Originally Posted by willymo
I enjoyed the sound mix in War of the Worlds better than Godzilla.
Interesting; in all honesty, I'd put them at about the same in terms of ranking -- what it comes down to, as others hinted in this thread a few times, is the way individual people have their systems set up and what gear they're running.
Godzilla 2014 has a very good soundtrack, but, considering the genre, it doesn't rank as one of the all time greats in my opinion.
I agree -- but what's sad (and I think I speak for many enthusiasts here) is that when I left the theater after seeing it on opening night, I was convinced it would be once the Blu-ray was released
...the disappointment factor over that is what's rubbing many the wrong way.
Now, of course I don't have the 7.1 channel setup that Mr. Potts has, so I'll trust his score of "100" based on his experience with his awesome setup. On my 5.1, I'd give it about a 93.
I too am running a 5.1 setup so my system "collapsed" or matrixed the surround back information into my standard surrounds -- did you have any issues with surround placement or overall track "impact" taking the LFE out of the equation? Seems on my AVR, when a 7.1 track is played back in 5.1, there's some kind of "dumbing down" that occurs wherein track volume seems to get "lower" requiring me to jack the master volume way up to compensate. This happens with a handful of DTS-HD MA-encoded titles I own such as Avengers, Thor, both Captain Americas, World War Z...
My issue is the "unclean" bass in a couple of segments. 1. The atomic blast on Godzilla in the beginning of the film could have had a little cleaner bass. 2. Some of the MUTO's EMP blasts could have been a little cleaner.
I pretty much agreed with you on that, and yes that nuclear blast on Godzilla in the opening flashback sequence could have been emphasized in a more "cleanly rendered" fashion; there was kind of a "poppy boom" and then the debris flies towards us and the stunning silence (which made me think my system had died the first time I watched it) before the opening "GODZILLA" title came on screen (which could have been a bit more dramatic IMO).
With regard to the MUTO EMP "throbs," these made my walls resonate with an odd "delayed frequency rattle" (along with decorations on them) and my sub sits on an Auralex Subdude, but I see what you mean about the "could have been a little cleaner" thing -- there are some examples I've already given in this thread of tight, clean bass done right such as that scene in Live Free or Die Hard (DTS MA) in which Justin Long and Bruce Willis are in the tunnel in D.C. and that car comes flying at them and they duck before it crashes just forward from their position...during that scene, as the car is flipping, the audio silences out and there's a WALLOP of deep, almost oxygen-sucking LFE that's difficult to describe in words. It made my pant leg move the first time I watched it cranked up...
Godzilla's roar could have hit me in the gut a little better (like the 2 T-Rex's from JP, the Lost World). But, I believe it's filmmaker sound design, room acoustics and equipment all at play here. I hate to keep bringing up P Rim, but that was clean sounding bass from beginning to end in my setup. The other though is that perhaps I take this all too seriously...(I do)....
I completely agree about Godzilla's roar, and commented about it a page or two back to someone else -- it didn't pack quite the wallop through the center channel that I expected. With regard to Jurassic Park's T-Rex roar, I had commented about this too in the same post (inevitable to compare them I guess) and stated that many enthusiasts back in the day reported having their drywall get actually cracked during the sequences involving the T-Rex's roaring if their system was up high enough (I believe they were referring to the DVD's DTS edition, which I own as well) though that never happened to me. I was one of the ones who thought HIS roar could have made us crap our pants better too...