I have a hypothesis about an issue that still plagues my Xbox One S to this day. There have been a number of complaints about audio sync issues when playing movies with this platform, specifically I may have found a pattern when it comes to discs like The Martian. At the bottom of this post I pulled in some quotes from people with this exact issue, hoping to get some more feedback. Any additional evidence would be appreciated.
I believe that the audio sync issue seen in The Martian is a product of the Xbox One not correctly handling additional scenes in movies that offer SELECTABLE
Anecdotally, I noticed that my movie would always lose sync around the time Mark Watney (Matt Damon) inventories his available food about 20 minutes into the film. As referenced here https://www.cinemablend.com/news/152...appens-in-them
this lines up with the first additional scene added to the film.
I initially thought the audio sync issue had to do with the newer technology 4k/UHD signal path.
It wasn't until I experienced audio sync issues with the 2012 Total Recall standard Blu-ray that I noticed that it too had a selectable
I have a small sample size because selectable extended editions seem to be uncommon. I probably have a couple hundred blu-rays and only have these two examples. I forget which movie I tested, but discs that have ONLY the extended edition (perhaps LoTR?) did not have any audio sync issues.
- The Martian 4k Blu-ray Extended > Sync Issues
- The Martian 4k Blu-ray Theatrical > No Issues
- Total Recall Blu-ray Extended > Sync Issues
- Total Recall Blu-ray Theatrical > No Issues
- *Anomaly* The Martian Blu-ray (re: 1080p) Extended > No issues (yet?) . . . before this afternoon (I have the movie playing behind me) I have never been able to watch The Martian Extended without audio sync issues, however at this time the audio is still in sync (~35 minutes in). The only thing that has changed is that I watched The Martian 4k Theatrical last night. Is it perhaps possible that whatever data the player keeps on board could accidentally correct the issue? This would perhaps be the same data that allows the "Resume Playback?" option even after not playing the disc for a long time . . . but then why would it only work this once? *Just rechecked 4k extended, still problematic. (NOTE: Visuals ahead of sound.)
A single disc that offers the option between a theatrical and extended edition will not contain two copies of the film, rather it will have data that is to be added/omitted based on preference. It would make the most sense that the extended edition would be positioned as a whole on the disc, and the player would either play or skip predetermined locations. It would seem that the Xbox One is not handling this procedure correctly. I assume Blu-ray players "buffer" their content to some degree, perhaps there is a timing issue created in the buffer when the player has to check if it is supposed to load a particular section? Obviously I am a complete layman when it comes to the inner workings of blu-ray players, just some food for thought.
If anyone else out there has another disc with an optional extended edition (Avatar?), could you test for similar behavior on the Xbox?
If you have The Martian, or Total Recall . . . can you check to see if you can confirm this behavior on the Xbox?
As others have noted, FF/RW can alter/fix these issues . . . it is best to just start playback and check in every 10 minutes or so.
Xbox One S
Denon x3300w (Previously s910w that had the same issues)
The following people also had issues with The Martian Blu-ray, but have not necessarily found the exact same issue as me . . . Yet?
Originally Posted by whereisfifty
Just received my Martian ext edition and can confirm the exact same symptoms.
Originally Posted by usc1995
I could have written this exact same comment! The lip sync thing seems especially bad with certain titles. Every time I play The Martian I have to rewind it a dozen times to get it to resync, very frustrating.
Originally Posted by Geriatrix
I had the same problem playing The Martian. Had to rewind every 10 minutes or so just to correct the lip sync issue.