Originally Posted by Saturn94
I have the original DVD release. When I get a chance I'll check out the original mix and compare it to the BD mix.
I finally got a chance to compare the original DVD release to the current BD release. On the DVD, I listened to the original DD 5.1 mix and the Home Theater DD mix. On the BD, I listened to the English DTS MA mix (*see below). I listened to the opening sequence and the stampede scene.
*I should note that my Anthem AVM20 processor can only decode lossy codecs, so the DTS MA mix is processed as DTS core at full bit rate. However, while there may
be some differences in SQ between DTS MA and full bitrate DTS core, I don't believe for a second that this would explain the big differences I heard between the different mixes.
I found it interesting the the bass levels in the original DD mix and the DTS MA mix were similar (the DD mix had a wee bit more at times). The Home Theater mix definitely has much more bass impact which adds excitement to the scenes mentioned above that the DD and DTS MA mixes lack.
IMO, of the three mixes, the Home Theater mix sounds the best by a good margin. It has the exciting use of surrounds like the DTS MA mix, doesn't sound as sterile/brittle and has much
better bass levels.
wish Disney would have included the English Home Theater mix on the BD.
It's a real shame that PQ is first rate but AQ is quite a step backwards.