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The Two Towers - What Do You Think About the DVD Quality

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Julia, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Julia

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    Does anyone else think that the DVD quality of the extended edition of The Two Towers is not as good as the quality of The Fellowship of the Ring DVD?

    I'm speaking just about the image quality.

    It seems to me that the image is clearer and sharper in the Fellowship extended edition DVD ...


    Thanks,

    Julia
     
  2. CrackDown

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    I don't see any difference per se, kind of hard to compare I think, certainly on something like a Z2 which, good though it is, isn't exactly the pinnacle of pj pq. :D
     
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    I think picture quality isn't as good and i think sound quality is nowhere near as good as the Fellowship was, i believe someone said New Line overcooked the audio on Fellowship and pulled right back for The Two Towers, well give me overcooked to undercooked any day of the week.

    i can't understand why everyone is giving this dvd top marks, its good its very good but it's not as good as Fellowship was.
     
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    I haven't got it yet but will be able to comment on December 26th...:D
     
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    I watched my two towers dvd today and thought the audio was missing something.
     
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    I thought so too but I put it down to watching it in DTS. I'll have to see what the DD 5.1 version sounds like.
     
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    What region are we talking about here?
    I have the R1 and thought it was fine.
     
  9. KraGorn

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    Both R1s .. I have to agree with THX (IIRC) who posted the review some weeks ago, unlike the FoTR, TTT's DTS soundtrack is barely different from the Dolby, at least on my low-end Marantz 4300/Eltax speakers.
     
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    Little doubt in my mind that the R1 I have sound and looks spectacular. I currently use it and Blade 2 R2 as my reference DVDs
     
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    :D My kinda guy ;)

    Army Bloke, shall we let him in our new club?

    Sigs
     
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    Actually, during my second viewing I forgot to select DTS and listened to the DD track for half an hour or so before realising something was different .. the little 'Dolby' light on my Marantz was lit instead of the DTS one. ;)

    I spent some minutes toggling back and forth, sadly of course there's a second or so silence between changes so A/B comparison isn't 100% accurate, but I couldn't really detect any difference. Maybe my kit is too low-end for it to show. :confused:
     
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    Prior to watching ROTK, I watched both EEs & thought there was a small improvement in picture quality going from FOTR to TTT.
    (Both R1 on Pio 757 into Panny PW4)

    Watched both films with Dolby Digital sound - fantastic.
     
  14. Julia

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    Many thanks for your replies.

    I've got Region 2 Two Towers bought from dvd.co.uk at the bargain price of £17.99. I've noticed that the version I have has an IRL stamp on it (maybe that means it has ben made for Ireland?).

    Maybe if I try a UK version it will be different?

    I use the DVI output of a home made HTPC or of a Bravo D1 DVD player and a AE300 projector.

    I just wonder if maybe I should sell my IRL version of the Two Towers and buy a UK one?

    Has anyone made a comparison between the IRL version and UK version?

    Thanks,

    Julia
     
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    It'll be the exact same one as the UK edition, the irish stamp just signifies its intended for Ireland.

    I have the region 1 and i honestly don't think the picture and in particular the sound are as good as the first film.
     
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    Thanks FoxyMulder.

    We really love this film and it's such a pity it's not as good quality as the first one ;(.

    So it seems that it would make no difference to sell my IRL and buy another version.

    Thanks,

    Julia
     
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    Picture looks great to me, and the sound was fantastic. I think the dts soundtracks on each match beautifully and arent undercooked, but the DD on FOTR sounds overcooked. Too much bombast. I like my steak cooked to perfection. ;)
     
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    Don't get me wrong picture is great and sound is very good but i think FOTR had better sound i like my sound overcooked.
     
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    Hey:)

    I actually thought it was the best looking DVD i've seen! [R1 on a 7' Sanyo Z1].
     
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    FoxyMulder got it spot on IMO
    The sound/picture on TTT isn't bad it just isnt as good as FOTR
    I believe FOTR was something special & will take a lot of beating in the sound/picture stakes - especially on the sound front were there were so many scenes which were just made for Home Cinema e.g. the "pulse" in the first battle scene - how many of us use that scene to show off our systems ?
    TTT is a great film - maybe even better than FOTR ? - but it is the film as a whole that impresses me - I cant think of one particular scene that I would use to show off my system (?) maybe that's the way it should be with the film being bigger than the quality of the presentation
    Another positive for TTT is IMO they managed to give us a 4 disc set that is even better than FOTR in terms of the extras
    I for one cant wait for ROTK on DVD - should be AWESOME!
    Paul ;)
     
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    Agree on the DTS sound on TTT EE, It's just so lacklustre compared to FOTR EE. Definatley NOT demo material.
     
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    Have to agree, thought FOTR was better A/V wise
     
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    I guess you all disagree with my review then;)

    I don't understand how anyone can say the audio and video on FOTR is superior to TTT. Reference quality both of them.

    :confused: Definately NOT demo material? Completely disagree with you there, it's a sublime sound mix.
     
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    No, I agree; I thought TTT was marginally better video-wise though. It's not a colourful as FOTR - this is intentional. Some shots are practically monochrome on TTT. In terms of sharpness & detail, I don't know what people are seeing that would make them say FOTR is 'better'.

    Also agree re the sound mix. Not so 'in yer face' far more subtle use of effects, etc.
     
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    I think TTT (R2 extended version) from a resolution point of view is exceptional, the picture has detail as fine as i've ever seen on a standard definition dvd. The styleised colours are clearly intentional as that was how it looked in the cinema. I have no complaints with the sound.
     
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    Smurfin - you said
    so what would you suggest as a particular scene to use as a demo ? I find it hard to pick such a scene(s) from TTT but actually think TTT is a better film (?)
    Paul ;)
     
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    Read this
     
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    Here here ;) Spot on review - very professional - and accurate.
     
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    Two Towers has great sound but just didnt do as much for me as Fellowship did, i dunno about anyone else but in a home environment i love discrete surround effects constantly doing things around my head some would say overcooked, In this regard Fellowship had the better sound mix.

    A comparison would be Star Wars Phantom Menace and Star Wars Attack of The Clones, for me Phantom Menace had the better sound mix, Clones constantly had everything going on in the rear speakers but Phantom had more defined split surround moments that stay in the memory and were more enjoyable to listen to, i feel the same way about Fellowship and Two Towers.

    I love huge overblown sound mixes, my favourite is the DTS version of The Haunting.

    So in summing it all up, all of the above films have great sound and very good picture quality but i prefer Fellowships DTS track and i also thought Fellowship the better film.
     
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    Smurfin ... I have revisited your excellent review as you suggested and was pleased to read the following in respect of the sound on TTT ...
    ... something along the lines of what I was "trying" to say I believe? ...
    TTT audio-wise (& possibly video-wise - I doubt I can fully appreciate the video on a 32" CRT) is not as "in yer face" as FOTR nor does it IMO use the DTS-ES as well as FOTR ... FOTR is still No1 DVD for me with TTT a close second ... Paul ;)
     

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