Gravity - did you notice the "overhead flies" sequence? Wow - stunning sound engineering and a worthy test of our "ultra" systems!
Allow me to share list of movies I vote best for the JTR Captivator 1400
. These have sequences that contain not just deep bass, but powerful mid and high frequency effects. I prefer more wide-band clips because they are more crushing and VIOLENT :-), especially the ones in red. (Please note I'm otherwise a very peaceful person.) Credit goes to "bass heads" on AVS forum that have given me the knowledge + incentive. And yes some of the movies have perhaps questionable plot and acting :-), but believe me the sound is worth it.
Note how many times the name Richard King got mentioned - multiple Oscar winner & nominations; quite a talented audiophile. In fact, as far as audio engineering, two names appear frequently in these blockbusters:
: War of the World, Master & Commander, Interstellar, Dark Knight
: Cloverfield, Percy Jackson Lightning Thief, 9, Midnight Special
***War of the Worlds
: A well known favorite and IMHO still an all-time number-one demo movie. Top of the chart no matter which aspect of sound you are judging. Dramatic, violent, loud, deep. Scenes: Pod emerging - Lightning strike - Airplane crash
nomination 2005 Richard King (also Interstellar & won 2003 Oscar for Master & Commander & 2008 Oscar for Dark Knight - King is an extremely talented sound engineer and clearly an audiophile).
This and Interstellar are the most interesting movies of this top group to me. Can't give away the spoiler, but... do turn the volume UP - he he. IMHO the art of movie sound is not all-loud-all-the-time, but silence interrupted with sudden and violent BOOMS :-). And surely, there are multiple, and I repeat, MULTIPLE, booms :-) throughout this movie that are guaranteed to give your subwoofer a workout. Scenes: Chapter 5 20:30 Building collapses
Chapter 6 27:30 Monster on bridge
Chapter 8 35:00 Army attack
Chapter 14 1:06:00 Helicopter crash
Chapter 15 1:08:00 Final encounter
. Sound engineer William Files
(also involved in a ton of other blockbusters: Percy Jackson Lightning Thief, 9, Midnight Special).
***The Incredible Hulk
Three words to describe the sound of this movie: ridiculously, ridiculously, VIOLENT :-). This is another all time classic like War of the Worlds and is an recommended buy without reservation, for the sound. Thunderous, deep, loud, FUN! Scenes: Chap 5 (0:25:50) Encounter at Brazil factory - Chap 10 (0:54:50) Encounter in the park with sonic cannons
- Chap 17 (1:32:50) Fight against Abomination
***Live Free or Die Hard
: Scenes: Chap 5 Attack at apartment
- THE single most satisfactory explosion ever recorded on to Blu-ray :-). An incredible explosive sound effect expanding outward from the center speaker. Chapter 15 Collisions in the tunnel
. Chapter 23 Gas Explosion
. Chapter 33 Jet Attack
. The sound of this movie took me completely by surprise - extremely potent and polished.
: Mostly a mid-bass dominated movie, but nevertheless, in all my years of fooling around with audio, this is probably the most prominent example yet of sounds (NOT the physical vibration, just sounds) that give me an illusion that objects are physically shaking in my room (think about it :-)). An intense, very intense, sonic experience that makes me feel like I were there (and isn't that what this is all about?). Oscar
nomination best sound editing/mixing 2014 Richard King. Scenes: Liftoff
(oh my goodness!) - Entering worm hole
(holy macaroni :-)) - In Gargantua
: Like Interstellar, a sonic AND visual tour de force, with outrageous mid-bass output. 3 memorable scenes: Earthquake in Los Angeles - Earthquake in San Franciscio - Tsunami
. This is the movie I turn to if I've had a bad day at work :-). Hold on to you chair boys and girls.
A 5-star bass blockbuster with an extremely polished bass mix, and actually an extremely fun/tongue-in-cheek action movie. I am just not content with hearing explosions anymore (War Horse for example) because it gets boring after a while, so I'm happy that in Dredd, the bass mix is sophisticated with a variety of bass effects, and therefore so much more interesting. My son the movie buff and I both loved it. Available for pennies on ebay and therefore *extremely* highly recommended. There are other movies (NOT many) with perhaps "louder" bass, but this is top 7 because it has "sophisticated" bass :-). Scenes: Chapter 2
5:50 - Chapter 7
Lock down; door dropping - Chapter 10
: Opens with an explosion that would clean your ears and followed by complete mayhem. Of note, at 51:38
Of note, at 51:38
as extremely menacing rumbling came on as Dredd tortured Kay. So subtle yet adds so much to the experience - listen to see if your subwoofer highlights this, I love it!
***How To Train Your Dragon
: It's been many years since I enjoyed watching a cartoon, so the fact that I mention this one at at all speaks to its tremendous low frequency prowess. Throughout most of this movie I was yawning and wondering why it's so famous, then I got to the ending. Goodness, the triad 1:12:50 cave opening
, 1:14:10 dragon emerging
, 1:22:45 dragon crash
at 1:22:45 is the equal of anything I have ever heard in audio over the last 20 years. An absolute can't miss for any lover of sound and for all JTR owners. My whole house was shaking and flexing - it is SO... MUCH... FUN... Please, do not miss this.
: Absolutely balls to the wall sound :-) of the highest pedigree. If this were a better movie, it would have tied War of the Worlds for number one spot. Problem is, it's kind of a ho-hum flick so it has to lead the second tier, but make not mistake about the sound. SEVERAL moments of clean, most powerful mid bass and deep bass, from beginning to end. 23:20 (lycans), 43:50 (footsteps).
***Battle: Los Angeles
This movie is proof that we should buy as many Blu Ray as possible because one, they are all so much fun, and two, not all explosions sound the same - they are all beautiful in different ways. This thing is deep and loud. Actually, in-your-face VERY deep, and VERY loud :-). Scenes: Chapter 3 20:45 Helicopter arriving
to LA Chapter 9 56:00 Alien aircraft up close
(love the sophisticated exhaust sound!) Chapter 10: Battle at the bridge
- 1:05:50 "What the hell is that thing?
" LOL 20:45 Mothership taking off - the mother of all explosions
***Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
: Not continuous bass but what's there has no equal. 38:30 Hades appearance
1:06:00 Hydra attack - wow!
. Down to 10 Hz and so powerful I had to check all my speakers after the movie. 1:36:00 Percy and Luke fight. 1:40:45 Arriving to Mt. Olympus (what on earth was that explosion?). Also, unfortunately not such a good movie; I admit all I paid attention to was the sound, not the plot :-).
What movie has guttural monster screams that BEAT the COMBINED effort of Jurassic Park and Desolation of Mauch? Ragnarok! Effects are wide-band (high and low freq combined, not just low, which is not as exciting to me), and make the sound utterly brutal. The movie is an all-time bass classic the caliber of War of the Worlds, with single digit and up frequency response. The plot is a barely-ok copy of ***spoiler alert*** some famous dinosaur movie, and something that I would not have watched twice. But... as it were, with the bass, I'm on my third helping LOL. The bass is off the chart and rocks my hometheater repeatedly. So much so my son came into the room just to see what on earth was going on. Sound mixes like this don't come often, and for that, I will be buying.
Scenes: 00:56:30 Cave encounter 00:59:00 - Container pull - 1:09:00 Crossing the lake
- a spectacular buildup to the snap (@ 1:09:50 OMG) - 1:12:00 Chase in tunnel - fantastically loud chase music -
1:20:00 Allan's demise - 1:23:30 Final encounter
***Flight of the Phoenix
: Scenes: Chapter 5 & 6 Sand storm & plane crash
- Chapter 17 Explosion - Chapter 35 Plane taking of. Amazing mix, lots of low bass. There's nothing better than watching to a bad storm in movie, except for... an airplane in a bad storm in a movie! :-)
***Edge of Tomorrow
The now famous opening minute
of the movie has a series of pulses at 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 hz that are not just (obviously) low, but loud as well and may cause the woofers to jump out of the cabinet :-)... you've been warned. Every halving of frequency increases excursion by 4 (from 30 to 15 to 7.5 hz, your subwoofer driver moves 16 times more), and by looking (not listening) you could tell which one is the 10 hz killer LOL.
A quiet movie until chapter 21 and 22, then all hell broke loose with the first cannon shot that caused me to almost fall off my chair LOL. War Horse reminds me very much of the artillery barrage of Master and Commander (DVD not Bluray). Anyone here into non stop loud and house-lifting
cannon shots - buy this.
***Deep Water Horizon:
*** There is something about these bubbly low bass sound effects - very addicting.
: Scenes: Train wreck
- Bus crash & attack. Train wreck sequence is a well crafted perfect 10 coordination between screen action and sound effects that is also a topic of discussion by pro's Click Here
). So real it's frightening; frequently makes my audience physically "duck" the flying debris. IMHO this is a must-have show-off demo and among my all time favorites. Talented sound editor is Benn Burt (voice of R2D2, light saber hum, breathing sound of Darth Vader, etc.).
: Atmos and 3D. Scenes: Chapter 14 Arrival of the storm
- Chapter 16 Avalanche
***Olympus Has Fallen
Scenes: Washington Monument
: I think movie is ok only but sound is without reproach. Unbelievably good deep bass from beginning to end, spectacular visuals that are well coordinated with amazing sound effects. Oscar
winner 2013 sound editing and mixing Glenn Freemantle
***Mad Max Fury Road
: 2015 Oscar
winner for both Sound Mixing and Editing Mark Mangini and David White. A big fan of sports car's exhaust sound, I use the opening clip to evaluate mid bass "power." My criticism of this double Oscar winner is this: it's just one very lousy and "noisy" movie. Too much of a loud assault to the ears, where the *ART* IMHO is silence interpersing with sonic mayhems.
: Scenes: Chapter 20 Tunnel Car Chase-Chapter 30 Hospital Exploding. Needs no introduction; long a favorite among nutty bassheads. 2008 Oscar
winner sound editing Richard King.
*** Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
: 2001 Oscar
nomination Best Sound Christopher Boyes et al. Scense: Bridge of Khazad Dum
: 'nuff said!
***Lord of the Rings: Two Towers 2002
Clips: Gandalf falls - Nazgul Black Riders over dead marshes. Oscar
Winner for Sound Effects Mike Hopkins and Ehtna Van der Rynand Oscar Nomination for Sound Mixing
***Lord of the Rings Return of the King
Winner Sound Mixing Christopher Boyes et al.
Yes I'm a fan, mostly for scenic type movies.
: Best of all nature type Blu-ray that I have seen. Visually and "sonically" arresting.
: The plot is marginal, although it is not un-interesting :-). Other than that: Fantastic stunt work, amazing cinematography, wonderful sound and powerful bass.
***Flight of the Butterflies
: For sissies - kidding. Made for 3D - trust me you'll like the visual effects.
*** Chicago: Cell block Tango - one of my all time favorites - Queen Latifah's in night club
. Musical, intensely physical - not the sound, the dancers :-). I love watching how powerful and beautiful the young dancers are. Oh... how about the sound? So dynamic - very much so, yet silky smooth voice and high end, transparent and layered soundstage. This is my "musical" demo. 2002 Oscar
winner for Sound Mixing Michael Minkler, David Lee, and Dominick Tavella
*** Roy Orbison Black and White Night:
A awesome classic - if only for those w/ more "classic" music taste LOL. Recorded and produced by an audiophile - T Bone Bennett and that explains the great sound. Wish I were there - sigh. https://www.amazon.com/Roy-Orbison-B...+night+blu+ray
***Blue Man Group Audio***
(Audio is title of release) - DVD-Audio Format
(Come in Blu-ray size case - you do NOT want the CD.): https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Man-Grou.../dp/B000051S65
. This is one of the most awesome demo disc I've come across; and I've come across many. It will rock your room I promise. I got mine off of ebay for $3 but even new one should only be around $10 or so; again just make sure that it's the correct disc you are buying. Some of my favorite tracks:
PVC IV: I'm not gonna say anything. Just turn it to max LOL. Un****believeable.
TV Song: An onslaught of impossibly big, huge drums, huge space, border of room disappears. I am in awe.
Club Nowhere: Fantastic and menacing bass rumbling. What a "backside" JTR massage.
Klein Mandelbrot: Some drum wacks guaranteed to clean out your ears. Goodness.