Originally Posted by rover2002
Max Payne (DTS HD MA) Reference
Great spatial design with lashings of LFE
More like bathings of LFE, there's too much of it and it's just there for the sake of being LFE. C4 = LFE, Dude fires rifle = LFE, Max fire small hand gun LFE, Max moves arm to scratch nose = LFE. It is distracting and very rarely accents anything.Max Payne (DTS-MA) - Tier 0
Doom comes from the same mixing school and does this a lot better IMO.The Punisher: War Zone (DTS-MA) - Tier 0
This is the mix that Max Payne and Transporter 3 were trying for. It knocks your socks off with very few 'tricks or gimmicks'. None of the guns sound the same all of the bone crunching is there, super dynamic, 360 degree sound - the 7.1 is completely warranted here. There's no obnoxious ADR, but I'm pretty sure there is some.
This also gets bonus points for playing 10 seconds of Slipknot, and having a Rob Zombie song. This was the Punisher movie the first should have been, the metal is peppered throughout the movie, and the very very TDKesque score actually works well with the movie.
I would call this reference but the Kalashnikovs don't quite 'bite' hard enough. And this one really cant compete with other Reference titles.2010: The Year We Made Contact (TrueHD) - Tier 1
maybe Tier 2
This one surprised me, this is easily the best sounding 80's BD title I've listened to. Watching this I realized that Sunshine borrows more from this film than it does any other sci-fi flick, almost as if Sunshine's mid way shift was based on a single "what if?" from one of the characters lines; so the sound design is similar on both.
The large ship and centrifuge create a good deal of LFE(not Sunshine LFE though). The whole movie has a lot more LFE than I thought it would. Surround use if very consistent, there's always background noise in the rears when it makes sense. Panning and Imaging are OK. Overall this is a solid vintage mix, the design itself sounds very modern. The only issue was that the dialogue is mixed a tad too low, and it can be a bit harsh. This is stuck somewhere between Tier 1 and 2, and because of the technical merit I'm calling it 1, I wouldn't argue against Tier 2 if others felt it should be placed lower.