It took me almost 3 days to go through all the material on my review of Pearl Harbor. One of the things I wanted to talk about in the review, but decided to do separately, was the inclusion of the Dolby Headphone soundtrack. Many of you probably won't remember this, but a year ago around this time I had the opportunity to listen to a demo of this new technology that allows listeners to experience 5-channel distinct audio through a regular headphone. My first listening experience was through my laptop computer where I popped in a demo DVD that had Dolby Headphone audio encoded on it. The results were AMAZING. I actually felt like I was sitting in a home theater environment where I could hear 5 channels of distinct sound. I could pick out sounds that were directly behind me (not side to side). Trust me, after listening to Dolby Headphone, I started campaigning for audio manufacturers to incorporate the inexpensive option into their new gear. Why? Because there are so many people that love to listen to their movies at night and don't want to disturb others around them. By using Dolby Headphone, they create complete silence on the outside as the ordinary headphones they already own supply rich, detailed 5-channel audioon the inside. To this day, I still don't understand why Dolby Headphone is not installed on every single Home Theater receiver available. Imagine my surprise when a Dolby Headphone option showed up on Pearl Harbor. My God, someone has certainly seen the potential. This evening, I slipped on my headphones and selected the Dolby Headphone track. I listened to the chicken chase sequence between Raf and Danny at the beginning of the film. I was not very impressed. I did not sense too much depth in sound. Most of the sound was left and right instead of front and back. So, I skipped to chapter 21 or 22, which is the initial assault on Pearl Harbor. There, I found a little more of the depth I was looking for as I could distinctly hear planes coming from behind me, and crossing over in front. Sadly, I wasn't as impressed with this mix as I was with the Dolby Headphone demo DVD I heard last year. Perhaps this was because the demo was more geared to giving accurate separation. Still, this isn't failure. Listening to Pearl Harbor in Dolby Headphone is a definite step above listening to it in plain stereo. Those of you who have never heard it before as I did, will definately notice depth you never imagined was possible. Dolby Headphone is a godsend to people who live in an apartment and cannot play their home theater system too loud. Dolby Headphone is a godsend to travelers who want to enjoy 5-channel audio from their portable DVD player. It's like taking your entire home theater system on the road with you. Why has it taken this long for studios to put a Dolby Headphone track on their DVDs? Does this technology require a separate audio track that takes up extra space the DVD? Why haven't audio manufacturers made Dolby Headphone standard in all their receivers? Or video manufacturers made it available on all portable video devices? You would think the WOW factor on technology like this (which I hear is inexpensive) would be easy to implement across the board. I'd like all of you who buy a copy of Pearl Harbor: The Director's Cut to take about 15 minutes of your time, plug a set of ordinary headphones into your equipment, and listen to the Dolby Headphone audio. You tell me what you think and how important you feel this technology is to the future of Home Theater. This could make for a very interesting thread.