The Mummy Returns soundtrack review, was it really that good?

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  1. AaronNWilson

    AaronNWilson Second Unit

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    I would have to say that no it wasn't nearly as good as it should have been, but it was exactly the soundtrack I expected.
    This soundtrack was heavily laced with bass and had very prominent LFE sections which quite frankly shook the whole house.
    It had some good surround effects although there was only a few which had any real precision, such as when weisz was shaking the flaming torch around. Another precision time was when there was some bird that came from the back and then flew forward into the screen.
    I think that this is a case of a little TOO much soundtrack. The track had virtually no lulls and was bombastic pretty much the whole way through the movie.
    Maybe some of you get wooed by movies that try out your bass and subwoofer capabilities, but I much prefer precision sound effects such as that which is found in the Matrix or in Saving Private Ryan.
    I would give this movie soundtrack a B.
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  2. Robert George

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    Did you listen in a standard 5.1 configuration of in 5.1 EX?
     
  3. Clinton McClure

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    I thought what I heard of the soundtrack was ok...definately not the best I've heard. Everything seemed very flat. Of course, this only covers the first half-hour of the movie because that's all I watched. The movie lost my interest about 15 minutes in and, sadly, could not gain it back. It's a shame because it looked like it might have had potential to be a good film. [​IMG]
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  4. AaronNWilson

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    Yeah robert I did listen with the center back surrounds engaged.
    This is what I got from the widescreen review page.
    (DVD Soundtrack):
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    (Theatrical Sound):
    DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
    (Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
    NA
    (DTS Bit Rate):
    NA
    (Dolby Digital Bit Rate):
    448
    (Additional Languages):
    French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    (Subtitles):
    English
    (WSR Superb Sound Qualities):
    Aggressive Surround
    Surround Bass Below 50Hz
    Intense 25Hz Bass
    Deep Bass Challenging
    Aggressive 0.1 LFE
    Holosonic Soundfield
    Aggressive Split Surround
    Center Back Surround Imaging
    I wonder why they would say 5.1 and then at the bottom say, center back surround imaging? Why don't they just say THX EX ? I thought the only dolby rear surround format was THX EX but they say that the soundtrack had no THX mastering but that it had center rear surround imaging? This seems like a discrepancie to me.
    Aaron
     
  5. Dan Hitchman

    Dan Hitchman Cinematographer

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    Many films with active 5.1 soundtracks will work with the 6.1 matrix decoding engaged, even if they weren't encoded for EX matrix or ES matrix.
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    I listened to mine in a 6.1 surround. I wasn't extremely impressed with the audio. It almost seemed as if my surrounds and rear surrounds were out on a coffee break. In the scene at the end where the leafs and greenery were swirling around the pyramid, it didn't give a circular sound. It almost seemed as if the fronts and center did 95% of the work on the audio track. I would rate the audio track about a 6.5 out of 10. It was a little bit better than avereage, but not exactly as thrilling as I was expecting.
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  7. Sean Oneil

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    Are we sure that this one was recorded at 448kbps? I had read otherwise from another site.
    [Edited last by Sean Oneil on October 04, 2001 at 03:26 AM]
     
  8. Dean DeMass

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    Hmmm..... I thought that the soundtrack was excellent. Lots of surround effects, good bass, and excellent panning effects. I felt it was one of the beter Dolby 5.1 tracks that I have heard.
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  9. Gary Kellerman

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    I must side with Aaron on this movie. You took the words right out of my mouth. I also commented on the sound of this disc on the "rental or buy" thread in this forum. One can here EX reproduction without an EX system. EX was not the problem with this track.
     
  10. Lewis Besze

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    I thought this soundtrack was among the better ones I've heard to date.
    It was far more engaging then it's prequel.
    While surround wasn't like the one on U-571,it was apropriate for this movie.
    Dynamics and bass was first rate among the best[there is if your sub can handle it]dialog and music was just spot on.
    And yes it is encoded at 448kbps.
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  11. Bruce Hedtke

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    In todays standards, this was an "ordinary" soundtrack. But, by those standards, it means it was lively, loud and full of nuances. By my standard, I thought it was a terrific track that blended well with the film, exactly what it was designed to do.
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  12. John Sparks

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    ...it also sounded to me as if the front and center speakers were doing all the work...the audio track was nothing like the "Matrix"!!!!! [​IMG]
    [Edited last by John Sparks on October 06, 2001 at 10:18 AM]
     

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