I know this movie has been out for a while, but I popped in Sam Raimi's THE GIFT tonight and realized something -- this disc has one of the best damn mixes I've heard on any DVD ever. I think perhaps I didn't notice it before because I've only ever watched it with other people around... but sitting in my living room with no one to disturb me, I was blown away by the subtlety and power of the sound mix. The front soundstage is impressive, especially in one scene where the camera changes repeatedly from Cate Blanchett's face to a leaking sink and the dripping water hovers smoothly back and forth between the left and center channels. Most impressive to me, however, was the use of the surrounds. Surround activity is near-constant, but is restrained enough so that it doesn't draw your attention. I was particularly drawn in by the ambient sounds of crickets and birds that permeate the movie, all of which seemed to be placed effectively between channels. In the film's premonition scenes, surround usage is quick and loud, and I think far more effectively played for scares than the over-done aural jolts of Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath. Nevermind the fact that it's a brilliant film... but wow, what an incredible and effective DD track. I can only wonder what a full bitrate DTS version of this would bring out in the way of transparency.