Originally Posted by pbarach
I have been a Netflix member with BluRay disc service for quite a while, and I can't recall a single disc that was mastered in hi-rez sound and arrived without it--they have all come with either DTS Master HD or Dolby TrueHD. In this thread, I see people mentioning two titles I haven't seen (Hunger Games and Cabin in the Woods).
So which BD's came from Netflix without hi-rez sound?
Well, Hunger Games was one. I just got that last week, and I always check what sound stream it's using since sometimes the PS3 defaults to the wrong one, and I'm sitting there scratching my head wondering why the movie sounds like shite when it had such good reviews for sound, then I remember to check and switch, and it's like BAM, I can actually hear everything. Sort of like the phrase, it's like a veil has been lifted, but in this case it must be a thick veil of burlap or something. So anyway, yes Hunger Games is one that only had DD and the soundtrack was noticeably lackluster. There was another one a few weeks back, and I was sort of pissed off about it, ah. No Country for Old Men.
The problem as I see it though is you have no way of knowing before you rent the disc if you're getting shafted or not. It's not like I'm going to go buy the disc after the fact. I'm sure it's a piracy thing, so people can't just rent the discs and rip the HD soundtrack, which let's face it, many do. The thing is, it's ******** like this that makes me want to start just buying BD's on release, ripping them, and then selling them on ebay or Amazon marketplace the next day. I'm paying to rent, I should get the full product. If there's no legal way for me to rent the full product (Blu-ray quality video AND audio) then I'll just have to find my own way around it. Actually, I don't know if I'd bother to rip them, or just buy and immediately resell. I can probably effectively rent them on release day for only a $3-$4 loss as long as I turn them around right away. What a hassle though, maybe I'll just quit watching movies, I have more fun out on my mountain bike anyway.
Note: Apparently you can look before at which audio streams are on the disc. The netflix page lists it for the DVD and for the blu-ray. I guess in the future I'll have to look at that and those movies without it I just might not end up watching. The main reason I rent discs instead of streaming is for the better sound.