Dolby and Disney Announce Extended Theatrical Collaboration

With more cinema news coming in on the back of the CinemaCon show in Las Vegas this week, Dolby Laboratories has announced 20 Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos titles from The Walt Disney studios, adding to the ‘growing slate’ of movies to be shown at Dolby Cinema locations around the globe. Titles will include live-action and animated releases from Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

“Dolby and Disney share a rich history and mutual desire to bring the most spectacular cinematic experiences to audiences across the globe,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories. “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.”

“At Disney, we strive to enable the vision of our filmmakers,” said Jeff Miller, President, Studio Operations, The Walt Disney Studios. “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.”

“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,” noted Brad Bird, Writer/Director of Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2. “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. 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.”

“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,” noted Ron Howard, Director of Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. “These tools really allow filmmakers to help put audiences in the story like never before.”

So far, over 165 Dolby Cinema titles have been confirmed or released, according to the San Francisco-based company. Dolby Cinema enables richer and more action-packed storytelling through Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The Dolby Vision projection system uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing, and delivers HDR with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that, the company claims, ‘far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today.’ The result is a viewing experience that presents strikingly vivid and realistic images, making viewers feel like they are inside the movie’s world. Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby sound technology Dolby Atmos, which, as we all know well here on HTF, moves audio around the cinema, even overhead, placing the audience deeper inside the film’s setting.

Recent and upcoming titles coming to Dolby Cinema locations through 2019 include the following:

Marvel Studios, Thor: Ragnarok, November 3, 2017

Pixar, Coco, November 22, 2017

Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, December 15, 2017

Marvel Studios, Black Panther, February 16, 2018

Disney, A Wrinkle in Time, March 9, 2018

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

 

 

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