Batman v Superman gets Dolby Cinema premiere, and that's great news for 4K Blu-ray

posted on Thursday, 10th March 2016 by Steve May

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Upcoming superhero dust-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting the Dolby Cinema treatment for its world premiere. A combination of HDR laser projection and Dolby Atmos cinema, the high-spec format will be used at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City when the film bows on March 20. Currently there are no Dolby Cinema installations in the UK, but the news bodes well for home cinema enthusiasts regardless. 

The movie, which pitches Ben Affleck’s Batman against Henry Cavill’s Superman, is directed by Zack Snyder. “Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos are definite game changers for filmmakers,” he enthuses. “The blacks are truly black, and the deep contrast and brightness levels are amazing. They make these powerful and iconographic superhero characters that we’ve known all our lives truly come alive, and I’m thrilled we get to see, and especially to hear, this film in Dolby on the big screen.”

However, while Dolby Cinema is currently an elusive treat, the news hints at a must-have Ultra HD release later this year. Warner Home Video is an early supporter of the format. Multi-Oscar winning hit Mad Max Fury Road is included in its first tranche of HDR 4K Blu-ray releases, along with San Andreas, The Lego Movie and Pan. So an HDR 4K Blu-ray of Batman v Superman, complete with Dolby Atmos soundtrack, seems inevitable - unless Lex luthor has other plans. 

Filmgoers can expect several other theatrical presentations of Batman v Superman, including 70mm, IMAX 3D, 4K, RealD 3D and 2D.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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