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Scott Francis Baker


September 10th, 2008

Bad DVDs @ 01:33 pm

I dusted off my old X-Files: Fight the Future DVD for a little X-Files fix yesterday. The first thing it plays is the fancy THX certification logo. Normally this wouldn't mean anything but then I noticed that the DVD defaults to 2.0 sound. You have to go into the "language options" menu to get 5.1 sound! Why bother to get THX certified and then default to 2.0 sound... lame!

Then today I loaded up Rush Hour 3 and when you hit play movie it asks you if you want full screen or wide screen. It defaults to the full screen option! It's 2008 why are movies even offered in full screen any more? If you must put a full screen version on the disk, make it an option in the menus, not something you have to select on every viewing.
 
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From:vanbeast
Date:September 10th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
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THX has nothing to do with surround sound. It's a certification process related to the fidelity of sound reproduction. I'm not 100% sure but I believe that Return of the Jedi (the first THX-certified film, in fact the film that THX was created for) was stereo.
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From:muerte
Date:September 10th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
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It's also a test for optimum viewing angles and other such things. But it's *mostly* touted for it's sound. The THX "demo" that's on DVDs is all about sound, so to default to 2.0 is poor design.
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From:vanbeast
Date:September 10th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
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THX video stuff came much later, and the THX splash screen with the sweep is specific to THX sound.

The THX "demo" that's on DVDs is all about sound, so to default to 2.0 is poor design.

I still disagree. More speakers != better sound and PARTICULARLY != fidelity... most people only have stereo anyway. Lowest common denominator makes the most sense for people creating mass-market media (depressing but true).

Imagine how you'd feel if you popped a DVD into your laptop and only discovered 4 minutes in that it defaulted to 5.1 and so you were missing 90% of the dialog, foley, and bass?

Scott Francis Baker