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

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#1 of 32 OFFLINE   Brad Craig

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Posted March 26 2002 - 07:08 PM

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...

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#2 of 32 OFFLINE   Anders Englund

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Posted March 26 2002 - 07:12 PM

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

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Posted March 26 2002 - 08:27 PM

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.

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#4 of 32 OFFLINE   Adam Barratt

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Posted March 26 2002 - 09:23 PM

Das Boot, Air Force One, Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars Episode One, Fight Club and Strange Days all have very aggressive surround channel use.


#5 of 32 OFFLINE   Brad Craig

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Posted March 27 2002 - 01:28 AM

Thanks for the recommendations >>> keep'em coming... Posted Image

#6 of 32 OFFLINE   Steve Alan

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Posted March 27 2002 - 02:15 AM

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!!
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#7 of 32 OFFLINE   Sean Patrick

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Posted March 27 2002 - 02:29 AM

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 of 32 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted March 27 2002 - 02:58 AM

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.

#9 of 32 OFFLINE   Mark Zimmer

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Posted March 27 2002 - 03:20 AM

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.

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Posted March 27 2002 - 03:21 AM

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


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#11 of 32 OFFLINE   Chauncey_G


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Posted March 27 2002 - 03:25 AM

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 of 32 OFFLINE   Gabriel Heller

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Posted March 27 2002 - 03:35 AM

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

#13 of 32 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted March 27 2002 - 03:52 AM

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#14 of 32 OFFLINE   Eric M Jones

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Posted March 27 2002 - 04:24 AM

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

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#15 of 32 OFFLINE   Chad Isaacs

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Posted March 27 2002 - 04:38 AM

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 of 32 OFFLINE   Jefe Noche

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Posted March 27 2002 - 06:59 AM

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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#17 of 32 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted March 27 2002 - 07:34 AM

All the "superbit" releases are good

If you have it, please let me know how the Crouching Tiger Superbit differs from the regular edition in picture and sound quality. This and Fifth Element are the two I'm most interested in.
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#18 of 32 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted March 27 2002 - 08:35 AM

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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#19 of 32 OFFLINE   Gary_E


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Posted March 27 2002 - 09:43 AM

Starship Troopers,Twister and The Abyss are pretty good ear candy.


#20 of 32 OFFLINE   Dan V

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Posted March 27 2002 - 02:03 PM

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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