Dolby helps Pacific Rim thrill ears as well as eyes
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) - Dolby sound specialists have given director Guillermo del Toro a way to put movie goers into the thick of battles between giant robots and fearsome monsters in Pacific Rim.
The blockbuster film opening worldwide this weekend is the latest big-name production to incorporate Dolby Atmos technology - which does for sound what high-definition and 3-D did for images.
"Everyone talks about 3-D images, and Atmos is 3-D sound," del Toro said in a video interview with Dolby.
"This is not just a gimmicky idea," he continued. "It is really of paramount importance to the mix of a film." Atmos, which made its debut about a year ago in Pixar's Oscar-winning animated film Brave, was developed in a small theater that serves as a sound lab at Dolby's headquarters in San Francisco.