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Saving Private Ryan R2 DTS Edition Review Posted

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  1. Phil Hinton

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    Thanks to DTS UK, Matt Brown has reviewed the recently released SPR: DTS Edition (2 disc). Comparing it against the R1 DTS only edition, are there any differences?

    Find out by clicking here
     
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    Oops, one little inaccuracy, I said in my review that the R1 dts edition is devoid of extras...in fact it's just missing the "Into The Breach" documentary.:rolleyes:
     
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    God, you just can't get the staff these days:rolleyes: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
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    Hi,
    Nice review - I liked it.

    You mentioned that the R1 has only DTS whereas the R2 has DTS and DD. I'm pretty sure my R1 has both. When you load the disk your immediately presented with an option of DD or DTS - you have to choose and then your moved into the main menu.
     
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    If you select Dolby it's only in 2.0 on the DTS edition.
     
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    Matt - would you say it's worth re-buying the DVD for the DTS soundtrack? (Top review BTW :)).
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Yes, considering it can be had cheap and especially if you're a sound purist...:)
     
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    Are you happy with the DD soundtrack? If the answer to that question is "yes" then why shell out for another copy? Marv is a renowned dts fanboy (no disrespect mate, you have actually admitted it in the past) so would naturally agree the dts track is better.
    I never owned this disc before so brought this version...now I WAS a renowned DD fanboy but have recently been brought round to the delights of dts and now do bother to listen to the dts soundtrack as well as the DD one on the odd occasion and I must say that I am coming round to the dts fanboys ways of thinking...but to me, dts tracks are "different" and not "better". I personally found the dts track on this disc a little unrealistic and over the top. I didn't notice any subtle differences like I normally do due to the increased bit rate. I did notice a very loud LFE level (some 5 db louder than the DD one) and the rears were very intrusive...and remember guys, no flaming please as I am coming into the realms of dts fanboyism myself.
    Over the top (appropriate for a war movie) is how I would describe this soundtrack...I would say stick with the DD version if you're happy with it - then again, what do I know?:D
     
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    Nothing wrong with your opinion Army Bloke, and if it was any other movie I wouldn't bother replacing my DD edition! However, SPR is my all-time favourite movie, I've owned the DD NTSC laserdisc, the Region 1 DD DVD, the Region 1 DTS version and now the R2 DTS 2discer (admittedly it was a review copy). So in that regard, I'm happy to shell out for a new edition:)

    Personally I don't think the sound is ott (well it is, but both mixes are!) and I much prefer the DTS track for it's visceral punch. But if it ain't one of your favourites, then don't sweat it:)

    Cheers
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    PS The only other movie I would replace is Jurassic Park....I love the dts track:)
     
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    Army bloke - yes I'm happy with the Dolby Digital soundtrack, but it doesn't mean to say I'm not going to detect a distinct improvement with the DTS soundtrack.

    If it helps me enjoy the movie more then it's worth shelling out for IMHO.
     
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    I'd agree with that in principle:)

    I know I'm being picky, but have you ever witnessed a howitzer shell landing in front of you?

    So the DTS track is perfectly appropriate:D:devil:

    (Edit: hope that didn't sound argumentative, wasn't meant to)
     
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    And Matt - if it's your all time fave movie, then why'd you give it an 8? ;)
     
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    Because I'm giving a balanced opinion and can see the movie's flaws! It does has it's weaknesses, so I couldn't possibly justify giving it 10/10, but it remains my all-time fave purely for the effect it has on me when I watch it (I don't watch it often to preserve some of the impact, which is always diminished on repeat viewings).

    Dunno if that made any sense, I feel like crap so I'm going to bed:rolleyes:

    nn:boring:
     
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    Isn't that all a review is about matt? How the movie makes you feel?

    You've probably got what I just had - head cold, killer headache, feeling sick...

    I couldn't even listen to my hi-fi as it hurt my ears :(.

    Sleep for about 6 days and it goes away
     
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    Army Bloke,

    Good to hear that your starting to listen to more dts tracks now, its the first step to becoming a fanboy, i can remember when i thought Dolby Digital was the True Format.......

    But after hearing The Fast and the Furious in DTS, i was sold.
     
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    Afetr watching The Fast and the Furious, I sold my copy too. :p
     
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    I've just bought the R2 DTS version and it really is just so much better than my original R2 DD.

    The first "landing" scene shows up the difference immediately. The DTS is more open, detailed and punchy. Even the voices are clearer. During this opening scene you are placed behind a gunman on top of the dunes shooting the Americans. On the DTS, the noise from the bullet cartridges being ejected, is so realistic. It's not particularily loud, just real. The DD version just doesn't give the same feeling.

    It's excellent.
     

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