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The Bridges of Madison County (1995) BD:
1. For a drama, there's a reasonable amount of discrete surround action (birds, rain, thunder, insects). I was pleasantly surprised.
2. I haven't watched this for years but Meryl's great in it.
3. Region Free BD here: https://www.amazon.com/Bridges-Madison-County-Blu-ray/dp/B00HQQPYN4/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+bridges+of+madison+county+blu+ray&qid=1614543022&sr=8-2

Mud (2012) BD:
1. There's not a lot of surround action in the DTS-MA 5.1 which is a shame as there was loads of potential (as with all movies really) for sounds to come from all channels.
2. Great movie though - it's probably my favourite Jeff Nichols flick. Great story/performances/pretty much everything.
3. Region B here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mud-Blu-ray-Matthew-McConaughey/dp/B00BJ0RGCU/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=mud+blu+ray&qid=1614542864&sr=8-1

Midnight Special (2016) BD:
1. A reasonable amount of surround action. It won't knock your socks off but it's OK.
2. Some awesome room-shaking LFE though. Whoa! Had to crank the sub down.
3. Another Jeff Nichols winner if you ask me.
4. Region B here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Special-Blu-ray-Michael-Shannon/dp/B01DSZ44UU/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=midnight+special+blu+ray&qid=1614542983&sr=8-1
 

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Revenge is a dish best served . . . in surround!
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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
I saw this for $6.99 at
Kino Lorber, and i couldn't resist–i'm so glad i bought it! Many years ago, a student loaned me a copy of Oldboy; that is all i knew of Chan Wook Park. This film does not have the over-the-top revenge action of Oldboy; it is more a deconstruction of the genre, but it is very engaging and thought-provoking. Now the purpose of this thread is "surround movies," so let me say that the DTS 5.1 mix really enhanced the experience for me! The rears are well-utilized throughout for sound effects and especially the spectacular score–music is often present and deliciously discrete. Early in the film, there is a powerful fantasy scene that features thunder, which began behind me and then filled the soundscape to great effect–it really freaked out Ms. Charlotte (one of my cats), as did the thunderous explosions of the protagonist's custom-made gun. I can't wait to check out the three commentary tracks for some more insight into this intriguing film. Highly recommended!
 
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By the way, the German studio Capelight Pictures recently announced a 4K UHD release of both films Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in limited mediabook editions in 23 April 2021.

 

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And the audio will be in WONDERful Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Is there a way to get a Non-surround Movies and Television thread started?
The DOOR IS WIDE OPEN, Clement. This was ONLY posted for the KAP who preferred the Original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, over Marvel's latest French Import and for no other reason.

And FYI, a LOT of discs, DVD and BD~V which specify 5.1 surround have nothing or VERY little coming out of the rear channels and sound INFINITELY better if you play them in STEREO and engage PRO LOGIC!
 

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The Criterion Blu-ray of Beau Travail is NOT surround. I own it. It is an uncompressed stereo soundtrack as it says on the Criterion site Beau travail
I BEG TO DIFFER ...., Played through my OPPO 205 through Pro Logic II, the surrounds were ACTIVE throughout the entire movie! And the END CREDITS did specify it was encoded in DOLBY DIGITAL.
 

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Smart Aleck! It's NO upmix.....but a constant barrage of sounds front and rear. A stunning transfer. Am just watching the special features. BTW, according to the end credits, it was released with a Dolby Digital Soundtrack ...... so why NOT 5.1? Hmmm!

Time for a Clinique Charcoal cleanse!
Butttttttttttt. I mean, butt. I thought Dolby Digital could also be DD 2.0. It doesn't automatically mean 5.1. At least, I didn't think so.

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Butttttttttttt. I mean, butt. I thought Dolby Digital could also be DD 2.0. It doesn't automatically mean 5.1. At least, I didn't think so.

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Nice Butttttttttttt! Not only is the Dolby Digital 2.0, but the reason the surrounds are active through Pro Logic II is because that's what Pro Logic II does:

"Dolby Pro Logic II transforms traditional stereo audio into 5.1-channel surround sound for a seamless listening experience full of presence and depth."

 

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Nice Butttttttttttt! Not only is the Dolby Digital 2.0, but the reason the surrounds are active through Pro Logic II is because that's what Pro Logic II does:

"Dolby Pro Logic II transforms traditional stereo audio into 5.1-channel surround sound for a seamless listening experience full of presence and depth."

Point of FACT: The Grey Fox which I did VERIFY as three channel Stereo [Weird, but true} did NOT decode in Pro Logic like Beau Travail. And I do have way over 4,000 DVDs, BD~Vs and Laserdiscs which specify DD 5.1 some of which have very minute or NO rear speaker action. Which is why I said, play it in stereo, engage Pro Logic and it will give you more REAR ACTION than playing it in 5.1.

Same rule applies to SURROUND CONCERTS which are either ambient or audience applause in the rears. If you play the Umcompressed 2.0 it will not only sound FULLER and BETTER [even superior in some instances] run it through DSP or just enjoy the more fulsome Stereo with probably deeper bass and better pinpointing of individual vocals/instrumentation.
 
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Point of FACT: The Grey Fox which I did VERIFY as three channel Stereo [Weird, but true} did NOT decode in Pro Logic like Beau Travail. And I do have way over 4,000 DVDs, BD~Vs and Laserdiscs which specify DD 5.1 some of which have very minute or NO rear speaker action. Which is why I said, play it in stereo, engage Pro Logic and it will give you more REAR ACTION than playing it in 5.1.

Same rule applies to SURROUND CONCERTS which are either ambient or audience applause in the rears. If you play the Umcompressed 2.0 it will not only sound FULLER and BETTER [even superior in some instances] run it through DSP or just enjoy the more fulsome Stereo with probably deeper bass and better pinpointing of individual vocals/instrumentation.
How did you verify that Kino's recent release of The Grey Fox is three channel? No review that I find mentions three channel. Also, it may not decode in Pro Logic because it is NOT stereo according the the review on DVDTALK:

"The English DTS-HD (mono) audio is also way above average. Though one wishes the film had been theatrically released in full stereo (better to complement the fine musical score) it's top-drawer for what it is."

I have no problem upmixing stereo releases; my only problem is posting about stereo and mono mixes in threads dedicated to surround. For example, when i learned of Bunny Wailer's death earlier today, i immediately went to my CDs and played three of them using Neural X on my AVR–loved the experience! Stay Surrounded, Comrade!
 

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How did you verify that Kino's recent release of The Grey Fox is three channel? No review that I find mentions three channel. Also, it may not decode in Pro Logic because it is NOT stereo according the the review on DVDTALK:

"The English DTS-HD (mono) audio is also way above average. Though one wishes the film had been theatrically released in full stereo (better to complement the fine musical score) it's top-drawer for what it is."

I have no problem upmixing stereo releases; my only problem is posting about stereo and mono mixes in threads dedicated to surround. For example, when i learned of Bunny Wailer's death earlier today, i immediately went to my CDs and played three of them using Neural X on my AVR–loved the experience! Stay Surrounded, Comrade!
BY putting my ears to the speakers ...... L/F, Center and R/F were ALL ACTIVE. Which is why I say WEIRD. Like your Nat King Cole AP SACDs were THREE CHANNEL and a few of those AP Miles Davis 3 Channel SACDs.

BTW, Dolby Digital for Motion Pictures in theaters is LOSSLESS and is not to be confused with LOSSY DTS/DD 5.1 for domestic consumption. Beau Travail was encoded for Dolby Digital for it's THEATRICAL RELEASE. You have the disc ..... read the end credits. Why Criterion didn't choose that codec for it's BD~V release is anyone's guess.
 

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BY putting my ears to the speakers ...... L/F, Center and R/F were ALL ACTIVE. Which is why I say WEIRD. Like your Nat King Cole AP SACDs were THREE CHANNEL and a few of those AP Miles Davis 3 Channel SACDs.

BTW, Dolby Digital for Motion Pictures in theaters is LOSSLESS and is not to be confused with LOSSY DTS/DD 5.1 for domestic consumption. Beau Travail was encoded for Dolby Digital for it's THEATRICAL RELEASE. You have the disc ..... read the end credits. Why Criterion didn't choose that codec for it's BD~V release is anyone's guess.
You need amps with VU meters Ralphie, then you don't have to put your 4 ears to speakers.
 

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I've been revisiting this awesome anime
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Samurai Champloo
Shinichiro Watanabe followed up his excellent Cowboy Bebop series with this wonderful and playful 26-episode anachronistic, hip hop meets the Edo Period romp. The Dolby True HD 5.1 mix takes full advantage of the soundscape, and the soundtrack makes my subwoofer thump and bump with delight! I had forgotten how much FUN this series is, and the surround mix took it to the next level for me. Although it doesn't ultimately reach the peak of Cowboy Bebop, for fans of anime, this one is Highly Recommended!

 

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You're just NOT into movies, Gene. It's a camp classic in the Mel Books Mold [like Young Frankenstein]!
I used to watch a lot of movies, but it's true...these spoof type movies never tripped my trigger. I realize Mel Brooks stuff is considered super. I've never seen Young F either. :censored:
 
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