View Full Version : Best movie to watch to give surround sound a workout


RoldGold
02-17-2011, 10:29 PM
Hi everyone,
I recently got a new surround sound and I am looking for movies that have a great 5.1 track and obviously are good movies. I am trying out my system and I want to see how good it can sound.

So just name the movie/tv show you think encompasses both the best surround track and storyline.

I'll start off:
---Movies
1. Saving Private Ryan - first 30 minutes, jaw dropping surround sound editing
2. The Dark Knight - entire movie has great surround sound
3. Inception - also has great surround sound throughout
4. Behind Enemy Lines - has good sound editing in the sequence with dodging the missile
---TV Shows
1. Burn Notice - amazing writing, great acting, and wonderful audio mix

Yggdrasill
02-17-2011, 10:56 PM
Hi everyone,
I recently got a new surround sound and I am looking for movies that have a great 5.1 track and obviously are good movies. I am trying out my system and I want to see how good it can sound.

So just name the movie/tv show you think encompasses both the best surround track and storyline.

I'll start off:
---Movies
1. Saving Private Ryan - first 30 minutes, jaw dropping surround sound editing
2. The Dark Knight - entire movie has great surround sound
3. Inception - also has great surround sound throughout
4. Behind Enemy Lines - has good sound editing in the sequence with dodging the missile
---TV Shows
1. Burn Notice - amazing writing, great acting, and wonderful audio mix

I haven't had a surround system for several years. But two movies I really thought had killer sound were Enemy at the Gates and Blackhawk Down.

Billo
02-18-2011, 10:23 AM
Flight of the Phoenix

Master and Comander

War of the Worlds

luxmaster
02-20-2011, 11:07 AM
Titan A.E.

U571

VICIII
02-21-2011, 02:43 PM
Have three boys 12 and under and have watched "Transformers" movies and the second has great scenes with the whole room swirling around. Definitely worth checking out.

js1138
02-21-2011, 02:45 PM
I'd like to see a movie where you don't notice the surround sound, even though it's there.

trhee
02-21-2011, 04:30 PM
Saving Private Ryan
Star Wars: Complete Series I-VI
The Incredibles (actually almost all recent animated movies)
Gladiator
Apocalypto
Matrix Trilogy
Top Gun
Terminator 2
Avatar

newrival
02-21-2011, 04:54 PM
Just watched Sector 9 again last night and was surprised at how good the surround was. I think the last time I watched it was on stereo.

Mildot1
02-22-2011, 12:41 AM
Just off the top of my head real quick here. I would have to say The Rock, Platoon, Saving Private Ryan. Im sure there's a few more if I really thought about it for a while though

Hammie
02-22-2011, 12:47 AM
If you have an SA-CD player, I would recommend Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon as a reference disk for 5.1 surround music. However, I personally do not like 5.1 surround music, but that disk is an exception.

As far as movies (not sure if you are talking DVD or Blu-ray), some great ones were already mentioned. However, I would recommend the following in Blu-ray format:

- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Cars (Pixar movie)
- The Fast and the Furious trilogy
- Fifth Element
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The Incredible Hulk
- The Kill Bill movies
- Speed Racer
- The Watchmen
- Avatar
- Iron Man
- Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Toy Story 2
- THX Demo Disc (found on eBay)
- Casino Royale
- District 9
- John Legend concert

Those are the ones off the top of my head. Some of these also have some amazing LFE to show off your subwoofer if you have a nice one.

upfront
02-22-2011, 01:07 AM
U-571 is the first one that comes to mind. The depth charges are one end of the spectrum and the quiet listening to prop noise is the other.

elcoholic
02-22-2011, 01:38 AM
I just happened to watch the Matrix tonight.

tincat2
02-22-2011, 01:42 AM
i've always wanted to hear the main downtown shootout scene in 'Heat' on a good surround rig. 'Knowing' has some good possibilities as well.

thedelihaus
02-22-2011, 01:47 AM
Das Boot is a goodun.

john_w
02-22-2011, 02:05 AM
I remember when 5.1 was a new toy, high end stereo places used to use Raiders of the Lost Ark, especially the bar shootout scene, to demo the system. The bullets ricocheting all around the bar was well recreated in surround and made for an awesome effect. I think people tend to forget just how much fun Raiders was in general.

The matrix is a great sound system movie too, but maybe more for testing the subwoofer .

Arkay
02-22-2011, 03:21 AM
Most of the A/V stores here seem to use Jurassic Park and King Kong a lot, as demos, although Jurassic is slowly fading from use, as I think most people have grown tired of it. I suspect that they are trying to show exciting action to impress customers, as much as actually show off sound quality. Black Hawk Down is noted as a good test for bass when the helicopters come in, and spacial location when firing is being done. Similarly, the opening scenes in Saving Private Ryan are a well-known demo for surround sound. One store sometimes uses Pearl Harbor, but I'm not sure if that is because the sound is good, or if they're trying to show how even a mediocre soundtrack can be made to sound decent(?).

Otherwise, I'd say most of the movies on this list (at least, the ones I have) have worked very well on my system; they each have their strengths. I used --and still use if I change a major component-- a dedicated set-up Laserdisc (Japanese) when setting up my system, and then trust that the sound settings are equally suitable for DVDs, etc... Other than that, I rarely try to "show off" the surround A/V system, so on that rare occasion I'll just take any decent movie (Master and Commander is one I've used) and pop it in.

Arkay
02-22-2011, 03:22 AM
Das Boot is a goodun.

Sound quality aside, it's just a good movie, too! :yes: :thmbsp:

Hammie
02-22-2011, 08:05 AM
I just thought of another one...

- Hitman

There is a scene where everything is muted except for bullet shells hitting a tile floor. sounds really good. :D

eteller
02-22-2011, 12:39 PM
Saving Private Ryan
Ronin (the car chase)

Svt
02-22-2011, 12:45 PM
Here's my list best first:

U571
The Mummy Returns (AMAZING gunfights and car chases)
3:10 to Yuma (gunfights and bullets flying around)
Transformers 2
Inglorious Basterds

I have all of these on Blu Ray and the uncompressed audio is a great thing. I have 2 of them on normal DVD and its not even a comparison.

hobie1dog
02-22-2011, 02:20 PM
I walk out of every demo room when they put that crap of Saving PR as I don't need to see people getting their heads blown off and all the other graphic violence of war...that's not entertainment. I 've had people have to quickly usher out their kids to keep them from having to see it when someone pops that movie in.

sxty8goats
02-22-2011, 02:26 PM
I walk out of every demo room when they put that crap of Saving PR as I don't need to see people getting their heads blown off and all the other graphic violence of war...that's not entertainment. I 've had people have to quickly usher out their kids to keep them from having to see it when someone pops that movie in.

I'm right there with you.

RoldGold
02-22-2011, 03:14 PM
I thought knowing was a horrible movie.

And I thought of another potentially good one
-The Hurt Locker, I bet the slow motion scene has some serious bass.

elcoholic
02-23-2011, 02:44 PM
The matrix is a great sound system movie too, but maybe more for testing the subwoofer .

Jurassic Park is a good one to see what your sub can do. Esp. the scene where the T-Rex is coming through the jungle and on screen are the rain filled foot prints. My living room window as a fixed center section that is 4x4 single pane, single strength glass. That scene in JP makes it rattle like no other. :yes:

RoldGold
02-26-2011, 07:37 AM
Also, speed is another great one. And it is also a great movie.

hogdaddy
02-26-2011, 08:22 AM
Pale Rider-Clint Eastwood

cwall99
02-26-2011, 08:39 AM
i've always wanted to hear the main downtown shootout scene in 'Heat' on a good surround rig. 'Knowing' has some good possibilities as well.

That movie, er, Heat, was definitely beautifully done from a sound point of view... Sound point of view????? I borrowed it from a co-worker, took a day off work, and cranked it on my system. It's almost too much... I don't think I've ever been more aware of sound effects, even spent shell casings hitting the sidewalk.

I was really impressed with the sound editing on The Pacific on HBO, and that was just as it was broadcast. I can't wait to get it on Blu Ray.

The newest Star Trek movie on Blu Ray is amazing. There's this incredible scene in the opening sequence where a crew member gets sucked out into space, and you go from an audio inferno to a complete auditory void so quick it's almost like someone sucked the air out of the room.

If you're wondering whether Blu Ray is that much better than DVD, it most definitely is, especially the sound. I have an Oppo 980 (DVD, no Blu Ray) and it upscales to 1080P pretty nicely (yes, I know, some people say that that's not really possible, but when I go through the different video output settings, it's pretty clear that it is possible). That Oppo delivers a nice picture.

But then I added a cheapo Panasonic BDP to my kit, and from the moment I heard the first note of the first soundtrack on the first Blu Ray disk, it was very apparent that the improvement in audio is far more impressive than the improvement in the video quality.

So I want to get The Pacific on Blu Ray.

Definitely Master and Commander (which I only have on DVD, but that DVD has a DTS soundtrack which is far better than Dolby Digital).

Saving Ryan's Privates, as so many have already said, is amazing.

A good sleeper movie, in terms of not being one you might think about, is Amelie. I noticed a few folks saying, "I like surround sound when you don't really notice it." They do a great job of creating ambience in that movie.

Big Tuna
02-26-2011, 12:58 PM
Although I am not a fan of Surround Sound set-ups, I did have a nice 6.1 set-up in my BR of my home in Iowa and It sounded nice. I ended up moving to Texas and retreated back to old school 2 channel.

My favorites that really gave the set-up some serious excercise were:
1. Titanic
2. Fifth Element
3. All 3 Die Hard Movies
4. The Fugitive
5. US Marshals
6. Patriot Games & Clear & present Danger
7. Crimson Tide
8. Hunt For Red October
9. Star Wars- Phantom Menace-the pod racing scenes were intense!
10. The Rock
11. Con Air
12. Mission To Mars
13. Alien Quadrilogy
14. Lord Of the Rings Trilogy
15. Pirates of The caribbean trilogy
16. The Musketeer
17. Stargate
18. First Knight
19. Indiana Jones Quadrilogy
20. Willow
21. Days Of Thunder
22. Top Gun
23. Predator 1 & 2
24. Alien vs. Predator
25. Executive Decision
26. Air Force One
27. Terminator Trilogy
28. Highlander Trilogy + Endgame
29. Greystoke the Legend of Tarzan
30. Gladiator
31. Troy
32. Striking Distance
33. Chain Reaction
34. Point Break
35. Batteries Not Included
36. The Aviator
37. Gangs of New York
38. The Thing

And possibly a few more :D

costerdock
02-26-2011, 01:27 PM
Heat
Bladerunner
Matrix for testing your sub,
das boot
star wars - new episodes #2
Gattica
Twister
AI

jsixis
02-26-2011, 01:45 PM
Iron Man 2 was awesome 5.1 sound wise when the wife and I watched it.

jsixis
02-26-2011, 01:46 PM
Have three boys 12 and under and have watched "Transformers" movies and the second has great scenes with the whole room swirling around. Definitely worth checking out.

Yes it is +1

stafngrimr
04-01-2011, 01:41 AM
If I may suggest. Grab the bluray of The Secret of Kells. The forest scenes are incredibly realistic on a decent surround system.

techtoys617
05-28-2012, 11:59 PM
Hi everyone,
I recently got a new surround sound and I am looking for movies that have a great 5.1 track and obviously are good movies. I am trying out my system and I want to see how good it can sound.

So just name the movie/tv show you think encompasses both the best surround track and storyline.

I'll start off:
---Movies
1. Saving Private Ryan - first 30 minutes, jaw dropping surround sound editing
2. The Dark Knight - entire movie has great surround sound
3. Inception - also has great surround sound throughout
4. Behind Enemy Lines - has good sound editing in the sequence with dodging the missile
---TV Shows
1. Burn Notice - amazing writing, great acting, and wonderful audio mix

I believed you until you said Burn Notice had "great acting".

se7enMMBsg
05-29-2012, 01:02 AM
.......if one is a fan of Westerns then: "Open Range". (TRUST ME. Aside from just about being an instant classic upon its release in '03, there is this big mother of all gun battles and . . . . just TRUST ME!) :yes::smoke:


~PEACE,
Dave

Tom Brennan
05-29-2012, 01:04 AM
Broken Blossoms.

hjames
05-29-2012, 05:52 AM
i've always wanted to hear the main downtown shootout scene in 'Heat' on a good surround rig. .
Funny you should mention this - I'd bought the "15th Anniversary" 2 disk DVD release of HEAT a while back and we watched it this weekend.
It has a lot of real good surround moments - the copters flying around, the final scenes at LAX with planes taking off ... and, that street fighting scene ...
the guns in that film are like cannons! If you like that kind of film, its recommended!

Also - we have the BluRay of Master and Commander - again, its warfare scenes - but that first attack from out of the fog,
amazing ... also all the regular sounds of the ship creaking and such are quite good.

The Star Trek Original movies Bluray box is also great ... so far we've just watched the first and 2nd film (Khan!) -
but they are all in 7.1 surround and are quite nice!!

And the JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot - also great sound (but not 7.1)!

mfhale
05-29-2012, 08:48 AM
Titan A.E.
Band of Brothers