Originally Posted by tbird8450
From my post in the review thread:
I watched this last night, and while overall the videopresentation was very good, I found the audio mix to be a little...off. Several sounds either seemed to be missing entirely, or extremely muffled. A good example is the scene that was in several of the commercials in which an X-Wing is chasing down a TIE fighter over a lake. It's blasting away with its lasers, but there is no corresponding sound. It's all soundtrack and some background noise. Another one that stuck out was during the TIE escape in the beginning. Poe and Finn are shooting up the docking bay, and there were huge explosions occurring that barely made it through the speakers. On the other hand, other sounds were suitably impactful, like Han's blaster. It made me wonder if I have a defective disc in some way, or if this is simply how it's "supposed" to be.
Has anyone else observed the same?
That's interesting. I spotted through the movie last night looking for problems, as I have big screening parties planned for it this weekend. I had read a review with similar comments to yours, so I was certainly looking for them. I even remember watching/listening specifically to the shot you mention of the splash of the TIE fighter over the lake in a dive. Overall, I could not find significant criticism of such effects in the mix. It all seemed appropriate for the shot. Consider the POV of that shot if it were captured in reality; a chase camera platform some 200' behind the X-wing. I don't think the laser canons (or any conventional weapon) would sound the same as if you were much closer. I thought they missed an opportunity to mix in a significant effect as the "camera" flies by in close proximity to the ensuing fireball and debris of the TIE fighter.
There was one new sound effect I've never heard before in SW mixes with regards to laser canons and the like. Rather than just a blast that we are accustomed to, there is also a muffled "thup" with it down at maybe 200Hz...but IIRC, it was only when we were closer to the vehicle. I liked it.
The surrounds are very busy! They do a fine job of creating an ambient surround field when needed (check out scenes with Snope), yet highly directional when needed. The LFE never overwhelmed, but was kick-ass when called for.
Overall, I thought the mix was quite spectacular and of very high fidelity.
The PQ is just off-the-wall gorgeous! Say what you want about film being dead, but the transfer of this is magnificent. I watched chunks via calibrated flat panel and big screen, both with Lumagen/CalMan 3D LUT calibrations.