Ten Great Movies for Surround Sound Home Theaters
In no particular order, this list features great scenes from 10 great movies from the last 30 years that have soundtracks that are as amazing (on both DVD and Blu-ray) as they are at the cinema – in some cases, more so...
As with many CGI movies, the surround sound is great all the way through. Probably the most impressive sequences are the battle between Mr Incredible and the various prototype robots controlled by the villain, as well as the climax battle in the city.
This is an awesome experience throughout - the battle scenes portray carnage that is perfectly illustrated in the accompanying mash of metal on flesh output through the surround sound. Look out for the gladiatorial combat segment with chained tigers emerging from trapdoors in the arena!
If you’re looking for hardcore metal-on-metal battling it out, Transformers has some superb moments, such as the early Bumblebee versus Barricade battle and the final city-based engagement. Yet the quiet night-time creeping around outside the Witwicky house by Optimus Prime, Jazz, Ironhide, and Ratchet is probably the best moment, offering plenty of ambient sounds and a few laughs too!
Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
There are a few trilogies in this list, with only one movie picked out from each. Surround sound in The Two Towers is particularly impressive. As with all of the best examples of brilliant sound tracks, equal attention has been given to all stages of the movie - whether lost with Sam and Frodo and the tragic Gollum or the amazing battle scene in the second half, wondering at the spectacle of Helm's Deep in the desolate wind of Rohan or the eerie sounds of the forest, The Two Towers is a great way to show off your surround sound.
The three major set pieces in this movie – James Bond free running to chase the terrorist early on, the saving of the Skyfleet airliner and the climactic and tragic death of Vesper Lynd in Venice at the end – are all worthy of the best surround sound systems available for your home theater. Yet nothing compares to the sound of the car chase two thirds of the way through.