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  1. D-cinema Equipment and Theaters
    The commercial-cinema industry is starting to think about direct-view displays, which are about to dramatically change what we see in movie theaters. Commercial cinema stands on the brink of a new era. For the last 100 years, it has been based on projected images. Now, direct-view displays...
  2. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    With its heavy-hitting titles Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War in the history books, Disney-owned Marvel Studios decided it's time for something lighter—a palate cleanser, if you will. Enter Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was graded in Dolby Vision HDR and mixed in Atmos immersive sound...
  3. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    The television landscape has undergone a tectonic shift away from ad-based broadcast programming toward subscription-based online streaming. Users pay a fixed, monthly subscription fee to a provider such as Netflix, and they can watch as much content from that provider as they wish...
  4. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    AMC Theatres, the world's largest commercial-cinema chain, announced today that it is introducing a new tier of its Stubs loyalty program called AMC Stubs A-List. For $19.95 (plus tax) per month, subscribers can see up to three movies per week at any AMC theater in the US, including Dolby...
  5. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    It's been 14 years since The Incredibles hit the big screen. It's one of Pixar's best animated movies, and it ended with the perfect setup for a sequel—and some high expectations to meet. Now, Incredibles 2 is in theaters, including Dolby Cinemas with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Atmos...
  6. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    Ocean's 11 began as a stylish heist movie made in 1960 starring The Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop along with Angie Dickinson and others. It was remade in 2001 starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Elliott Gould, and...
  7. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    Now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise, the studio plans to milk it for all it's worth, releasing a new title every year until the end of time. This year, it's Solo: A Star Wars Story, a standalone tale not part of the episodic main sequence. As with all the recent Star Wars movies, this...
  8. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    I graduated from high school in 1971. During the ceremony, the school orchestra played Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss—and I got to play the tympani part! Aside from being a wonderful, majestic piece of music, it's also the iconic opening and closing theme of 2001: A Space Odyssey ...
  9. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    I greatly enjoy movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, I was doubly excited to learn that Avengers: Infinity War brings together most of the characters from the various branches of that universe—the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy , Black Panther , Dr. Strange , Spider-Man , and...
  10. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    CinemaCon is the annual convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, which is happening this week in Las Vegas, NV. Members from all over the world gather to view trailers and exclusive screenings of upcoming movies and check out the latest technologies for presentation...
  11. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    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...
  12. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    I've never been a gamer, and I find virtual reality quite unsatisfying in its current state of development. So, you might think I would have little interest in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's new movie based on those activities. However, when I saw the trailer, I was intrigued, at least by...
  13. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    I wasn't planning to see Tomb Raider, the new reboot of the Lara Croft franchise. But my friend and fellow movie geek Tom Norton, Senior Editor of Sound and Vision, asked if I wanted to see it with him while he was in town. He had flown in for the LG TV Reviewers Workshop ( see my writeup here...
  14. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    I read Madeleine L'Engle's classic YA (young adult) novel A Wrinkle in Time when I was in middle school, and it completely captivated me. I had already begun to think about higher dimensions thanks to my Uncle Fritz, who was deeply involved in an obscure but fascinating school of thought called...
  15. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    Unless you live off the grid—in which case, you aren't reading this—you probably know that Black Panther, Disney's latest Marvel outing, is a watershed moment in cinematic history. It's the first Marvel superhero movie with a primarily black cast and black director, Ryan Coogler, who is the...
  16. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    As I wrote in my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago, I was quite disappointed in the unimaginative story. So, I was concerned that the next installment in the main story sequence, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, would be more of the same. Even worse, it's not on Dolby's list of...
  17. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    I've always been drawn to Mexican culture, especially its music. So, when I saw the trailer for Coco, Disney-Pixar's latest animated feature, I couldn't wait to see it. And even though it's not included in Dolby's online list of movies graded in Dolby Vision HDR and mixed in Atmos immersive...
  18. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    As a fan of the Marvel comic universe, I've really been looking forward to Thor Ragnarok. However, I was unable to verify that it would be released in Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Atmos immersive sound. It's not on the list of such movies on the Dolby website , and no one at Dolby could...
  19. Screens
    What's it like being in the world's first commercial cinema equipped with a Samsung Cinema Screen 4K LED commercial theatrical display? Last week I had a chance to find out when I visited the Lotte World Mall in Seoul, South Korea, and watched Stephen King's It in pristine 4K. Entrance to the...
  20. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    I've been a fan of Blade Runner since it was released in 1982, when I saw its initial theatrical run. So, I was excited to learn that a sequel was finally being made 35 years later. Even better, Blade Runner 2049 would be shown in Dolby Cinemas with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Atmos...
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