New Line’s comedy “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” will be the second major pic to screen using the Dolby Digital Surround EX sound format.
The pic, set to hit theaters June 11, will use the system just weeks after the light-saber battles of “Star Wars: Episode One — The Phantom Menace” test out the sound later format this month.
Both films will be encoded in the new sound format, co-produced by Dolby and Lucasfilm THX. The system has been installed on nearly 2,500 screens in North America.
With the new format, back surround sounds are reproduced by the theater’s rear speakers, while left and right surround sounds are reproduced by the side speakers.
The addition of a new surround channel to Dolby’s current digital system, with this use of speakers, allows a sound designer to create “fly-over” and “fly-around” effects that are smoother and much more accurately placed, either directly behind or directly beside the audience.