Star Wars: Dolby Stereo

From Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind

Like the other Bay Area filmmakers, Lucas had always been interested in sound. Over Fox’s objections, he insisted on using Dolby Stereo. Says Walter Murch, “Star Wars was the can opener that made people realize not only the effect of sound, but the effect that good sound had at the box office. Theaters that had never played stereo were forced to do it if they wanted Star Wasrs.

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