Dolby Atmos reaches 50-title milestone
Dolby Laboratories announced five new film titles to be mixed in its immersive Dolby Atmos™ audio format. With the addition of Las Brujas de Zugarramundi (Spain), Mindscape (Spain and Canada), Tarzan 3D (Germany), Mr. Go (Korea), and nature documentary Guadalquivir (Spain), Dolby Atmos has passed the milestone of 50 titles announced within one year since Disney/Pixar’s Brave in June 2012.
“The addition of these new titles shows how Dolby Atmos has been embraced by major studios and directors from around the world,” said Andreas Spechtler, Dolby’s regional VP, EMEA. “With Dolby Atmos, filmmakers can position and move sounds anywhere in the theatre, even overhead, for the most realistic and lifelike audio experience—giving movie fans a whole new reason to go to the cinema.”
Las Brujas de Zugarramundi, directed by Álex de la Iglesia, will be presented at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain in September. Mindscape, a Spanish-Canadian co-production and psychological thriller directed by Jorge Dorado, will be screened in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Nature documentary Guadalquivir, produced by Wanda Films, will be screened at Spain’s Seville European Film Festival in November. The three films will be mixed in Dolby Atmos by sound re-recording mixer Nicolas de Poulpiquet at Best Digital Group’s post-production facility in Madrid.
The animated Tarzan 3D, directed by Reinhard Klooss, will debut in Germany in October 2013. Mr. Go, the first Dolby Atmos title from Korea, tells the story of an orphan Chinese girl who builds a friendship with a gorilla destined to become a professional Korean baseball star. The film was mixed by Dexter Lab, the first Korean studio to work with Dolby Atmos. Showbox releases the film in Korea on July 17 and Huayi Bros releases the movie in China on July 18.
Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group, the owner of Cinesa cinemas, announced plans to equip 27 flagship iSens® screens with Dolby Atmos in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The first phase has seen seven UCI/Cinesa cinemas in Germany and Spain equipped with Dolby Atmos for the release of the Warner Bros. title Man of Steel.
To date, 38 cinema screens have been equipped with Dolby Atmos in 15 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In addition, Regal (United States), SPI Cinemas (India) and Wanda Cinemaline Corp. (China) recently announced plans to install Dolby Atmos. These major global exhibitor deployments brings the count of planned installations of Dolby Atmos to more than 200 screens globally, up from nearly 40 screens that had been equipped worldwide just six months ago.
Currently, more than 25 post-production facilities worldwide are capable of mixing Dolby Atmos, many of them in Europe, including Ink Production in France; Post Republic, Rotor Film, and CinePostproduction in Germany; Soundub and Best Digital Group in Spain, and Pinewood Studios Group–Pinewood Powell Theatre and Shepperton Korda Theatre in United Kingdom.
CineEurope attendees with full-pass access will be able to experience Dolby Atmos in select footage during studio presentations from Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The selections will be shown at Cinesa Barcelona throughout the week.
To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.