Originally Posted by Waboman
I hear ya. How'd it sound in the theater? This was a blind buy for me. We really like the story and the PQ is gorgeous. Not sure what happened with the audio?
We were on vacation and hit a local cineplex. Was an average 10-20 year old place similar to the majority of theaters we have locally. My experience is these older places are hit and miss for bass. Newer ones like Cinetopia, in my area, are very good for bass and if there is poor bass there I know it is the movie.
But I did not have any experience with the theater we saw HTTYD2. Obviously, the first one has very good
bass. Even the opening scene as the dragons set fire to some buildings and fight with the Vikings, is very good for bass. Very intense. Then, of course the big dragon coming out of the mountain blows the lid off!
Classic Randy Thom.
So, we were watching HTTYD2, and it looks fantastic, and sounds pretty good too, surrounds etc. But then something BIG would happen on screen - and nothing. Then the Alphas show up - and nothing. Again, not knowing the theater, I ASSUME it is just a poor sub setup since I knew Randy Thom was again the sound designer. Also, turned out we were the ONLY ones in the theater, so I started to question the valididty of the place, though it was a Monday night.
I am sure it sounds very nice at home, but is too bad the audio was neutered by the director. The Alphas could have been epic.
A link was posted in the AVS bluray review thread where the director said he thought the balance of sound effects and music was too skewed towards effects in the first one and wanted it different in the 2nd. Now, lo and behold, the bass is neutered - and that is never a good thing.
A lot of people trivialize the lack of good bass in a movie. Typical home viewers and, apparently, even this director. But when something BIG happens on screen is nice to have a corresponding oomph to the audio. Also, and I know you get this, but what better way to be immersed, to really FEEL like you are in the movie than when your pant leg starts to flutter, or your chair vibrates. A good scene, like in httyd 1, will even make my hair slightly quiver and my chair goes from vibrating to almost twisting. It feels like, holy crap, that dragon IS coming out of the mountain.