These are the discs you must have in your collection.
The advancements in home theater have evolved significantly over the years. What started as a simple stereo setup from the days of Betamax and VHS have now been replaced by full-pledged surround sound systems that literally put you in the middle of the action.
In the past years, Dolby has also introduced a new format called Atmos that takes surround sound even further through the use of directional sound. This was done through precise sound engineering and the addition of physical speakers placed either on the ceiling.
Some theaters here in the UAE already have Dolby Atmos sound in their cinemas, and there is a growing adoption rate by home theater enthusiasts to upgrade to receivers and speakers that support Dolby Atmos.
I personally have just upgraded to a mid-range Denon receiver capable of Dolby Atmos (and also supports rival format DTS:X) and for months I have been playing around with different discs that will show off the true powers of multi-directional sound.
Here’s a roundup of some of the Dolby Atmos movies you should try out on your home theater:
Avengers: Infinity War – The biggest film of the year only warrants as one of the best-sounding Dolby Atmos mixes we’ve heard on a disc.
The best part to check out: The forging of Stormbreaker and Thor’s entrance during the Battle of Wakanda.
Mad Max: Fury Road – Action-packed from beginning to end, you’ll be treated from different engine noises from beginning to end.
The best part to check out: The first chase scene at the beginning. Your ears will love it.
Logan – Not just a great movie but also a great disc to demo your video and audio.
The best part to check out: The scene where we are first introduced to Weapon X-23, you’d literally hear the sound of every blade cutting through the bad guys (it’s gory, but still awesome).
Wonder Woman – Probably one of the best DC films to come out recently is also a must-have for home theater enthusiasts.
The best part to check out: No Man’s Land – ‘nuff said.
The Shallows – Not as great as Jaws, but one of the few shark movies I actually enjoyed.
The best part to check out: The first scene where the main character starts surfing. The sound of the waves crashing literally made me feel that I was there as well.
Deadpool – I know the second one just came out on Blu-ray, but I still prefer the first movie.
The best part to check out: The first car chase scene. You’d be treated to a plethora of overhead and surround sound effects that will give your speakers a true workout.
Blade Runner 2049 – One of my favorite sci-fi movies of last year, it excels not just on story but also on the video and audio department.
The best part to check out: Literally the entire 2.5 hours of the movie is awesome to hear.
Ready Player One – Steven Spielberg’s tribute to the 80s-90s era brought back memories from when I was a kid and easily is one of my favorite movies of the year.
The best part to check out: The opening race scene with King Kong and the Tyrannosaurus Rex, it gave m subwoofer quite a workout!
Spider-Man 2 – It may be a more than a decade old, but this movie still stands as one of the best superhero movies ever made.
The best part to check out: The 4K disc not only features a great picture, but the upgraded Dolby Atmos track keeps your speakers active until after the credits start rolling.
The Greatest Showman – It’s not the best musical to have come out, but the songs and Hugh Jackman make up for an entertaining two hours.
The best part to check out: The starting song where you’d hear the stomps, the dialogue was clear and you would be enveloped in different effects that make it a must-have on any home theater.
Are there any titles that I have missed? Give it a shoutout in the comments below!