- Dec 21, 2004
As far as the DVDs are compared, the DD 5.1 might not have anything wrong with it - but it is lacking in comparison to the "breathtaking" DTS-ES 6.1 via this review from 2001:Yes, he did.
"The DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 track on the DVD was INTENSE! The bass would bring most subs to their knees like Blade Runner 2049 or Inception. Too bad they didn't base the Blu-ray track off that."
"The DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 version is from a newly created discrete 6.1 master at 24-bit depth, encoded at 754 kilobits per second. So it's a bit unfair comparing the two discs, but hey - that's life. The DTS sound of The Haunting is a breathtaking home theater audio experience. You (and all your neighbors within the same zip code) can literally feel the soundtrack deep down in the belly. The vastness of Hill House is perfectly recreated in the vast spatiality of this track. The surround speakers have to put in extra shifts, as directional sound effects hit you permanently. The discrete back surround channel is very effective and expands the sound field enormously. The DTS-ES disc sounds clearer, more detailed and powerful than any other soundtrack I know...superior...."
wouldn't you want to know that difference at the time?
recent Blu-ray Dolby 5.1 TrueHD would have been interesting to compare against the DTS-ES 6.1 ....but maybe someday:
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After having the (1994) laserdisc of 1985's "Fright Night's" "Dolby Surround" completely blow away (in dynamic range and fidelity) the much more thin 1999 DVD's 5.1 audio and the Blu-ray's 5.1 audio.....it's an interesting topic.