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Current movies with great sound

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

Hey guys,

I kind of feel there are not so many new movies released with better than average sound.
Most of them are okay but lack, especially dynamics.
They sound like they were mastered for your TV and soundbar and not for a great home-cinema experience.
Basically all Marvel/Disney movies fall into that category.

What current releases stood out to you?

My last two were:

Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2021
A nice and mellow family film with great sound design. A typical Sunday afternoon movie.

Last Night in Soho 2021
A very dynamic soundtrack, sometimes even too dynamic. Nothing for people living in apartments:)
The movie was okay, nothing extraordinary.

Looking forward to your experiences.

 

All replies (36)

Mariusmssj
Hero

This might sound odd to some but I find that upmixing content to Auro 3D has made many releases for me much more enjoyable.

I’ve heard many good things about Dune but have not seen it yet, since I’m half way through the book and want to finish it first before I watch the movie.

Neil H
Community Member

I’ve heard Interstellar has some good dynamics even though I have not heard it myself.

I’ll try watching as suggested Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Last Night in Soho ;)

I watched Interstellar last week with my Arendal Sound 7.1 (1723 monitors, 1723 surrounds and 1723 sub 1V) and I was totally impressed by the sound, It’s a good movie to test the sub, I hope I can get a second 1723 sub 1V soon!

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

I personally don’t like upmixing the Sound. (not even with a Trinnov processor)
I find that it robs a lot of special detail and dynamics.

Dune has indeed good sound design and Interstellar is just gigantic sound.
A lot of people with less capable systems were complaining about Interstellar.
It can get harsh really fast.

 

 

James Arruda
Community Member

Ford vs Ferrari is a great track as well, highly recommended!  The early versions of the Marvel moves are pretty good (non-Atmos).  Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with their BluRay tracks are quite good.  Adam Project on Netflix is probably the best streaming audio track I have heard to date, definitely worth a look!

Ramón T.
Hero

Lukas

What do you mean by not mixing tracks?

 

I recommend “A Quiet Place Part II” I love the first part of action to try the sub and surrounds.

 

The Greatest Showman highly recommended as well.

 

Greetings Ramon T.

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

@Ramon
I don’t like using upmixers like Auromatic, Dolby Surround or DTS Neural:X.
I use always the native track.

Quiet Place 1+2 are great (the first one especially).
The greatest Showman I still have to watch.


@James

Absolutely agree with the older Marvel BluRays and Ford vs Ferrari.
Have to check out The Adam Project then.

Joe Johnson
Community Member

Invasion on Apple TV especially the opening seen.

Lone survivor : The first shot in the opening gun battle

Gravity: The whole movie every speaker was alive.

A Quite Place: The bass just came out of no where. First one I watch with both subs hook up. Since the movie is so quiet just didn’t expect it.

The shallow: Lots of dynamic range

The Martian: The whole opening scene.. Especially when the rocket tooknoff

 

 

 

 

Brandon
Customer Support

@Lukas

 

If you really want to tax your speakers and subwoofers Blade Runner 2049 is a great movie and ATMOS track is phenomenal.

blade runner 2049

 

Brandon

 

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Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

@Bradon
Of course, this one I have at home:)

Most of the movies I already have seen.
I was thinking more about movies that were just released this year.

 

 

Jason Hancox
Community Member

I’ve a 1TB of clips to test a system out. My go to clips are:

 

For Atmos try The Great Wall tunnel scene or skull Island intro.

For bass Impact I like the Baby Driver intro with the bank robbery and car chase.

For sub woofers Oblivion has 3 key scenes in the film.  One when Tom Cruise lands his ship on the footy field.  Sealed sub gives more texture whee ported drops alot lower.

 

The scene when Toms rope gets cut and he falls theres a bass sweep just like in The hit man’s Body guard when the van blows up.

Third scene is when he wakes from his sleep after a dip in the pool. There’s very low subtle bass notes.

I fell asleep watching Dune so ill try again with that.

Everest was a great all rounder as it has great Atmos especially when the storm Comes along. The swirling snow and ice will give your tweeters a work out as it pans around and over the room. If you have a harsh sounding system this will highlight it.  It has great bass with the thunder too.

Ghostbusters was pretty good too to be honest as is Blade Runner 2049.

 

Christian Robberstad
Community Member

On my list I have:

Mad Max: Fury Road

A Quiet Place 1 & 2

Arrival

Dune

Blade Runner 2049

Baby Driver

Whiplash

American Sniper

Ford v Ferrari

James Arruda
Community Member

Here is an interesting paradox.  Is it the movie soundtrack that is good, or the fact that soundtrack is playing through Arendal speakers that makes it sound good?

Mobin Mathew
Community Member

I have a very unpopular finding.

I recently watched King Arthur – Legend of the Sword and I was really impressed with the SFX and Music. I believe it is a great movie to try. Visual and different too. I liked it. I hope some of you will like it too.

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OrionPax36
Hero

Here is my list of movies to watch that have great sound. Starting with Ten as the least of my Favorite.

10 – Mad Max Fury Road

9 – Fury

8 – Edge of Tomorrow

7 – The Maze Runner

6 – Pacific Rim

5 – Midway

4 – Alita: Battle Angle

3 – Pacific Rim

2 – 1917

Tie Breaker with #2 – Dune

My #1 – Ready Player One

 

Adrian Urgyan
Community Member

Not all of them considered “current” release, but these are my favorite from last couple years:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Godzilla 2014 (has a dark bridge scene middle-ish which is just amazing)
  • Ready Player One

Nolan movies generally speaking also have amazing sound: Tenet, Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight

I also found Planet Earth II to have very good sound and spectacular image in HDR (in fact, only HDR content so far which I really enjoyed).

Recently the web first releases are kind of let down, unfortunately.

James Arruda
Community Member

Would like to call out another not yet mentioned.

No Time to Die 4k – also has a great sounding track.

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Phil Benn
Community Member

Fifth element, diva…

I found John Wick to be really enjoyable to listen to, most notably John Wicks car and the “club-scene”.

James Arruda
Community Member

I just received “Spiderman: No Way Home” today and will hopefully get a chance to see it tonight.  Will report back on how it goes.

Joris Yauw
Community Member

For me, pacific rim takes the cake.
The sound design really enhances the sense of scale.

#2
Also deepwater horizon has a ton of ambient creaks, explosions and stuff flying around.

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san andreas, or pretty much all disaster movies are really enjoyable

 

James Arruda
Community Member

@Lukas

It didn’t wow me either unfortunately, not like GhostBusters: Afterlife.  With that said, I think it was better than most other of the Marvel Atmos tracks (Disney).

Did you get a chance to see Adam Project on Netflix yet?

Patrik Gunnersten
Community Member

Some great suggestions already, so I will add a few of the “missed” ones that is a “must”

“Edge of Tomorrow” the opening sequence will test both your sub(s) and house/apartment to the limit, I warned you..

“Tron Legacy” superb sound mix  through the whole movie with one of the best soundtracks ever!

“The man from U.N.C.L.E” very good Atmos mix and some nice sounding scenes in it.

Cyril Bourdier
Community Member

Matrix: résurrection

Godzilla VS Kong

Tenet

Pacific Rim

And more…..

 

 

 

 

 

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

Thank you all for the suggestions.

There are some good ones!

Mariusmssj
Hero

Everything so far had been purely action movies. Those who want something a bit simpler I can highly recommend A Star is Born. I was really pleasantly surprised by the sound mix. Everything from vocals to even smallest instruments was done really well.

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

@Marius

 

You are absolutely right.

This movie surprised me with its mix and overall great sound quality.

Definitely a recommendation.

Ramón T.
Hero

As comrade Mariusmssj says, we only talk about action movies, and the reality is that I already enjoy any movie with an acceptable audio, since I install the Arendal equipment completely with the new amplification all the movies in general are a joy and all the details are heard even at low volume. I have a “problem” and that is that most of the films I listen to dubbed into Spanish since I am Spanish, some films I do see in their original version that are heard better and are Atmos the majority. The Spanish dubbing is very good but quality is lost, it must be recognized.

Greetings Ramon T.

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

@Ramon

I feel you. I am from Germany and we also have everything dubbed. With the DVD in 1997, I started watching movies in their original native soundtrack and never looked back.

I am always shocked about how much worse the dubbed soundtrack sounds compared to the original.
I see that a lot of Germans use post-processing like Auros Auromatic to compensate for the worse mix.

 

 

Mariusmssj
Hero

Yeah I found many annoyances with dubbed movies and I must say Auro3D upmixer has really helped a lot in that regard.

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

Hi guys,

Even though it is not a movie I thought I share it anyway.

I started watching the second season of Euphoria and I have to say the mix is very good for a drama series.
Very clear and real-sounding voices, some smaller details/effects placed in the virtual space, and some songs have great surround effects.
It is not in your face, more subtle, but very well made and stood out in the sea of mediocrity.

Matthew Esler
Community Member

Oh yes. I watched a very high quality copy of Dune at home, and the sound was beautiful.

Matthew Esler
Community Member

Whiplash! That’s definitely due for a rewatch with an upgraded sound system.

Lukas Moczorodynski
Customer Support

@Matthew

Do you mean the old Dune from 1984?

Whiplash is indeed a great movie with a fantastic soundtrack.

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