Lucasfilm Selects Barco's Auro-3D for Red Tails Release

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Sun, 10/30/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Lucasfilm has chosen Barco’s Auro-3D 11.1 audio format for the commercial release of its latest movie Red Tails slated for release January 20. Red Tails – produced by Rick McCallum directed by Anthony Hemingway and executively produced by George Lucas – is an action-drama film based on the Tuskegee Airmen a group of African-American combat pilots during World War II. “When we first heard demonstrations of what the Auro-3D 11.1 audio format is capable of it gave us great ideas for new possibilities in story telling ” says Rick McCallum producer for Red Tails. “Red Tails is about combat pilots and sound from all around will surely boost the overall movie experience – so it's an ideal film to be mixed in 11.1 with the most realistic effects ever heard in commercial cinema.” 

 “We were incredibly excited to have the opportunity and privilege to work with Lucasfilm Ltd. and Skywalker Sound on the release of Red Tails in the Auro-3D 11.1 audio format ” says Brian Claypool senior director strategic business development at Barco. “In addition having Skywalker Sound install Auro-3D in the world's most utilized mixing facility to support our Auro-3D 11.1 audio format was indeed a great honor and we look forward to engaging more visionary talent in the creation of 11.1 soundtracks at Skywalker Sound.” Auro-3D powered by Barco and Auro Technologies is a revolutionary sound system designed along three spatial axes (width depth and height) rather than the two axes as found in traditional surround sound. The full Auro-3D speaker layout is defined for up to 13.1 channels with 11.1 being the current ideal solution for environments such as commercial movie theaters. As Auro-3D technology is compatible with existing formats standards and distribution mechanisms only a minimal hardware and installation investment is required to upgrade from traditional 5.1 to the Auro-3D 11.1 audio format. 

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