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"Good" films with great surround sound

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  1. Pbryanw

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    I have just bought a new speaker system and was looking at films to try out on it. The problem is most of the films with good soundtracks are the the usual mindless, big blockbusters with the very bear semblance of plot and very little character development. For example Independence day and AOTC. There's nothing wrong with these films, just that they aren't very satisfying to watch.

    What I am looking for is a good movie with great surround sound. A synergy of good plot and good soundtrack if you like. Something that will stand up to repeated viewings and won't leave me shouting incredulously at the screen at the ridiculous plot or lack of one. For example something like LOTR but with less emphasis on the elves and hobbits. Or something with the plot and story of a Woody Allen movie but with a cracking 5.1 soundtrack.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. BigEvilJimmy

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    Aliens, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, Star Wars Trilogy, Kill Bill, Jurassic Park come to mind
     
  3. Dellboy

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    Try:

    Master and Commander
    Infernal Affairs (R3 and subtitled)
    Gladiator
    Band of Brothers (R1 with DTS sound track)
     
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    Master & Commander I found to have a good soundtrack but wasn't such a good film...try "Ray" on R1. Brilliant film filled with classic Ray Charles hits in Dolby 5.1.

    Also check out the new 3 disc "Shawshank Redemption". This offers a new remixed soundtrack in DD & dts 5.1. Ronin springs to mind as well...
     
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    saving private ryan
     
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    Chicken Run! :D
     
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    Titan AE

    The Haunting
     
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    Hero r3 DTS

    ... You're better off going to the "best demo DVDs as recommended" thread and see what films have been recommended for audio then try and find something you like.

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=97737



    The thing is you're more likely to see a blockbuster with fantastic audio rather than a good film with fantastic audio, the two do cross paths but your idea of a good film probably differs from mine and probably differs from the next person which makes it hard to recommend something specific.
     
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    Hi, sound you say - I recommend -

    Die Hard (both 1&2 special editions with DTS)
    House of Flying Daggers (R3 - Edko 2 disc DTS)
    Lord of the Rings (ROTK Extended Edition)
    Star Wars (all 3)
    Terminator 2 (R1 Extreme Edition) or R2 Ultimate
    The Fast and The Furious (Superbit - definitely brilliantsound)
    Top Gun (R1 Collectors Edition DTS) - soon to be out on R2
    Se7en (Platinum edition - Artison R1)
    Any Given Sunday (5.1)
    Blade 2 (rubbish film but amazing sound)

    cheers
     
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    The best DTS sound i've heard was the Blade 2 track, plot - naaaaa, awesome action scenes - Oh Yeaaaah baby!
     
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    He said films with a hint of a story line!!! So we come up with...
    Sorry...I can see only 1 film in that lot that has any hint of a plot...Se7en. The rest the original poster actually asked NOT to reccomend...

    :lease: :oops:
     
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    Mullholland Drive
     
  13. Pbryanw

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    Hmm... it seems the two (good movies/great sound) very rarely cross. I suppose one reason for this is because in the big bang movies with the great sound all the plot does is link the action scenes and setpieces (which provide the effects and bass we crave in home cinema). And the movies with great plots consist mainly of talking which doesn't really stretch the old 5.1 surround sound system.

    Ray and Se7en sound like good purchases though. I wish I could get something like Sweet and Lowdown in DTS or DD but its in DD mono.

    It seems like the films I like watching in my DVD collection (e.g. Taxi Driver, Sleeper, Seven Samurai, Blue Velvet) are all in Dolby Stereo for some reason (age I suppose, with the exception of North by Northwest which is in DD).

    Anyway the search goes on :rolleyes:
     
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    Seven 2 disc with dts sound.£5.99 from dvd.co.uk
     
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    Check out -

    Spike Lees 25th hour. A superb soundtrack - fabulous movie. Substance over style.

    Seabiscuit, a wonderful movie with a great DTS soundtrack.

    Narc - for a classic nod to Popeye Doyle and seventies police movies with a breath taking sound track.

    Open range. A classic western with the best shoot out (chapter 18) ever commited to film (after Heat).

    Big Fish - a heart warming tale of love with a superb musical score and effects.

    Moulin Rouge - Simply for the genius of Baz Lurhmann and his eclectic fusion of music in glorious DTS.

    The Pianist. Oh my good. What a movie, what a score. heart renderingly brilliant.

    Hope this helps a little :smashin:

    Captain Benefit ;)
     
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    The Last Samurai
     
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    The Others dts
     
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    Das Boot, you wont like the life on a U-Boat you almost smell the fear!
     
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    The new version of star trek first contact with :dts: should be good :thumbsup:
     
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    Black hawk down (superbit or Jap region 2 DTS.)

    Startrek First contact (DTS) (not out yet but it will rule)

    Fast and Furious (superbit, DTS)

    S.W.A.T. (superbit, DTS)

    Spiderman2 (suerbit DTS)

    Collateral (DTS. AMAZING soundtrack)

    Bourne Identity.
    (DTS. Check out the bit near the end where you hear the gun shots in the stair case. The sound of the shots and the casings hiting the floor. AMAZING!)

    Thats probably enough for now.
     
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    The others is an awful movie how could you recommend that?

    AML, does Collateral have a DTS soundtrack? If so which region?
     
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    :thumbsup: Tho not a great filmbut certainly watchable, Independence Day has some great DTS moments, the best is the opening credits where the text breaks up and flies towards you, sounds amazing on a surround sound system, also the battle scenes are good surround sound material.
     
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    The original post asked for 'good' films with good sound - yet I see Fast and the Furious listed twice !!!!
     
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    HUH??? Bad movie?? The Other with Nicole Kidman?
     
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    Fast And Furious is an AMAZING film so shut it! :D

    And, yes. Collateral does have a DTS track, R1.
     
  28. Pbryanw

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    Thanks for all of your excellent suggestions. You've given me a lot of ideas when I purchase my next DVD (which should be soon). I think the reason why I started this thread was to expand my movie tastes - not just watch the usual suspects normally listed in these threads. I certainly have not heard of Taegukgi and looking it up, it seems to have got excellent reviews -I look forward to watching it in the future. And maybe another reason was to get to know movies which have good soundtracks, but which don't rely on big explosions and big effects to achieve their aims -films like Ray, The Pianist, Das Boot.

    And that includes The Others :D but I'm not getting into that argument :)
     
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    Transformers The Movie :smashin:
     
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    Hulk has good sound. Mind you, I done a fart the other day that would put DTS to shame!!! :eek:
     

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