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2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray dialogue inaudible, 22 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me [Blu-ray] (1992) (Blu-ray)
While the picture transfer to Blu-ray is fairly good, something seems to have gone horribly wrong with the sound transfer.
The dialogue is so quiet it is impossible to watch this disk in a domestic environment without subtitles.
The original film was Dolby Stereo, also known as Pro-Logic in home cinema systems, when decoded Dolby Stereo routes the dialogue to the centre speaker. It sounds like the Dolby Stereo was decoded to Left Centre Right & Surround, but only the Left & Right being transferred to the 2.0 Linear PCM on the disk.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2013 00:36:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2013 00:39:18 GMT
A lot of 2.0 track films default to LEFT/RIGHT only when played on a Blu Ray Player, especially if your audio on the player's master settings is set to UNPROCESSED.

I find you often have to change your player's downmix to either PCM or DOLBY SURROUND depending on how they are labelled (they both give the same result) in order to get the 2 tracks encoded to L-C-R-Mono SURROUND.

Even if you are using a multi-downmix processor between the player and the speakers, it does not let you choose Pro-Logic on some films unless you change your downmix on the Blu Ray player settings.

I had a copy of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE which was like that - unless you choose PCM as a downmix on your player you only get L and R channels outputting, and even my processor would not change to Pro-Logic, it was just stuck on 2-Channel. Other times then, it may default to 2 channel but you CAN change on the processor, as CLASH OF THE TITANS '81, another 2.0 stereo film did, but with that one I was able to leave the player's downmix on UNPROCESSED.

I could be wrong, but that's how I interpret your problem...

However, the CENTRE channel as you probably know was created by placing sounds equally on BOTH tracks, so you still should get a 'wide' centre effect - so if the dialogue is poor, then it may also be a bad transfer.

Posted on 27 Feb 2014 11:18:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2014 11:19:55 GMT
I played this Blu Ray through a cinema projector and sound system recently and did find issues with sound.

As it was a 2.0 track, my decoding was Dolby Stereo, and while I had all 4 channels (L-C-R-Surr) I found it to be very centre heavy from the front with very little left and right shifting (only time I noticed this was when the one-armed man's truck was swerving over the road and when James' motorcycle drove off screen in ONE scene only) and used the surround channel a lot for music and effects.

In the Red Room rock music sequence for example, the surround was doing most of the work. I also found a lot of slapback through the surround with dialogue. As you know, 2.0 do not give you discreet channels so the L-R-and surround are receiving out of phase sounds until the phase shifting or channel panning kicks in.

However, a lot of sound-bytes from dialogue (especially male 's' sounds) seemed to be jumping into phase through the surround causing a very annoying echo at times!

So I would say the way this film has been recorded is with most sounds on both the left AND right track causing a heavy centre and a large use of surround phase shifting.
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