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We're just about to install one in our new showroom and am looking for a suggestion as to what movie to break it in with. I have demoed it with Harry Potter and also Speedway and thought it was awesome, but was wondering what movie is just jaw-dropping?
 

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There are certain scenes in movies that are great. I like the opening crash sequence of Pitch Black. Also the chase scene near the beginning of Attack of The Clones. If I had to pick one, I would say ATOC.
 

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Super Speedway is the best demo at the moment. For films, though, the crash from Castaway is pretty intense. Also I would say that the intro to Ice Age is a nice demo, as it is really like a 3 minute (or is it even that long?)short film.


The Perfect Storm: Chapter 25, the chopper rescue

Stigmata: Chapter 9, Stigmata on the train

Apollo 13: Chapters 13, 43, 53

Blue Crush: Chapter 2, Surfing

Driven: Chapter 18, Driving in the city
 

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Well, two of the movies that I was really impressed with were Mission Impossible 2 and Highlander.


MI2 was pretty weak when I saw it in the theater and I didn't even really want to buy it, as I felt that it wasn't as intense as the first film. The Odyssee changed all that and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie.


Highlander was obviously dated in picture quality on the DVD, but the programming for it is spectacular and the film allowed for a lot of different types of coding - motion, vibration effects, fight enhancement, musical score supplment, suspense enhancement, etc. It really is one of the most rounded programs I have experienced.
 

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I haven't watched Vertical Limit on the Odyssee yet. I have seen Contact and while it did add to the effects, it just didn't seem as immersive or exciting and addition as it was in other films.


I am wanting to check out Stargate, but I have been holding off buying the disc in anticipation of the D-Theater version. I hate to buy a movie 3 times (I already own it on LaserDisc).
 

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ErikS, did you ever get the install completed? I wonder what your impressions were/are on the D-Box Odyssee?
 

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I had a raised platform for my second row... sounds like I should have added this into my room. I had checked it out at CES and thought it was a hoaky gimmick... maybe it was a sub par demo at the show.
 

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I love this thing, even in Audio mode it adds a significant element to my experience. Last night we watched the Hulk and every time he thumped down the whole couch literally shook.


The other thing I find the Odyssey good for is scary movies. You know how your wife (or girl friend) Jumps when something scary happens. Well, my wife thinks she can hide by covering her eyes. It doesn't work with Odyssey, when something scary happens and there is an unexpected jolt, it can really scare the pants off of you :)
 

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I may have to incorporate this feature...
 

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Tzucc, I don't know how far Fresno is from Hype Central, but you are welcome to come on down and check out the Odyssee at my home. I can't imagine having a high-end home theater without it. Motion simulation is so far and away the most amazing thing you can have for home theater.


As far as gimmicks, I would say 3-D is a gimmick, or at least it has been used as such in the past. The Odyssee is just flat out way cool.


If I had to choose one mega item from my home theater that had to go, I would keep the Odyssee and lose the IRS V. Now that is saying a lot!
 

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I am kind of getting into the concept... so I figure I can only put them into my back row of seats, since they are up on a raised stage. For a row of 4 seats, how many of these would I need...? Hoping you say one or two max.
 

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If your seating is only 10 feet wide you can use one set of actuators to lift a single platform under all of them.


I have four sets, one under each love seat because I don't have a platform for them, and two love seats would be too wide to fit on one platform anyway.
 

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Phil, you have 4 sets of actuators?!?! Damn!!!


Tzucc, they have a new system, the Odyssee V, that requires no platform. Instead, it is built into a set of theater seats that have been reinforced to handle the motion. I don't think the Odyssee V goes beyond two seats, though, so it would be cheaper to use the platform.


I have a 10' wide platform on an XL set of actuators and it is really a lot of movement.


Another option is to flush mount the platform with the floor. That is hard to do, as you need to recess the platform 6" into the floor, which not many people can do. So, your best bet would be with a platform in the back row or with the Odyssee V in the front row.
 

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Phil, you have 4 sets of actuators?!?! Damn!!!

Yeah, I decided to add three more sets because I didn't want to play musical chairs. So I asked myself, do I want that new car or... ;)


Seriously, one other thing that I have realized with the system is that I really don't like my movies all that loud. The Odyssey allows me to have 10x the impact of a loud movie experience without the hearing damage. I can keep the volume at a reasonable level and still feel the earthquakes and gunshots. And of course, nothing is like the motion effects!!
 

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ErikS, did you ever get the install completed? I wonder what your impressions were/are on the D-Box Odyssee?
Unfortunatly no. We've been slammed so hard with work the demo room has been put on hold so to speak. I have got the platform and actuators installed and just ran the demo loop but no full movie yet. I will report when it's done.
 

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RE: Vertical Limit


The opening scene is a real heart-stopper, particularly if you haven't seen the movie prior to watching it with Odyssee! Also, the scene where they're being rescued by the helicopter is very intense and realistic. Frankly, with nearly 250 movies now programmed there is so much great demo material that there is bound to be something there for any viewing appetitie. I have our programmers putting together their "10 best" demo scenes and will note them here when I get them. Just got back from Home Theater Cruise 2003 where Odyssee was a major hit and am leaving again tomorrow morning for EH Expo in Long Beach.
 

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Mike,


Really? You'd actually give up your IRS V before you gave up Odyssee? That's one of the best endorsements I've heard to date, particularly since I know how much you treasure that speaker system. btw, know of anyone who might be interested in a pristine IRS III system? Just ran across one at HTC 2003 and it's a real collector's item as these were about the last IRS systems built with book-matched Brazilian Rosewood (most IRS IV and later were Santos Rosewood). It's in the San Francisco bay area and he doesn't have the crates so it would be most easily sold to someone in that general area. Should have a firm price in the next week or so.
 

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At the risk of being found coming out the tail end of a woodchipper, email me the info. I am selling one pair of Betas. I might sell two pairs of Betas and my Gammas if I could swing another full IRS!


I bought my IRS V in the SF Bay area, btw.
 
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