Shrek DTS bass issue

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  1. Dan Kaplan

    Dan Kaplan Stunt Coordinator

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    I hesitate to even mention it, knowing the polarizing nature of such topics in the past with the likes of Jurassic Park, but I searched the forums and didn't see it mentioned anywhere... When I first watched my copy of Shrek a few months back, I naturally went straight to the DTS soundtrack. I didn't really have any benchmark to compare to, but it seemed pretty darn flat and tinny. I was watching it again this evening and was bothered by the same thing, so I decided to switch over to the Dolby Digital track and was blown away by the difference!

    I had one of the early pressing, bad bass versions of Jurassic Park DTS and got it replaced with the newer one, and I can honestly say the difference is just as significant between the DTS and DD tracks on my copy (only tested the widescreen disc) of Shrek.

    Has anyone else noticed this? The DVD File review is one I looked at, and it makes no mention of a weakness in this area, praising the DTS track as being slightly better than the DD one.

    Two scenes that I went back and forth between for comparison purposes were the opening musical number and the dragon's footsteps in the middle.

    Dan
     
  2. Scott L

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    I did notice the DD track was better matched with the other 5 chans than the DTS. I also prefer to watch Shrek in DD, the intro music scene seemed truer to the actual CD.
     
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    Hello all. I've experienced the opposite with Shrek. Going back and forth, I found the DTS to be much clearer overall, with excellent bass and a sonic field resembling what I saw 5 times in theatres. This talk does provoke me to go back and compare again however...

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  4. Dan Kaplan

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    If people are noticing such different things -- the difference on my copy is far too obvious for anyone who isn't deaf to miss -- then it begs the question of whether there have been multiple pressings. Anyone know? There is seriously zero bass on my copy's DTS track, whereas the DD track is quite robust.

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