Each year, the technology for watching movies improves, slowly advancing on its way to total cinematic immersion. However, sometimes the role of sound is overlooked. Sound design is a crucial aspect of filmmaking, which involves the audience in a way that images simply cannot, and Dolby Atmos is one of the most revolutionary formats for commercial and domestic cinemas. Therefore, you can not miss the best movies with Dolby Atmos that we show you below.
Dolby Atmos (and its rival DTS: X) offers improvements over traditional surround sound settings by placing each "sound object" (such as a radio alarm or a bee) in a specific place in the room. This allows highly detailed sound mixes. Therefore, we invite you to know a little more about Atmos in this guide and discover our selection of the best movies with Dolby Atmos to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
Atmos on Netflix?
Before jumping to the movie list (feel free to jump to the next page if you prefer), there are some things you should know.
If you are already paying for a Netflix subscription, you can also take advantage of Atmos offers. Netflix has some Atmos movies, but it is a fairly limited selection and you will need a plan that supports Ultra HD (4K) streaming.
Set your transmission quality to High or Automatic and then look for titles with the Atmos logo next to the description. Netflix support for Dolby Atmos varies from device to device, and that list changes regularly.
- Apple TV 4K (requires tvOS 12 or later)
- LG OLED TVs (2017 or newer models)
- Panasonic TVs (2019 or newer models)
- Pixel 4K Smart Tuner
- Sharp TVs (2019 or newer models)
- Sony Bravia Android TVs (2018 or newer models)
- Toshiba TVs (2019 or newer models)
- Vizio TVs (from 2018 or newer models)
- Windows 10 computer or tablet (requires Windows 10 RS3 Build 16299 or later)
- Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X
What about other transmission services?
According to Dolby's official website, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes and Vudu are the only other services (other than Netflix) that offer Atmos support. As with Netflix, you want to browse the libraries of these services and look for the Dolby Atmos logo. Neither Hulu nor HBO currently supports any Dolby technology.
Digital copies vs. Blu-ray
In many cases, you will have to buy (or rent) a physical copy on Blu-ray to get the full Dolby Atmos experience. While a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is not necessary to obtain Atmos, it is often not included with the 1080p Blu-ray version.
Most of the streaming services on demand, some of which also act as hosts for purchased digital copies, are not compatible with Dolby Atmos. That includes the Google Play Store. Although iTunes is compatible with Atmos in certain titles, you will need an Apple TV 4K to get that level of quality.
With the program Movies Anywhere Recently updated, most of the digital movies you own there, assuming they are not eligible, should also be automatically transferred to your Vudu library. Obviously, the selection of content compatible with Atmos is still limited, but it is better than nothing.
Note: Movies Anywhere It only includes Disney movies (Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar), Fox, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros., and some exclusivity agreements can prevent certain titles (even those created by the studies mentioned above) from appearing in all libraries.
What playback devices are compatible with Atmos?
To get the specific lists of compatible devices, you better go here and scroll down the web until you see a series of colored boxes with the heading ‘Enjoy Dolby Atmos on these products’.
Atmos is compatible with a wide range of devices, including televisions, smart phones, transmission boxes and Blu-ray players, but keep in mind that you will need an Atmos compatible sound system to hear the results.
What happens to the television series?
As expected, the movies that best take advantage of Dolby Atmos are action-packed movies that can best showcase the capabilities of technology.
And, taking into account that television series are produced taking into account that they will be seen in a living room, not on a movie screen, they do not include Atmos as a general rule.
However, this rule is slowly changing: Game of Thronesy Westworld HBO's have Dolby Atmos, but only if you buy seasons on Blu-ray. On Netflix, series like Altered Carbonas well as Daredevil Y Jessica Jones are enabled for Atmos, just like Luke Cage.
Action / Adventure
Black Panther exceeded expectations and set box office records under the incredible direction of Ryan Coogler (Creed) and a brilliant performance of a cast that includes big names, such as Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan.
The Marvel movie focuses on T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a super-powerful leader and guardian of Wakanda, an African nation blessed with extraterrestrial technologies and isolated from the outside world. Jordan's character, Killmonger, meddles in this utopa, fracturing Wakanda's politics, putting the world at risk with his radical plans. Coogler (Kendrick Lamar) underlines the brightness of Wakanda with a hip-hop-inspired soundtrack that sounds much better in an Atmos system.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War It is the first half of an itchy battle that confronts many of Marvel's iconic superheroes against Supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin), who will stop at nothing to acquire the six Infinity Stones. Once he has them, Thanos intends to erase half of life in the entire universe to supposedly return him to equilibrium.
While you get bored to see how the story ends, we recommend that you see again Infinity War to prepare you for the second culminating chapter. The soundtrack of Atmos is exceptional, with many spaceships and Avengers Flying around the room.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road, the resurrection of George Miller's apocalyptic franchise in the 1980s, was a great success, and he got critical enthusiasts for his highly stylistic action and his uncompromising vision of the dystopa. Set in Australia after a nuclear war, the film follows the protagonist Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) when he joins a band of women fleeing a brutal warlord. The subsequent persecution establishes the ugliness of the machinery against the beauty of the natural world, since dilapidated vehicles harass each other through red debris.
As metal shocks occur and flames explode, sound is as important as images, which surround the public with a symphony of war. Fury Road It is an intense two-hour chase supported by a powerful soundtrack by Junkie XL. It is a sample of everything that action titles should aspire to, and one of the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available.
In Hacksaw ridgeAndrew Garfield plays Desmond Doss, an evangelical and conscientious objector who enlists in the Army to serve during World War II. Despite refusing to touch a weapon, he plays a key role, working as a doctor during the Battle of Okinawa to save the lives of many soldiers. Hacksaw ridge it does not open new paths, but its battle scenes, based on a true story, are frantic, stylistic, with credible anguish. Few can get so much of a surround sound system.
As brutal as heartbreaking, Logan take Wolverine, and the genre of superheroes to an unknown territory. The film serves as the perfect climax point for the central character who has been fighting evil mutants for almost two decades. Wolverine's “softer side” is in full screen at Logan, but that does not mean that favorite mutant does not show its animal side. Listening to the sounds of Wolverine's claws unfolding and going through a horde of evildoers is as moving as it is frightening, especially when it is done through a compatible system for movies with Dolby Atmos, which makes you feel as if you were next to the lonely mutant.
You can imagine that a few miles from the Texas border there are cities that look like war zones. Such is the case of Jurez, Mexico, one of the cities with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. It is in this border area that Hitman It establishes its history when FBI agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) joins an undercover operation to stop the leader of a cartel responsible for a series of murders in the United States. As the team approaches its goal, Kate experiences firsthand the horror of the war on drugs, a conflict that corrupts both sides of the border.
Leaving these issues aside, Hitman It is a relentless thriller, with a cloud of fear that unfolds even over the brightest scenes. When the tension goes off and the bullets begin to fly, the spectators can feel that they have been absorbed by the conflict.
Director Edgar Wright is known to get away from the kinematic path, as in Scott Pilgrim vs. The world and the hilarious triloga of Three Flavors Cornetto. Y Baby driver It is no exception. The movie follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), a driver who is courting a beautiful waitress (Lily James) and simultaneously trying to break free from a dangerous gang of criminals led by Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey. Creatively, Wright combines the sound effects of the film with Baby's musical options: he always makes his headphones work, thanks to an unpleasant tinnitus, turning a robbery scene into something completely different. No doubt, you want to hear it in Dolby Atmos.
The 2013 masterpiece of Alfonso Cuarn was praised for its sound and cinematographic design, which combined to give viewers the feeling of being in space. Gravity He tells how two astronauts seek to stay alive, after they drift into space because their space shuttle was destroyed by debris.
Dolby Atmos is a great format for the film, where the position and movement of sounds are key to immersing viewers in the physics of space.
The singing of the machines, the chattering of the headphones bouncing on the astronaut's helmets and, of course, Steven Price's moving score, combines to create sound landscapes like no other in Hollywood cinema. If you have an Atmos configuration and want to show it to your friends, Gravity It is easily one of the most impressive experiences available.
La La Land
La La Land It is a unique piece of classic Hollywood cinema. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play a couple of young people, a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, who come together after a series of casual meetings.
Classically, the film establishes musical themes with regular repetitions, as the scenes suddenly become massive musical numbers and then return to everyday life. The critics complained about the use of Damien Chazelle's contemporary technology to produce an old-school story, and there is nothing like hearing choir voices from all directions.
* Article updated July 19, 2019 by Mara Teresa Lopes.