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  • I think we should create a list of recommendations for movies with the best surround sound. I would propose two categories, kids and older viewers.  I'll start with a few staples:

    Kids:

    Jurassic Park; Star Wars episode 2; King Kong (the 2006 version); Batman Returns

    Older Viewers:

    Aeon Flux; V for Vendetta; The Matrix

  • My absolute favorite movies to watch in these catagories:

    Kids 

    1) StarWars

    2) Pirates of the Caribben (it might not be good for surround - but cannons are COOL!)

    Adult

    1) Gladiator

    Currently working on my MBA program.  I hope to return sometime in December 2010. 

  • The surround sound on all of these movies is great! These are mainly movies for adults, although some might have a PG-13 rating.

     Titanic - dialog from the front speakers while the sea washes by on the rear speakers.

    The Perfect Storm - high seas and thunder from all corners of the room

    U-571 - torpedoes zip along from front left to rear left

    Saving Private Ryan - shells and bullets coming from all over the room. You feel like you're on the beach 

     

     

  • All under "older viewers":

    Master and Commander for the water sound effects as well as the cannons, The Fifth Element, of course, Batman Begins (the scarecrow voice effect), The Ultimate James Bond series. Many more...

  • I wanted to mention the one that I always break out to demo surround sound to my friends Contact.

    There are several scenes in this movies where you have tons of audio coming out of all the speakers. Especially the scene where Ellie gets dropped in the container, and then travels through the tube. The visuals and audio are both stunning.

    Other movies I like to demo surround sound with are The Matrix, The Day After Tomorrow, Titan AE, X-Men and battle scenes from Lord of the Rings.

    Nice Thread. There are a couple of movies in here that I will have to go and check out.

    Jeff Kitchen

    Community Manager
     

    • Kill Bill 1 & 2
    • Gears of War - oh wait, that's xBox...still great SS effects!

    I'll thumb through my collection and post more later...

     

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  • OK - going through my collection right now and here are some more of my favorite adult movies for a good surround sound system:

     

    1) Alien

    2) Gone in 60 seconds (Nick Cage version)

    3) Jurasic Park

    4) Pearl Harbor (the first half)

    5) Spiderman ??? 

    6) Harry Potter???

     

    Some more kids movies:

    1) Cars

    2) Polar Express

    3) Monsters INC

    4) Shrek

    Currently working on my MBA program.  I hope to return sometime in December 2010. 

  • I think Lord of the Rings (All three) would qualify for amazing surround sound! Well, the Platinum Extended version would anyway. It is DTS ES 6.1 surround sound. It sounds AMAZING!! You have things flying at you from all four corners of the room in the battle scenes.
  • Great suggestions everyone. I would have to agree with every movie listed so far. I will say that for a great, yet subtle surround effect, try M. Night Shamalan's "Signs". When Mel Gibson is in the cornfield and the alien critters are scurrying all around, it sends shivers up my spine. The dog barking in the distance always gets my boxer's attention.

    I also like the Kill Bill volume 1 scene where Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu are fighting in the snow covered garden. The crunch of snow under thier feet and the repetitive clunk of the bamboo fountain is pretty sweet. 

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  • Like Ryan, I too like the subtle stuff you get with a powerful surround sound system. However, for an unsbubtle film, I like War of the Worlds. The first time you hear the space ship make that incredible noise -- there's nothing like it. And of course, the explosions, the lightning..... :)

    Don
    Community Manager

  • Jmiah22:
    I think Lord of the Rings (All three) would qualify for amazing surround sound! Well, the Platinum Extended version would anyway. It is DTS ES 6.1 surround sound. It sounds AMAZING!! You have things flying at you from all four corners of the room in the battle scenes.

     

    I have to agree. I'm no animal buff but the impact of those enormous elephants, or mastodons...whatever they are, just amazing.

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  • Another good one is Underworld.  It has a very clean, and powerful 5.1 soundtrack, and some of the best use of bass I have heard in a movie.

  • I'm going to have to buy Underworld now and watch it (I'm always looking for an excuse to buy new movies) 

     

    Currently working on my MBA program.  I hope to return sometime in December 2010. 

  • This list is a great idea. There is one movie that I cannot believe has not made it in yet. I bought Thir13en Ghosts before I started my theater system. I remember watching it when I finished the system and realizing that I had been missing over half of the audio. Now, it may be my biased opinion, but I believe it is a great movie to demonstrate the importance of surround sound.

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  • Black Hawk Down

     My DVD is from a few years ago so there may be a special edition but it's in 5.1 and upconverted to 6.1 by my Sony receiver it sounds pretty good.  In fact on the cover it mentions that it won the 2001 Academy award for sound.

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