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Logo descriptions and editions by M.B. Walker
Logo captures by Guillermo A. Martínez

Dolby Digital

1st Trailer
(1992- )
Dolby Train" (Dolby Stereo) - (GuiaMartinez)Dolby Train" (Dolby Digital) - (GuiaMartinez)

Nickname: "The Train"

Logo: On a smoky background, we see the wheels of a train fade into picture and the train starts to move. Once it's out of the picture, a gold Dolby Digital logo fades in and the smoky background fades out.

  • During the logo's early days, probably up until the late '90s, the Dolby Digital logo wasn't used. Instead it was a silver Dolby Stereo Digital logo (Dolby Digital's old name).
  • There is also a longer version.

FX/SFX: Most likely early CGI.

Cheesy Factor: It is a bit primitive looking. But regardless, this was pretty advanced for the early '90s.

Music/Sounds: Some ringing sounds of bells, the noise of the gears of the train's wheels turning, and finally the train leaving it's position.

Availability: Can be seen in some cinemas that use the Dolby Digital technology. The Dolby Stereo version is seen on some Laserdisc releases such as Stargate, the widescreen editions of True Lies, Speed, and Immortal Beloved.

Scare Factor: Low.

2nd Trailer
(June 1, 1997- )
Aurora, Dolby. (GuiaMartinez)

: "Aurora"

Logo: We see a starfield in space. Suddenly lights appear from the left of the screen (which resemble the Northern Lights). The lights then move around into the Double D symbol of Dolby. We slowly zoom out the see the Dolby Digital logo which shines during the zoom out. In the background we pan through the stars which turns up into nebula. When the logo finishes the website URL "" fades in below.

FX/SFX: The lights morphing into the Dolby logo, the zoom out followed by the shining of the logo and the movement of the stars.

Music/Sounds: A brass piece which rises in sound and intensity. When the logo is zooming out a choir is heard. At the end a five beat sounder is heard (the same as in the "Rain" trailer).

Availability: Common. Seen in cinemas as well as on some later Laserdiscs, and a few early DVDs, including Terminator 2. It also appears on the Japanese DVD of CardCaptor Sakura the Movie: Enchanted Cards. It might appear on demo discs. A filmed version (in poor quality) has been found on the 1997 DVD releases of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Scare Factor: None to low. This is an incredible logo that is a favorite of many people.

3rd Trailer
(1996- )

Nickname: "Canyon"

Logo: We travel through a narrow canyon with steep walls either side. We pass an opening in the canyon where on top of a rock wall we see the Dolby
Canyon - Dolby (GuiaMartinez)
Digital logo. The canyon fades away, leaving the golden Dolby logo which shines.

FX/SFX: Basically the ride through the canyon and then the pan up to the Dolby logo which shines.

Music/Sounds: Rock falling sounds and a wolf howl are heard followed by a tribal desert theme.

Availability: Common. First seen in cinemas and was used on Laserdiscs and early DVDs from the era. Can still be seen on some current DVD releases from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Roadshow Entertainment.

Scare Factor: Low. The wolf howl may frighten a few but the logo isn't that scary.

4th Trailer
(1995- )
City 1/2 (original) - Dolby (GuiaMartinez)City 2/2 (original) - Dolby (GuiaMartinez)Dolby - CLG Wiki

Nicknames: "Dolby City", "Helicopter", "The Sound of the Future"

Logo: On a stormy city background, there are lightning flashes as we follow a helicopter. We move over the buildings to see a theater with a huge pylon with the Double D symbol and neon letters spelling "DOLBY". The neon letters flash one by one as we go to ground level. The theater has a Dolby Digital logo which the words "NOW PLAYING" and "THE SOUND OF THE FUTURE" under it. We quickly zoom through the doors to a Dolby Digital logo with a light shining across the top of it.

Variant: This is a version where the logo has changed this logo now says "DOLBY SURROUND" in the rectangle, AC.3 below the "Double D", and "DIGITAL" underneath the rectangle.

FX/SFX: The zooming through the city, the lighting up of the letters, the quick zoom into the theater and the shining of the Dolby logo.

Music/Sounds: Lighting followed by a helicopter noise and a electric guitar strum. A synth-like moan is heard during the zooming into the theater and finally a moaning sound and a descending piano tune.

Availability: Common. First used mainly on later Laserdiscs from that time including early DVDs, such as Cats Don't Dance and the 1997 MGM DVD of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Still used on some DVDs from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Roadshow Entertainment. The AC.3 Digital version can be found on the 1995 Laserdisc of Die Hard 3 and the letterboxed edition of The Indian and the Cupboard. Also appeared on the computer game Descent 3.

Scare Factor: Medium, the thunder and fast pace may scare a few, but this is a great logo.

5th Trailer

Dolbee (Bee Movie) 1/2 - Dolby (guiamartinez)Dolbee (Bee Movie) 2/2 - Dolby (guiamartinez)

Nickname: "Dolbee"

Logo: In a sound studio, we have a sketch where Barry B. Benson (the main character from Bee Movie) is collecting sound data for Dolby but the sound technicians want to get it finished so they can have some cupcakes. Barry asks what the Dolby people want from them when one of the men gets annoyed and just tells him to flap his wings. Barry flaps his wings while the man turns up the Dolby switch. This causes the sound to become so loud that the head man floats up into the air and break the wall behind him (which happens to be the ladies bathroom where a woman is screaming and running). Barry likes the sound of Dolby and then asks where the cupcakes are. The Dolby logo is in gold and says "DOLBEE" for a second before turning to normal.

Trivia: The animation for this logo comes from DreamWorks Animation and the voice of Barry B. Benson is done by Seinfeld star Jerry Seinfeld.

FX/SFX: Hard to describe as the whole thing is comprised of sound effects. The main sounds here are the characters talking, the buzzing of the bee, the glass breaking, and the end sounder for the logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Only seen on the DVD and Blu-ray release of Bee Movie.

Scare Factor: None. This is a humorous trailer.

6th Trailer
(2003- )

Nicknames: "The Garbage Cans", "Stomp - Perspectives"

Logo: In an entirely white world, we see lots of adults with giant garbage cans on their feet stomping around, then one approaches the camera, and then the camera pans below, and he stomps on it making the Dolby Digital logo appear up against a black background.

FX/SFX: Surprisingly, none.

Music/Sounds: The Stomp crew, well, stomping around. There are also drums in the background.

Availability: Common.

Scare Factor: Medium, but for those who don't like people stomping on you, it's definitely high.

7th Trailer
(2004- )

Nickname: "Argon"

Argon - PC? - Dolby Surround (GuiaMartinez)
Logo: We see lines of light coming from the sides of the screen. When they meet we see the Dolby Digital logo.

FX/SFX: The logo forming.

Music/Sounds: Just the sounds when the light makes.

Availability: Seen mainly on games, but it's no longer current.

Scare Factor: Low to medium.

8th Trailer
(2010?- )

Nickname: "Catalyst"

Logo: We see a trail of blue particles from the left, vanishing in the center. Another trail proceeds from the right, then both sides and from the viewer. The bubble explodes in the center, leaving the Dolby logo.

FX/SFX: The light trails and logo forming.

Music/Sounds: The whizzing sounds.

Availability: Seen on the newest games, like Crysis 2.

Scare Factor: Medium.

9th Trailer
(2011- )

Nickname: "Spheres"

Logo: Several spheres are thrown to the ground, made from various materials, one even from glass. They fly forth into a dim space. Then four other spheres fly in slow motion, leaving rich colored tails, and explode in the sky. Two streams of yellow and blue bubbles proceed, forming the "7.1" and other part of the stream condense into the Dolby logo.

FX/SFX: The spheres landing on the ground, the spheres flying, the explosion. Great animation.

Music/Sounds: Sounds of spheres hitting the ground and other sounds, such as bubbling.

Availability: Appears on The Art of Flight.

Scare Factor: Low to medium.

Dolby Surround
1st Trailer
Nickname: "Waterfall"
Logo: On a black background, sounds of puddles being splashed are heard. The words "This following film is presented in" fades in and fades out to black. A large amount of water is pouring over the screen in very little slow-motion as the Dolby logo fades in. Under that the words "The latest Development in surround sound technology" appear. The water pouring then fades to black with the Dolby sign still appearing over the black background as a small trademark byline appears under.
Variant: On one variant it's just the Dolby Digital logo.
FX/SFX: The water pouring over the screen.
Music/Sounds: The sounds of puddles splashing, and chimes, similar to the rain logo.
Availability: Rare. Maybe seen on VHS's in the 1990s to 2000s.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The dark atmosphere and the dark sounds may be frightening, but it's a cool logo.

2nd Trailer
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Logo: Superimposed in the closing credits of a movie or a show is ''PRESENTED IN'' in Arial Italic font. Below it is the ''DD'' Dolby symbol and next to it is ''DOLBY SURROUND'' in a box.

: There is an opening variant. We see DD doors closed on the whole screen, as they open wide and SURROUND floats by, then returns in opposite direction through the doors' holes. After this DOLBY flies through the same door holes and two words meet in distance. The doors close and move to the left, while the name is taken inside the rectangle.

Game Variants:
  • The logo on Druid is revealed by light and the shield appears to be gray, but the next second it opens at full view and becomes golden with "SURROUND" below.
  • The same logo with a white background appeared on the first Burnout game.
  • Armored Fist 2 has the shortened animation, and "PRESENTED IN" can be seen above in light cyan color.
  • Need for Speed 2 has the same logo, but it moves into the screen with engine sounds, and the floor has several lighted circles it passes by.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing/opening theme of a movie or show.

Availability: Common. The opening variant which can be seen on 1998 episodes of Thomas & Friends on PBS Sprout and some episodes of The Simpsons on FOX. Appeared in games, for example still version was seen on Krazy Ivan.

Scare Factor: None.

NOTE: List of titles that need to be described.

3rd Logo
Nickname: Best Sound
Best Sound - Dolby (GuiaMartinez)

4th Logo
Channel Check (Surround Sound Check)
Channel Check 1/2 Demo Test (GuiaMartinez)Channel Check 2/2 Demo Test (GuiaMartinez)
5th Logo
City Redux

(Seen on Free Jimmy DVD)
City Redux 1/2 - Dolby (guiamartinez)City Redux 2/2 - Dolby (guiamartinez)

6th Logo
Egypt 1/2 - dolby (guiamartinez)Egypt 2/2 - dolby (guiamartinez)
Nicknames: "Egypt"

Logo: TBA


Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: Common. First used mainly on later Laserdiscs from that time including DVDs, such as Stuntman.

Scare Factor: Minimum. The slow pace may get to some, mostly annoying some.

7th Logo

Enlighten - Dolby (guiamartinez)
8th Logo

9th Logo
Game 1/2 - dolby (guiamartinez)Game 2/2 - dolby (guiamartinez)

10th Logo
Headphone 1/2 - dolby (guiamartinez) - Incluye un guiño a "City"Headphone 2/2 - dolby (guiamartinez)

Nicknames: "City in the Theater", "Headphone"

Logo: TBA.


Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: Very rare.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

11th Logo
Optimizer 1/2 - dolby (guiamartinez)Optimizer 2/2 - dolby (guiamartinez)

Orchestra (Sound System Check)
Orchestra 5.1 - dolby (guiamartinez)

Rain - dolby (guiamartinez)

Surround Sound


Dolby (1998)
Virtual Speaker

Curious George (2006)
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Dolby Stereo

1st Logo
(1970s- )

Nicknames: "Surround Fantastique", "The Dolby Fanfare"

Logo: TBA


Music/Sounds: A loud, proud, groovy-esque fanfare. The music was composed by Henry Mancini.

Availability: TBA

Scare Factor: Low because of the fast pace, but this is a favorite of many.

2nd Logo

Nickname: "Our Feature Presentation in Dolby Stereo"

Logo: TBA


Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: TBA

Scare Factor: Medium.

3rd Logo

Nickname: "For Your Listening Pleasure"

Logo: TBA


Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: TBA

Scare Factor: TBA

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