Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger
Yep, the DTS laserdisc sounded great for its time. We do have cases on Blu-ray where studios have gone and tinkered with the sound for no good reason.
They do near-field mixes since the soundtracks aren't being played in a giant auditorium through PA speakers. That being said, there are wonderfully great home theater mixes that keep the essence of the original theatrical version (and are sometimes supervised by the same engineers) and there are some wonderfully awful examples too.
Take for instance the Jurassic Park DTS Laserdisc. It used the ORIGINAL theatrical mix designed specifically to take advantage of the DTS system debuting with JP... and that motherf--ker blew a lot
of speakers in its day (the mix was hot)! The bass was stupendous and the surrounds were jacked up and more enveloping like modern film tracks as well. That LD is definitely a classic.
Because of ultra boosted treble and other issues with audio designed for auditorium sound systems, there are some good reasons for near field mixes, but they have to be properly created.Edited by Dan Hitchman - 6/19/13 at 9:24pm