Originally Posted by akcorr
Is this why Disney has been lowering the volume on their releases? To correct clipping?
There has been nothing substantive to indicate to why various recent Disney releases have included mixes that are lower in volume than many have become accustomed to. Several theories attempt to address it but the most popular ones seem dubious.
In the case of The Incredibles, I am just speculating that with the new mix that the parties involved seem to have corrected the peaking and clipping. If the Atmos mix is closer to the original mix that is solely my speculation and may have nothing to do with reality.
Perhaps there has been a mandate to improve mastering quality by avoiding cooking the mixes with excessive compression, aggressive peak normalization/limiting, and permitting hard clipping. This does not necessarily explain "neutered" bass or "dynamics" which is actually separate from following reasonable mixing practices.
I have begun to wonder if some, or potentially many, home mixes have instead of simply adjusting the levels of say the surrounds that instead the home mixes have been cooked and in some cases deviate greatly from the original mix.
There are a few titles that I have looked into that might lend credence to my theory, with at least some releases, and one title in particular I have done some experiments on seems to potentially affirm this view. The Atmos mix was specially supervised by the director and the UHD includes that mix but the alternative mix is much hotter than the original mix. By cooking the levels with compression and peak normalization of the Atmos mix I have reproduced something similar to the alternative mix.
Hopefully soon I will have some hard data for most of the Jurassic Park mixes that are floating around which should prove interesting and pertinent.
With a few instances in the contested Disney titles I would prefer just a smidge more bass emphasis overall, I do enjoy actually having true dynamic tracks instead of cooked 12dbs or less Loudness Wars mixes. ymmv.