Originally Posted by prefetch
can anyone else confirm that the DVD version of Master and Commander has weak audio?
Actually, I can confirm quite the opposite. The DVD release of Master and Commander has long been considered among the very best in the area of audio. In fact, the year it was first released, it was hailed in many reviews especially for its audio tracks. It is often referred to as a "reference quality" DVD, and it usually ends up being praised more for its excellent audio than its video transfer (which was also considered quite good.)
A typical example, from a review I just found:
"Master and Commander on DVD was a disc I was impressed with for the quality of the 768 Mbps DTS track. I continue to be impressed by the sound quality on Fox's discs, including Independence Day, I, Robot, The Day After Tomorrow, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and now Master and Commander. This is what home theatre is about! All speakers are in use here and the directionality is spot on. I truly believe I have cannons beside my sofa, powerful, heavy cannons. Not for the faint of heart is this one, at reference level volumes."
So, I would suggest the following...
1) Is your set-up / equipment capable of DTS? If it is not, and you are listening to the DTS track, then the audio will definitely appear barely audible, and "weak." I have seen this on a few occasions. There are DVDs where the default track that plays automatically is the DTS track, and if you play it through (as an example) an older TV using older stereo phono jack connections, then you would barely hear the audio track. A faint, weak soundtrack, throughout. The solution, is to simply go into the DVD menu, and switch to one of the other audio tracks. Try the 5.1 DD track, and even the stereo track. Compare. (I know this is true of the "Last of the Mohicans" DVD - and the default track on that disc was also the DTS track.)
2.) If the above is not the reason, then I suggest you post a rundown of your entire set-up, and maybe someone here can help you trace this through.
I can promise, it is not a "weak audio track" on that disc. It is one of the strongest ever, and one of the most robust ever.