Hollywood and San Francisco -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB), Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) and Marvel Entertainment, LLC announced today that both 2D and 3D formats of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger are being released globally in Dolby® Surround 7.1.
"Marvel Studios' Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger deliver unforgettable sequences that will draw audiences into the story with rich visual effects and Dolby Surround 7.1 will compliment these elements in an epic way," said Victoria Alonso, EVP of Visual Effects and Post at Marvel Studios. "So whether you are swooping over the lands of Asgard in Thor or in a World War II battle scene in Captain America: The First Avenger, audiences will feel more a part of the action with Dolby Surround 7.1."
The latest innovation from a pioneer in cinema sound, Dolby Surround 7.1 improves the spatial dimension of soundtracks and enhances audio definition, resulting in full-featured audio that better matches the visual impact of movies.
"Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger becomes the twenty-first 7.1 feature film to be announced, making Dolby Surround 7.1 one of the fastest cinema audio formats ever adopted in Dolby's history," said Robin Selden, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. "We are thrilled that Hollywood, exhibitors, and content creators around the world have embraced Dolby Surround 7.1 to help enrich the moviegoing experience for consumers."
Thor, released on May 6, 2011, and Captain America: The First Avenger, scheduled for July 22, 2011, are being released in select Dolby Surround 7.1 theaters across North America with International regions to follow.