Monster movie from director Gareth Edwards to receive “immersive” sound treatment.


Dolby Laboratories has announced that upcoming feature Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, will be mixed and released in the Dolby Atmos cinema sound platform.

The film, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, will be released in the US on May 16, 2014. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with Toho Company handling distribution in Japan.

Edwards said the technology would “truly bring this terrifying force of nature to life”.

The Dolby Atmos version of Godzilla will be mixed at Warner Bros. Stage 10 in Burbank, California, by Oscar-winning re-recording sound mixer Gregg Landaker. Re-recording mixer Rick Kline will work on the music mix, with Tim LeBlanc on dialogue. Sound specialist Erik Aadahl will lead the sound design and act as supervising sound editor.

“By using Dolby Atmos to place and move sounds anywhere in a movie theatre, Gareth Edwards and his team can recreate the world of Godzilla right in the auditorium, making audiences feel as if they, too, are in the middle of the on-screen action,” said Doug Darrow, svp, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories.

Introduced in April 2012, more than 450 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in 40 countries with more than 150 exhibitors. More than 100 films from 11 different countries have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012.

Upcoming films that have received the Dolby Atmos treatment include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rio 2, Noah, 300: Rise of an Empire andMr. Peabody and Sherman.