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San Francisco—Nov 27, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to Premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Dolby Atmos and Dolby 3D

Peter Jackson’s epic journey continues in second installment of Hobbit trilogy
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and the second installment in the Hobbit film trilogy, will hold its worldwide premiere at the Dolby Theatre® in Dolby® 3D and Dolby Atmos™ on Monday, December 2, 2013. 

Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre to create a lifelike cinema sound experience.
 
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was presented in Dolby Atmos. It opened up so many possibilities in terms of using sound for storytelling and delivered an experience so realistic, we knew it had to be a part of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” explained Dolby Atmos rerecording mixer Gilbert Lake. Lake continued, “The goal of the sound team is to make audiences believe they are on the journey through Middle-Earth with Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the dwarves. Dolby Atmos delivers a soundscape so realistic, you can practically feel the swoosh of an arrow flying by your face or the fiery breath of a dragon over your shoulder.”
 
Academy Award® winning trio Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, and Michael Semanick (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) return to helm the sound mix with Academy Award winning rerecording mixer Gary Summers and acclaimed rerecording mixer Gilbert Lake, who recently completed the Dolby Atmos version at Park Road Post Production in New Zealand.
 
“We can’t wait to see what Peter Jackson and his masterful sound team do with the expanded capabilities of Dolby Atmos for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby Atmos is a paradigm shift from traditional channel-based approaches like 5.1, 7.1, and 11.1 as you are no longer just watching a movie, but experiencing it. Hobbitfans are in for a real treat with the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Dolby Atmos.”
 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will be released in the United States on Friday, December 13, 2013, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
 
About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Laboratories is equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby Atmos technology, the only object-based cinema sound platform available today. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing sound experts the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, not just where there happen to be speakers. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema sound experience ever.
 
Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, six Academy Award® winning directors, and 11 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. More than 400 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in 33 countries with more than 100 exhibitor partners. More than 85 films from 10 different countries—representing a broad range of genres from action thrillers and animated features to comedy and horror—have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012.
 
Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society. As the inventors of the only object-based audio format used in the cinema today, Dolby is working closely with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in driving adoption of standards for object-based audio.
 
For the latest list of Dolby Atmos titles and to find a Dolby Atmos theatre, visitdolby.com/atmosmovies. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.
 
About Dolby 3D
Dolby 3D delivers an efficient and flexible solution designed to provide audiences with a superior 3D experience. Dolby’s 3D solution uses a unique full-spectrum color-filter technology that provides realistic color reproduction and extremely sharp images. Additionally, Dolby’s passive 3D glasses provide a premium 3D experience with enhanced performance and comfort, and reusable glasses that are environmentally friendly.
 
About The Hobbit Trilogy
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) present The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment in the Hobbit film trilogy from filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award winning director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
 
The screenplay for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, and Fran Walsh.The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins, and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the first and third films of the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released on December 14, 2012; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will be released on December 13, 2013; and the third film,The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for December 17, 2014.

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