In my opinion, high dynamic range (HDR) imagery and immersive 3D sound represent the most significant evolution in the cinema experience in a very long time. The most prominent purveyor of these technologies is Dolby Labs with its Dolby Vision HDR images and Dolby Atmos immersive-sound systems, which are combined with super-comfy seats in Dolby Cinema auditoriums. Currently, there are only eight Dolby Cinema locations in the US and two in the Netherlands, with more on the way; for a complete list of these venues, all of which use laser-illuminated projectors, click here
This list also includes Imax and other venues with laser-illuminated projectors, and the Imax locations show at least some titles graded for Imax HDR, but the dynamic range isn't quite as wide as it is in Dolby Vision (a peak brightness of 22 foot-lamberts versus 31 fL, respectively, both with very low black levels). Still, even movies graded in standard dynamic range will generally look better from any laser-illuminated projection system than a conventional xenon lamp-based projector.
As I've seen and heard several times now, movies graded and shown in Dolby Vision HDR with sound mixed in Dolby Atmos provide an exceptional cinema experience. However, some movies shown in Dolby Cinemas are graded in standard dynamic range, and it's nearly impossible to tell which ones are HDR from the promotional material or the theater's website.
So here is a list of all the movies that have been or will be graded and shown in Dolby Vision HDR with Atmos sound in Dolby Cinema theaters, along with their release date. Some have already finished their theatrical run, while others are waiting in the wings. (I hope they are all released in HDR on Ultra HD Blu-ray!) If you live near one of the Dolby Cinema locations, I strongly recommend that you see the upcoming titles there.
San Andreas (5/29/15)
Inside Out (6/19/15)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (7/31/15)
The Perfect Guy (9/11/15)
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (9/18/15)
The Martian (10/2/15)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (11/20/15)
In the Heart of the Sea (12/11/15)
The Jungle Book (2016)
I'll add titles to this list as I learn of them, so keep checking back to discover movies released in Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos sound. And please send me a PM or email ([email protected]
) if you know of any such movies that aren't on this list. Hopefully, you'll get to experience them at a Dolby Cinema.