Dolby Surround 7.1 Makes Cannes Debut

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Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Dolby’s Surround 7.1 audio format made its first Cannes appearance this year when the 64th Festival de Cannes screened Walt Disney Motion Pictures Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It was one of more than 30 screenings supported by the engineers of Dolby’s Production Services Group.   “Over the years Dolby has grown with the Festival de Cannes and this year we were proud to include Dolby Surround 7.1 in the technologies we were able to support at the festival ” says Julian Pinn director of distribution services Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby has been a part of people’s cinematic experience for 40 years; our extensive expertise has enabled us to build a strong relationship with the organizers and I look forward to continuing this relationship for another four decades.”   “Ever since 1974 Dolby has been a valued supporter of the Festival de Cannes in the pursuit of audio excellence ” says Gilles Jacob president of the Festival de Cannes. “In addition to their numerous advancements in cinema sound technologies through the years the Dolby team of international consultants work tirelessly each year in Cannes alongside the Commission Supérieure Technique de l’Image et du Son and the other Technical Partners of the festival. Dolby’s central role within the world’s post-production and distribution stages of the film industry provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to help ensure the technology used at the Festival de Cannes remains faithfully invisible behind the art of cinema.”   This year the festival also included a special screening celebrating the 40th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. When originally released it was the first film to feature Dolby’s cinema technologies.