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Dolby Atmos Sound Coming to Blu-ray Disc, Vudu Movies

9 Sep, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Now, another reason not to go the movie theaters.

Dolby Laboratories announced that movies from Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. featuring Dolby Atmos digital cinema surround soundtracks will soon be available in home entertainment channels.

Dolby Atmos movies, which represent studios’ efforts to replicate the digital theatrical experience in the home, will be available this fall on Blu-ray Disc and via Vudu, Walmart’s digital media service.

On Sept. 30, Paramount Pictures will release the first Blu-ray Disc to feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack with Transformers: Age of Extinction. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack will offer a Dolby Atmos soundtrack encoded in Dolby TrueHD. Paramount Home Media Distribution has slated additional Dolby Atmos releases later this year.

Dolby Atmos soundtracks are fully backward compatible, meaning they’ll play on traditional home entertainment playback systems, in addition to Atmos speakers and home theater networks.

“If you’ve experienced Transformers: Age of Extinction in Dolby Atmos in the cinema, you understand the power of sound to transport you right into the middle of the action,” Edward Hoxsie, SVP of worldwide product production and fulfillment for Paramount Pictures, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Jim Wuthrich, president of the Americas for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, said the studio would soon offer select releases in both digital and physical formats featuring Dolby Atmos sound.

“By leveraging new technologies, we can deliver a more enriching and realistic experience that taps into the power and location of the audio, to draw fans deeper into the story unfolding on the screen,” Wuthrich said in a statement.

Best Buy-owned Magnolia Home Theater and Design Centers plan to feature Dolby Atmos demonstrations in select locations starting in October.

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