Originally Posted by FilmMixer
As someone who's work gets tier scores, of course I find it strange.
It's totally subjective.
Where is the criteria for what makes a title a tier whatever.. the picture thread has criteria laid out that one can reasonably compare a given title to... and like anything in life, it still leaves a lot of room for personal opinion and preference.
For me, the only thing that matters is if the soundtrack helps to tell the story, and Yuma does that in spades. To me, it's much more difficult for a track to do it's magic with subtlety than bombast, and even harder on a home theater to re-create those track as intended.
Giving out arbitrary scores only provides an opinion of what people think makes their
system sound best... or what makes their surrounds come to life, or the sub boom, or whatever is important to them.
Reviewing and rating soundtracts is flawed if you don't have any idea what the intention of the director was and if
you helped bring that intention to fruition, and can compare that to other films.. and even at that, it is a subjective opinion.
I mixed "In The Valley Of Elah." In the HiDefDigest review, they said the sound would be better if we had included some extra sounds in certain scenes...
While that's a fine opinion, there are reasons that serve the story why those sounds aren't there.. like creating an off putting, not quite right sense of isolation for the main characters... both self removed from society and trying to piece together a horrific crime. We left out the highway sounds ann tumbleweeds to further remove them from their world at large.. we tried putting more in, but it completely pulled your ear away from the silence and the tension the characters... it's what the director wanted, and intended, from the script onward.
Can you name one? Just curious.
Since the elements we make for the theatrical mix are tied together, it would take a great effort to "botch" it up and then have it approved by all concerned parties and released for public consumption.
I can only name a handful of times where extraordinary effort went into remixing for home video from units and predubs, and while the tracks was praised in the public, the original sound crews wasn't happy at all by the results..
Just .02 from someone who's work is routinely critiqued on these forums, and tiered by a new breed of "online" home theater journalists and reviewers, most of whom are vetted by neither education or experience, but by their access to a computer and keyboard.