Originally Posted by killeraxemannic
Question for all of you that have seen Bladerunner 2049.. I went to see it at my local Cinnemark XD with Auro 11.1 sound. I basically came out of the theater with my ears bleeding. It was extremely loud and had many awful sharp and harsh sounds. I liked the movie ok but the audio totally killed the experience for me. I felt like I should have been wearing earplugs. I left the theater with my ears ringing and had slight hearing loss for a couple hours after. It didn't even seem to me like it would have sounded good if it was a bit quieter due to how harsh and un-natural the sound was. I have seen a few movies at that theater before and I don't remember them being that loud or harsh sounding so I think it might have just been 2049. Anyone else have a similar experience?
Originally Posted by killeraxemannic
I definitely have sensitive ears and always have. I've never had an issue at a movie theater before this though. No one I went with seemed to be concerned or phased by the sound. I won't go to a concert without taking along earplugs. Riding my first motorcycle home from the dealer was also an interesting experience... Never thought I would have needed earplugs for that.
Its an interesting discussion though... Maybe next time I go to the movies I will bring along my SPL meter. I was thinking something along the lines of the auro surround sound tuning doing something to the tuning of the sound in an attempt to make it more immersive possibly boosting the highs or something, and maybe its not a good pairing for the sound system Cinnemark uses in their XD theaters.
It was loud at the two theaters I saw it at, but my ears weren't ringing after. I'd guess the sound was up around 90 dB? It was better quality
at the Liemax theater.
I would complain to the theater management. If it happens again, as annoying as it is, go out and demand a refund for substandard exhibition quality.
Anecdote: back in 2005, I was seeing more films in theaters. I noticed that, in mainstream venues, trailers were louder than the films, and they all were frequently punctuated explosions and crescendos, so that my ears DID hurt and were ringing when the scheduled film started. For Batman Begins, I came from work with my messenger bag, and had Bose TriPort OTE headphones in it. I wore them for the trailers, then took them off for the film. Almost nobody else in the theater, but a teenage girl and her mom, and the girl went out of the theater during the trailers. ... Sure enough, after the movie I was walking out and theater manager stopped me with a young security guard behind her (trying his best to look threatening; please, rent-a-cops, don't try to intimidate veterans physically with a smug smile, you could get hurt doing that). She wanted to see inside my bag. I showed her my headphones, my Casio PDA, and my phone. She said "someone reported that you were recording the film." I told her why I put them on (excessive volume, aggravating my recently diagnosed tinnitus) , and asked for a corporate customer service contact so I could complain about the excessive volume of trailers prior to the movie. Got it, complained. Have never been back to that theater again, though they sent me free passes (gave them away). Sad to say, this continues, though now the super loud ads include shorts for cars, soda pop, TV shows, etc.
Originally Posted by LFEer
That and continually rising ticket price, it's becoming less and less likely that I'll be going to theater for movie. I bought Alien: Covenant Blu-ray disc for $12.99 on the day it came out. That's less than a ticket price at a local theater.
Interestingly, Mike S. at Red Letter Media, railed at theaters during their "Half in the Bag" review of Thor Ragnarok this week. His experience in the theater was awful, and he jokes that they should just hang it up, and make their money off of home streaming and media sales. Costco has 55" or better 4K TVs for < $1000 this Black Friday, so with home theaters being so affordable, why not just stay home and watch a movie? There were a lot of summer films I didn't see this year, like previous years, because I can enjoy them more at home. I have no inclination to see a new movie when it comes out.