With the announcement of Disney.Pixar's Inside Out using a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, the format has gone full circle and passed 200 titles.
Dolby Atmos was launched with Disney.Pixar's Brave back in 2012 and since then it has gone from strength to strength, with over 750 screens worldwide. In addition the format has moved into the home, with the announcement of a domestic version that is now available on a number of AV processors and receivers including Trinnov's Altitude32 and Yamaha's RX-A3040.
With over 200 titles now mixed in Dolby Atmos, there should be plenty of potential discs for the home.
However, there are more Dolby Atmos titles scheduled from major studios including DreamWorks Animation (The Penguins of Madagascar), Lionsgate (The Hunger Games: Mockingly - Part 1, Insurgent), Twentieth Century Fox (Book of Life, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Universal Pictures (Unbroken), Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (Big Hero 6, McFarland) and Marvel Studios (The Avengers: Age of Ultron). Four Warner Bros. releases, American Sniper, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and In the Heart of the Sea are also scheduled to be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos this year.
That's a lot of big titles coming over the next year and with a wealth of existing movies, there's plenty of potential for new Blu-rays with Dolby Atmos soundtracks. This is important because for Dolby Atmos to succeed in the home, there needs to be plenty of support from the studios. Films like Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Expendables III are good start but we need more big titles soon if Dolby Atmos is going to fight off competition from Auro3D and DTS UHD.
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