Announcing its sixth Dolby Atmos title for 2012, Dolby is excited to confirm the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature Rise of the Guardians will be released by Paramount Pictures on November 21st, 2012 in Dolby® Atmos. In addition, beyond the announced Warner Bros. title The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14, 2012), two additional Warner Bros. releases - Gravity and Pacific Rim - have also been confirmed to mix and release in Dolby Atmos in 2013..
These three films join the growing list of Dolby Atmos Hollywood titles including Brave (Disney/Pixar), Taken 2, Chasing Mavericks and Life of Pi (Twentieth Century Fox) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros.).
Rise of the Guardians becomes the latest film to implement this new cinema sound technology demonstrating the tremendous momentum Dolby's innovation is gaining in Hollywood. With Rise of the Guardians, DreamWorks Animation becomes the fourth Hollywood studio to adopt Dolby Atmos to date. Acclaimed re-recording mixer Jim Bolt along with Academy Award® winning re-recording mixer Andy Nelson and Academy Award® winning supervising sound editor, Richard King, will be designing the Dolby Atmos mix that will bring the Rise of the Guardians soundtrack to a new level of realism for audiences.
Rise of the Guardians will be mixed in Dolby Atmos for languages including: French, Norwegian, Danish, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese Mandarin.
"We have seen tremendous support for Dolby Atmos and we are excited to have DreamWorks Animation become the fourth Hollywood studio to adopt the format with Rise of the Guardians, our sixth Dolby Atmos title scheduled for 2012," said Stuart Bowling, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "The Dolby Atmos slate for 2013 is also growing with two blockbuster titles from Warner Bros. including Gravity and Pacific Rim confirmed. We look to grow the Dolby Atmos content pipeline for exhibitors as our goal is to reach over 15 titles in 2013."
Currently scheduled to conduct the Dolby Atmos mix for Gravity (release date TBD, 2013) is multiple Academy Award® nominated re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay in collaboration with re-recording mixer Niv Adiri. Academy Award® nominated Glenn Freemantle will be the supervising sound editor and sound designer on the Dolby Atmos mix.
At the helm of the Pacific Rim Dolby Atmos mix (scheduled release date: July 12, 2013) will be Academy Award® winning re-recording mixers John T. Reitz and Greg Rudloff who will be accompanied by Tim LeBlanc. Scott Gershin will be the supervising sound editor.
Dolby Atmos locations for these features will be announced closer to the release dates.
Dolby's goal is to have 80-100 screens available for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Dolby aims to install an additional 30-50 screen in Q1 of 2013, and expects to have as many as 1,000 Dolby Atmos screens in place by the end of next year.
About Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost - legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
About Pacific Rim
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.