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  • Marvel Unleashes New Trailer for 'Thor: Ragnarok'

    Posted Sun Jul 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM PDT by
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    The flick is smashing its way toward theaters in November.

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  • Netflix Reveals New 'Stranger Things' Season Two Trailer

    Posted Sat Jul 22, 2017 at 04:06 PM PDT by
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    A full trailer for the show's second season has been released.

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  • New 'Justice League' Comic-Con Trailer Released

    Posted Sat Jul 22, 2017 at 01:30 PM PDT by
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    The new 4 minute trailer offers the best look yet at the upcoming superhero team-up.

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  • Warner Bros. Debuts First Teaser for Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'

    Posted Sat Jul 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM PDT by
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    Are you ready to enter the OASIS?

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  • Hands On with LG's 2017 Audio and OLED 4K Display Lineup

    Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 08:30 PM PDT by
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    A Dolby Atmos sound bar, floating speakers, 4K Ultra HD TVs, and more were all spotlighted.

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  • Netflix Unveils New Trailer for Marvel's 'The Defenders'

    Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 07:45 PM PDT by
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    The superhero team-up series will hit Netflix in August.

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  • 'Atomic Blonde' Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Pre-Orders Live

    Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM PDT by

    The intense action-thriller starring Charlize Theron is up for preorder on both formats at Amazon.

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  • CE Week 2017 Highlights: Focal Dolby Atmos Speakers, Samsung Gear, Headphones, and More!

    Posted Thu Jul 20, 2017 at 03:00 PM PDT by
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    From Dolby Atmos speaker systems and high-end headphones to Ultra HD TVs and virtual reality gadgets, the show floor was packed with impressive demos, allowing me to go hands-on with some exciting new gear.

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  • 20th Century Fox Reveals New Trailer for 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'

    Posted Thu Jul 20, 2017 at 09:40 AM PDT by
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    Manners still maketh man in this brand new trailer.

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  • 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Wed Jul 19, 2017 at 09:15 AM PDT by

    David Lean's war masterpiece will be getting the 4K treatment in October.

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  • Streaming News Roundup: 'The Tick,' 'Narcos,' and More

    Posted Wed Jul 19, 2017 at 07:00 AM PDT by
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    New trailers for Amazon's The Tick and Netflix's Narcos are among the latest streaming updates.

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  • 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray News Roundup: 'Bram Stoker's Dracula,' 'The Purge,' and More

    Posted Tue Jul 18, 2017 at 09:45 PM PDT by
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    Vampires, killers, and the Peanuts gang are all heading to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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  • Criterion's October 2017 Blu-ray Titles Now Available for Pre-Order!

    Posted Tue Jul 18, 2017 at 05:30 PM PDT by
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    The distributor has revealed its upcoming slate of October releases, including David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

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  • 'The Lion King: The Signature Collection' Blu-ray Announced

    Posted Tue Jul 18, 2017 at 09:17 AM PDT by

    The Blu ray release also known as 'The Circle of Life Edition' will be available this August.

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  • Exclusive: Sony Announces 'Zero Dark Thirty' for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Tue Jul 18, 2017 at 09:00 AM PDT by
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    Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award nominated film is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in September.

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  • 'Starship Troopers' and All-New 'Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars' Announced for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Posted Tue Jul 18, 2017 at 08:44 AM PDT by

    The brand new animated adventure and the original action-packed movie will receive the 4K UHD treatment in September.

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  • 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' Headed for Blu-ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (UPDATED)

    Posted Tue Jul 18, 2017 at 07:21 AM PDT by
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    James Cameron's science fiction masterpiece is set to arrive on both formats this fall.

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  • Don't Miss 'War for the Planet of the Apes' in Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos

    Posted Mon Jul 17, 2017 at 06:28 PM PDT by Michael S. Palmer
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    While we'll leave the full review to Phil Brown over on the Bonus View (read his thoughts HERE), I set out to see War for the Planet of the Apes this weekend at one of the 100 Dolby Cinema locations now open worldwide and thought I'd share my thoughts with you all here. 

    If you don't know what I mean by Dolby Cinema or Dolby Cinema at AMC, please check out THIS ARTICLE where we first demonstrated the premium cinema auditorium. And, for more information on Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technologies, please click HERE and HERE, respectively.

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    WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE AWESOME FRANCHISES


    I'm a pretty big fan of this new Apes trilogy despite (or perhaps because of) my limited affinity for the original Apes movies. I'm not saying they're bad, mind you; it's just a franchise I haven't experienced outside of a few casual Saturday afternoons back in the days where you had to watch commercials OR flip channels to find something else to watch. 

    Still, the new trilogy is special to me because these films are equal parts blockbuster entertainment and character-focused dramas. Also, as far as prequels go, they're uniformly surprising and dramatic where many feel inert and unnecessary. Especially in an era where blockbusters and franchise movies are often overlong and/or dramatically depend on you watching later chapters, the Apes trilogy works equally well as stand-alone chapters or one complete story.

    In short, I'm in awe that these new Apes movies exist AND stand up next to modern cable television for having dynamic and complex characters... who just so happen to be CGI-rendered apes. 

    Where Rise began in our world, showcasing Caesar's childhood and the outbreak of a biological virus that was meant to cure Alzheimer's, Dawn took audiences ten years into the post-apocalypse for the first armed conflict between mankind and ape-kind. Both stories highlighted well-intentioned characters making mistakes while trying to do good things and a whole bunch of tragic outcomes.

    War picks up only two years after Dawn, with Caesar trying to protect the apes from The Colonel and his army of soldiers who are hell-bent on hunting down and killing every last ape. Caesar still hopes for peace, sending back human survivors after battles, but The Colonel's definition of mercy is as brutal as his desire to destroy anyone, human or ape, who opposes his tactics.

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    There's more to the story, of course, but I managed to go into War unaware of the bigger plot-points and, because of this, was genuinely surprised by the story choices the filmmakers made. Effectively, if you're expecting another chapter akin to Dawn, this one goes in a different sub-genre direction. 

    What I will say is that the movie is grounded in some heartbreaking emotions that layer thematics on top of character arcs. War is very much about whether or not Caesar will lose his soul to avenge and defend his ape family, which is dramatically explored through every choice and consequence Caesar makes and experiences. The filmmakers have also added more of a female presence, which I applaud, and smartly continued to build, through callbacks and payoffs, towards a world that resembles the original franchise.

    If you enjoyed Rise and Dawn, War is highly recommended; for everyone else, I would definitely recommend giving this trilogy a try so you can experience its third chapter on a premium, immersive, big screen where it's meant to be seen and heard.

    Speaking of which...

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    DOLBY VISION


    As I was watching War for the Planet of the Apes, I couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed. It looked quite good, don't get me wrong. Everything was clear and sharp, and the contrast was very good. Still, when you compare it to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 or The Jungle Book, those movies are so much more aggressively stylized (and colorful) than this gritty blockbuster with its cold and wintry color palette.

    In fact, I was considering not writing this article...

    Until afterward, when I popped into a conventional digital cinema auditorium, and my jaw dropped. It looked like UTTER GARBAGE by comparison. Graying black levels. Jacked contrast with severe shadow detail crushing. Drab and muted colors, especially the yellow subtitles for when the apes use sign language. And it wasn't as visibly sharp.

    Hands down, watching War in Dolby Vision is like getting laser eye surgery after needing glasses for years. You can see all the fur follicles and tree branches and rusted metal fencing. You can see characters and locations in the shadows, even when they're intentionally out of focus. You can see the flickering orange fury of campfires and explosions. Colors are more vibrant and vivid and true. And black levels are actually black. In short, it's a night & day difference, folks. One you might not realize you're missing until it's too late.

    Bottom line, and what I take away from this screening, is this: Dolby Vision won't always be show-stopping from an in-your-face color and visual spectacle department, in very much the same way that not all Blu-rays are demo material even when the transfers reproduce the original source materials perfectly. BUT when you go into a Dolby Cinema, or see a movie in Dolby Vision, you're going to get a dramatically more accurate, detailed, and colorful version of whatever film you're seeing. It's like buying an OLED display -- everything looks better even if you're not always obviously-wowed.

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: by the way, there are other great premium cinema formats too -- IMAX Laser is extraordinary, for example -- and my intention here is ONLY to compare Dolby Cinema to standard digital cinemas, primarily because they are the only two formats in which I've seen War thus far. In short, if you prefer something else, that's great and feel free to tell us about it in the comments. Cheers!]

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    DOLBY ATMOS

    War arrives with another outstanding Dolby Atmos mix that, at times, is a touch more subtle than the theatrical mix released with Dawn, but serves its world-building well before becoming outright demo material during the film's climax.

    With more of a wintery setting than the previous films, War knows when exactly when to ramp up, ping-ponging sound around the hemisphere, and when to be quiet. In that sense, the film often portrays moments of action and mayhem in a somber, dreamlike quality before returning to more traditional bombast.

    This Dolby Atmos mix also excels at expanding the film's locations, where cave chambers echo with falling water and wind whips through snowy mountaintops and fire crackles in an empty hotel lobby. All of these choices uses Atmos' pinpoint precision to extend the movie OFF the screen, thrusting us into its universe.

    Still, the mix can seem a little less overt compared to Dawn's theatrical mix, which featured many scenes in rainy forests with plenty of overhead sound placement. Until the climax that is, when War's Dolby Atmos mix becomes absolutely bonkers in a Fury Road kinda way. Precision Chaos is the good way to describe it; where, despite the madness on screen and surrounding us aurally, you can hear every sonic choice amidst the overall bombast. It's a lot of fun.

    Overall, War boasts a very good Dolby Atmos mix and here's hoping Fox includes it on (at least) the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray because it's going to make a lot of sound enthusiasts happy.

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    FINAL THOUGHTS


    Regardless of where it ranks in the series and against other modern franchise pictures, War for the Planet of the Apes is extraordinary blockbuster filmmaking that seamlessly blends emotion and character and thematics with a heaping dosage of thrilling action. Dolby Cinema, with its one-two punch of Dolby Vision projection and Dolby Atmos, enhances the whole experience with far more clarity and contrast and color. To be clear, the HDR grading and color palette isn't as in-your-face WOW as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 or The Jungle Book, but the standard SDR grading and performance capabilities of conventional digital cinemas literally pale in comparison. 

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  • Dolby Opens 100th Global Dolby Cinema Location

    Posted Mon Jul 17, 2017 at 05:45 PM PDT by
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    A new Dolby Cinema theater has opened and even more are on the way.

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  • Sharp Releases 2017 4K Ultra HD Smart AQUOS TV Lineup, Prices Start at $450

    Posted Mon Jul 17, 2017 at 02:05 PM PDT by
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    New 4K models with HDR and local dimming are now available.

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