Earthquake in Sensurround!

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  1. Douglas R

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    Universal have just issued EARTHQUAKE in Region 2 in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 and in DD 4.1 Sensurround. I think this must be the first DVD promoted as being in Sensurround. Sound quality is very good overall but the bass rumble hardly compares favorably to the theatrical experience. When I first saw the film in London it seemed as if the auditorium was about to collapse!
     
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    Turn up your sub.[​IMG]
     
  3. Jan Strnad

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    You know, I'd probably buy Earthquake in Sensurround. Is it a good movie? Not really. But I still enjoy watching it every few years and if the DVD gave my sub a workout, that would be...cool. Maybe I could compensate for the lack of apparent bass by turning up the sub as long as it was on a separate track.

    I saw it in a theater in Sensurround, and since then I've been in a couple of major earthquakes, and that bass kick does add verisimilitude to the experience.

    Earthquake is hardly on my "must buy" list, but with Sensurround...yeah, I think I'd bite. The Goodtimes version is gawdawful.

    Jan
     
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    Midway - Collector's Edition R1 was the first DVD to have Sensurround listed in the spec grid: 1.1 mono.
     
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    I thought the original Goodtimes release had the Sensurround mix?
     
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    Miles Quade rocks! Or should I say "Quakes"

    Victoria Principal as Rosa Amici might call for another form of Sensurround!

    I'll have to look into this one.
     
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    I'm not sure, but I believe Battlestar Galactica was the first DD 1.1 mono "sensurround" DVD released.
    I have the (non sensurround) Goodtimes Earthquake DVD and its OK, but I would snap up a new SE version in a minute.[​IMG]
     
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    "Earthquake" is the type of movie that I would really anticipate being re-done in the near future. People really seem to like those disaster movies. With top-notch effects and tons of bass-filled sound, it could be a easy money maker.
     
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    Universal should do a special edition of this one, with the restored audio tracks, anamorphic, and the scenes included in the TV version added as an extra. These consisted of both deleted scenes and footage shot specifically for the TV showing. This version still shows up in syndication in some markets.

    Seeing EARTHQUAKE in Sensurround in 1974 as a 7 year old is something I have never forgotten.
     
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    I don't think we'll be seeing a collector's edition of Earthquake in the near future. The movie has aged terribly (not that it was All About Eve to start with) and now just looks ridiculous. I also doubt it would be re-made, unless it was done as camp. I also think the 1.1 track is the correct audio presentation, rather than 4.1, if you want to replicate the silly "Sensurround" gimmick when the film was released almost 30 years ago.
     
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    EARTHQUAKE has been remade often! Well, not exactly, but similar themes....

    THE GREAT LOS ANGELES EARTHQUAKE (NBC mini series)
    EARTHQUAKE IN NEW YORK (TV movie)
    AFTERSHOCK: EARTHQUAKE IN NEW YORK (CBS mini series)

    Sensurround may have been a silly gimmick, but it was effective.
     
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    ..If memory serves me right, I believe "Rollarcoaster" (?) "Midway" and "Battlestar Galactica" have all been released in region 1 in the Dolby Digital 1.1 mode. Of these three, I've rented the "Battlestar Galactica" DVD. While LFE channel adds a nice kick, it is *nowhere* as deep nor as powerful as what I originally heard (and felt) in the theaters. My whole body shook! And it seems (this part I may be wrong on) that there was directional steering with certain sound effects in the theatrical Sensurround version I saw? I know there were different implementations and versions of Sensurround, but I don't have documents on the process. (Anyone? Anyone?..)

    While on the subject of Sensurround, has anyone viewed the featurette on Sensurround on the Midway SE DVD?
     
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    Everyone is wrong [​IMG] Rollercoaster was first. I remember purchasing it on a trip to Las Vegas in 1999.It does have the Sensurround LFE track, but it is only 1.1 so I guess it depends on your point of view. I own rollercoaster (actually a great movie!) The .1 effects are kinda wierd.... just a big rumble that actually distracts more than it enhances.
    ROLLERCOASTER: October , 1998
    BATTLESTAR: June, 1999
    MIDWAY: October, 2000
    MIDWAY CE : October, 2001
     
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    GregK,
    The theatrical Sensurround generated 5-40 cycles at 110-120 decibels, causing plaster to fall from the Chinese Theater in Hollywood where it was test-driven (they put a net under the ceiling to catch the plaster for performances) and generating lots of complaints from theater-goers in theaters adjacent to Earthquake in malls.
    So, unless your sub can go down to 5 cycles at 120 db (about the sound level of a jet taking off), no DVD is going to provide that theatrical experience! [​IMG]
    For more info on Sensurround and Earthquake, visit this trivia site.
    Jan
     
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    I found this about the Rollercoaster DVD on Amazon.

     
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    If Universal ever planned on doing a SE DVD of one of its disaster films, then "Airport", letterboxed edition from Goodtimes notwithstanding, is far more worthy of the honor. Unlike "Earthquake", "Airport" was arguably the first movie to launch the disaster craze and also won 11 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. That film deserves a commentary/documentary.
     
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