The Best Movies in Atmos on Netflix
As Dolby Atmos in the home becomes more mainstream, streaming services like Netflix are making Atmos content more readily available. Here are some of IAA’s favorite Atmos movies, now streaming on Netflix.
By Ben Jacklin
So you’ve finally taken the plunge and delved into the world of Atmos. Whether you’ve gone for Atmos-enabled headphones, a soundbar, or a full speaker setup, you’ll want to test what your new setup can do.
In this guide, we’ve explored some of the best movies in Atmos that are currently available on Netflix, with a focus on audio. Rumbling explosions, sound effects, clear dialogue, and some of the very best film scores. These films can really show what your setup can do.
Top Tip: If you want to dive straight in and start exploring some of the Atmos movies on Netflix, you can simply search for “Atmos” on Netflix.
Alfonso Cuarón’s critically-lauded movie Roma won multiple awards including Oscars. It’s about growing up in Mexico City in the 1970s and offers a lesson in how movies should look and sound. The cinematography and sound design are incredibly detailed and painstakingly planned, turning this into one of the best possible showcases for Dolby Atmos.
The movie has a subtle charm and a thought-provoking storyline, brought to life by incredible filmmaking.
The Irishman isn’t all about the bangs of gunshots and the clarity of sound effects. Sound mixing is all about the dialogue. Tom Fleischman, the mixer of the movie, spoke in interviews about how the sound mixing set out with a mission to create incredible detail and quality.
The Irishman isn’t an all-action thriller. It is one for the Hollywood purists, with legend Martin Scorcese creating one of his many patented masterpieces for the Netflix generation. The movie was even released on Netflix at the same time on the small screen as on the silver screen. Perfect for giving your Atmos sound system its first runout.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
It’s fair to say that this movie was released to mixed critical response. In spite of the fact this is based on the classic The Jungle Book and using some groundbreaking motion capture techniques, Mowgli got a lukewarm response from some critics.
For trying out your Atmos sound system, this movie is perfect. The sound design team has managed to perfectly build the soundscape of the jungle. Played on an immersive, Atmos sound system, the sounds of nature surround and envelop, vastly improving the cinematic experience of this modern take on a classic tale and a charming cast of characters we all know and love.
Sometimes, you want to watch a movie that isn’t afraid to be bold. This modern action film has pulled out all the stops when it comes to location, action sequences, and sound.
Sometimes you can tell when a movie has been made with immersive sound in mind, rather than including Atmos as an afterthought. Extraction’s sound effects thrill and pulsate through the movie, with traffic noise, police chases, and intense action scenes enhanced by audio that darts and moves around the soundstage, putting you right in the heart of the incredible locations.
These movies all provide very different viewing (and listening) experiences, all of which give your Dolby audio system a chance to shine. Notable mention goes to Bird Box, a tense movie owing hugely to its impressive sound design, and Next Gen, a futuristic animation that uses audio to build a new and exciting world for viewers to enjoy.
About the Author
Ben is a writer and musician from the UK with a background in music technology. He writes about engineering and production, musicianship and music equipment for a number of publications including his own site, subreel.com