Monty Python & The Holy Grail 5.1 Vs. Mono

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  1. Robert_eb

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    I just watched this wonderful film in the new dolby digital 5.1 mix and it's quite a different experience watching this film with it. I must have seen this film a least 30 times and I have the Mono mix memorized. The new 5.1 mix, while more dynamic, changes the film for me. The background music is different in many scenes and when the narrator introduces each character into their solo quest for the grail, the new 5.1 mix has Michael Palin as the narrator. When listening to it in the original Mono mix the original narrator and music is present. While I don't mind the new 5.1 mix I'm very happy they kept the original mono mix. While I do like 5.1 mixes done to older films, I prefer the original Mono mix in this film. As far as the picture goes it's the best I've ever seen this film look. Could you imagine the world without Monty Python? What a scary thought that is.
     
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    I stand corrected. Though it does seem as if it's been redone or re-recorded.
     
  4. Tom Ryan

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    Robert, a lot of the effects were redone, but it should fit in quite nicely with the original track's sound.
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    Michael Palin was indeed re-recorded.
     
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    Doh! I had forgotten about 5.1 mix. I guess I'm watching this movie again sometime in the coming weeks.
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    I'm anxious to get this DVD and watch it twice, once for each soundtrack. I've seen it so many times, I just can't imagine what it will sound like it DD5.1. The mono mix almost seems "appropriate" (if I may use that word) to the film for me, but that could change when I hear the remix.
    DD5.1 could have it's advantages, though. I'm thinking of the scene when the Kaaa-nigits are singing the Camelot song...that might sound cool in 5.1!
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    I liked the 5.1 track simply because it added significant clarity to the mix. Music and speech were simply much better defined; they sounded muddy and flat on the mono track. Overall, I thought it was a terrific example of the right way to remix monaural elements - not too showy but clean and clear...
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    I must say, Im very happy with the 5.1 mix on this disc. I still prefer the mono, only because its the original, but the 5.1 really doesnt have anything going against it. It doesnt suffer from Superman syndrome where the dialogue and effects clearly sound 20 years apart.
    The narration doesnt bother me that its been recorded, although it is noticable on the first listen, and most of the SFX that were re-recorded seemed to go off without a hitch. I didnt really notice anything that particularly bother me about the new mix. I also liked how the song sequences were used.
    As a whole, a job well done, and the fact that the original mono is still there makes it even more appealing.
     
  12. Greg Robertson

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    Last night I watched it with the remix, because well, I've heard the mono mix before.. I really enjoyed myself since as Colin said, I didn't have to strain to hear any dialogue. I also liked how they kept most of the dialogue and sound effects anchored in the center channel.
    I wasn't bothered at all actually by the remix and I think I'll be viewing the disc with the 5.1 track from now on.
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    I would approve of the remix if they had a version with Palin's original narration. I had not heard it was re-recorded and when I popped it in my player the other night, I instantly knew something was up. [​IMG]
    I found it to be terribly distracting, since I know this one by heart (my wife can sing the songs perfectly. And I do mean, perfectly. It's very entertaining when we have guests over). [​IMG]
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    Wasn't this suppost to get a theatrical rerelease? I don't remember that ever happening. I just remember looking foward to it and then reading the announcement the new DVD.
    Can't wait to get this.
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