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if you enjoyed the first one you won't be dissapointed.Wow, a 95 Mike! I will defiantly have to get this one. Too bad the LFE is down so much. I will give it a boost before I run the movie
My kids and I enjoyed the first one and by the sounds/sight of it the second is on par
agreed, I'm not sure which I like better, they're both good, and they both have their own unique feel to them.GREAT review, Mike! I ABSOLUTELY loved the first one. I missed the 2nd one in theaters, but I picked it up and watched it on Tuesday night. I absolutely loved this one, too! I'm actually unsure of which one I like more. This one just had more emotion behind it and I felt really connected. I'm most likely going to be watching this one again this weekend!
after doing some research and discussing it on several other forums it seems it was a director's choice. The sound designer did both 1 and 2 and he' FAMOUS for putting really low and powerful levels in his movies. there's an interview video out there where the director mentions having to "tone down" the audio because he felt it was too dynamic in the first one. (which really makes no sense)I will definitely be watching this one! Thanks for the heads-up to give the subs a good boost before starting, which I will do. I wonder if it was a mastering error, though it's hard to believe that something that big and egregious would make it through whatever processes they have in place.
I actually caught it in a theater last June and quite liked it. I am rather disappointed that this didn't get released with either Auro 3D or Atmos. I watched it in Atmos at the theater, and understand it also played in Auro in some theaters. Dreamworks is supposedly one of the studios that Auro expects will be releasing blurays with Auro soundtracks. OTOH, I read earlier today that someone watched it on his Atmos setup with the Dolby Surround upmixer engaged and loved it.
Anyway, I digress. Thanks for the great review!
oh yeah, the sound design was great. I just was rather disappointed by the lack of LFE.. it was low not just in comparison to the torture tester the 1st movie was, but to other movies in general ... still a great movie and looks amazing (and still sounds excellent)Randy Thom, the sound designer, definitely is known for his dynamic flair. He did movies like The Incredibles, which I still use as a (family-friendly) demo! I am not sure if I agree with the director's choice to tone it down, but the sound design is still phenomenal even with a lighter bass emphasis.