Originally Posted by thehun
The original intent was realised on the original mix that was released to the theaters. Unless a director want's a specificic mix to be heard by HT users and was remixed specifically to his wishes [Lord Of The Rings trilogy], your theory hold very little truth.
Let's look at this from a practical POV. All those BD, that are 6,7/1 releases are from Lionsgate (which is not even a full fledged studio but rather a distributor company). That should alone give you an idea that this is a marketing strategy not a genuine new mix to further expose the director's intent.
Couldn't agree more
I did 2 home theater mixes last week... the director on one was completely absent, on the other, the director came and reviewed on reel.
As I've spoken about in other threads, the point of a well executed HT mix is to compensate for the differences in playback systems, eq curves, levels and other factors when playing a theatrical mix in the home environment.
I've taken a lot of flack over the years for implying that this is a necessary part of the process. There are those around here that feel it is a travesty and demand they get the original track.
I've tried to explain that you only make changes that compensate for the differences is calibrated SPL (on the dub stage, we SPL LCR at 85db each, LR and RR at 82db each, and the sub at 89-91db, and for the home mixes, we set the nearfields at 80db for LCR LR RR and 85 for the sub.) When you do this, you are going to lose low level ambiences, foley and dialog, and those need to be raised a hair. Also, you want to be aware of what bass management will do to a track, as we don't have that issue in the theatrical environment due to standardization.
I cannot speak for every other mixer, but I make as little changes as possible when doing these... it's my job to keep the integrity of the track, and present it as a closely as possible as the director intended.
PS.. New Line is also doing 7.1, and Lionsgate is a studio with in house production and
distribution, just like New Line