The best Dolby Atmos movies, from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to ‘Gravity’

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

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Comedies

Deadpool

Watching the Merc With a Mouth (Ryan Reynolds) kill a bunch of bad guys while making cringe-worthy jokes was a treat in theaters, but it’s an even better time when you’re laughing along with your friends and family at home. Every bullet, stab, and terrible pun is amplified for the better with Dolby Atmos sound. Composer Junkie XL’s distinct ear for grandiose electronic music makes for a soundtrack that sets the stage perfectly for the wisecracking antihero to make his way through bad guys like hot knives through butter. Plus, few comedy movies feature enough action sequences to justify Atmos. Deadpool is one.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, what ya gonna watch? Whether you’ve seen the movie hundreds of times or haven’t watched it since it came out on VHS, Ghostbusters is still worth it just to see the entire cast, from Bill Murray to Sigourney Weaver, at the top of their game. Watching the film in high definition with Atmos sound will have you smiling just as wide as when you first watched the classic as a kid and seeing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man take on New York has never looked so good. As an added bonus, Ghostbusters 2 and the reboot are also available in Dolby Atmos.

Swiss Army Man

Your Dolby Atmos system can handle any explosion, gunshot, and punch you throw its way, but what about flatulence? When Swiss Army Man premiered at Sundance in 2016, people walked out of the theater due to its dumb and excessive fart jokes (and missed out as a result), but behind this setup — in which a suicidal man on a desert island finds a farting corpse — lies a thoughtful, funny story about human connections and expressing who you are. The film might not be for everyone, but it caught the attention of NPR, which interviewed the director and went into great detail over the metaphor hiding behind a farting corpse.

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