Scott Wilkinson went to see the world premiere of the Johnny Depp film "Transcendence," which was shown in Dolby Atmos, which is able to steer the sound in ways that aren't channel based and go way beyond 5.1 or even 7.1. It was shot in film and then converted to digital, which is becoming more and more rare. But it has some wonderful grain and dynamic range. Leo wonders when it became noteworthy that film is being used over digital? How did that happen? Scott says it's a philosophical choice. Leo cites the PonoPlayer which promises incredible dynamic range in sound for those with "golden ears" that's better than albums or even digital audio conversion. The question is, will it actually launch, or will it disappear like so many Kickstarter campaigns he's bought into?
Scott says to go see Transcendence, and if you can, Scott recommends going to see it in Atmos because many scenes used Atmos to great affect and Scott really liked it, even though it's not getting great reviews.