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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Documentaries

Roger Waters: The Wall

Pink Floyd’s The Wall is a legendary album, made famous by hits like Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall, and it marked the start of the band’s decline due to internal conflicts. Bassist Roger Waters was largely responsible for the direction and songwriting of the album, and his solo tour from 2010-13 represents probably the last time it will be performed in its entirety. Roger Waters: The Wall captures the grandiose performances from that tour, where Waters traded the psychedelic imagery from the original performances of The Wall for striking visuals that evoke contemporary political issues, such as financial corruption and terrorism, and the sound is a fantastic source for Dolby Atmos.

Enchanted Kingdom

Nature documentaries are well-trod ground at this point, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still impress. Produced by the BBC, Enchanted Kingdom is a tour through the diverse biomes of Africa, with everything from the tiniest insects to the tallest mountain peaks captured in immaculate detail. The filmmakers used a variety of cameras and techniques to document their subjects, and the level of craftsmanship on display is impressive, with even the time-lapse sequences looking too seamless to be real. The film accurately reproduces the sounds of the wild as well, and moments like a volcano erupting will rock the audience. Idris Elba provides narration, his rich baritone enveloping viewers on their journey through nature.

Journey to Space

When NASA closed its doors on the Space Shuttle Program in 2011, hope for exploring new worlds and witnessing life beyond ours started to dissipate. Journey to Space brings hope back by showcasing NASA’s audacious plans for landing on Mars in the distant (but not too distant) future. You’re given just a glimpse — the documentary is a lean 45 minutes — but it’s packed with beautiful footage from space that was originally featured in the IMAX film Space Station 3D.

If you missed out on that movie when it was released in theaters, Journey to Space is the only way to see that footage in the comfort of your home and surrounded in Atmos sound. The doc is also narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, who knows a thing or two about the deep realms of space from his old Starfleet days.

Rocky Mountain Express

Compared to self-automated semi-trucks and Amazon package drones, railroads seem like a minuscule accomplishment from more than a century ago. Rocky Mountain Express puts into perspective just how amazing of a feat it was to build railroads. Originally an IMAX release, the documentary follows a restored 1930s steam engine as it travels railroads throughout rural Canada. As the train goes on its journey, we’re treated to aerial footage of breathtaking landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime views. The thunderous roar of a steam engine echoing throughout your home gives you the sensation of a train traveling just right outside your front door. Admittedly, a documentary about trains doesn’t sound too enthralling, but you’re quickly captivated by the train’s remarkable power and ingenuity. The feeling is how you imagine people felt in the late 1800s when film was first introduced and audiences were enthralled with the Lumière brothers’ 50-second film, The Arrival of a Train.

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