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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:16 PM
Attack the Block is in a deadlock between 4 and 5 Stars...vote!
Here's an oldy but goody (for its time):
Saving Private Ryan:
Level - 3 Stars (107.67dB composite)
Extension - 1 Star (26Hz)
Dynamics - 4 Stars (26.22dB)
Execution - A solid 4 Stars. Great film for its time. I think the theatrical cut had more to it than the BD....
Overall - 3 Stars.
Recommendation - Buy it because it is a great film.
Posted 06 August 2013 - 03:27 AM
Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:54 AM
Oblivion (7.1 DTS-HD MA):
Level - 4 Stars (111.81dB)
Extension - 5 Stars (1Hz)
Dynamics - 4 Stars (25.92dB)
Execution - 5 Stars by poll. There's not much from 3-15Hz; most of the action is around 30Hz. It sounds pretty good, and the movie's effects make full use of the rest of the LFE bandwidth, but it's not Gary Rizzo's best mix.
Overall - 4.5 Stars.
Recommendation - Buy. This is an interesting scifi flick that generally gets you to suspend your disbelief, with a few decent twists. Although not without some typical Tom Cruise movie plot holes, it's gorgeously and innovatively filmed. While it likely won't win any Oscars, it's prolly worth a place in your library.
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No scenecap, but deep synth organ.
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Finale 01:55:23 - 01:56:03
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:59 PM
Level - 5 Stars (115.4dB Composite!)
Extension - 5 Stars (8Hz)
Dynamics - 5 Stars (28.1dB)
Execution - 4 Stars by Poll
Overall - 4.75 Stars
Recommendation - RENT.
This film is riddled by clipping. Attached is how much. Clipping is in red. Channels are L, R, C, LFE, SL, SR.
Very impressive PvA, a little something for everyone in it.
Posted 07 August 2013 - 02:19 AM
I believe there's a new kid on the block to rival all of his predecessors...
I'll run this one by the scenes I noted in my first look, but I can just about close my eyes, select any chapter and hit play and it will be low end-loaded.
Abraham, I don't know what's up with your assessment that the ST is low level. This one put a hurtin' on my room and person.
The finale as I heard it:
Posted 07 August 2013 - 01:46 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Dave. Last night I had an issue with some other content being very low level, and went back to my AVR to check settings and, sure enough, all channels were low. When my Harmony remote spazzed out recently, it must have nuked the speaker levels. That, in addition to the swamp coolers we use here in the desert, and voila. 7-8dB low "sounding."
I'll edit out that comment from the scoring. Luckily, this issue with my levels had no impact on the digital analysis of the disc. I still don't think that Oblivion is exceptional, but it is pretty good and a pretty good movie!
Posted 07 August 2013 - 06:06 PM
I want to make an IB using a Baffle wall. I am worried about the wall flexing too much.
This film is riddled by clipping. Attached is how much. Clipping is in red.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 02:27 AM
I usually encounter clipping at the -1dB level for some reason (limiters I guess). This film and a few others have what I call blatant clipping. Literally running into 0dBFS, and this film does it on a lot of scenes.
But if you count the -1dB clipping just as 'offensive', Iron Man and Iron Man 2 are full of clipping (repulsors), and to a lesser extent, Thor. You then have to think about the desired effect. Repulsors sound a lot like a jet engine, which will clip a mic (and effectively, our ears, the eardrum and cilia can only travel so far), and the worst clipping (almost straight square waves) are on the repulsor scenes. So it may be intentional. When on such a large scale as this, I may think otherwise. The thing is: Can you notice? I'll find out tomorrow night....I'm hoping I will perceive it, but that it won't detract from the film.....we'll see.
But the answer to your question is "more than I would like". There are a few soundtracks that are truly clip-free, whether by hard limiting or like Phantom above, especially among loud bass-films, like we measure here...
I am expecting Pacific Rim to be a clip and highpass festival. I hope I am wrong.
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