The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 to feature Dolby Atmos

Lionsgate is still showing its strong support of immersive audio with the confirmation that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-ray will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack when released on March 22nd.

There is also confirmation in the press release that a UltraHD Blu-ray version is on its way, but its official date have not been confirmed yet. I am going to assume this will also have Atmos on it .

Mockingjay Part 2

As usual, I updated the list of Blu-ray movies with Atmos on the site.

Impressions On The Marantz SR7010

With the objective to be prepared for DTS:X arrival this quarter, I necessarily had to replace my receiver as my Onkyo TX-NR1030 was not going to receive any firmware upgrade to support the new format.

After evaluation and comparing models, I selected the Marantz SR7010, which represents the first time I try a model from Denon & Marantz group. It is also the first time I try Audyssey as a room correction software.

The Marantz SR7010 offers amplification for 9 channels and supports the addition of a two channel amplifier for a total of 11 channels processed. This allows for a Dolby Atmos (and soon DTS:X) 7.1.4 configuration which is what I have in my home theater.

One important thing to know, as it was reported before, the D+M models of this year do not allow Dolby Surround (the upscaler that comes with Dolby Atmos) to be applied to any of the DTS formats. It’s a limitation for now, but it can be bypassed by asking your Blu-ray player to send decoded PCM sound instead of Bitstream (a change you need to revert to get Atmos working). It will be less of a limitation early March when the DTS:X update arrives and allow to apply DTS Neural:X to DTS soundtracks.

The Marantz comes with a strong support of HDMI with 8 inputs all compatible with HDCP 2.2 and HDR through HDMI 2.0a. They all support the full bandwidth of the spec at 18 Gbps. There is also a secondary output that can be used if you want to bring the signal at the same time to a projector and a television for instance.


I need to begin my impressions by the fact that I am very pleasantly surprised by the results of applying Audyssey MultEQ XT32 in my room. There is a real impact on sound quality produced by the receiver when Audyssey is enabled which makes the rendering of movies and music more dynamic than before. The sound when Audyssey is disabled sounds flat and not engaging. The calibration process, with 8 different recording points is well done and is surprisingly quick considering that it still needs to generate roughly a hundred of test sweeps.

I also really appreciate the menu system of the receiver, it is quick, efficient and modern looking. Configuration of the audio, video, network and other options is really efficient.

The music playback is totally satisfying, but I need to say that I dislike the fact that the all channel stereo mode does not enable the height speakers, which should be really easy to implement. I gotta admit it does not make a huge difference to have them on or not, but as long as they are there why not use them.

Finally and most importantly, The Dolby Atmos performance of the receiver in 7.1.4 is really impressive and engaging with a true enveloping effect. I’m looking forward to see what DTS:X will sound like, my guess is that it will be very similar to Atmos as it’s what we’ve been hearing from the demos made at CEDIA and other events. I’ll be updating the blog once of course as soon as I can test it early March.

Concussion and the latest Hunger Games on UHD Blu-ray

If we believe pre-order information from Amazon Canada, two more UHD Blu-rays have been confirmed : Concussion from Sony Pictures and Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2.

I’ll update this post once there is a more official confirmation including if the titles will include immersive audio tracks.

Meanwhile I added both titles to the list of Ultra HD Blu-ray coming up in the next months.

Goosebumps will feature Dolby Atmos On Blu-ray

This announcement comes late as the movie will be released in 10 days on January 26th, but it’s now confirmed that Goosebumps from Sony Pictures will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

The only caveat, as it was the case with Pixels, is that the Atmos track is only present on the 2D version of the movie. Note that the disc is also provided with the 3D Blu-ray set, but you won’t have the track on the 3D disc.


Looking forward to this one with the family as it should have an opportunity to use Atmos efficiently.

Lions Gate announces first UltraHD titles

You can now count Lions Gate in the list of studios supporting Ultra HD titles. The studio just announced that their first 4 titles will be available starting March 1st and that all will include immersive audio. The launch titles are :

This means we have a first DTS:X title on UHD Blu-ray now and that Atmos is continuing to be omnipresent on the format.

I updated at the same time the list of UltraHD titles, the list of Dolby Atmos Blu-rays and the list of DTS:X Blu-rays.

First UltraHD Blu-rays From Fox To Be Released on March 1st

According to Amazon and, it seems that March 1st is the release date for the first group of Fox UltraHD Blu-ray titles. As already reported the titles are :

No detail on technical specs yet including audio formats, but we shall know soon enough.

Shout Factory announces six IMAX movies on UltraHD Blu-ray

Update: Journey to Space now have a date. According to Amazon it will be released on June7th.

You can add Shout Factory to the list of supporters of 4K UltraHD Blu-ray with the announcement of six IMZX movies (dates to be confirmed) :

  • Journey to Space
  • Humpback Whales
  • Flight of the Butterflies
  • Rocky Mountain Express
  • Wonders of the Artic
  • The Last Reef : Cities Beneath The Sea

I’m curious to understand why some studios like Disney and Universal are still waiting to announce any plans…