Forgive the long post.
Did anyone notice a lack of bass? I purchased the original dvd, the special edition, and the bluray. I compared two scenes the evalutate the bass and surround activity.
SURROUND: The two quick shots where the people were burning up in the express elevator and the pov was in the middle of them.
The scene where the building is exploding in a straight line to the elevator that Newman rigged to only go down.
Original dvd: Heard the people specifically screaming in the surround speakers.
Special edition & Blu-ray (dts hd): Barely audible, more of an ambient sound.
Original dvd: You felt the explosions leading up the elevator.
Special edition & Blu-ray (dts hd): Considerably less bass.
In fact I had to turn up the bass level on my receiver all the way up and adjust the sub itself just to get the same bass on the blu-ray as the original dvd, which I shoudn't have to do.
According to IMDB.com there were 2 stereo soundtracks for TTI: a 4-track 35mm and a 6-track 70mm which, I believe in those days, had a baby-boom track for the extra bass. I'm thinking (and I would appreciate confirmation) that maybe the dolby 5.1 from the original dvd was mastered from the 6-track and the blu-ray dts-hd ma was mastered from the 4-track (the SE dvd had the 4.0). In fact when I switched between the dts and the dolby 4.0 on the blu-ray there wasn't that much difference.
The picture on the BD was much improved, but I want my hd sound too. Now I checked my system to make sure the settings were correct. Through my Panny BD-55 I'm running the analog cables to my Denon receiver (no hdmi) which has a setting to increase the subwoofer channel by up to 15db (which is set to) since the analog output is 10db less . The first 'flyby' in Top Gun scared me so much that I was afraid to play the ending. The scene in Transformers where the autobot swept over the woman in slow motion almost, well that scene could put Viagra out of business. And Predator 2 had serious athority. Those examples do not even compare to the dvd.
Again, could anyone check to see if the 4.0 stereo track was used to create the dts hd ma soundtrack? Thank you for your patience.