Today, Paramount released the trailer for Annihilation (2018) with a HD master that contained a stereo soundtrack. I am not sure if that is the way they plan to move forward, but I don’t recall only a stereo track being provided by Paramount in the last few years. I have uploaded four files for this trailer, containing a variety of options. Two mp4 files – one AC3 stereo and one with an AC3 5.1 upmix. And two mkv files – one with PCM, DTS, and AC3 stereo and one with PCM, DTS and AC3 5.1 upmix tracks. I encourage you to try the upmix as I think it sounds better than the stereo processed using Dolby Surround or DTS Neural:X. Plus the PCM 5.1 is a higher bitrate than the others, and you can not apply Dolby Surround or DTS Neural:X processing to a stream not encoded in Dolby or DTS. Obviously this is not ideal, and I hope that I can provide official content going forward. Since this is the third studio in recent weeks to offer stereo only it makes me wonder if there has been some pressure from a large theatrical chain to ensure that there is some exclusive content for the theaters. That might be far fetched, but I would not be surprised.
If you are from a movie studio and happen to be reading this, I want you to know that the people interested in 5.1 trailers are probably your ideal audience. They are not interested in watching crappy pirated copies of movies filmed with a cell phone. These people go to the movies, and purchase blu-rays. They have a desire to watch the trailer for your film in the best way possible. These are marketing materials, and this is a platform that is providing marketing for your film, at no cost to you. Why not make the most of it?
Sorry for the rant. Head over to the Annihilation (2018) page to get the best versions of this trailer available on the internet.