Last week, Dolby and Disney announced they will continue to make movies available in Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos immersive sound for presentation in Dolby Cinemas around the world. They will include live-action and animated titles from Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Walt Disney Animation.
According to Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President of the Cinema Business Group at Dolby Laboratories, “Dolby and Disney share a rich history and mutual desire to bring the most spectacular cinematic experiences to audiences across the globe. With the expanded partnership, fans will experience many anticipated movies, including two upcoming Star Wars titles and two titles in the Avengers franchise, in both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound.”
Jeff Miller, President of Studio Operations at The Walt Disney Studios, adds, “At Disney, we strive to enable the vision of our filmmakers. Our strong partnership with Dolby and their commitment to developing state-of-the-art technology and tools gives the creative community an amazing palette to help deliver extraordinary experiences.”
Brad Bird, writer/director of Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles and the upcoming Incredibles 2, says, “I’ve admired Dolby technology since the original Star Wars. Dolby has been consistently innovating ever since, and I’ve tried to take advantage of their genius. We remixed sequences from two films of mine for their reel to demonstrate Dolby Atmos, and I was thrilled to direct the first film released in Dolby Vision [Tomorrowland]. Dolby Vision is an incredibly bright, sharp image, with a much wider color spectrum than traditional digital imagery. The images have amazing brightness and clarity, yet with richness and detail in the blacks that really pop in both live action and animation. The picture quality is nothing short of stunning.”
Ron Howard, director of Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, is also excited about the Dolby technologies. “Having worked with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in the past, I’m very excited to use these technologies to immerse and envelop audiences into the Star Wars galaxy with Solo: A Star Wars Story. These tools really allow filmmakers to help put audiences in the story like never before.”
Marvel is also part of the Disney family. According to Victoria Alonso, EVP of Physical Production at Marvel Studios, “At Marvel Studios, we’re passionate about taking audiences deep into our stories and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To make that real and believable requires a lot of technical and creative work, especially VFX. Dolby Vision helps bring these incredibly colorful and vibrant worlds to life like you’ve never seen before. The color fidelity, brightness, sharpness, and incredible black level of Dolby Vision allows our filmmakers to pull audiences deeper into the stories we craft.”
To date, over 165 Dolby Cinema titles have been released or confirmed. Here’s a list of upcoming movies from Disney that will be graded in Dolby Vision and mixed in Dolby Atmos for release in Dolby Cinemas:
Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War, April 27, 2018
Lucasfilm, Solo: A Star Wars Story, May 25, 2018
Pixar, The Incredibles 2, June 15, 2018
Marvel Studios, Ant-Man and the Wasp, July 6, 2018
Disney, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, November 2, 2018
Walt Disney Animation Studios, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, November 21, 2018
Disney, Mary Poppins Returns, December 25, 2018
Marvel Studios, Captain Marvel, March 8, 2019
Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dumbo, March 29, 2019
Marvel Studios, Untitled Avengers 4, May 3, 2019
Disney, Aladdin, May 24, 2019
Pixar, Toy Story 4, June 21, 2019
Disney, The Lion King, July 19, 2019
Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen 2, November 27, 2019
Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode IX, December 20, 2019
With few exceptions, Dolby Cinema is the very best cinema experience you can have, and I encourage anyone who is near one to check it out. Click here for a list of locations. However, be aware that Dolby Cinemas sometimes play movies that have not been graded in Dolby Vision or mixed in Atmos. That’s why I maintain and update a list of titles that get the full Dolby treatment so you know what you’re getting when you go to a Dolby Cinema; click here for that list.
I applaud Dolby and Disney for continuing to push the boundaries of moviemaking with Dolby Vision and Atmos, and I look forward to seeing the upcoming titles in a Dolby Cinema.