Which DVDs to show off surrounds?

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  1. Roger Kint

    Roger Kint Stunt Coordinator

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    Which DVDs are good to show off surround speakers? IOW, what has a lot of surround info? I've seen many great suggestions for showing off subwoofers, but don't see any ideas for surrounds. Thanks.
     
  2. John Simon

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    IMO, the opening sequence in Air Force One is one of the best examples of surround sound. As the special forces swarm the building, you can actually hear them running around you. All my friends have been most impressed with that DVD.

    Also, The Phantom Menace is a great example. Scenes like the pod race show off almost every aspect of a surround sound system.
     
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    Saving Private Ryan(DTS)

    Twister

    Requiem for a Dream
     
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    Dragonheart when the dragon is flying around Dennis Quaid. You actually hear him flying around you as he's moving around Quaid.
     
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    It's been a while, but I seem to recall Rules of Engagement having a great use of surrounds. Outside the courtroom scenes, of course.
     
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    The Matrix, especially the rooftop shootout.
     
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    U-571: lots of metallic creaks, groans, clanks from the submarine.
     
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    Evil Dead 2. The part where Henrietta's Husband comes and tells them how to defeat the evil.
     
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    I'll second Requiem For A Dream.
     
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    Das Boot, the phantom menace, saving private ryan,
     
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    I agree with those already mentioned. I might add "The Exorcist:The version you have never seen" to this. The Dolby Digital EX track puts the rears to some neat use. Personally, I still think that so much more could be done with the surround effect...it seems really wasted in a lot of movies.
     
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    I was heartily impressed by Atlantis' DTS track.
     
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    There are so many.
    I like A Bug's Life not only due to active split surrounds but panning of voices in surround speakers.
    Others worthy of mention include...
    - The Fifth Element
    - Armageddon
    - Star Wars: Ep I
    - Titan AE
    - Titanic (great use of ambient surround also)
     
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    In terms of sheer visceral impact, nothing beats Saving Private Ryan, in my opinion. I mean, the whizzing bullets zinging all around the viewer can have him or her ducking. One of the most sonically satisfying DVDs out there.
     
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    Saving Private Ryan, and IMO The Fast and the Furious. Specifically on Fast and The Furious in the first race you hear music and talking coming from both rear speakers. Pretty cool IMO.
     
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    Try Courage Under Fire. Most of the battle scenes, especially around the downed chopper, have very active surrounds.
    A great single show-off scene is scene 25 in The Fugitive. The movements and foot steps of the officers upstairs come from both the front and back speakers, and is really convincing.
     
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    Mummy Returns!!!!!!!Holy crap, that movie is an assault in surround sound.
     
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    What Dreams may come made excellent use of the surround channels.
     
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    The Frighteners

    The Bone Collector

    U-571

    The Mummy (1999)

    Sleepy Hollow

    Rules of Engagement

    Face/Off

    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
     

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