Disney+ is bringing another aspect of the Imax theater experience into the living room: The streamer plans to add support for Imax Signature Sound enhanced by DTS for Marvel movies and a select batch of other titles in 2023.
Disney Streaming, in partnership with DTS Audio-Tech subsidiary of Imax and Xperi, announced that Imax enhanced titles on Disney+ will be available with Imax signature sound by DTS on supported hardware devices sometime this year. According to the companies, the new feature is “specifically calibrated” to deliver immersive sound reproduction in home-theater systems — ensuring that “filmmakers’ creative intent is fully optimized for an Imax-quality presentation.”
This is the second installment of Disney+’s partnership with Imax. In November 2021, the streaming service launched 13 Marvel movies in Imax’s expanded 1.90:1 aspect ratio to offer up to 26% more on-screen image for select sequences.
All Imax enhanced titles on Disney+ will be available this year with Imax signature sound by DTS, exact date yet to be determined. Disney+’s current slate of Imax-enhanced titles includes: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (streaming Feb. 1) and “Black Panther,” “Thor: Love and Thunder,” “Doctor Strange” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” ” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Black Widow,” “Eternals,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Iron Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers : Endgame,” as well as Pixar’s “Lightyears.”
At launch, devices that will support Imax Signature Sound by DTS on Disney+ include Imax Advanced-certified TVs from Sony and Hisense and certified AV receivers from Denon, Marantz and JBL.
“This unique collaboration extends our long-standing relationship between Disney and IMAX, and we look forward to delivering this new immersive audio experience along with premium playback quality to our audiences around the world with current and future titles,” said Jerrell Jimerson, EVP of Disney Streaming. of the product.
Disney+ is the first major streaming service to accept Imax enhanced formats “Consumer response to the launch of IMAX Enhanced titles on Disney+ has been overwhelmingly positive, giving viewers what they’ve been wanting — stunning pictures at home from the incredible teams behind some of the world’s most popular films,” added Xperi Chief Content Officer Bill Neighbors. “Now, Fans will be able to get the full Imax Enhanced experience with the addition of Imax Enhanced Signature Sound by DTS, exclusively for that title.”
Imax and Marvel Studios first collaborated in 2010, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the highest-grossing franchise in Imax history. The companies noted that “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” were the first films shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras.
Image above: Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”