Originally Posted by Fastfwd
IKD, I had to break out my old Avia disc to dial in my speakers recently after getting a new display (the Wow Disc audio setup sucks in comparison unless I’m missing something). The audio on this disc had probably the best sound effects of any of the admittedly very few discs I own.
I saw this at our local IMAX to see if I would appreciate it being shot on ‘film’ vs so many of the new movies shot digitally. IDK if I appreciated it there so much, but now that I’ve gone plasma I have been shopping for films recommended here for plasma screens to show off the blacks. I just so happened to order Inception and this movie without realizing they are both Christopher Nolan and shot on film. I’m not the biggest ‘film geek’ – I’m sure most people here were well aware.
Anyway, this is certainly going to be at the top of ‘reference’ discs for my small ‘collection’ (less than a dozen Blu-ray discs lol). Kudos to the site for providing good recommendations.
To me and quite a few others, the DKR soundtrack is less than stellar or reference (but since you don't have a lot of other superior Blu-ray's to compare it to...). The dialog, in particular, is poorly integrated into the rest of the mix. Bane is very
difficult to understand. Nolan's choice to record Tom Hardy's almost Darth Vader-esque performance live using the mask he was given to wear was also not the best choice... coupled with the sound engineers not balancing the soundtrack better, made this a hard slog to get through.
Most of the modern Disney and PIXAR films on Blu-ray are absolutely reference and worth picking up... not just for the stellar audio, but for the good story telling. However... Cars 2 and Brave would be a pass for me. Weaker stories than normal.
If you liked the latest James Bond (I didn't, but there you go), Skyfall has a highly regarded transfer on Blu.
Ron Fricke's Samsara (he also did Chronos and Baraka) large-format film is absolutely amazing A/V-wise and very powerful visual story telling as well.