Universal’s Upcoming “U-571” Motion Picture to Feature SDDS 8 Channel Soundtrack.

Universal’s Upcoming “U-571” Motion Picture to Feature SDDS 8 Channel Soundtrack.
 Tuesday, April 18, 2000  
Universal’s Upcoming “U-571” Motion Picture to Feature SDDS 8 Channel Soundtrack.
On Universal Studio’s Stage #6, the creative team behind “U-571,” a World War II submarine suspense film directed by Jonathan Mostow, is currently re-recording an intricate soundtrack with unique 8 Channel Sony Dynamic Digital Sound. Developed by Sony Cinema Products Corporation, the innovative SDDS Motion Picture Soundtrack format provides the unique ability to convey up to eight channels of sound around the audience. With SDDS, an additional pair of Left-Center and Right-Center Loudspeakers — located on either side of Center Speaker — provides many creative and technical advantages for today’s directors and filmmakers.

Steve Maslow is dialog re-recording mixer on “U-571,” with Gregg Landaker responsible for effects re-recording. The team has been together since 1978, and received AMPAS Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound for their work on “Speed,” “Raiders of The Lost Ark,” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” Music re-recording mixer on “U-571” is Rick Kline, who was nominated for an Oscar this year (Best Achievement) in Sound for “The Mummy.”

As Gregg Landaker recalls, “In the analog days – before these new digital formats came along — a 70mm print with six discrete audio tracks was the only way we could deliver maximum impact to the audience, with more loudspeaker channels up front. Using SDDS 8 Channel, with five horns across the front and split surrounds, we can allow filmmakers to deliver a high-impact soundtrack that sounds just like it does here on the re-recording stage.”

Upcoming films scheduled to be released in SDDS 8 Channel:

oThe Perfect Storm, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring George Clooney; June 30

oThe Patriot, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Mel Gibson; June 30

oHollow Man, directed by Paul Verhoven and starring Kevin Bacon; July 28

oAll The Pretty Horses, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and starring Matt Damon; Fall release

oSixth Day, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Fall release

oCharlie’s Angels, directed by McG, and starring Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz; November 7

oVertical Limit, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Chris O’Donnell; December 8.

Other recent SDDS 8 Channel releases include: Erin Brockovich, directed by Steven Soderbergh; Stuart Little, directed by Rob Minkoff; Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold; and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, directed by Luc Besson.

For more information, call Sony Cinema Products Corporation at 310-244-5777.

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