I am looking for demo material, not mainstream stuff!

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  1. Christopher_Ham

    Christopher_Ham Stunt Coordinator

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    I am looking for demo material other than the typical LOTR's, Star Wars, IJ, or Pixar.

    I want a list of something different, some with bass for demo, some with good use of surrounds, what do you suggest?
    I also like old movies that are remasterd to sound better than ever.

    Here are a couple I really like right now.

    1. Behind enemy Lines
    2. Tron
    3. English Patient
    4. Desperado
    5. Seven years in Tibet
    6. Patton
    7. Biker Boyz
    8. Thin Red Line
    9. Catch me if you can
    10. Old Yellar
    11. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
    12. West Side Story
    13. Rambo 1,2, and 3.


    I like show people somthing they have not seen in a long time, and are amazed to see what a good home theater and transfer can do.

    Chris
     
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    Got my flame suit on but anyway here goes...


    In the movie "The Saint" with Val Kilmer there is a part near the beginning with the main Russian guy giving a speach in a large hall when the Saint is sneaking into the building and as the camera perspective changes the use of the surrounds is amazing ..Hard to explain but I always considered it one of the best uses of surrounds I've heard that sticks with me.
     
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    Akira DTS motorcyle sequence... mmmm [​IMG]
     
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    Equilibrium - pick any fight scene
     
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    The Eye. The violin practice/ exorcism intercut scene. Good use of surrounds.
     
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    George_W_K Screenwriter

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    Damn you, Lev! You stole my thunder![​IMG] I second Equilibrium .
     
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    Cirque du Soleil Varekai Great colors, great music
     
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    The recent Panic Room SE. I know its pretty mainstream, but the surround track is amazing. The picture is muy delicioso as well.
     
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    Search and you shall find. This question pops up all to often.

    Try Pirates of the Caribbean. Very nice DTS track.
     
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    Good thread topic. Of course we all know about Saving Private Ryan DTS, U-571, Terminator 3, etc. I'm also very interested in movies with great audio/video that are lesser known for these reasons.

    A few I can think of off the top of my head are:

    Immortal Beloved -- Great music of course, and the Napolean cannon scenes... good, loud, bass.

    Rules of Engagement -- The first half of the movie. Very realistic helicoptor pans.

    Brotherhood of the Wolf -- Every punch and kick is enhanced by the sub (if you watch the 1 disc version make sure you have on the French 5.1 track)
     
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    The Gift -- Not in-your-face surround usage, but some of the best ambience I've ever heard in a movie. One scene in particular has dripping water moving between speakers in the front that is just seamless.

    Big Trouble -- Besides being a pretty funny movie, this has the most unexpected use of LFE that I've heard in a movie. Every time someone sets down this large metal chest, there's a solid WHOMP. It stands out so much that it's almost its own character in the movie.

    The Eye -- A Japanese horror flick with probably the most effective use of the surrounds I have EVER heard in a movie. There are parts of that movie that send chills up my spine just because of the sound, even though I've seen it and know it's coming.

    Open Range -- Costner made a pretty great western... but the sound is the star here. Dynamic range out the yin-yang, very immersive surround usage (especially during the rainy scenes), and the most realistic gunshot sounds I've heard in a movie. The first shotgun blast literally dropped my jaw!
     
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    The Avengers (the movie) for picture quality, particularly in the early scenes. The movie is so awful that you can concentrate on the technical aspects with no danger of the plot distracting you.

    Hero (R3) for some wonderful and subtle use of surround sound. Very handy for demonstrating that there is far more to a good sound system than deep bass and transients.

    Genesis - The Way We Walk. The most fluid use of the multiangle option I've seen. For many of the songs you get a choice of 3 or more angles.

    Sighs and Whispers (Criterion) - probably Ingmar Bergman's most visually satisfying movie. Lots of reds and whites juxtaposed against each other (just imagine the hideous mess it is on VHS and gloat).
     
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    "Trinity and Beyond" has a live action A-Bomb explosion.
     
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    For video:

    A Hard Day's Night (Miramax)
    My Fair Lady (2-disc SE)
    Lawrence of Arabia (Superbit)
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Casablanca (2-disc SE)
    Citizen Kane
    Singin' in the Rain (2-disc SE)
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Vista Series)
    The Blues Brothers
    American Graffiti
    The Producers

    For audio...

    Mono:

    Citizen Kane
    It Happened One Night
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Smokey and the Bandit (Franchise collection)

    Stereo/Stereo surround:

    American Graffiti (best I've heard from a 2.0 surround track)

    5.1:

    Lawrence of Arabia (Superbit, DTS)
    Fantasia
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (VS)
    North By Northwest
     
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    Since Behind Enemy Lines is at the top of your list you might want to try Rundown as well. The editing and style of the action in that flick is somewhat similar. (Try the opening action sequence as well as the final one.) It has some real thumping bass in the opening scene (I found it a tad overmodulated actually but your milage may vary.)

    I second Hero. Obviously it's very popular here in R3 but maybe less so there. Not only does it have great sound effects and musical score but also brings the best out of a properly set display with the lush color schemes.

    It may be one of the obvious choices but Moulin Rouge is a good bet as well. And since you put in the Rambo series, you could always go for the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon films for action movies that look and sound better now than they did when they were released in theaters.[​IMG]
     
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    IMAX - The Living Sea has a chapter withthe Coast Guard doing some high seas rescue training in Desolation Sound (I think). With music by Sting and narration by Meryl Streep, pounding seas, awesome video - wow!
     
  17. Christopher_Ham

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    I appreciate all your reccomendations and will check them all out via netflix. Last night I watched Chocolate and it had great ambience surround. Doors closing, wind, and dogs barking in the town. My new B&K ref 50 really lets me hear alot that my Lexicon DC-1 did not.

    English Patient during the sand storm is good too.

    Tonight I bought the Brother Bear DVD and heard it has pretty good subtle eviroments also.
     
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    Band of Brothers

    Excellent use of surround sound. The majority of the soundtrack is up front, but man, when the time is right, the surrounds really open up and blend in superbly, unlike quite a few other films that sound contrived and fake when utilizing the rears.

    A few others:

    Donnie Darko
    Contact

    since you mentioned, "old": (I'd say older)

    Apocolypse Now
    Apollo 13
     
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    I'll second that. Also the ship crash near the beginning of Pitch Black is a good demo scene. There are so many......
     
  20. Christopher_Ham

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    Yeah, I absolutley love Band of Brothers, I think it has one on the best enviroment soundtracks availible. I have not tried Apollo 13, but that is one movie that I used to demo on an old system, long ago. Predator has pretty good surround use also.

    I agree with Apocalypse Now having a great soundtrack also.

    Have you all checked out All the Pretty horses, the storm rolling in sounds great.
     

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