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post #61 of 735
Note: This is a cross-post, as I posted early today to a similar subject thread in the Speaker Forum, thinking I was posting to this thread! Anyway, I have taken the liberty of copy & pasting that same post, as I thought some here might find the movie mentioned of interest.

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Here is one that most have probably not seen: D-Tox (alternately Eye See You)

This was a Sylvester Stallone film made back in 1999 that did not get released here in DVD. In it, Stallone plays a cop who initially chases a serial killer; which ends up getting his girlfriend killed; which inturn causes him to fall in to the bottle. His boss (Charles S. Dutton) sends him to dry-out in some remote frozen Northern gulag of a detox center for alchy LEOs. Strong supporting cast includes: Kris Kristopherson, Tom Beringer, Robert Patrick and several other solid actors. The Movie was kind of a slasher B-flick; but in a good, "guilty pleasure" sort of way.

The Japanese DVD I viewed was a 2.35 transfer with a bass-heavy 5.1 soundtrack. Lotsa of low rumbling bass to be had here. In fact, I recall that the bass revealed a couple places on my second floor landing that I needed to have the glass inserts re-caulked along several of the edges, because the bass was vibrating them so badly. Also found out which wine glasses in the kitchen cupboard were touching each other. Not the greatest movie for sure, but still worthwhile beyond the rumbling bass; and likely more entertaining than the 99th viewing of The Fifth Element!
post #62 of 735
not a movie (well, pilot maybe) but if you haven't seen BSG off DVD or in HD you don't know what you're missing on the audio side. I got the DVDs as soon as they came out and FINALLY got SWMBO to watch the pilot. she immediately got hooked and we plowed through seasons 1 & 2.0 off DVDs in two weeks (to make 2.5 premier). the sound is simply awesome (when things go wrong/in battle/etc.)
post #63 of 735
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Originally Posted by jakesdad View Post

not a movie (well, pilot maybe) but if you haven't seen BSG off DVD or in HD you don't know what you're missing on the audio side. I got the DVDs as soon as they came out and FINALLY got SWMBO to watch the pilot. she immediately got hooked and we plowed through seasons 1 & 2.0 off DVDs in two weeks (to make 2.5 premier). the sound is simply awesome (when things go wrong/in battle/etc.)

Haven't seen the DVDs, but the HD broadcasts do sound good. Not WotW/LotR/Batman Begins/Star Wars I,II,III/Das Boot/The Haunting/etc. demo quality, perhaps, but very effective.
post #64 of 735
Jakesdad, I totally agree with you about BSG. I got season 1 this past Christmas and I couldn't believe the quality of the picture and sound. The music is absolutely phenomenal, as are the environmental sound effects. I love the low, punchy bass that accompanies the Viper's blaster fire.

As for the total package, the best part of season 1 absolutely has to be Kobol's Last Gleaming. Wow. Everything from awesome space battles to cool planet scenes and an incredible score.

I've yet to see BSG in HD but I am so impressed with the DVD that I don't really mind.

Mark
post #65 of 735
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Originally Posted by edster922 View Post


5 hours with a bunch of guys in a submarine, dunno about that part though...

I agree, the 3-1/2 hour version (Director's Cut) is plenty long enough. Believe me, it is so engrossing that the time flies by. It also has a director's commentary track which the uncut version doesn't have. All in all, I think Director's Cut is the version to get.
post #66 of 735
Doesn't The Haunting win the award for worst movie still worth watching for the bass?
post #67 of 735
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Originally Posted by VanMark View Post

As for the total package, the best part of season 1 absolutely has to be Kobol's Last Gleaming. Wow.

I can wait to get my hands on the 2.5 DVDs and see the last two episodes w/the Clyon battle on Caprica.

I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that will be worthy of a high-end sub...
post #68 of 735
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Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post

Doesn't The Haunting win the award for worst movie still worth watching for the bass?

Hey, at least it's got the Cathrine Zeta Jones "eye candy" thing going for it!!! The Fog has some nice extention and is really bad.
I watched Black Hawk Down for the first time last night....very good war movie but wasn't overly impressed with the LFE though...about like The Island which is semi-good on the LFE and for some reason a movie I really like alot ..even more than Serenity which has some really good LFE in it..also Batman Begins is pretty good ...Waiting on King Kong DVD, which I haven't seen yet...I bet it has to have some good chest pound scenes in it. The lightning and pod emerging scene from WotW's is the demo I still use to blow my friends away with though....awesome LFE scene...
post #69 of 735
I didn't care for Serenity (although I am a fan of sci-fi) or Titan A.E.

Good movies with good bass, as far as my tastes go:
House of Flying Daggers
Master & Commander
Kill Bill
Matrix triology
LOTR trilogy
Batman Begins
The Rundown
Jurassic Park 1
Star Wars Eps 1 & 2
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Spider-Man 2
Harry Potter 2 -- I'm allowed to like it since I have a 7yo daughter
The Incredibles


I agree with the BSG suggestion. I have the soundtrack for Season 1 and some of the tracks have incredible bass (most of the songs have strong Taiko drums).
post #70 of 735
Flight of the Phoenix (DTS) - any part when the plane is flying. Awesome

My house was moving!
post #71 of 735
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Originally Posted by HDVidGuy View Post

Flight of the Phoenix (DTS) - My house was moving!

I beg to disagree on the question of "suck"-iness. The original version of this movie, with James Stewart et al, was excellent and gritty. The re-make, however, while it may have great bass, sucks bigtime thanks to a ridiculous script, improbable action, and terrible acting. So the re-make is not a movie with great bass that "does not suck", which is the subject of this thread.
post #72 of 735
the beast is a great war flick. its about the russians in afganistan in the early 80's. The thin red line, is another good war flick. Battles have great bass and its a pretty good show too. I would say full metal jacket which is my favorite war show. but there is not a lot of bass in it. Predator in DTS is good also. Behind enemy lines is a real good show with tones of bass and action. Great scene with the fighter jet trying to out run the sam missile. Or when he has to run threw the mine feild. Forgot all about that one might watch it tonight.
post #73 of 735
I agree about Flight of the Phoenix. I watched it, recorded off of HBO-HD, and the only positive it had going for it was the sound effects of the plane crashing. Other than that it was a waste of my time.
post #74 of 735
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Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post

Doesn't The Haunting win the award for worst movie still worth watching for the bass?

It could be tied with 'Torque' . Torque is Ed Wood bad but I have to admit on its audio and video merits I consider it a reference disk.
post #75 of 735
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Originally Posted by Petrucci View Post

It could be tied with 'Torque' . Torque is Ed Wood bad but I have to admit on its audio and video merits I consider it a reference disk.

A couple I enjoyed that were not mentioned are

The Day After Tomrrow (if you can get past all the policitcal BS in it)

The Island

Into The Blue (it was pretty good)


I might watch the Ice Harvest and The Cave tomorrow. We will see.

-Eli
post #76 of 735
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Originally Posted by TJEli View Post

A couple I enjoyed that were not mentioned are

The Day After Tomrrow (if you can get past all the policitcal BS in it)

The Island

Into The Blue (it was pretty good)


I might watch the Ice Harvest and The Cave tomorrow. We will see.

-Eli

I know! I almost choked on all the political BS in DAT!!! I can't believe people think that global warming is real! Gimme a break! I can't believe I supported their warped agenda by even watching it either!! But watch out for The Cave too, it's pretty slanted with almost as much political BS as DAT.
post #77 of 735
Two others that haven't been mentioned: 1) the Bond flick, "GoldenEye" -- the opening sequence in the arms market, when Brosnan tries to blow up the whole place to steal a jet - and the US Navy succeeds; and 2) the thunderstorm sequence in the IMAX flick "Blue Planet". cyberbri, you should appreciate that one, it's another "Save Our Planet" theme .

One that was a really disappointing transfer was the IMAX DVD version of "The Dream is Alive". The first shuttle launch sequence is missing all the LFE -- my Laser Disc version has lots of LFE which rattles the house when the solid rockets fire (just like in the IMAX theaters, the ones with the 6 or 8 - 32" Electrovoice subwoofers). It looks like I'll have to make my own DVD transfer.
post #78 of 735
Just finished watching this. The DD-18 did it's thing in this really good scifi film. Great LFE, special effects and good writing. Check it out.
post #79 of 735
Sorry couldn't let that go cyberbri--its just to easy. So, I guess the fact that this January was the warmest January on record (the last 150+ years) doesn't mean anything then? Also I guess the fact that something like 5 of the 10 hottest years on record have occured in the last 10 years doesn't mean anything either? And I also must assume that every industrialized country in the world (over 130-except the one ran by dubya) all signed the documents outlining ways to reduce global warming are completely ignorant morons in the pockets of some tree hugging hippies with some crazy radical agenda to do what?...or yeah, not pollute our planet further--sounds pretty logical to me because that makes them tons of money, how? Yep, that makes sense to me. Not to continue the political conversation, but I just had to state the above. It is just too obvious. To get back on point, I agree with you completely, though, the movie completely blew and it was laid on way too thick.

FLight of phoenix does have some crazy bass during the crash scene, the rest is just ok at best. I am looking forward to watching the original.

The Haunting is definatley not a good movie, but nowhere near the worst movie with awesome bass. Have you seen or should I say tried to watch The Hulk or Godzilla? These greatly surpass the haunting on a stinkfest scale. I can't beieve they made these steaming piles of dung.
post #80 of 735
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Sorry couldn't let that go cyberbri--its just to easy.

Maybe I'm not reading you correctly - but I was taking a jab at the person that said the comment originally, and I thought adding a comment about the heavy political BS in "The Cave" made that abundantly clear. I'm not one of the Limbaugh followers who believes him when he says "global warming is a hoax" (yes, he actually said this - and I almost drove off the road when I heard him - okay, not really, but it was shocking nonetheless).
post #81 of 735
gotcha. I must have missed what you meant. Again, I find the whole subject hilarious.
post #82 of 735
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Sorry couldn't let that go cyberbri--its just to easy. So, I guess the fact that this January was the warmest January on record (the last 150+ years) doesn't mean anything then? Also I guess the fact that something like 5 of the 10 hottest years on record have occured in the last 10 years doesn't mean anything either?

Unfortunately thanks to the third world countries in Africa and Asia cutting down and burning the rainforests all the good work done to reduce emissions in the developed countries will mean nothing as research has shown that the rate these rainforests are being burned at actually puts the whole planet at risk more than any emissions from our countries and in fact negates any good done by the developed nations agreement ( thats according to a good documentary i recently watched from the BBC ) Logging is some of the reason those rainforests get cut down and also burnt in order to clear land for farming and the bad thing is not only do species become extinct every day but possible cures for cancer can be found in the exotic species of rainforests and thats all being lost so although a lot of nations have done their best to cut dangerous emissions which are destroying the planet its considered by some experts that it will all be for nothing unless we can stop the rainforest destruction.

I better add some movies to keep the discussion relevant.

I like the following for bass ( it may not always be the lowest but i consider these movies to have great bass content and surround activity and just a natural great sounding movie soundtrack )

Jurassic Park 3 ( amazing bass and surround activity and enjoyable flick in dts )
Dawn of the Dead - unrated Japanese dts edition ( huge bass - enjoyable movie )
The Haunting dts ( better than people give it credit for - i liked it )
King Kong ( nice low bass and great surround and fantastic pic and movie )
Hero - Region 3 ( full bitrate dts edition ) - good pic and lovely surround activity coupled with nice low deep bass and the story is pretty good too - subtitles
Spiderman 2 dts Superbit edition ( very deep bass and surrounds always active )
Planet of the Apes ( 2001 remake - deep bass especially during the spaceship crash sequence which impressed me greatly and really good picture quality and surround activity its just a pity that the movie loses its way a little during the second half because upto that point it entertained me )
Hellboy - directors cut ( good deep bass and generous surround activity )
Cutthroat Island ( full bitrate dts edition from Japan - i liked this movie so much i paid £54 to import it - thats about $95 - picture is not so hot as its full of edge enhancement but sound is gorgeous - great soundtrack music and lovely surround activity and great low deep bass - pity about image quality and only reason it cost so much is because post office charged an additional £20 and customs stung me too - usually average cost from Japan is £25 to £35 pounds )

I could probably add another fifty some of which would be better than the movies mentioned but who would read ?
post #83 of 735
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Originally Posted by cyberbri View Post

I'm not one of the Limbaugh followers who believes him when he says "global warming is a hoax" (yes, he actually said this - and I almost drove off the road when I heard him - okay, not really, but it was shocking nonetheless).

I listen to Limbaugh regularly, and I've never heard him say that. What I have heard him say is that "man made global warming is a hoax". Interesting how the two words you left off completely change the meaning. After all the earth has been through several ice ages, and man wasn't around to cause those, or cause them to end, so it might be a tad early to blame humans for the climate shifts this time. I wonder if natural cycles of the sun (the largest source of global energy) could be responsible?
post #84 of 735
I didn't leave off any words. I heard him say "global warming is a hoax" - maybe not exactly those words, but he didn't say anything about "man-made."
post #85 of 735
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Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post

...After all the earth has been through several ice ages, and man wasn't around to cause those, or cause them to end, so it might be a tad early to blame humans for the climate shifts this time. I wonder if natural cycles of the sun (the largest source of global energy) could be responsible?

I agree that may very well be the case, but given the stakes, wouldn't it be prudent to take the advice of the vast majority of scientists who believe the present cycle is man made?

We now return to our regularly scheduled topic...
post #86 of 735
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Originally Posted by cyberbri View Post

I agree about Flight of the Phoenix. I watched it, recorded off of HBO-HD, and the only positive it had going for it was the sound effects of the plane crashing. Other than that it was a waste of my time.

Ok - movie was ok, wife liked it. But you need to hear it in DTS! I don't currently have a sub at this time, but the bass is incredible! For me, it's one of my reference movies.
post #87 of 735
Bass is cool, but for me it doesn't save a movie.
post #88 of 735
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Originally Posted by Macfan424 View Post

I agree that may very well be the case, but given the stakes, wouldn't it be prudent to take the advice of the vast majority of scientists who believe the present cycle is man made?

Or at least being exacerbated by man?


Ie. -- humans die, it's inevitable.
So does smoking kill, if humans die anyway? Or does smoking just speed that process along?
post #89 of 735
LOTR:Two Towers where the riders(of Rowhan) were charging to meet the Wyld Riders/ orgs (with Legolas taking them down with his bow and arrow)! Friggin' awesome bass!

Pirate of the Carribean had some great bass as well as utilizing the surround speakers quite well....(the cannonballs flying from front to rear especially)..


SW EP. 3 was a HUGE disappointment soundwise!!! The bass felt like it never got below 50! I watched it in 2 different Harkin's cinemas (one was the huge CineCapri which is okay on bass simply due to it's size but the much smaller cinema 15 usually rattles your teeth out and didn't even vibrate my seat!!)


WotW was a great bass one and the basement scenes pushed the Klipsch's horns perfectly..amost had to run to the RR for a #1 due to that!!
post #90 of 735
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Originally Posted by bsheldon View Post

Sorry couldn't let that go cyberbri--its just to easy. So, I guess the fact that this January was the warmest January on record (the last 150+ years) doesn't mean anything then? Also I guess the fact that something like 5 of the 10 hottest years on record have occured in the last 10 years doesn't mean anything either? And I also must assume that every industrialized country in the world (over 130-except the one ran by dubya) all signed the documents outlining ways to reduce global warming are completely ignorant morons in the pockets of some tree hugging hippies with some crazy radical agenda to do what?...or yeah, not pollute our planet further--sounds pretty logical to me because that makes them tons of money, how? Yep, that makes sense to me. Not to continue the political conversation, but I just had to state the above. It is just too obvious. To get back on point, I agree with you completely, though, the movie completely blew and it was laid on way too thick.

Are you referring to the Kyoto Accord? If you are, you might want to get your facts in order...

Over a year before ALGore signed the 'treaty'(it WAS signed by the way) the Senate passed a resolution:

http://www.nationalcenter.org/KyotoSenate.html

The Senate voted 95-0. That means every Senator voted for it.

It reads, in part:

...

Whereas the Senate strongly believes that the proposals under negotiation, because of the disparity of treatment between Annex I Parties and Developing Countries and the level of required emission reductions, could result in serious harm to the United States economy, including significant job loss, trade disadvantages, increased energy and consumer costs, or any combination thereof; and

Whereas it is desirable that a bipartisan group of Senators be appointed by the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate for the purpose of monitoring the status of negotiations on Global Climate Change and reporting periodically to the Senate on those negotiations: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that--

(1) the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto in December 1997, or thereafter,

...

In truth 162 countries have ratified the agreement. 120+ of them had absolutely no reason not to, because they were all exempt from any restrictions. Including 'developing' countries like India and China

China, i'm certain you already know, is the world's second largest producer of 'greenhouse gases'.

Of the other 'Industrial' countries, the U.S. has by far the most to lose by entering into this flawed agreement.

Anyway, War of the worlds....great bass...yadda yadda.
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