Blu-ray Spotlight: Soundtracks that Shake, Rattle, and Rumble!


Back in 2014, I posted an article with some of my favorite Blu-rays that offer great demonstration material for showing off the capabilities of your subwoofer(s). As I stated back then, home-theater enthusiasts LOVE to show off our home-entertainment systems. We have put lots of blood, sweat, and money into our labor of love, so why shouldn’t we give a demonstration to our friends, neighbors, relatives, and anyone else that happens by?

The lossless sound of Blu-ray and UHD Blu-ray offers discerning listeners the opportunity to derive the most from their multichannel home-theater systems. With the advent of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, we can now enjoy an even higher level of sonic immersion in the home environment, elevating the experience to the next level. However, even if you don’t have an immersive audio system, one of the most impressive aspects of any home theater is the low-frequency content, which can almost literally blow people out of their seats.

With that said, here is my latest list of titles that offer the kind of bass that shakes, rattles, and rumbles your home theater. The order is random, and this isn’t a comprehensive list. As you might expect, the majority of these are action films—some decent, some not so much—but all are sure to give your system a workout at reference listening levels.

Each title below links to my review if available.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Dolby Atmos

Blade Runner 2049 Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Lone Survivor DTS:X Ultra HD Blu-ray

Deepwater Horizon Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Dunkirk Ultra HD Blu-ray


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague Dolby Atmos

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

IT Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Edge of Tomorrow

Mad Max Fury Road Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Passengers Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Power Rangers Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Terminator Genisys Dolby Atmos

Deadpool Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Finest Hours

The Great Wall Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Lego Ninjago Movie Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Transformers: Age of Extinction Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Transformers: The Last Knight Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Wonder Woman Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Hacksaw Ridge Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray

Interstellar Ultra HD Blu-ray

Honorable Mention:

In no particular order, here are a few titles that are deserving of mention as well:

  • Sully (Ultra HD/Dolby Atmos)
  • Alien Covenant (Ultra HD/Dolby Atmos)
  • Life (Ultra HD/Dolby Atmos)
  • The Dark Tower (Ultra HD/Dolby Atmos)
  • Midnight Special

There you have it—the latest list of my favorite go to Blu-ray/Ultra HD Blu-ray discs for room shaking bass. Of course, this list is by no means intended to be definitive. I’d love to hear which titles you consider worthy of checking out for pant flapping bass. Chime in and let’s discuss it here on AVS Forum!

Community members looking for another great resource for recommendations of Blu-rays containing lots of bass should check out The Ultimate List of BASS in Movies w/Frequency Charts thread in the AVS Forum Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers Forum.

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Reference Review System:

JVC DLA-RS500 3D/4K Ready High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman 5 & C6-HDR Meter from Spectracal)
Stewart Filmscreen – Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16×9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7704 Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies – 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
Canton “Ergo” and Canton In-Ceiling Series Speakers
SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
Dual SVS PC4000 Cylinder Subwoofers
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) – Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems

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