Posted December 21 2003 - 05:23 AM
| It's not the same as a 5.1 mix of a mono source, as most 5.1 mixes of a mono source usually (if done right) clean up the sound so everything is better defined (dialog clearer, music pushed into the other speakers, so it well sound like what it would in a theater today). Adding colour is destroying all artistic intent. |
| If a movie has only a 5.1 remix, can't I just set my audio receiver to mono and get the same results? |
A good example of a BAD 5.1 remix of a mono source is Rhino's "Transformers" season sets. They just add in a bunch of new sound effects over the old sound track, and it sounds horrible. Listening to the 5.1 tracks in mono doesn't give you the same sountrack as the original. (These sets also have a stereo track, but they added the new sound effects to this track too!)
This is similar to the colorization process, adding in colors that were never intended to be there. As others pointed out, watching the colorized version in B&W is not the same as watching the original B&W version.