Originally Posted by PeterTHX
Darn. I'll cancel my flight!
in Atmos this past Sunday (made the hour drive to Burbank). Pretty good, though it obviously didn't take full advantage of the system.
I'm not sure what most would consider "full advantage."
To me, it is one of the best surround presentations I've ever heard.
At both viewing I attended, I was reminded how well the system supported the visuals and I forgot rather quickly how immersed I was in the film (which I didn't particularly care for, as a side note.)
There isn't a ton of discrete overhead material. However, there are so many things blended from the sides and rears into the overhead it was really seamless.
Also the addition of full ranges "surrounds" (or anything not behind the screen.. we can't really use the descriptor surrounds anymore) made a huge difference in how the on to off camera stuff maintains a proper timbre match is so cool.
The music in "La Lune" was stunning as it was pulled off the screen..
Having 5 channels behind the screen also made a huge difference in front pans.... there have been almost no L LE C RE R film mixes in the last 5-6 years that I've been aware of... it's great to have that back.
Add to that the plants flapping bass in Burbank and I'm not sure what was missing.
Granted it's not over the top, but I think the seamlessness, and transparency of discrete channels throughout the auditorium, took full advantage of the system.
I was lucky enough to get some one on one (actually there were 2 of us) time with the head of the Atmos project last week at Dolby, along with some of their engineers and execs..
We were able to listen to some clips in 5.1/7.1 and then hear the Atmos mix... it's really amazing about how the speakers disappear in Atmos, and how different the arrays sounded in 5.1/7.1..
Really excited to be moving into the realm of object based mixing..
And Markus... I heard some object only based clips.. as I've said before, while we are still "limited" to having the audiences attention facing forward looking at a flat 2D wall there are always going to be elements that work fine as a bed and wouldn't truly benefit from being an object.
On another side note, there is a second Atmos logo/trailer I saw that is really cool and different from the one most here have heard..
I was informed it was playing exclusively at the El Cap, where the film is playing until Aug 12 ...
Anyone in LA still wanting to catch it should go before then... but you should confirm with the theater that it is still being presented in Atmos.. due to the nature of the playback hardware at this point in time, there is still the need for a Dolby engineer to be on hand for all screenings... don't know if they will extend that all the way through the run.