peter Herrly (Main Historical Adviser) can be arranged.  Please contact Megan Steele for more information.

Press Contacts:

Megan Steele, Virginia Air & Space Center, msteele@vasc.org, 757-727-0900, ext. 730

Alexandra Body, 3D Entertainment Distribution Ltd., alexbody@3DEfilms.com, +1-323-284-4131   Source: 3D Entertainment Distribution and Virginia Air & Space Center

  IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.  

VASC is proud to offer MILITARY DISCOUNTS!

The Virginia Air & Space Museum is proud to support the military community by offering a YEAR-ROUND MILITARY DISCOUNT: Present a valid MILITARY PHOTO ID to receive military discount admission pricing as follows:

Exhibit admission:  $10.50

IMAX(45-min) admission:  $8.00

IMAX(full-length) admission:  $9.00

Combo (exhibit and 45 min.IMAX) admission:  $16.00

Combo (exhibit and full-lengthIMAX) admission:  $18.00

Military discounts also include $10 off a family membership.

Learn more about VASC on MB!

blog comments powered by Disqus