Welcome to the Max (1993)

Whimsical space explorer journeys to Earth to learn about 'OMNIMAX', and along the way discovers the sights, sounds and spectacle of New York City and the Tri-state region, learns the meaning of freedom, and makes a novel friend for life.


Dugan Rosalini


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Credited cast:
Joseph F. Carpenter Joseph F. Carpenter ... Clypton Elder #2
Jane Galloway Heitz Jane Galloway Heitz ... Clypton Matriarch
Ross Gottstein Ross Gottstein ... Marto
Lauro Lopez Lauro Lopez ... Clypton Elder #4
Salvatore Pusateri Salvatore Pusateri ... Muscleman at Jones Beach
Dugan Rosalini Dugan Rosalini ... Max
Everett F. Smith Everett F. Smith ... Clypton Elder #1
Setrling Watson Setrling Watson ... Clypton Elder #3


In a whimsical sci-fi parody, the Matriarch queen regnant of the Clypton galaxy sends one of her rookie space explorers, Marto, on a mission to earn his stripes: he must journey to the far reaches of the universe to learn all he can about "...this mysterious thing, this device called, 'Omnimax,'" which is rumored to exist only on the planet Earth. Along the way, and with the help of an unlikely tour guide - a living, breathing Omnimax theater named Max - the intrepid Marto not only discovers the iconic sights, sounds, and bigger-than-life spectacle of New York City and the Tri-state region, but also learns the meaning of freedom while making a novel friend for life. As a destination signature film, 'Welcome to the Max' was used primarily to lead off a twin-bill show in the world's largest, 400-seat Imax Dome® cinema, and served to attract family visitors to a new, $50-million science and technology museum, Liberty Science Center, adjacent the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island. ... Written by mg

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Release Date:

21 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

IMAX 6-Track



Aspect Ratio:

Imax Dome/Omnimax
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Because of the enormous volume of image capture data contained in the ultra-high resolution, IMAX®/OMNIMAX® film format that 'Welcome to the Max' was photographed in (65mm x 15-perforations per frame, which is ten times larger than 35mm), and the limitations of the computing power available at the time of the movie's production, CGI and green screen VFX were cost-prohibitive. Thus, all scenes are live-action, and all stunts and VFX (even the star field that opens the show) are practical ones. See more »

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Special thanks to Charlie for doing the dummy drop from the helo See more »

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