Compliments of the season to you all.
Excalibur has always had the misfortune of having a terrible quality audio track, even the director John Boorman has made mention of the fact that he’d like to re-mix it if the DME stems still existed.
To my ears it sounds a weird mix of aural issues, whether it was due to the dubbing theatre being faulty or ill-equipped, i’m not sure, but all elements, music & foley seem to lack any real sense of fidelity, especially for 1980/81, with a complete lack of dimensionality and only the most minimal of stereo or surround activity.
Does anybody know what went wrong? Or whether the stems still exist?
I guess the only alternative, if not, is to use the dialogue stem & re-foley the film, going back to the source masters for the music.
It seems to get released with every new format, laser, dvd, hd-dvd and blu so i’m guessing a 4K release is a possibility, hence the hope it will finally be “fixed”.
All the best
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