Cocoon DVD, is there a sound problem?

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  1. Dan Lassiter

    Dan Lassiter Stunt Coordinator

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    I just finished watching the new Fox release of Ron Howard's Cocoon on DVD and I was wondering if any of you noticed what I did.

    Throughout the film I swear I was hearing a sort of warbling of the orchestral soundtrack music. To me it seemed very noticable and quite distracting. The effect is kind of like listening to an LP with the hole not quite in the center.

    I can't complain about the picture though. Fox did a nice widescreen transfer.

    Just curious if I was hearing things or if this disc has an audio defect.
     
  2. Dan Lassiter

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    Shameless BUMP!

    Anyone notice this problem yet?
     
  3. Dan Lassiter

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    Anyone?
     
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    David,

    Please STOP bumping the thread.
     
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    I noticed this is a 4.1 track, not 5.1. I assume that means the same signal is being sent to both rear channels. Maybe this is the cause?
     
  6. Dan Lassiter

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    No, I don't think that's what I'm hearing. It is definately a warbling or vibrato type sound. I'm just surprised nobody else has been bothered by this. There were many who heard problems on the Back To The Future DVD sound but I didn't seem to notice those.

    I guess that Cocoon is just not that popular of a DVD. I know I had trouble even finding it in my area.

    Thanks.
     
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    The UK disc (which was released here two years ago) has the same problem.

    Here's a review I wrote at the time:

     
  8. Dan Lassiter

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    Thanks Julian,

    I guess I'm one of those with sensitive ears, but at least I know I'm not alone.
     
  9. Mikael Soderholm

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    Just watched my R2 copy the other night (from UK). Sound was 4.1 (and labeled so on the cover), Pro Logic with a sub track, and I also heard the warbling a few times. Quite distracting, as you say, like a worn VHS losing its tracking. The picture, however, was quite OK, much better than my old VHS (and OAR, unlike the VHS [​IMG])
     
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    I know exactly what you're talking about, you can hear it particularly in violin passages of the score.

    Actually I recall hearing this same distortion on the broadcast & cable versions of Cocoon over the years...I thought it was a broadcast problem or maybe the same crappy transfer had been making the rounds for years, you mean this might be an audio problem in the original mix?
     

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