With a flurry of Blu-ray players announced this week at CES 2016, the release of actual content is the last step before the next generation of physical media is ready for the masses. But before we get there, Sony Pictures has announced a partnership with Dolby to bring Atmos, its new multi-directional sound platform, to some of its Ultra HD Blu-rays over the coming years.
more films with Dolby Atmos will debut throughout the year
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2 constitute the first batch of Ultra HD Blu-rays that will be released by Sony Pictures in early 2016, and each will feature Dolby Atmos. Despite all of the initial movies being generally bad, they will sound great, as Dolby Atmos allows for sounds to emanate from new areas, including above you using upward-firing speakers to provide an entirely new experience.
While Sony Pictures may be the first to offer Dolby Atmos on Ultra HD Blu-rays, it isn't the first studio to support the format, with Warner Home Video and Lionsgate both offering titles using the technology usually found in theaters. Sony says more films with Dolby Atmos will debut throughout the year, and beyond.