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What's the Best Movie on your Home surround system?

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#1 of 56 OFFLINE   Adam Boatwright

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Posted November 11 2005 - 04:51 PM

I am wanting to brag a bit with my surround system. What movie would you put in? Thanks!

#2 of 56 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

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Posted November 11 2005 - 08:22 PM

Strange Days- opening scene is possibly the best use of discrete surround ever. (I have the DTS laserdisc and it has a commentary on the analog tracks, so I've never heard how the matrix surround mix of this sounds.)
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#3 of 56 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted November 11 2005 - 10:26 PM

Toy Story 2 from the Ultimate Collection. The THX intro with the can of cows plus the first five minutes of the movie show it all off - bass, directionality, real heavy bass, and subtle cues as well.
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#4 of 56 OFFLINE   Ben J Loews

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Posted November 11 2005 - 11:53 PM

Saving Private Ryan DTS, without doubt, awesome disk.

#5 of 56 OFFLINE   Mark B

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Posted November 12 2005 - 03:53 AM

FIGHT CLUB - fantasy sequence when the side of the airplane is blown open...

#6 of 56 OFFLINE   Jack Ferry

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Posted November 12 2005 - 03:57 AM

I use the same THX intro (but from Monsters Inc) when giving a quick "how cool is this" demo.

#7 of 56 OFFLINE   Brian_cyberbri


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Posted November 12 2005 - 04:20 AM

Any of the Star Wars movies Any of the LOTR movies Any of the Harry Potter movies Any of the Matrix movies The Incredibles House of Flying Daggers Hero Kung Fu Hustle Saving Private Ryan Blackhawk Down Gladiator Bad Boys 2 Easy scenes would be the jungle chase scene in The Incredibles, lobby fight scene or heli rescue in Matrix, drum dance scene in House of Flying Daggers, opening of Saving Private Ryan, pod race in Star Wars 1, etc. etc. ...Basically any big-budget action movie

#8 of 56 OFFLINE   Drew Mertz

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Posted November 12 2005 - 06:54 AM

U-571 The Fifth Element

#9 of 56 OFFLINE   Jordan_E



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Posted November 12 2005 - 08:26 AM

Although not too many like it, I put on TWISTER whenever I get something new for my HT.
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#10 of 56 OFFLINE   CraigF



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Posted November 12 2005 - 09:40 AM

Many good ones are already mentioned. For sheer overwhelming intensity and clarity, I like the opening battle scene sound from Master and Commander (dts ES). For directionality and way high cool factor, I like the first gun-kata scene sound in Equilibrium. I won't spoil this by saying much about it, but there ain't much to see, it's practically all aural, and I just about guarantee it's a "scene" you'll love to throw on for your friends (and yourself).

#11 of 56 ONLINE   Will Krupp

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Posted November 12 2005 - 11:31 AM

Pearl Harbor DTS

#12 of 56 OFFLINE   Nicholas Martin

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Posted November 12 2005 - 12:47 PM

How about ID4?

#13 of 56 OFFLINE   Shad R

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Posted November 13 2005 - 07:35 AM

Pearl Harbor DTS definately. Put in Disc 2, and show them the plane crash and the Japanese taking them prisoner. Gunshots are EVERYWHERE and lots of deep bass in this scene. Then, just for kicks, when that scene is over, play the Faith Hill music video to show off music! That song is 5.1 and mixed well.

#14 of 56 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted November 13 2005 - 10:48 AM

The crash scene from Flight of the Phoenix as well as some of the others mentioned above.

#15 of 56 OFFLINE   PattyFraser


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Posted November 13 2005 - 04:23 PM

Return of the King without any doubt. Two main parts: 1. The green signal coming from Minas Morgul as Gandalf and Pippin stand watching and Frodo,Sam and Gollum experience it. 2. The swooping sound of the nazgul on their fell beasts as they fly in to attack Minas Tirith. Awesome.

#16 of 56 OFFLINE   DougFND


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Posted November 14 2005 - 06:00 AM

I still use the AC-3 laserdisc of Top Gun for demos.

#17 of 56 OFFLINE   greg_t



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Posted November 14 2005 - 06:08 AM

Star Wars Episode I Phanton Menace dolby digital laserdisc. Best soundtrack I've yet to hear.

#18 of 56 OFFLINE   DustinPizarro


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Posted November 14 2005 - 08:26 AM

Hey Adam, all those movies posted by other members are the way to go for room shaking results. But you should include Se7en for the subtle details and ambiance the DTS track is known for.

#19 of 56 OFFLINE   MarkHastings


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Posted November 14 2005 - 08:31 AM

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That is the ONLY disc that actually made me motion sick from the sound. The sound of the flying bullets make me so dizzy...it's WILD!

#20 of 56 OFFLINE   Matthew Clayton

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Posted November 14 2005 - 12:38 PM

Heck, any action film that is mixed in Dolby Digital Surround EX is bound to be a show-off disc. That doesn't mean recent Dolby Digital tracks aren't as good (or even better). Take, for example, the Batman Begins and the 2005 War of the Worlds DVDs. Those have reference quality audio tracks that are just as good as their DD EX counterparts (too bad BB doesn't have a DTS track), if not a bit better.

My favorite DD EX demos are:

- The Incredibles
- LOTR: The Return of the King (either theatrical or extended)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Master and Commander (chapter 4 in particular sounds amazing).

My favorite DD demos:

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