best DVD (sounding)

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  1. Binh Vu

    Binh Vu Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi,
    I'm new here, I just finished my HTS few days ago. And I'd like to know what DVDs come with the best sounds? I prefered action movies.
    Thanks a lot
     
  2. Gary Kellerman

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    Currently, BLACKHAWK DOWN has an amazing Dolby Digital surround sound track. I also like:
    PEARL HARBOR: Battle scenes; D.D. and DTS track on same disc
    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: D.D. and DTS versions are on separate discs. The Normandy Beach landing and the battle between Tom Hank's soldiers and the German Soldiers with their Panzer tanks should rock your HT system.
    THE PHANTOM MENACE: Listening to this one will speak for itself especially with the superb EX track. The Pod Race and Light Saber duels are incredible.
    THE MATRIX: While the sound of the whole film is good, you will be pleased by the helicopter/machine gun sequence. One of the "top ten" pieces of surround sound I ever heard is near the end of the film where NEO dives into the body of agent Smith and destroys Smith by breaking up his body into pieces that fly at you on the screen. You can actually feel the breakup of his body fly through your own body. An incredible piece of surround sound engineering.
     
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    In addition to the prior comments, the U-571 disk sounded great on my old sound system. Though the movie itself wasn't the "Citizen Kane of sub attack films", the sound in our 5.1 system was amazing.... Damn ex, takes the speakers - takes the DVD, damn it....
     
  5. Patrick McCart

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    Dolby Digital 1.0 mono: Citizen Kane
    Dolby Digital 2.0 mono: It Happened One Night and Young Frankenstein
    Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo surround: Lawrence of Arabia
    Dolby Digital 5.1 (original mix): Star Wars, The Phantom Menace
    Dolby Digital 5.1 (remixed from mono): Tie for Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and North By Northwest
    Dolby Digital 5.1 (remixed from stereo): Superman: The Movie

    DTS 5.1 (remix): Fantasia
    DTS 5.1 (original mix): Moulin Rouge!

    PCM 2.0 stereo: City Lights (Carl Davis re-recording)

    I made these choices based on fidelity, mixing quality (remixes)and enjoyment. I decided to split everything up into categories since mono simply can't be compared with 5.1 surround. Any times it is, mono is always called "bad"
     
  6. Adam Lenhardt

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    Episode I: The Phantom Menace is considered the reference for a Dolby Digital track.
     
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    I literally JUST finished watching "The Haunting" in DTS-ES (discrete). I had heard that this was a reference quality audio disk but had avoiding getting it because I wasn't overwhelmed with the movie.

    HOLEEE CUH-RAPP!!!!

    There is HUGE low bass in this thing and several simply jaw-dropping audio effects throughout. Plenty of beautifully layered audio moments with elegant details. It's not just a decibel fest.

    PLUS lots and lots and LOTS of surround activity. Audio design genius Gary Rydstrom really outdid himself with this puppy.

    And I was listening 15dB below reference level. At reference level, this must be a skull crusher.

    This now easily supplants U-571 as my No. 1 HT audio demo disk.
     
  8. Dominic Ryan

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    I've always like the beach seen for sound in Saving Private Ryan.
     
  9. Jeff Whitford

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    I just watched Rules of Engagement and had forgotten how great the sound was in this movie. Definitely in the top ten best sounding discs.
     
  10. Binh Vu

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    aarrrgggg, thanks alot! I guess I'll have to check out The Phantom Menace, U-571 and Terminator 2 this long weekend then. Nothing better than checking out and enjoy your new system in 4 days off work [​IMG]
     
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    Episode 1 in my books
     
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    I'm amazed noone brought up The Fast And The Furious
    it blows away any soundtrack I've heard including Ep 1, Jurassic Park III also has a nice track, as far as older movies go Superman: The Movie is also great
     
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    The Gladiator DTS track also sounds good.
     
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    Superman: The movie

    Mods, could you please merge this kinda thread because there were already too many.
     
  15. Dave H

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    I'm glad to see Superman on the list as this one tends to get overlooked.
     
  16. Chris Courtney

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    how about MI:2? That's a good one.
     
  17. Marty Christion

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    Of all the DVD's I own, Fight Club is the one that has excellent sound in every regard.
    The dialog: perfect.
    The music: perfect.
    The sound effects: perfect.
    The mix: perfect.
    The DVD presentation: perfect.
    What's weird, is I rented Fight Club and The Game on the same night, but I didn't know they were both directed by David Fincher. After being blown away by Fight Club, I was 20 minutes into The Game before I commented on how great this movie sounded as well. It wasn't until I watched the trailer for Fight Club that I saw it was the same director. Moral of the story: I recommend The Game as well.
    Be careful about judging a film's "sound quality" by only one factor. If you judge "sound quality" solely on the basis of, say, surround activity, it would be like judging art quality by the prevalence of the color blue in a picture. Sound is a discipline with many dimensions, and they must all be balanced to create a quality soundtrack.
     
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    Dragon Heart
    super speedway
    fast and the furious
    Eagles , Hell freezes over
    Saving private ryan
    Gone in 60 seconds
    the haunting
    I use sceens from these movies to name a few, that i use when testing new equipment.
     
  19. Danton

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    I have to add The Fifth Element to the above lists. This movie kicks butt in DD and the picture quality is one of the best I've seen.
     

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