Wanted: Widescreen DVD that really emphasizes the surrounds on a 5.1 setup.

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  1. Brad Craig

    Brad Craig Stunt Coordinator

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    I find alot of movies don't really utliize the surrounds much so I figured this would be a great place to ask what dvd's to recommend....
    I find movies that have rain scenes , like Jurassic Park do a great job and showcasing the surrounds...
    Edit >>> A good movie is preferrable and i would like to showcase it to my friends...
    Anyway suggest away... [​IMG]
     
  2. Anders Englund

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    I'd say The Matrix. My favourite demo scene for surrounds is the bullet dodging.

    --Anders
     
  3. Jon_B

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    Saving Private Ryan DTS
    Don't know if I would consider U-571 a good movie, but it has excellent surround sound throughout the movie.
    Jon
     
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    Das Boot, Air Force One, Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars Episode One, Fight Club and Strange Days all have very aggressive surround channel use.

    Adam
     
  5. Brad Craig

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    Thanks for the recommendations >>> keep'em coming... [​IMG]
     
  6. Steve Alan

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    Gladiator- scenes in the arena; crowd cheering, chanting, etc...

    The World is not enough- Bond is either chasing or being chased, so something is always going on in the background

    Stargate- just start from chapter 48 through the rest of the movie, lots of good stuff, and a good subwoofer workout too!!
     
  7. Sean Patrick

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    I'd say X-MEN is a great one.

    But like someone else also mentioned, U-571 sounds amazing. I don't have a sub yet but i've heard there is technically too much bass in the dolby digital version.
     
  8. Richard Kim

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    The Phantom Menace has the most aggressive use of surrounds I've ever heard on DVD. The pod race, and the final battle are reference material. When Darth Maul is twirling his double-bladed lightsaber, you can hear it humming thru all 5 speakers!

    Note that the sound is recorded at a lower level than other DD soundtracks, so you have to increase the volume about 5dBs.
     
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    For a non-action demo, try Fox's Midsummer Night's Dream (the one with Calista Flockhart). The sequences in the forest are incredibly immersive with excellent use of the surrounds.
     
  10. Josh_Hill

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    Star Wars: Phantom Menace is the best surround sound disc you'll ever listen to.

    Others:

    Air Force One

    Das Boot

    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
     
  11. Chauncey_G

    Chauncey_G Second Unit

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    The Fifth Element is a really good one. I have the original release and it's very nice. As a matter of fact, I just watched it again the other day and was reminded of the nice audio throughout all the channels.
    I believe the Superbit version has a DTS track, so it's sound may be a little better than the original release.
     
  12. Gabriel Heller

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    Take a look at The Kiss of the Dragon. Vey aggresive surrounds.
     
  13. John Berggren

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    Atlantis C.E.
     
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    I'll throw another nod to The Phantom Menace. Another that hasn't been mentioned is Titan AE!

    -EJ
     
  15. Chad Isaacs

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    A few not mentioned...

    The Fast and the Furious

    The One

    Also check out some concert dvds.I really like Metallica's dvds for use of the rears,sounds like you are there.Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" also did a great job.
     
  16. Jefe Noche

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    A few not mentioned:

    Se7en (great "subtle" sound)

    The Rock - Criterion

    Requiem for a Dream

    T2-Judgement Day (can't believe this wasn't mentioned yet)

    All the "superbit" releases are good.

    Saving Private Ryan is by far the best good movie/good sound example.
     
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    For great surrounds check out...

    - The Phantom Menace (check duel of the Jedi)

    - Titanic (great use of ambient and split surrounds during Rose's search for Jack in the flooded compartments)
     
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    Starship Troopers,Twister and The Abyss are pretty good ear candy.
    -Gary
     
  20. Dan V

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    Superman -it may not have the most natural sounding use of surrounds but they sure are active,great effects start with the opening titles and don't ever let up. Certainly one of he most active uses of surrounds I've heard
     

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