Dolby Atmos Blu-ray Disc Releases

Movie releases on Blu-ray that take advantage of Dolby Atmos technology

Blu-ray Disc Logo With Dolby Atmos

Blu-ray Disc Association and Dolby Labs

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that provides more flexibility in the presentation of sound in a movie or home theater space. It allows for sounds to be treated as "objects" that the system can position in the listening space beyond the limitations of traditional 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound channels, including the addition of sound coming from overhead using in-ceiling or vertically firing speakers.

Products That Feature Dolby Atmos

Since its introduction in the Summer of 2014, almost all mid-range and high-end home theater receivers include Dolby Atmos decoding, as well as some home-theater-in-a-box systems primarily offered by Onkyo.

However, Dolby Atmos is also available on select soundbars from:

LG also includes a built-in Dolby Atmos sound bar with select OLED TVs. Although not quite the same experience as having a multi-speaker Dolby Atmos speaker setup, a Dolby Atmos soundbar brings a taste of its benefits to more consumers.

To support the increased availability of Dolby Atmos home theater receivers and sound bars, Blu-ray titles that utilize Dolby Atmos continue to be released at an increased pace. Most Blu-ray Disc players are compatible with Dolby Atmos and it is also possible to stream Dolby Atmos audio via the internet. The following is a list of some key available Blu-ray and streaming releases that are Dolby Atmos encoded.

Dolby Atmos Blu-ray Disc Titles

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • American Sniper
  • Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Chappie
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Game of Thrones - Seasons 1 through 6
  • Ghost in the Shell (2017)
  • Gravity - Diamond Luxe Edition ("Gravity" is actually a re-issue, as it was released on Blu-ray Disc in 2014 but not with its well-regarded Dolby Atmos soundtrack).
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • John Wick 1 and 2
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Justice League
  • Kong Skull Island
  • La La Land
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Man of Steel
  • Pineapple Express
  • San Andreas
  • Sicario
  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Suicide Squad
  • Terminator: Genisys
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Great Wall
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 - 4
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

Dolby Atmos Streaming Titles

  • American Sniper
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • Into the Storm
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
  • Mad Max
  • Man of Steel
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout
  • Pacific Rim
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
  • San Andreas
  • The Gallows
  • The Meg
  • The Incredibles 2
  • We Are Your Friends
  • Wonder Woman

Bonus: Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Releases

For those that have upgraded to the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format, in addition to the improved image quality of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs in combination with a compatible 4K Ultra HD TV, on the audio side, Dolby Atmos is also being featured on many releases. Here are some to consider.

  • Angry Birds
  • Avengers Infinity War
  • Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Blade Runner 2049 and Final Cut
  • Black Panther
  • Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • Fifth Element
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghostbusters 1, 2, Ghostbusters - Answer The Call
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hunger Games 1 - 4
  • In The Heart of the Sea
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • John Wick 1 and 2
  • Jumanji - Welcome To The Jungle
  • Justice League
  • La La Land
  • Mad Max Fury Road
  • Man of Steel
  • The Martian: Extended Edition
  • Pineapple Express
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • San Andreas
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sicario
  • Star Trek: Beyond and Into Darkness
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Suicide Squad
  • Thor Ragnarok

A continually updated listing of Dolby Atmos Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray, and Streaming releases is maintained by Dolby Labs

What We Can Expect for Future Releases

It would be great if we could get Dolby Atmos re-issues on Blu-ray of such films as "Brave," "Godzilla 2014" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" which were released theatrically with Dolby Atmos soundtracks. In fact, "Brave" was the first film to be released theatrically with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

However, it is unlikely that the movie studios involved will go back and re-issue a lot of past films on Blu-ray that originally had Dolby Atmos theatrical soundtracks—at least not until there is a large base of consumers with Dolby Atmos home theater systems that demand it.

The Bottom Line

Dolby Atmos definitely elevates the home theater experience, and there is a lot of content available, but there are some additional things to take into consideration when searching for titles.

  • Some films are released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos sound mix but don't provide a Dolby Atmos mix on the standard Blu-ray version, opting instead for a DTS-HD Master Audio mix. This is a disappointment for those that have a strong commitment to Blu-ray but have not upgraded to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
  • Competing technologies like Auro Audio and DTS offer their own immersive surround sound formats. Studios may be faced with trying to figure out which of those formats would justify new or re-issued Blu-ray Disc releases.
  • 3D fans that view content on 3D Blu-ray Discs, Dolby Atmos may be offered on the 2D Blu-ray version of the title but not necessarily on the 3D Blu-ray version. Considering that Dolby Atmos is a great match for 3D visual effects, viewers are getting shortchanged as a result of such a decision. Note the disc specifications on the product packaging.
  • For those that are still buying and playing DVDs, Dolby Atmos is not included, due to the limitations of the DVD format. This means you won't find any DVDs with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack option or DVD players that can decode such discs.

    If you are an avid moviegoer, check out a list of all theatrical releases with Dolby Atmos soundtracks, including forthcoming releases, to see how many films Dolby and the studios could draw from for future Blu-ray Disc re-issues.

    For those that also enjoy, or prefer, the home theater experience, check out our suggestions for Best Blu-ray Discs for Home Theater Viewing and Best 3D Blu-ray Discs, which feature some titles that include Dolby Atmos.