The top 3 soundtracks of all time?

Smurfin

Distinguished Member
Tough one this, but of all the films that you've ever watched, which have the best soundtracks, and why? You can't cheat, you have to pick 3! ;)

Mine would have to consist of the following:

1. Saving Private Ryan DTS

It's all been said before, but the sheer power of this soundtrack not only contributes to the movie, but imho, it makes it. Complex, layered and shattering, this I think has to be seen on a good system to really appreciate it. I've seen this several times, and playing at -5db really is an experience. Those with capable subwoofers (the SVS brigade, the big REL and Velo owners) will know just how deep and prolonged this track reaches, but it never seems out of place or over the top. Well it IS over the top, but in context it fits just right as I can only imagine that's what it's like to be in a firefight.

It feels like you can hear every bullet, every mortar shell landing, and the moment in the town when you actually feel those tanks coming before you see them.....this makes me nervous with anticipation every time I hear this.

2. House of Flying Daggers DTS

One of my early DVD reviews, I was wowed by the sound design on this, and still am! The 1536kbps DTS track really kicks almost every other movie I've seen into touch. Whilst never feeling overblown, there's a heightened sense of sound in every way. Every breath is crisp and clear, dialogue has a silky weightiness about it, clashing blades assault your ears with not a touch of sibilance, and the bass........ :eek: The pebble scene near the beginning is the very definition of demo material imho :)

Awesome stuff, and one to be played at -10db if your system can comfortably handle it (any louder and my ears suffered I found!)

3. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

All three movies exhibit wonderful sound design. Again, a complex mix, and one which demonstrates huge dynamics - there's lots of ambience to envelope the viewer with subtlties, that brooding score, and thunderous, balls-out mayhem during the battle scenes. People often mention the opening of FOTR, when Sauron explodes, but the first real "wow" moment for me is when the hobbits hide from the Black Rider on the road. Superb stuff :)


Others which are noteworthy but didn't quite make the top 3 for me are:

Master and Commander (BluRay) - this would definately be my 4th choice!
Matrix Trilogy (HD-DVD)
Gladiator
Monsters Inc
The Incredibles
Ratatouille
Casino Royale (BluRay)
The Orphanage (BluRay)
Kill Bill Vol 1 (BluRay)
Transformers (HD-DVD)


And too many others to mention!

Interestingly, none of my top three soundtracks are HD ones, and are pretty much lossy DTS - that said, I'm looking forward to the jump between 768kbps DTS and DTS-MA :thumbsup:
 

IAN P

Distinguished Member
Well,if you're on about sound design,then my choice's,albeit 3 is a low nunber,are.:D

The Haunting DTS-ES,the rattling pipes have yet to be bettered.:thumbsup:

Saving Private Ryan,the opening 20+minutes is an aural assault,and the P-51 will make you grin like an idiot:D

If you're having 3 as 1 choice,then i'll take 6,Star Wars the entire heptology.:smashin:

Scratch that last choice,i'll take Roy Orbison's A Black and White Night-dts version,listen to some great guitar players kick ass.
 
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nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
I agree with all those choices. I like the sound in Resident Evil 2. It sounds an odd choice but the sound placement is spot on. The sound of the nemesis was well done and it felt like he walked up in front of me and went past between the rear speakers.

Just like Private Ryan, the soundtrack to Band of Brothers is pretty amazing especially when you got tanks going across the screen and firing at each other.

The sound on Roger Waters "In the Flesh" is good. It has a PCM track with a lot of detail. The DD 5.1 surround sound is good but I actually prefer the PCM track.
 

sore napper

Well-known Member
Tough one this, but of all the films that you've ever watched, which have the best soundtracks, and why? You can't cheat, you have to pick 3! ;)

Mine would have to consist of the following:

1. Saving Private Ryan DTS

It's all been said before, but the sheer power of this soundtrack not only contributes to the movie, but imho, it makes it. Complex, layered and shattering, this I think has to be seen on a good system to really appreciate it. I've seen this several times, and playing at -5db really is an experience. Those with capable subwoofers (the SVS brigade, the big REL and Velo owners) will know just how deep and prolonged this track reaches, but it never seems out of place or over the top. Well it IS over the top, but in context it fits just right as I can only imagine that's what it's like to be in a firefight.

It feels like you can hear every bullet, every mortar shell landing, and the moment in the town when you actually feel those tanks coming before you see them.....this makes me nervous with anticipation every time I hear this.

2. House of Flying Daggers DTS

One of my early DVD reviews, I was wowed by the sound design on this, and still am! The 1536kbps DTS track really kicks almost every other movie I've seen into touch. Whilst never feeling overblown, there's a heightened sense of sound in every way. Every breath is crisp and clear, dialogue has a silky weightiness about it, clashing blades assault your ears with not a touch of sibilance, and the bass........ :eek: The pebble scene near the beginning is the very definition of demo material imho :)

Awesome stuff, and one to be played at -10db if your system can comfortably handle it (any louder and my ears suffered I found!)

3. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

All three movies exhibit wonderful sound design. Again, a complex mix, and one which demonstrates huge dynamics - there's lots of ambience to envelope the viewer with subtlties, that brooding score, and thunderous, balls-out mayhem during the battle scenes. People often mention the opening of FOTR, when Sauron explodes, but the first real "wow" moment for me is when the hobbits hide from the Black Rider on the road. Superb stuff :)


Others which are noteworthy but didn't quite make the top 3 for me are:

Master and Commander (BluRay) - this would definately be my 4th choice!
Matrix Trilogy (HD-DVD)
Gladiator
Monsters Inc
The Incredibles
Ratatouille
Casino Royale (BluRay)
The Orphanage (BluRay)
Kill Bill Vol 1 (BluRay)
Transformers (HD-DVD)


And too many others to mention!

Interestingly, none of my top three soundtracks are HD ones, and are pretty much lossy DTS - that said, I'm looking forward to the jump between 768kbps DTS and DTS-MA :thumbsup:

So, your top 3 are from the SD DVD Format.... interesting.
 

IAN P

Distinguished Member
God only knows what Armageddon on blu(if we ever see it)will sound like,the non-anamorphic sd-dvd from Japan is another stunner with dts sound.:thumbsup:
 

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
I watched Cloverfield last night and despite only getting DD from a TrueHD track, it was still pretty impressive.
 

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