There is still no guarantee that the June 18 world premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Brave at the newly named Dolby Theatre will feature Dolby’s new Atmos sound. The “life-like sensory experience” is among the tech upgrades the company is undertaking at the venue since taking over sponsorship of the Oscars’ home on May 1, but questions arose last month about whether the sound system would be ready in time. The Brave screening will be the first under the theater’s new moniker and was to be the first test-mixed in Atmos, a plan announced at CinemaCon. Deadline has learned that the mix of the animated feature is complete, but necessary approvals to go ahead with the premiere are still not sealed. It is not clear whether it is Disney or another interested party that has not signed off. If approvals are not given, the movie will screen in Dolby 3D and Dolby Surround 7.1. Brave, featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson and Craig Ferguson, opens domestically June 22. (UPDATE: The newly installed Dolby Atmos, with its pan-through array speaker system, revealed a whole new level of the movie experience today during a walk-through of the venue — it’s like 3D for the ears. Dolby played Atmos remixes of Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. It’s no exaggeration to say it truly felt like the blades of the flying machines and sandstorms on screen were hovering overhead.)
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