CineEurope 2013 -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced five new film titles to be mixed in Dolby® AtmosTM, a new audio solution that revolutionizes the experience of sound in entertainment. 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.
In addition, Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group plans to equip 27 screens across Europe with Dolby Atmos. The new sound format has been embraced by leading exhibitors worldwide, and the number of planned installations across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) has doubled, bringing the total count of planned Dolby Atmos screens worldwide to more than 200, a fivefold increase from the 40 screens that had been equipped just six months ago.
"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, Regional Vice President, EMEA, Dolby Laboratories. "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."
New Dolby Atmos Titles Announced
Las Brujas de Zugarramundi, directed by Álex de la Iglesia and produced by Enrique Cerezo, will be presented at this year's San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain in September.
Mindscape is a Spanish-Canadian co-production and psychological thriller, directed by Jorge Dorado, and a production of Ombra Films, the Safran Company, and Atresmedia Cine, in association with Roxbury Pictures. It will be presented in September at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.
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 rerecording mixer Nicolas de Poulpiquet at Best Digital Group's postproduction facility in Madrid.
Tarzan 3D, directed by Reinhard Klooss and produced by Klooss and Robert Kulzer, will see one of the most famous figures in world literature return to the screen in spectacular animated fashion, 100 years after the character's creation. The opening of the film will take place in Germany in October 2013, distributed by Constantin Film.
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. Audiences will be able to experience the next-generation Dolby sound format when Showbox releases the film in Korea on July 17 and Huayi Bros releases the movie in China on July 18.
New Dolby Atmos Installations
Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group, the owner of Cinesa cinemas, announced plans to equip 27 flagship iSense® 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.
The Dolby Atmos cinema sound format has become the preferred choice for other leading film exhibitors around the world. To date, 38 cinema screens have been equipped with Dolby Atmos in 15 countries across EMEA. In addition, Regal (United States), SPI Cinemas (India), and Wanda Cinemaline Corporation (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 postproduction facilities worldwide are capable of mixing Dolby Atmos, many of them in Europe, including:
• Ink Production, France
• Post Republic, Germany
• Rotor Film, Germany
• CinePostproduction, Germany
• Soundub, Spain
• Best Digital Group, Spain
• Pinewood Studios Group - Pinewood Powell Theatre and Shepperton Korda Theatre, United Kingdom
Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850
The Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 offers a complete audio solution to today's digital cinema theatres and brings a natural and realistic sound experience to audiences. Using specific speaker location and performance attributes, the CP850 renders in real time a custom mix for that room that accurately replicates the audio experience intended by the sound mixer. The CP850 also supports Dolby Atmos playback of up to 64 speaker feeds, configurable between 16 analog outputs and a Dolby Atmos Connect output. The CP850 supports Dolby Surround 7.1 and 5.1 digital playback, as well as common Dolby formats used with alternative content in cinemas: Dolby Digital PlusTM, Dolby E, and Dolby's latest upmixing technology. To ensure proper setup and playback, purchase of each CP850 also includes the Dolby Atmos Commissioning Service.
Over the past year, Dolby sound engineers have worked closely with exhibitors, installers, studios, and mixers to ensure that all installations meet consistent high-performance standards. The CP850 works seamlessly with the Dolby Screen Server DSS200, the Dolby Integrated Media Block (IMB)/Dolby Screen Server DSS220, or with digital cinema servers from other companies. All major server manufacturers have access to Dolby's technical specifications and to a detailed reference design for integrating Dolby Atmos support into their products.
The Dolby Atmos Commissioning Service, included with purchase of the CP850, provides a review of a cinema's sound-system design to ensure that the speakers and amplifiers have the necessary performance and room coverage to deliver a high-quality Dolby Atmos experience. It also includes initial room equalization after the equipment is installed.