Originally Posted by RickyDeg
Sound quality is well above average. It's certainly good. That said, I don't feel like this is the all-out reference mix I was hoping for. First of all the volume level is recorded way too low. Had to turn my processor up +8db hotter than I normally would for most Blu-ray's. LFE is good but could have brought even more to the table. A linked comparison is the original "Jurassic Park" on Blu-ray which sounds a bit stronger in this respect. Surround activity is good most of the time, although I wish they'd spread out the score a bit more across each channel. Overall the 'bite' and dynamic contrast of this soundtrack isn't quite as impactful as the imagery had me wishing for. I watched "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Terminator Salvation" (don't judge!) on the same night as this one and both rocked the house in a way that "Jurassic World" did not. Shouldn't really compare soundtracks this way but can't help it.
Oh, but I do judge you on that TERMINATOR SALVATION reference -- judge you to be someone of refined taste and discrimination. TS is one of my absolute go-to tracks -- stands among very few others as having just superlative top-flight sound. And your comparison very apt as well -- I know you were saying you just watched the two in a short span of time, but while watching JW, my mind actually drifted to TS because there is a film that presents this whirlwind panorama of heavy action effects, then transitions seamlessly to precision holistic speech -- dialog is full-bodied arrives to the ear as a gestalt, perfectly intelligible but one is unaware of what element might be channeled through the tweeters, midrange, etc., -- it just hits you as natural speech.
As I watched some of the character conferences in JW, I had to think of some of the scenes of TS where multiple characters were clustered together in a room -- Bale talks to Bonham Carter in a cell, Bale gets dredged from the seas and is interrogated, Bale witnesses with crew the effect of a machine-killing pulse on a snapping appendage -- all those scenes have just standout dialog, so much so that it is something that brings a smile every outing, and that I remembered for exactly that effect.
Conference scenes in JW were way "tizzy" and sibliant on top -- the speech was frazzled. I'll review some time stamp comparisons over the weekend if anyone has interest in comparing, but generally I do agree with you, that as whole experiences, movie tracks might not lend themselves so easily to comparison -- too many variables to really make sense of deciphering why you might feel one way about one, another way about some other.
BTW, I read your review of the NAD processor with interest -- need to upgrade mine, I'm aware that is one reason I might be sensitive to high frequency issues, still, most tracks are pretty well controlled in that regard....