SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and Park Road Post Production today
announced that director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Pictures (MGM), will be mixed in Dolby®
Atmos™ to deliver a more natural, realistic soundtrack that moves
sound around and above audiences, helping to transport them into the
world of Middle-earth.
"I strive to make movies that allow the audience to participate in the
events onscreen, rather than just watch them unfold. Wonderful
technology is now available to support this goal: high frame rates, 3D,
and now the stunning Dolby Atmos system," said Peter Jackson, co-writer,
director, and producer of The Hobbit trilogy. "Dolby has always
been at the cutting edge of providing cinema audiences with the ultimate
sound experience, and they have now surpassed themselves. Dolby Atmos
provides the completely immersive sound experience that filmmakers like
myself have long dreamed about."
Academy Award®—winning trio Christopher Boyes, Michael
Hedges, and Michael Semanick (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of
the King) will be creating the Dolby Atmos mix at Park Road Post
Production. Dolby Atmos is a new audio platform that revolutionizes the
experience of sound in entertainment. It allows sound designers and
mixers a new level of creative control and ensures that cinema audiences
will experience the full impact of their mix regardless of theatre
"It's an inspiring time in cinema, with Peter Jackson taking moviemaking
to new frontiers with Dolby's next-generation audio solutions," said
Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "When The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theatres equipped with these
Dolby technologies, audiences will be transported into the journey with
the lifelike realism the creative team envisioned."
To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.
To share an educational video on Dolby Atmos, visit https://vimeo.com/40699179.
To download the Dolby virtual press kit, visit dolby.com/news.
About The Hobbit Trilogy
A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of three films from
filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award—winning director of The
Lord of the Rings trilogy. The screenplay for The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey is by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson,
and Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the film, together
with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, and Fran Walsh. The executive
producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins, and Carolyn
Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the second and third films
of the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner
Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with
select international territories as well as all international television
distribution being handled by MGM. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
will be released on December 14, 2012, with the second film, The
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, releasing on December 13, 2013, and
the third film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, slated for July
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) is the global leader in technologies that
are essential elements in the best entertainment experiences. Founded in
1965 and best known for high-quality audio and surround sound in
environments from the cinema to the living room to mobile devices, Dolby
creates innovations that enrich entertainment at the movies, at home, or
on the go. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby
technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories. Dolby Atmos is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. "Academy
Awards®" is the registered trademark and service mark of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. S12/26173
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Source: Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
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