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Dolby Mono - WHY???

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Squirrel God, Jun 5, 2002.

  1. Squirrel God

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    Why on earth are DVDs like Stand By Me and Police Academy in Dolby Mono (1.0)?? I know these films are old (80's), but surely they were in stereo (at least) when they shown in the cinema?? Is it just a case of the film companies being cheapskates or is my memory getting bad in my old age... :confused:
     
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    Maybe they weren't in stereo. It is surprising just how recent a development Stereo actually is - we don't have it in Cornwall yet! :rolleyes: :D
     
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    "...It is surprising just how recent a development Stereo actually is."

    ...recent?...

    * Walt Disney's Fantasia was released (albeit to a very few 'selected theatres' only) with FantaSound (a sort of three-channel 'surround sound') waaay back in 1940...

    * This Is Cinerama came out in 1952 with 7-Track(!!!) "Cinerama Sound"...

    . . . :eek: . . .
     
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    "The Terminator" was made in 1984 and is mono, too.

    Don't think anyone is saving on that, they just take the old release with the original soundtrack. Some will swear it's better but I do like e.g. the new DVD release of "The Terminator" in 5.1 ....
     
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    So the original soundtracks were in mono then?

    And then they remaster them in 5.1 for some movies like Blues Brothers and Terminator??


    Lex - if you want stereo in Cornwall you have to put a pastie on each ear :D
     
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    ah but you have stuart wright!
     
  7. Reiner

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    And then they remaster them in 5.1 for some movies like Blues Brothers and Terminator??

    Yes, at least for Terminator SE they did this. So instead of saving money they actually make such an effort and spend money on that.
     
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    Thanks all... I can't help feeling slightly peeved with the film studios though. The least they could've done is to create a stereo soundtrack for mono films :(
     
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    What is this "stereo" of which you speak?
     
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    The least they could've done is to create a stereo soundtrack for mono films

    I guess then you could also directly create a 5.1 track instead, both requires some effort, time and money.
    On the other hand, by not doing so, you can a) claim to preserve the original and b) release another version (SE or whatever) in a few years and sell the film again. ;)

    BTW: "Das Boot" (R1) is another example which was remastered from mono to a 5.1 surround track in English and German.
     
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    Yes, true... I will console myself with the fact that I have paid very little for the mono DVDs I have purchased. :)

    At least the ones I have bought have been anamorphic :)
     
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    Mono -> DD5.1 conversions don't always work out well. I hated the DD5.1 remix of Withnail & I. They had dialogue coming out of the rear speakers a lot of the time (when the actors were at the front of the scene)! Thankfully they included the original mono track on there too...
     
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    The money would've been better spent on creating an anamorphic transfer :mad:
     
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    Couldn't agree more. When I first put it in my player I thought 'that looks a bit arse'. I compared the DVD to my old letterboxed VHS copy and actually preferred the VHS copy! The colours looked overly washed-out on the DVD and there was very little fine-detail. Combined with the atrocious DD5.1 it was the final straw so it went back to the shop! The only time I've ever done that with a DVD.

    A real pity as it's one of my favourite films :(
     

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