Thanks to its Marvel and Star Wars rights, Disney now makes many of the biggest - in all senses of the word - films the movie world has ever seen. Both film series are both renowned for their huge action set pieces, packed with crashes, explosions and bone-crunching fights. This is one of the reasons people love them so much, in fact (well, the Marvel films, anyway…). So it's a real shame that many fans who try to watch their favorite Marvel and Disney-produced Star Wars films at home are finding their experiences being spoiled by some bizarre sound quality problems. Will Avengers: Infinity War get another one of Disney's muffled audio mixes when it appears on home video?
At the Regal L.A. Live entertainment complex, a marketing team for 20th Century Fox recently roped off part of the cinema lobby and set up a row of chairs and Oculus Rift rigs. The team persuaded moviegoers wandering the lobby to strap on headsets and watch the free promotional tool "Alien: Covenant in Utero," a two-minute, 360-degree video that lets users experience what it's like for an alien to burst out of someone's chest. At the Regal L.A. Live entertainment complex, a marketing team for 20th Century Fox recently roped off part of the cinema lobby and set up a row of chairs and Oculus Rift rigs. The team persuaded moviegoers wandering the lobby to strap on headsets and watch the free promotional tool "Alien: Covenant in Utero," a two-minute, 360-degree video that lets users experience what it's like for an alien to burst out of someone's chest. Like many people, one of my first jobs growing up was in a movie theater.
To get the maximum visual effect for his upcoming World War II movie "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan relied on a $1-million, 54-pound Imax camera that was mounted to the front of a fighter plane and submerged off the coast of France. "They've taken these cameras into space and into the oceans, so there's great precedent for what we're trying to do," said Nolan, who has filmed with Imax cameras since the 2008 movie "The Dark Knight." "There's a genuine difference in the way, as a filmmaker, you are inspired to tell the story." "Dunkirk," filmed mostly in Imax, may be the most striking example yet of how the 50-year-old Canadian company is getting more involved in the making of the movies that play on its giant theater screens. Imax is recruiting Hollywood's biggest names -- including Michael Bay, J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson -- to use its digital and film cameras on productions.
"Avengers: Infinity War" really makes the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe unclear. Star Chris Pratt, however, isn't sure that the sequel means they will all come back to life. "It might take place in the past. It might be a prequel," he told MTV at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. Pratt, who plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord, isn't the first to suggest that upcoming Marvel movies might not follow a linear timeline.
The Apple WWDC 2018 is upon us once more. And during today's keynote speech, Apple announced that it's going to be answering the prayers of serious movie fans by adding a key new feature to the Apple TV 4K: Support for Dolby Atmos sound. Dolby Atmos, if you're not familiar with it, doesn't just steer sound effects around a set of surround sound set like typical Dolby Digital, DTS Master HD or Dolby Pro-Logic systems do. It actually creates a bubble of sound - helped out by speakers (real or virtual) above you as well as all around you - into which it precisely places effects to immerse you within a coherent three-dimensional audio space. Improvements to the Apple TV 4K were a key section of the Apple WWDC 2018 keynote.