Originally Posted by nick_danger
It is a new mix, but from what I understand from reading posts in this thread (and reading other reviews) it is not the typical boombastic track. Most modern movies are bass heavy when they don't need to be. It's like there's a competition to see who can have the most ridiculous bass drops and rolls. JP has bass only when it needs it. Over the years there have been a couple issues regarding the soundtrack on different formats and encodes being too hot or too dull, I don't even know what's correct anymore.
All that stands out in my memory in terms of loud, dynamic theater audio are the drums in the opening theme, the raptor screams, the T. Rex stomps, the T. Rex roar, and the Gallimimus scene. Other than that, there was a lot of dialogue and ambient surround activity.
Audio mixing trends have definitely sided with LOUDER IS BETTAH! Using combinations of compression, peak limiting normalization, overcooked frequencies, and permitting clipping resulting in distortion.
-Movies are bad but video games have exponentially become worse and worse, MW3 being a disgustingly popular example. Distortion Extravaganza.
An example of this is Outlander, watched it several months ago, decent film but the home audio mix is terrible, tons of distortion and hot mixing. It was like listening to a modern music recording.
Black Hawk Down is a hot mix, not in the fact that it is a war movie but in the nature of the audio engineering and mixing. Not nearly as bad as my prior example or other recent action films but it went the slightly cooked route.
Whereas Jurassic Park I actually turned up the volume during the more intense scenes due to having clean distortion free, effortless, dynamic audio. The high frequencies are not overtly cooked nor is the low end bloated, a zen like balance.
Subtlety and balance seems to have been lost in favor of cheap 'bombastic' audio tricks.