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“A Star is Born” and Dolby Cinema Prove a Pleasing Pair

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“A Star is Born,” a newly released film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and Dolby Cinema — Dolby’s most advanced digital media experience employing surround sound and 4k lasers — fully immerses audiences into the world of a rockstar.

The film is the fourth remake of the original 1937 movie starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor. Cooper’s version comes forty-two years after the award-winning 1976 version starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Released Oct. 5, “A Star is Born” is directed by Bradley Cooper and written in tandem with Eric Roth, the Oscar-winning screenwriter for Forrest Gump. “A Star is Born” is an emotional rollercoaster conveyed through an original score and enhanced by the Dolby Cinema experience.

The Dolby experience transports the audience into the film itself. Three-dimensional surround sound and 4k laser streaming make viewers feel they’re in the same reality as the characters, experiencing the events in real-time.

Ally (Lady Gaga) and her love interest, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) create an intense and believable on-screen chemistry. The film takes on a documentary feel due to the authentic portrayal of the couple’s relationship.

The powerful relationship built by Gaga and Cooper allows audience members to connect and empathize with a relationship full of ups and downs as one character’s career suffers and the other’s thrives.

The film’s difficult topics of drug addiction, alcoholism and the fast-paced life of a rockstar such as Jackson Maine are approached with an understanding tone conveying all aspects of these issues. Cooper presents a much needed insight into the mechanics and experience of addiction and its effects through Ally and Jack’s relationship.

Powerful, emotional ballads juxtaposed with cliché mainstream pop songs help audiences connect even further to the characters creating a bond through the compositions.

“A Star is Born” is a must-see film as result of an all-star cast, incredible soundtrack and plot line which beautifully and effortlessly convey the life of a troubled star.

Dolby Cinema’s presentation of “A Star is Born” is essential to those trying to immerse themselves in Cooper’s world.

During concert scenes, the Dolby experience allows audiences to feel like they’re front row for a Jackson Maine concert. The surround sound gives audience members the opportunity to feel the baseline of the song in their chest. At times, it leaves them clapping at the end of a song as if they forget they’re in a movie theater and not a concert venue.

Dolby’s use of reservable recliner seats is a plus because of their comfort, and their rumble feedback which physically vibrates the viewer’s seat during loud and high-energy scenes. This is especially beneficial during the multitude of concert sequences in the film.

The use of Dolby Vision provides the most advanced technology for viewing the movie as they offer “a more lifelike sense of depth, rendering colors and detail,” according to the Dolby Cinema website

The benefit of the Dolby experience is invaluable to this film.

“A Star is Born” is available in theaters nationwide.

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