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post #31 of 39 Old 05-22-2019, 03:32 PM
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Would've liked to have seen more of description of how the sound mix compares to the first and the second films. I don't know why I don't see even more complaints about the 2nd film's weak sound than there already is. Frankly that's why I think I don't like the 2nd film all that much. On every level the sound mix of the first is almost overwhelmingly engaging, from the intensity of the music score to the dynamics/surrounds/deep bass. The 2nd film is about the polar opposite, in volume-related categories anyways.

Curious to see how this 3rd film compares.
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Would've liked to have seen more of description of how the sound mix compares to the first and the second films. I don't know why I don't see even more complaints about the 2nd film's weak sound than there already is. Frankly that's why I think I don't like the 2nd film all that much. On every level the sound mix of the first is almost overwhelmingly engaging, from the intensity of the music score to the dynamics/surrounds/deep bass. The 2nd film is about the polar opposite, in volume-related categories anyways.

Curious to see how this 3rd film compares.
Wasn't the second film just mastered low across the board? I know bass wasnt quite the same extension as the first, but I thought I remembered the second sounding pretty damn good once you gave it a healthy volume bump(?).
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Wasn't the second film just mastered low across the board? I know bass wasnt quite the same extension as the first, but I thought I remembered the second sounding pretty damn good once you gave it a healthy volume bump(?).
No, I've cranked that puppy up quite a bit and it's just not the same. Not just in terms of dynamics as far as the actual sound mix goes, but it's like the music score was also tamed down a bit. I once found a video of either the director or Randy Thom talking about how the powers that be felt like the music was a bit too much in the first film so they adjusted.
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No, I've cranked that puppy up quite a bit and it's just not the same. Not just in terms of dynamics as far as the actual sound mix goes, but it's like the music score was also tamed down a bit. I once found a video of either the director or Randy Thom talking about how the powers that be felt like the music was a bit too much in the first film so they adjusted.
Bummer. Thanks for the info.
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The credits are rolling! I wasn't all that impressed with the storyline (it can't match the first installment) but the PQ was stunning. Instead of describing it in detail on this thread, I'll give you a link to the review I just posted on the Blu-ray PQ Discussion Thread.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/150-b...l#post58086952

As you will see, I did mention the Dolby Atmos mix and compared it to the first two. In short, it definitely beat out #2 but still wasn't a match for #1 . I said in an earlier post that Dreamworks/Universal must have set a hard limit on the mix in #2 and they weren't nearly as restricted on this one. I still ended up turning the volume to -3 in order to get the effects I crave in LFE/bass.

Again Ralph, thanks for the review. I concur with nearly every point you made.
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Thanks for the review!


I'll be picking up this one in a month or so on it's price drop.


I picked up 1 & 2 in UHD tonight at Best Buy since they just dropped in price.


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Watched in 4K/HDR on the OLED last night and my jaw was on the Floor.

Probably the best Picture Quality I've seen to date for an Animated Movie, (PIXAR was the champ once, not so much anymore)
... the HDR was stunning especially entering the Hidden World, I can't wait to see this one in 3D on the 120" screen with the JVC.

The audio was better than the second, not quite up to the original as others pointed out, but pretty close.
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Great review thanks, headed to Best Buy to pick up a copy for movie night tonight.
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Last night we finally watched the latest "How To Train Your Dragon" movie.

I recently added a Lumagen Radiance Pro to my projector which provides Dynamic Tone Mapping. Simply stunning images. May be some of the best I have ever seen!

Even though this is probably considered a "kid's movie" we both thoroughly enjoyed it. A fun, adventurous, feel good film. While I would certainly rate this video at 100 (or maybe even higher if allowed ), the audio was more than "good enough". But at least the audio didn't take away anything from the viewing experience.

Animated movies have certainly come a long, long way since I first saw the early Disney movies in the 50's as a child.
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