Originally Posted by huskie2000
Had to re-setup my system this weekend and gave both of these a spin. Looks like you may be right, the DVD also has the 'half here, half there' sound design. Guess i did not notice it before but it seems so much more pronounced on the blu ray.
It is kind of interesting though...you realize first hand that no matter how many discrete channels are created and what kind of AVR/speakers you have, if the sound design sucks, then nothing will help.
I dunno, starting to feel irritated about this. This may be the first blu ray purchase that I am genuinely disappointed in - to the point I may prefer using just my TV speakers
Now im curious to see if Predator and Spartacus are really as bad as everyone says they were !!
Maybe Terminator is not Jaws as far as Movie History, but it sure would have been great if this release was modeled after that one.
Trouble is, Gary Rydstrom did The Terminator
's 5.1 EX (5.1 plus matrixed mono back surround fill) remix at the behest of Cameron years ago. He wanted T2 and T1 to have a similar sound design (Rydstrom also mixed T2 for its theatrical run and for the extended director's cut first shown on Laserdisc in the 90's). Rydstrom was again tapped to remix T2 into 5.1 EX so that home theater viewers could experience more closely the Cinema Digital Sound track, a precursor to theatrical Dolby Digital and DTS, created for T2's initial run (but few theaters ever installed the system because it had no optical track backup). This time, Rydstrom took advantage of the discrete, split surround channels now available in the theater and the home by Dolby Digital and DTS encoding. If you listen carefully, all the future battle flash-forwards in The Terminator
remix were from T2's sound library.
The main beef I have with the remix is that Arnold's gun sounds like an electronic squeak toy. If Rydstrom had found a library effect that matched the gun used (or made a new recording) and fixed just this one irritant, I could have lived with it.
In fact, I would rather they both received brand new, object-oriented mixes that REALLY took advantage of today's technology. They can always leave the original mono and stereo tracks for film connoisseurs.Edited by Dan Hitchman - 7/28/13 at 2:22pm