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Captain Phillips Execution and Recommendation Poll - CLOSED

Captain Phillips  

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  1. 1. Execution?

    • 5 Stars
    • 4 Stars
    • 3 Stars
    • 2 Stars
    • 1 Star
  2. 2. Recommendation?

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Captain Phillips (5.1 DTS-HD MA)

Level        - 2 Stars (107.3dB composite)
Extension - 5 Stars (7Hz)
Dynamics - 3 Stars (24.7dB)
Execution - 5 Stars (by poll)


Overall     - 3.75 Stars


Recommendation - Buy (by poll)


Notes: This isn't your typical bass movie, but it was good enough that the Academy nominated it for both the Sound Editing and Sound Mixing awards this year. This should tell you something about how good this mix is.  It has truckloads of low level, extremely low frequency bass that is used to amazing effect, creating unbelievable tension throughout the movie.  That's also why the dynamics are so low.


This isn't a big, in-your-face action movie or thriller.  There are almost no high amplitude effects (read as:  no demo scenes at all), yet it has a ton of bass that adds so much to the experience.  It proves that great movie mixes don't have to do things in the formulaic way many have come to expect from their action flicks - loud explosions, clipped content, or predictable effects and sweeps.  I think it also shows the value of the lowest octaves in storytelling - they are essential for creating that immersive feeling that the best movies have, and it's certainly in evidence here. 


Oh yeah, the movie is also pretty good all-around.  Though not a typical bass movie, and probably not a movie I'll ever re-watch, this one delivers in nearly every aspect of entertainment.  That is, unless all you want is kaboom boom; in that case, look elsewhere.





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