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Best movies for show off your HT system!
#311276 06/23/10 10:46 AM
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Hi guys what are your favorite movies for showing off your system to friends and family? I have heard so many, but I wanna know a spectacular movie with awesome sound effects. I have heard of Pan's labyrinth have any of you guys watched it?

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Ichigo_Kurosaki #311283 06/23/10 12:55 PM
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I would use "Master and Commander" or "The Dark Knight" as a demo movie. Some others that come up are "U571" and "War of the Worlds" but so far I have yet to see a better HT experience than the excellent sound effects in Master and Commander. I saw Pan's Labyrinth a few months back, I can't recall how the effects were in that one(I think they were quite good)...I'll have to watch it again!


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Adrian #311298 06/23/10 03:00 PM
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There is along link on this topic somewhere here. Unfortunately, the Search function normally just makes me angry so I didn't go looking for it myself.

I agree with Adrian. Master and Commander has the most amazing surround effects I have ever heard. If your speakers are calibrated right, you literally hear sound from everywhere, even above your head. Great cannon fights too.

Also agree on War of the Worlds but I specifically go to it for the Tripod emerging from the sidewalk scene for the best subwoofer scene I have at my disposal. Pan's Laybrinth had amazing visuals as I recall but I can't think of where the sound amazed me except I recall it was pretty good.

The Lord of the Rings movies are another top pick for me and demos. Any one of the three contains sooo many great surround and LFE moments and the visuals are equally well done.

For music, I almost always draw out my old stand by, "The Eagles, Hell Freezes Over". Also now, "Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Live at Radio City". Just two guys, two guitars, one guitar per speaker but I don't think I have ever heard another recording so breathtakingly clear and lifelike.

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Oh and if they want something a bit more hard hitting, I'll play selected tracks from "Nine Inch Nails, Beside you in Time." On a big screen with some volume, you will feel like you are part of the very energized crowd. Complete with some LFE you will feel in your chest. Careful with your audience though, the language can get interesting.

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Murph #311311 06/23/10 04:05 PM
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I just watched the BR version of War of the Worlds last weekend. Absolutely amazing LFE effects throughout the movie. The DVD version was very good, but the BR is on a whole new level that surpasses anything I’ve heard to date (and I have close to 400 BR movies). Master and Commander has great surround, as mentioned already. I especially like the beginning scenes where you can hear sailors walking all around you on the deck above.

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michael_d #311313 06/23/10 04:22 PM
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I just listened to the enhanced audio track (or whatever it's called) of Toy Story 2, and it impressed me; it really utilizes the side and rear speakers. Here's the first scene to give you an idea of the LFE/audio in the regular soundtrack.


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Ya_basta #311547 06/24/10 11:36 AM
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Iron Man is also very impressive. Was reminded by Black Sabbath coming up on my iPod.


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Murph #311551 06/24/10 12:24 PM
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I am looking for some blue-ray suggestions to buy so I can test my new speakers. Master and commander will be the first I am gonna be ordering. Does any of you guys any good horror movie? I heard that The Grudge is nice, having some good effects.


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Ichigo_Kurosaki #311552 06/24/10 12:42 PM
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I recall some pretty neat effects and an explosion that gave my subwoofer a good workout in Event Horizon and t's also one of the few horror movies I actually enjoyed.

I haven't seen it but the movie "Pulse" consistently comes up in discussions as having an LFE scene so powerful that legend has it it can lay waste to all but the best subwoofers. Unfortunately, the other consensus is that the movie sucks.



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Murph #311561 06/24/10 02:38 PM
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Actually I have seen this movie on the airplane, that was kinda of a good movie. I wouldn't give it 5 stars out of 5 but would give 3.5 or 3.75 out of 5. Well 3 stars from this rate is for Kristen Bell, lol! She is a one of a kind girl.


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Ichigo_Kurosaki #311566 06/24/10 03:05 PM
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Don't expect a lot of it, but "The Others" makes great use of surround sound.


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