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What dvds would you use at a demo?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by rjcowan, Nov 19, 2002.

  1. rjcowan

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    I am going to demo some new speakers and my list so far is :

    Gladiator - scenes to be decided
    Heat - The shoot out
    Blade 2 - for the 6.1 sound(Region1)
    LOTR - same reason as above
    Star Wars - The Phantom Menance(Region1) - Pod Race

    Anything else that you would recommend?
     
  2. higenbs1

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    I would also try:

    Fight Club - Opening credit sequence / inflight collision sequence
    T2 UE - Opening battle
    Attack of the Clones - Asteriod chase scene
     
  3. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    The Others: Scene where she has to go up stairs past kid reading from Bible...it's quiet...with fantastic effects. Crash bang in bits but only bits.

    Almost Famous: Tiny Dancer

    Gordon
     
  4. mjn

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    how about some scenes with good dialogue/speech......?

    or doesn't matter if you can't hear the actors clearly, as long as you get your swishing surround effects.....?
     
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    You can hear clear dialogue on a 14 inch portable :D
     
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    I would use Matrix (r2) to demonstrate how a great film can be spoiled by a bad transfer!
     
  7. UrbanT

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    Some faves of mine are:

    Titan AE (DTS) - Chapter 16 Ice Field
    Star Wars TPM - Pod race from chapter 20 onwards

    Remember that some dealers won't let you demo anything but region 2 discs as they can be fined for letting you play other regions discs
     
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    For effects (and volume contrasts) - Attack of the Clones - Asteroid chase

    For dialogue - The Talented Mister Ripley

    Music and effects - Gladiator Germania battle scene prelude
     
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    How about the opening scene in Pitch Black. The sound of the meteorites pummeling the ship is cool.
     
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    Aliens - Drop ship scene. Has build up with music and dialog then deafening noise plus some dialog and good range of sounds.
    "We're on a elevator from hell..... going Dooooowwwwnnnnn!!" ;)

    Attack of the Clones - Good test for bass is the opening scene of the senators ship landing. Bass from that makes the missus shout at me to tun it down ;)

    Cheers

    Ian
     
  11. PeterR

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    Hi

    I also like the SAM missile scene from 'Behind enemy Lines'.
    Don't think much of the film overall but the DTS version has some great sound effects.

    Also U571 and those good old depth charges!

    Peter
     
  12. Ian J

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    As everyone seems intent on recommending loud noises I thought that I would quote the above as the gunfire takes up 1% of an action film whilst dialogue takes up the other 99%

    If you listen to 5 minutes of the shootout at the end of Heat and 5 minutes to the depth charging scene from U571 you can spend the remaining 20 minutes of your half hour listening to speech and music which are more important.

    Don't forget if you are auditioning a budget set of speakers that the wonderful placement of the flying bullets could be down to the expensive amp that they are using in the dem.
     
  13. midlander

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    Can't believe nobody's mentioned Saving Private Ryan R1 DTS. Play the 20 odd minute Normandy landing scene or the final shootout in the town with the Tiger and air support.
     
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    hi
    jurassic park I or III,terminator II,any star wars,
    cheers
     
  15. Wayne Moule

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    Fifth Element,for picture quality.

    Aliens onward,for sound.
     
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    mjn: I guess you haven't seen the scenes I mentioned then....the bulkof them are speach, music and silence.

    Gordon
     
  17. rjcowan

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    Thanks for the help. For the demo I am planning to take my own amp with me so that there is no confusion and I am not disappointed when i get them home. Still trying to get a set list that I can bring with me to fully appreciate the sound and dialog. You would think it would be easy but everyone seems to have there own list.
    I will finalise the list this Thursday and post for comments
     
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    Take along some stereo music CD's you know well too & start with these in stereo - avoid PLII, etc until much later in the day. This will quickly help you sort out which front speakers you like/dislike, narrowing down your choice of sets & then giving you more time to demo the matching centre & rears.

    I find that using DVD exclusively to demo speakers is tougher as you get distracted by the screen and forget to listen as carefully as you do with 2 channel music. Oh, and use the analogue outputs from a CD player or DVD player rather than the amps DAC when listening to tunes during your demo.
     
  19. UrbanT

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    Why? I prefer the DAC's in the amp to the ones in the DVD player? Surely you should/could try both?
     
  20. Ian J

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    very useful for a speaker dem :rolleyes:
     
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    I watched 'Behind Enemy Lines' today, in DTS. Great soundtrack, give it a go, you will not be disappointed. You may even enjoy the movie as well!!

    Tal
     
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    The Red Violin DTS(R1) is a great demo. Subtle violin and beautiful classical music. I would also demo Moulin Rouge DTS for music and dialogue. My favourite demo is the Jurassic Park II DTS teaser. Fantastic sound.

    Kenneth
     
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    Field of Dreams for music / dialogue in DPL (which most of your TV viewing will be).
     
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    How about the car chase in Ronin!
     
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    Most of the recommendations seem to be of the "Crash-Boom-Bang" variety, but there was an interesting article in 'DVD Review' recently which suggested that 'A.I.' is the current state of the art disc for testing not only the "wallop" factor of your system, but also the hi-fi quality and the ability of your system to resolve fine and subtle details in the soundtrack. Made for a very interesting test.
     
  26. rjcowan

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Finally tested with Gladiator - the bit in the stadium with the chariots and the other scene was the LOTR's part in the cavern when we meet the belrock. Excellent speaking moment here as well as thundering bass when the belrock appears.
    Was testing a lot of equipment so I kept the scene selection short.
    Not happy with demo as now i have to spend more money and have no sub to chose from. Let the search begin........
     
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    It's a BALROG. Some people. :rolleyes:

    ;)
     

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