Originally Posted by thehun
I watched the first hour so far,and while I consider the film OK, I'm quiet let down with the sound. The opening section with the dragon was quiet a lackluster, especially compared to the sequels. Bass and dynamics from those frequencies, are the main culprit.Also the soundtrack just not as enveloping, like the ones in the LOTR series, and I'm comparing this to the lossy DVD version since I don't own those films on Blu Ray yet.I'll post a full review on the BD audio review thread once I see the whole film.Pq is outstanding for sure.
Agree 100%! I just got done watching this film in 3d (yes, I went against my gut and bought this disc today which I now regret
) and I have not been this disappointed with a films low end support since 2012 and Revenge of the Sith!
What happened?? As you mention, right in the opening moments with
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the dragon scene
the low end was noticeably lacking which I was hoping was just some sort of artistic choice for this scene for some strange reason which unfortunately was not the case as the rest of the film was just as anemic.
I seriously feel like this is dejaVu from 2012 and Revenge of the Sith where I am just left scratching my head wondering where the low end went. To make things even more puzzling, all 3 LOTR movies have absolutely fantastic low end support with many very demo worthy sequences. The Mines of Moria section for example in FOTR is still one of the absolute overall audio demo pieces on blu ray IMO (just watched it a few months back again for the 1000th time) and NOTHING in The Hobbit even comes close to that largely due to the sorely and strangely lacking LFE. Truly a disappointing audio track from a LFE standpoint for both extension and output. What the hell happened????
Besides the major LFE issue which really brings down the audio presentation for this type of movie in general, I thought the rest of the audio was very good, but unfortunately the weak low end sticks out so much it is hard to appreciate what is left.
3d was average overall, nothing special. There were some impressive scenes off and on, but overall I dont feel the 3d added much if anything. You are not missing much of anything if only watching this film in 2d IMO.
Movie was just as disappointing as when I watched it in the IMAX.
I managed to stay awake this time no problem, but man this movie falls flat compared to the LOTR films which you cant not compare to, especially FOTR since the structure of the film is so similar.
Good news.................I have absolutely ZERO interest in the EE and am happy to save money there. Besides checking out some scenes to assess the 2d PQ on my calibrated RS45 (I watched the 3d on my BenQ which I have not calibrated yet), I feel confident saying that I will never watch this film again as I have that little interest in it at this point. Really wish I would have just stuck to my guns and rented this disc! I should have listened to you Dave and thanks for trying! Edited by Toe - 3/19/13 at 10:31pm