Dolby Screening for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies #DolbyAtmos #TheHobbit
One of the movies I looked forward to seeing this month was The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies! And thanks to an advanced screening invite from Warner Bros. Pictures and Dolby, I did a few days before the movie opened nationwide on December 17, 2014
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I can't tell you how excited I was to screen The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies at the Dolby theater, and not just because I'd get to watch more of Luke Evans, who plays Bard the Bowman on screen.
Besides, thanks to the themed The Hobbit: BOFA cupcakes at the screening event, I had my own mini Luke Evens with me.
Since The Hobbit: BOFA was mixed in Dolby Atmos (like the previous two The Hobbit films), I was really excited to watch AND hear the movie since Dolby Atmos makes it easy for filmmakers to place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theaters, including overhead.
Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, explains how Dolby Atmos technology was used for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" in the below video.
The video also including actors, composers, sound mixers, as well as director Peter Jackson talking about how Dolby Atmos technology helped "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" crew shape the action with sounds from the subtle to the spectacular, from snowfalls to swordfights.
If you've seen the first two The Hobbit movies, you know there's LOTS of action and excitement. And this third film provides the same in major degrees. Within the first few minutes the audience is watching the dragon Smaug take his wrath out on the Lake-town people. Have you ever seen and heard an angry dragon? You'll feel like you are while watching the movie in Dolby Atmos. Literally the sound of the dragons flying and fire blasting flowed all around me in the theater!
And then there was the big battle scenes. Again watching the movie in Dolby Atmos made you feel you were RIGHT there watching the battle. Watch out for the Orcs!
The Hobbit: BOFA was an exciting back story end that brought us up to date with how King Thorin Oakenshield succumbs to dragon-sickness, how Bilbo makes a desperate and dangerous choice, and how the threat of Sauron, the Dark Lord and his Orcs caused the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men to be united to go to war in the most amazing way I've seen in a movie (to date).
If you are a fan of The Hobbit series, I highly recommend you hire a sitter (sorry movie is not young kid friendly) and plan a date night with a loved one or friends and see The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.
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