Which Blu-ray Discs Have Dolby Atmos?
By Chris Boylan
It's no secret that we're fans of Dolby Atmos
here at Big Picture Big Sound. When I first heard Atmos
at Dolby's Labs in San Francisco, I was impressed. Earlier this year, Ian White also gave the home version of Dolby Atmos
a listen and left equally optimistic about the future of home theater sound. The object-based sound encoding/decoding format has been used successfully in theaters to provide an intensely immersive surround sound experience on over 200 movies, including blockbusters like Gravity
, Edge of Tomorrow
, Guardians of the Galaxy
and many more.
And now Dolby Atmos is available for home use, via a selection of Dolby Atmos-enabled receivers
, preamps and speakers. It has also been included in a few Blu-ray Discs, courtesy of extensions to the existing Dolby True HD codec. We've heard it will also be coming to streaming services such as VUDU and possibly Amazon Instant Video and Netflix via the Dolby Digital Plus codec. [update: all of this happened.]
We've also gone on record calling the studios to task
for being slow to release new titles in the Dolby Atmos format for home use. We're not sure what, exactly, they're waiting for. Physical media sales have been on the decline for the past few years and something like Dolby Atmos can stem the tide and get people excited about buying movies again. Also, Dolby Atmos is backwardly compatible. If you play an Atmos-enabled Blu-ray Disc through a non-Atmos receiver, you get the standard Dolby TrueHD track. It even works with existing Blu-ray players so there's no need to run out to buy a new player.
The first batch of Dolby Atmos-enabled Blu-rays probably won't win a lot of Oscars, but they provide great home theater demo material.
We decided to put together a master list of Blu-ray titles that are available now or coming soon on Blu-ray Disc. For now, it's a pretty small list, but we're hoping this grows over time. We'll keep the list updated as more titles are announced. We've included links to Amazon so you can find out more or order these for your own collection (purchases made through these links support this web site).
If we've missed anything, let us know in the comments so we can add it to the list.
List last updated February, 2017
List of Dolby Atmos Titles on Blu-ray Disc in the U.S.
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles with Dolby Atmos:
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