Pearl Harbor DVD to Feature Dolby Headphone Track 
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Wednesday, 07 November 2001

Dolby Laboratories has just announced that the December 4th DVD release of Touchstone Pictures' Pearl Harbor, from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay, will feature a special, limited-edition Dolby Headphone bonus track.

The Dolby Headphone track will allow movie viewers to enjoy the multi-channel audio experience of Pearl Harbor's 5.1-channel soundtrack over any pair of regular stereo headphones using any DVD player or receiver with a headphone jack.

Pearl Harbor will be the first-ever DVD release to feature a Dolby Headphone soundtrack.

"We are delighted that Michael Bay and Touchstone Pictures chose to create a Dolby Headphone track for the DVD release of Pearl Harbor," said John Kellogg, General Manager, Multi-channel Audio and Music Production, Dolby Laboratories. "Its spectacular 5.1 soundtrack makes Pearl Harbor a perfect film to showcase the capabilities of Dolby Headphone technology. Dolby Headphone is the perfect solution for situations such as late-night movie watching and traveling, as well as for people who don't yet have 5.1 theater systems," Kellogg added.

"I am proud to be the first director to employ this awesome technology on DVD. The Dolby Headphone track portrays the multi-channel soundtrack as it was meant to be heard," said Michael Bay.

Using a newly created signal-processing algorithm, Dolby Headphone generates a host of audio clues modeled from real life, from which the listener's ears and brain derive a truly three-dimensional sound image. Stereo content sounds richer and more spacious, as if it were being played over two speakers in a room. Multi-channel audio programming is presented as if the listener is surrounded by a five-speaker home theater setup.

"With this new release, movie fans will be able to experience Dolby Headphone multi-channel audio through their regular headphones," said Brent Butterworth, Director of Marketing, Consumer Technologies, Dolby Laboratories. "Soon we will see many consumer electronics products with Dolby Headphone processing built in, which will allow listeners to enjoy surround sound from any 5.1-channel source over any set of headphones."

Listeners can enjoy Dolby Headphone in stereo with program sources such as MiniDiscs, CDs, and MP3 files, and in surround sound with most multi-channel program sources, including Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital, PCM, MLP-packed PCM, AAC, and MPEG.

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