Dolby Laboratories today announced five new titles to be shown at Dolby Cinema locations around the globe. The titles include Lionsgate’s Deepwater Horizon, due out September 30; Twentieth Century Fox’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, due out September 30; Sony Pictures’ Inferno, due out October 28; Lionsgate’s La La Land, due out December 16; and Legendary/Universal Pictures’ The Great Wall, due out February 17, 2017.
The motion picture business in China is one of, if not, the fastest growing in the world. By one estimate, there were some 31,000 screens in China by the end of 2015 and that number is expected to exceed 40,000 by the end of this year. Not surprisingly, a number of digital cinema technology companies have announced major Chinese sales in the past few months. Perhaps no company has enjoyed more success in China to date than Dolby. I recently spoke with Doug Darrow, senior vice president, cinema, Dolby Laboratories, about their success and the Chinese market in general.
Dolby Laboratories, Vudu, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the first slate of titles now available in ultra high definition with Dolby Vision high dynamic range imaging. Dolby Vision titles now available for purchase and rental on Vudu include the all-new release The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and fan favorites Lucy, Oblivion, and Lone Survivor.
Wanda Pictures and Dolby Laboratories today announced that Wanda Pictures’ feature For A Few Bullets will be released for Dolby Cinema locations in China on July 15, making it the first Chinese local language movie mastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
Founded in London in 1997, award-winning Factory Studios has produced the sound for projects by many high profile clients, including EE, O2, Renault, Nike, Three, eBay, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Harvey Nichols, BT, Sony and Samsung. Last year it became the first UK facility to include a Dolby Atmos-licenced suite for commercials and trailers, which features 35 Alcons CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor System speakers.
Colombian movie theatre circuit Cinemas Procinal has selected Cinema Equipment and Supplies to lead the design and implementation of the first theatre in Colombia to showcase Dolby Atmos sound technology. Earlier this year Cinemas Procinal announced the launch of the circuit’s first Supernova PLF auditorium.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released last month in Dolby Cinema. That process begins with the filmmaker’s vision. The technical wizards behind the film recently sat down for an interview to discuss their roles in bringing it to the big screen.
Movie theatres are getting bigger and exhibitors have learned that audiences are willing to pay for the kind of immersive entertainment that simply can’t be duplicated in the typical home theatre. This trend has only increased the demand that the audio match, or even surpass the quality of the images on the big screen. Cinema sound has never been bigger or more important. Understanding that, Digital Cinema Report reached out to key manufacturers to learn what developments in sound technology they’ll be highlighting when the exhibition industry gathers next month at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. In part one of this ongoing series, I spoke via email with Jed Harmsen, senior director, cinema products, Dolby Laboratories to get his perspective.
Sundance Institute and the Dolby Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund have announced that Swiss Army Man, written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, written and directed by Taika Waititi, have both been selected as the 2016 recipients of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship.
The German post-production facility Rotor Film has installed a 69-loudspeaker Meyer Sound cinema system in its recently opened mixing stage—the largest in Europe that offers both Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D immersive surround sound technologies.