Pink Floyd The Wall

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  1. Patrick Larkin

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    I searched for info on this title but didn't turn anything up.

    Comments on transfer, sound quality, extras?
     
  2. Dan Keefe

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    Transfer is good, extras are ok

    BUT the sound is Awesome!! I have this title and the sound alone makes it worth the purchase.

    Dan
     
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    What Dan said. I thought the transfer was Good but the 5.1 will blow you away!!

    And it has the deleted Hey You sequence that was missing from the film.
     
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    The only negative comment I have about this disc is that the scene selection method is useless and there was no enclosed chapter list to make up for it. When that's the biggest complaint, you know you are looking at a great disc package. Sound (both mixes) and extras are stellar. Picture is very good.

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  6. Patrick Larkin

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    On the sound, I see it is listed as having a DD 5.1 track and a PCM 2.0 track.

    How does one listen to the 2.0 track? With receiver in Dolby Surround mode? I hate watching movies with no center channel.
     
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    Patrick,

    It is a PCM 2.0 surround mix, so you will have to manually turn on your pro-logic decoding. The DD5.1 mix is extraordinary, however, and the trade-offs due to compression are slight, IMHO.

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  8. SteveA

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    I disagree about the 5.1 mix being spectacular. I found it to be so-so, at best. The LFE track is not smoothly integrated with the rest of the channels. Listen to the bass in "Don't Leave Me Now" and you'll hear what I'm talking about. The bass sounds very artificial and disconnected from the rest of the music.
     
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    Don't forget the terrific commentary track featuring Roger Waters. He's actually a very funny guy. Who knew? Listening to it is like seeing an entirely different movie.
     
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    I think the quality- sound and picture is great.
     
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    I wish they would release Roger Waters The Wall Live in Berlin. It probably the closest we'll ever get to seeing the original concerts. They filmed them, but apparently, they were disastrous. I have it on Laser, but I'd love to replace it.
     
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    pink floyd - the wall is my most favorite dvd music video. i can watch the entire dvd without skipping any song.

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    my music video dvd collection:

    alice in chains - music bank

    alice in chains - unplugged

    eagles - hell freezes over

    enigma - remember the future

    madonna - madonna (i know i know)

    mtv 20 - collection set

    ozzy osbourne - live and loud

    pink floyd - the wall

    smashing pumpkins - greatest hits video collection
     
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    As with many comparisons of matrix-surround PCM vs. discreet DD or DTS 5.1, it is really a trade off on fidelity vs. spatiality and although the DD track is very serviceable and absolutely has a nice open soundstage I too prefer the surround encoded PCM tracks as they have more to offer the fidelity of the music...and for me that is what makes The Wall what it is.
    When I show a comparison to my friends I always use the transition from the maid in the beginning knocking on Pink's door to the concert goers breaking down the stadium gates...the bass hit as this happens is good on both tracks but it has an extra punch in PCM.
    Also I use the "Goodbye Blue Skies" sequence because the difference in the High end and Bass between PCM & DD is very apparent.
     
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    I'm glad to hear I'm not alone, as a quick perusal of the DVD review sites today hardly mentioned the PCM track (but had great, and IMO deserving praise for the DD-5.1 track).

    Kevin, I find that going "phantom" in PCM mode provides the same "spatiality" as the DD-5.1 track, and actually sounds even a bit more open to my ears. The directionality of many of the sound effects is lost, however, but if you ask me I think some of those are a tad overcooked anyway. And I used the same examples you cite for comparison (and also the extended "Empty Spaces"). I was pleased to find that the "Hey You" outtake was also encoded in PCM and DD-5.1... I found my preference for the PCM to hold true for this tune, as well.

    Ken, that's interesting what you found about reducing the level output of the center channel in PCM mode. I didn't even think of that, but perhaps that's a good compromise to going "phantom". Hmmmm....
     
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    Whenever I hear excuses as to why DVD space issues limit more widespread use of PCM on other titles I always use The Wall as the perfect example of how, with proper encoding, you can fit a nice PCM track along with other soundtracks onto DVD without drastically compromising the image quality.
    ...what do you want to bet there will eventually be a Superbit version of this title without the PCM track?
     
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    I haven't heard the 5.1 mix yet, but the disc is great and includes lots of great extras. Waters commentary is one of the most entertaining I've heard, and it's fairly informative. [​IMG]
    Is there a thread for most best commentary tracks?
     
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    I just want to echo(!) that this is a great disc. I especially like how they use songs from the different eras of Floyd for the menus. It's all done in a very sophisticated manner. The 2 part documentary was cool and informative. I still haven't listened to the commentary track but I will soon!
     

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