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I spun this one on my system last night (I use a 7.0 system, my L/C/R go low so no need for a sub).
I don't know what the deal is but this is perhaps the most disappointing sound mix I've ever experienced! I love the Chemical Brothers. It was advertised as: "Don't Think is the first concert film to feature Dolby 7:1 surround sound, mixed for the screen by the band, and includes 2 new Chemical Brothers tracks."
Which sounded damned promising, and it was reviewed well. But when I put it on I thought something was wrong with the disc, or with my system. The sound was mixed so predominantly to the center channel, it sounded for all the world like a mono movie mix, with tiny whisps of crowd coming out the rest of the speakers. I waited, and waited for something to happen in the mix, for the music to expand, the sound to become powerful and immersive, but it stayed the entire time in the center channel!
And far from putting me in the crowd at a concert, sound-wise the music was placed in no particular dimension - it just sounded dry, like a through-the-board feed.
Wow was it disapointing, watching those amazing visuals with the sound stuck in the center channel.
To double check, I switched to some music channels on my TV - yup, all were pouring richly out of all my speakers, like I expected for the concert. I played some other Blu-rays. Yup, all sounded fine, all my channels fully active. So it wasn't my system.
I'm just baffled by this mix (and baffled why anyone hasn't mentioned this, reviews included). (I did try the stereo mix and even THAT was FAR more spread out and immersive than the 7.1 mix).
Anyone else have this disc and find the same?
ETA: Well...it turns out that for some reason the disc had defaulted to the 2 channel mix, and in the "dolby surround" mode on my receiver it made that weird center-channel mix. Why a 7.1 mixed disc would default to the 2 channel selection is very strange. But once I selected the 7.1 mix...all is well in the world. Sounds fantastic!