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What are your favorite films in terms of sound? I need a good list for the next time i go to the dvd store.
These is my list so far:

The Hurt Locker
House Of Flying Daggers
Saving Private Ryan
Pearl Harbor
Blue Man Group in DTS
Star Trek

I already have a few known for there sound:
Ratatouille
Transformers 2
King Kong
 

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I have several on my list.
The Expendables
Kung-Fu Panda
Saving Private Ryan
War of the Worlds
Taken
Toy Story 1,2 & 3
Hot Fuzz
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Avatar
Armageddon
How to Train Your Dragon

I would also recommend visiting our reviews section and see which ones get the highest audio ratings.:T
 

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Master and Commander
The Dark Knight
Return of the King
KD Lang with the BBC
David Foster

All the blurays I reach for when giving a demo.
 

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Master and Commander
Iron Man 1 & 2
The Incredible Hulk
Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace
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Pirates of the Caribbean TCOTBP
War of the Worlds
The Dark Knight
Kung Fu Panda
Transformers
Rambo
Fight Club

Is that all? I think so....Well, I'm sure I missed a few, but I second Dale's suggestion to hit up the Movie Reviews section of Home Theater Shack if you want to get a good idea of how tracks stack up. ;)
 

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My short list would be for the whole film, not just one or two scenes:
Monster
The Dark Knight
Star Trek: Nemesis
The Fifth Element
Amadeus
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Black Hawk Down
2001: A Space Odyssey
Saving Private Ryan
 

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I'll add a vote for LOTR Return of the king. The battle with the elephants really shakes the house and I feel like the sound is enveloping me, pulling me into the action.

My short list would be for the whole film, not just one or two scenes:
I have rewatched this movie many, many times and love it. Now I find myself getting fidgety when Frodo and Sam enter Mordor and Sam stops to cry at least once every five minutes. Once the tower crumbles I'm done. The ending last another 45 minutes... Sometimes I just back up a few chapters and watch the battles again!

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I am going to add Slumdog Millionaire to this great list. As a sound designer and audio mixer, not a lot of sound tracks REALLY impress me. Slumdog Millionaire audio track so perfectly compliments the on screen action, it is almost an event itself. Sometimes very subtle, sometimes bombastic, atmospheric, finely layered, and never gimmicky like some soundtracks can get. The sound stage was HUGE in every direction, and their was constant ambiance coming from the surrounds. I felt I was there, and this sound track pushed me further in. It reminded me of a sound tracks done by the "old school masters" of mixing like Walter Murch who did the sound on Apocalypse Now

This movie should be required viewing for all film students interested in sound. This is how sound should be done:clap:
 

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I am going to add Slumdog Millionaire to this great list. As a sound designer and audio mixer, not a lot of sound tracks REALLY impress me. Slumdog Millionaire audio track so perfectly compliments the on screen action, it is almost an event itself. Sometimes very subtle, sometimes bombastic, atmospheric, finely layered, and never gimmicky like some soundtracks can get. The sound stage was HUGE in every direction, and their was constant ambiance coming from the surrounds. I felt I was there, and this sound track pushed me further in. It reminded me of a sound tracks done by the "old school masters" of mixing like Walter Murch who did the sound on Apocalypse Now

This movie should be required viewing for all film students interested in sound. This is how sound should be done:clap:
Interesting to get the perspective of someone in the sound business. What else is on your list of impressive soundtracks Sir Terrence?
 

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Interesting to get the perspective of someone in the sound business. What else is on your list of impressive soundtracks Sir Terrence?
Aside from the ones already mentioned, here are just a few I can name off the top of my noggin.

Apocalypse Now - Walter Murch who I consider one of the best re-recording mixers ever (some of the other best re-recording mixers have worked under his wing like Randy Thom) created this sound track, and it was consider tour de force when it was first created in the 70's. It sounds heavenly on Bluray, and it is the first time we have heard it as it sounded from the original film mag tracks.

Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai - The original monaural soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from an optical soundtrack print, and it sounds absolutely stupendous for a mono sound track. There is LPCM 2.0 soundtrack that sounds equally good, but I prefer the mono track.

The Thin Red Line - This soundtrack is up there with the best war movie sound tracks in the business. The dynamics are huge, LFE potent, and the surrounds are extraordinarily active. The soundtrack should be played back at as close to reference level as your system can stand.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's classic The Red Shoes - This movie sports an excellent LPCM 2.0 soundtrack that is a natural, and right as rain. I bought it as a UK import, but it was worth every dime.

Steve McQueen's Hunger - I love this soundtrack for its attention to fine sonic details. The music is beautifully recorded, and sound sumptuous on Bluray.

I choose these soundtracks not just for the bombast, but for emphasis on the breath of the dynamics and audio subtleties recorded on the track. Some of them are in discrete 5.1, others in mono or stereo.
 

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I just have the Vangelis album and listen to that instead every now and again. I do enjoy going back to the film every blue moon though.
 

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For some really awesome body shaking bass, I recommend Cloverfield. However, it is one of those camcorder movies... jittery picture, which makes some people sick. I have never been a fan of these type movies, but this one was actually pretty good. I have watched it several times. I put it at the top of my list for bass.
 

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Cloverfield was one of the first BR's I bought. I like the movie and the bass is a system shower off'er :devil:
 

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Master and commander
Cars (pretty much any PIXAR release)

I can't think of any more very prominent ones... There are good ones, such as inception and sark knight and star trek, but M&C and Cars really stood out for me. Low impactful bass and great use of surrounds.
 
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