THE TWO TOWERS:2 DISK SPECIAL EDITION
Studio: New Line Cinema
Audio: Dolby Digital EX
I got back from a little adventure I like to call "breaking the street date". It is pretty obvious that I take a run into the city, and hunt for a DVD store that breaks the street date for a DVD release. In the city you can find movies two weeks in advance, but expect to pay a premium. My friend purchased The Two Towers on DVD at a whopping $29.99. Anyway the anticipation was just killing us. We could not wait any longer so he bought it.
Needless to say, I was dying to see if The Two Towers track was going to be hot like the FOTR. I do not think it was as hot. I had my pre-pro setting to -10dbs above reference. I felt that I could have listened to it louder, probably at -5dbs. The Dolby Digital soundtrack really makes use of the surrounds, truly enveloping. The LFE track is another winner. Scenes like the black riders in the swamp, those wings kick up some serious bass. Also, when Gandalf is fighting the Bulrock. I really need a Bigfoot center channel as I am using a sub-par one. The dialogue did not come across that clearly on all scenes. After discovering Gandalf they are about to embark to Rohan when Gandalf whistles for a horse. Legolas proceeds to utter some dialogue that I could not catch. Anyway, the sound is superb and you will definately enjoy it. I am looking forward to the DTS track on the extended edition.
As was the case on the FOTR, the video is pristine. I noticed little edge enhancement if any. It was a very clean looking transfer without any grain. There are many scenes that just jump out at you. For instance there is a close-up of Sam that his hair seems very 3D. The detail in the costumes is very evident. The seperation of colors like on legolas' costume, you can see the texture of the green. His bow strap around his torso, very detailed. The video really looks great. I am sure the two disk will look even more stunning.
I am so happy my friend has money to make these silly impatient decisions. It afforded the oppurtunity to write this mini-review. Since it was late, he wanted to go home. So I could not take a look at any of the extras. Hopefully I can post more tomorrow.
Thanks for reading