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List updated January 4, 2007     DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND EX AND DTS-ES DVDs  

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The following Region One DVDs contain Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 or DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 compatible soundtracks. All DTS-ES and Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtracks are fully backward-compatible with standard 5.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTS decoders.

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Dolby Digital Surround EX | DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 | DTS-ES Discrete 6.1

  • 102 Dalmatians
  • Alamo
  • Alone in the Dark
  • Art Of War, The
  • Artificial Intelligence: A.I.
  • Astronaut's Wife, The
  • Atlantis: Lost Empire, The
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Avenging Fist, The
  • Bad Taste
  • Bats
  • Beastmaster
  • Blade II
  • Blade Trinity
  • Bone Collector, The
  • Bones
  • Butterfly Effect, The
  • Can't Stop The Music
  • Cast Away
  • Caveman's Valentine, The
  • Chicken Run
  • Church, The
  • Claim, The
  • Contamination
  • Corpse Bride
  • Crash
  • Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The
  • Day of the Dead
  • Dawn of the Dead (1979)
  • Dead & Buried
  • Devil's Rejects, The
  • Die Another Day
  • Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Edition
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
  • Domino
  • Dumb and Dumber Unrated
  • Dumb and Dumberer
  • E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
  • Evil Dead, The
  • Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
  • Fast Company
  • Fight Club
  • Final Countdown, The
  • Final Destination 2
  • Final Destination 3
  • Finding Nemo
  • Fire and Ice
  • Footloose
  • Freddy vs. Jason
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • God Told Me To
  • Gladiator
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Haunting, The
  • Highlander: CE
  • Highlander 2: The Quickening
  • Hills Have Eyes, The
  • Hollow Man
  • House of the Dead
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Hulk
  • Incredibles, The
  • Jazz Singer, The (1980. Remix)
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Knockaround Guys
  • Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
  • Legend Of Bagger Vance, The
  • Long Past Dead
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, The (Extended and CE)
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King, The (Extended and CE)
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, The (Extended and CE)
  • Lord of War
  • Man Who Fell to Earth, The
  • Maniac
  • Maniac Cop
  • Mask: SE, The
  • Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc
  • Mexican, The
  • Minority Report
  • Mission To Mars
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Monsieur Ibrahim
  • Munich
  • My Brilliant Career
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion
  • Ninja Scroll: 10th Anniversary Special Edition
  • On Golden Pond
  • Open Water
  • Opera
  • Osterman Weekend, The
  • Perfect Storm, The
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
  • Peter Pan
  • Pitch Black
  • Punch Drunk Love: Superbit Deluxe
  • Punisher, The
  • Q: The Winged Serpent
  • 'R Xmas
  • Ring, The
  • Running Man, The
  • Running Scared (2006)
  • Rush Hour 2
  • Saw
  • Saw II
  • Say It Isn't So
  • Secondhand Lions: Platinum Series
  • See Spot Run
  • Seven: Platinum Series
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Signs
  • S1mone
  • Sin City
  • Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Someone Like You
  • Spy Kids
  • Spooky House
  • Stage Fright
  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
  • Star War Trilogy
  • Stargate: Ultimate Edition
  • Starstruck
  • Stir of Echoes: SE
  • Stunt Man, The
  • Suspiria
  • Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Extreme Edition
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Ultimate Edition
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • Time Bandits
  • Titanic Special Edition
  • Top Gun: Special Collectors Edition
  • Toy Story 10th Anniversary SE
  • Toy Story 2: SE
  • Treasure Planet
  • Transporter, The
  • Toy Story SE
  • Two Evil Eyes
  • Unbreakable
  • Untouchables, The
  • Upside of Anger, The
  • Venom
  • Vigilante
  • Village, The
  • Watcher in the Woods, The
  • We Were Soldiers
  • Willard
  • Winged Migration
  • World Is Not Enough, The
  • X-Men: The Last Stand


  • 102 Dalmations
  • Alone in the Dark
  • Artificial Intelligence: A.I.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire CE
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Avenging Fist, The
  • Bad Taste
  • Beastmaster
  • Blade 2
  • Blade Trinity
  • Bone Collector, The
  • Bones
  • Butterfly Effect, The
  • Can't Stop The Music
  • Cast Away
  • Chicken Run
  • Contamination
  • Crash
  • Dawn of the Dead (1979)
  • Day of the Dead
  • Dead & Buried
  • Devil's Rejects, The
  • Die Another Day
  • Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Edition
  • Domino
  • Dumb and Dumber Unrated
  • E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (2-disc only)
  • Evil Dead, The
  • Fast Company
  • Final Countdown, The
  • Final Destination 2
  • Final Destination 3
  • Fire and Ice
  • God Told Me To
  • Gladiator (2-disc only)
  • Haunting, The
  • Highlander
  • Highlander 2: The Quickening
  • Hills Have Eyes, The
  • Jazz Singer, The (1980. Remix)
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Knockaround Guys, The
  • Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
  • Legend Of Bagger Vance, The
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, The: Director's Cut
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King, The: Extended Edition
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, The: Special Extended Edition
  • Lord of War
  • Man Who Fell to Earth, The
  • Maniac
  • Maniac Cop
  • Mask: SE, The
  • Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Mexican, The
  • Minority Report
  • My Brilliant Career
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion
  • Open Water
  • Opera
  • Osterman Weekend, The
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
  • Pitch Black
  • Punch Drunk Love: Superbit Deluxe
  • Q: The Winged Serpent
  • Running Man, The
  • Running Scared (2006)
  • Rush Hour 2
  • Saw
  • Seven: Platinum Series
  • S1mone
  • Sin City
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown
  • Stargate: Ultimate Edition
  • Starstruck
  • Stir of Echoes: SE
  • Stunt Man, The
  • Suspiria
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Ultimate Edition
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The
  • Top Gun: Special Collector's Edition
  • Toy Story 10th Anniversary SE
  • Toy Story 2: SE
  • Two Evil Eyes
  • Unbreakable
  • Upside of Anger, The
  • Venom
  • Vigilante
  • Watcher in the Woods, The
  • Wimbledon
  • X-Men: The Last Stand

  • Alone in the Dark
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Bad Taste
  • Beastmaster
  • Blade 2
  • Blade Trinity
  • Bones
  • Butterfly Effect, The
  • Can't Stop The Music
  • Chicken Run
  • Contamination
  • Crash
  • Day of the Dead
  • Dead & Buried
  • Devil's Rejects, The
  • Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Edition
  • Domino
  • Dumb and Dumber Unrated
  • Evil Dead, The
  • Fast Company
  • Final Countdown, The
  • Final Destination 2
  • Final Destination 3
  • Fire and Ice
  • God Told Me To
  • Gladiator (2-disc only)
  • Haunting, The
  • Highlander
  • Highlander 2: The Quickening
  • Hills Have Eyes, The
  • Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings, The: Extended Edition
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King, The: Extended Edition
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, The: Extended Edition
  • Lord of War
  • Man Who Fell to Earth, The
  • Maniac
  • Maniac Cop
  • Mask: SE, The
  • My Brilliant Career
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion
  • Open Water
  • Opera
  • Osterman Weekend, The
  • Q: The Winged Serpent
  • Running Man, The
  • Running Scared (2006)
  • Rush Hour 2
  • Saw
  • Seven: Platinum Series
  • S1mone
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown
  • Stargate: Ultimate Edition
  • Starstruck
  • Stir of Echoes: SE
  • Stunt Man, The
  • Suspiria
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The
  • Top Gun: Special Collector's Edition
  • Toy Story 10th Anniversary SE
  • Toy Story 2: SE
  • Upside of Anger, The
  • Venom
  • Vigilante
  • Watcher in the Woods, The
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
 
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Dolby Digital Surround EX technology was developed by Dolby Laboratories and LucasFilm in 1998 and first featured on the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode I on May 19, 1999. The format features an additional monaural back-surround channel recorded within a multi-channel (that is, any soundtrack with two discrete rear channels) soundtrack's conventional left and right rear channels. This additional audio is recorded in both surround channels at  -3dB and out of phase (+/-90°) with one another and any non-EX audio present.

When decoded, this phase shifted audio (ie. any audio present in both channels at the same level +/-90° out of phase in the right and left channels: essentially alternate phase mono) is extracted, combined and directed to the back-surround output. This channel aggregation increases the resultant channel's audio level by 3dB (hence the initial 3dB reduction). The remaining conventional in-phase content in the left and right surround channels is directed to the left and right surround channel outputs intact. This process produces three 'matrixed' rear audio channels. Dolby Digital Surround EX is not a 6.1-channel format, as this nomenclature references the number of fully discrete channels, but rather '5.1 EX'. 

DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 decoders use a matrix extraction technique functionally identical to that used by Dolby Digital Surround EX decoders (but using DTS's Neo:6 processing system, avoiding their early need to licence technology from THX and Dolby Laboratories). DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 expands upon the back-surround concept by including a fully discrete monaural back-surround channel. Despite its name, it is in actuality a combination of discrete and matrix technologies.

All DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 soundtracks also contain matrixed audio content to ensure compatibility with legacy DTS-ES Matrix 6.1/pseudo-EX decoders. This audio is unnecessary and must be removed if a DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 decoder is used. In order to remove this redundant content, the decoder feeds the discrete channel audio into the left and right channels 180° out of phase with the matrixed audio content. This technique essentially cancels out any matrixed audio in these channels.

The discrete audio channel present is simultaneously fed to the back-centre output in-phase. This process increases channel separation. As the audio content contained in the discrete left, right and centre surround channels is not identical (due to the nature of the 'lossy' compression system used), this channel separation technique does not allow for fully discrete channel separation, however (that is, total channel separation). Channel separation is, despite this limitation, considerably greater than that of either Dolby Digital Surround EX or DTS-ES Matrix 6.1.

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