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Robusto
15-01-2009, 10:38 AM
I've bought my first Home Cinema System and have been enjoying the house shaking as I watch films. I've never had one before and am hooked on it.

The improved sound with a great picture has really got me interested in films again, and beefs up the normal broadcast sound no end, too.

The best thing about watching live music is that you can hear the decay of each instrument, and every part of the drum kit is separated and clear. You also appreciate the silences.

I'll list the films I've vibrated through so far, and ask folk to recommend any other house-shakers they might think of. I'm off work with what I'm now calling flu, so it has given me some near-death time to flesh out and take my mind off things.

In no particular order, I've watched... or have on my pile still to watch:

2001 - A Space Oddysey
Cloverfield
The Shining
Planet Terror
Moulin Rouge
Tommy
Saving Private Ryan
No Country For Old Men
The Last Waltz
28 Days Later
The Sound Of Music
The Day Today
Elton John's 60th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Gardens, NYC
France Gall - en direct de Bercy, Paris
Jean de Florette
Manon des Sources

I would really appreciate any recommendations for films to think about hiring or buying that have spectacular 5.1 soundtracks if folk have the time to write them here.

Cheers.
Bryan :biggrin1:

Lou3
15-01-2009, 02:01 PM
A few that come to mind are Amadeus, Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, and The Wall.

Robusto
15-01-2009, 03:52 PM
A few that come to mind are Amadeus, Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, and The Wall.

Amadeus, Apocalypse Now and The Wall.
Fantastic suggestions, mate!

I don't know what Goodfellas is, though...

Wildwood
15-01-2009, 04:44 PM
Amadeus, Apocalypse Now and The Wall.
Fantastic suggestions, mate!

I don't know what Goodfellas is, though...


It's a pizza isn't it...? Joke!! :smoke:

Methinks its a gangster film...though I don't get out much, so might be wrong... :(

Wild

Pantomimehorse
15-01-2009, 04:50 PM
The Long Good Friday sounds amazing on my 5.1 system, also got a Boxset with all the episodes of Miami Vice in 5.1 so Ive been ploughing through them, music sounds fantastic!

Drewmidorn
15-01-2009, 05:23 PM
Goodfellas is one of the greatest Mafia movies made and the soundtrack is class... I'd almost go as far as to say its one of the greatest movies ever made.

Robusto
15-01-2009, 05:54 PM
I'm adding ideas all the time, men.

Got my first silliness today. Put on TOMMY and it wouldn't load. I've got the Region 2 lock in this machine, whereas with my previous DVD player would play anything.

I'm going to buy TOMMY again. I am a BIG Who fan - I particularly like Quadrophenia (audio version).

I also have to say TOMMY is one of the biggest dog turds in film music. Ken Russell et al must have been rammed with cake when they made it.

I wanted to watch Ann Margret roll around in baked beans that pour out of a TV in 5.1.

I wanted to be cheered up. I was denied.

It is monumental camp nonsense, and therefore I add it to my list of the best films of all time. :cowboyic9:

Polyester, anyone?...

Drewmidorn
15-01-2009, 06:31 PM
Most DVD players can be unlocked by entering a long strange combination of keys on the handset or pressing certain keys whilst powering it on..... you can usually find the codes on the internet.... however if anyone asks you where this information comes from you ain't seen me gov!

Robusto
15-01-2009, 07:00 PM
I'll be on the hunt, Drew. Or at least I'll set my boys on it.

Seems ridiculous to have made regions for DVDs in the first place. Surely they never made audio CDs with regional restrictions?

I love Chas n Dave. I bought their Best Of CD, and the bastard wouldn't deliver itself over to mp3/iPod.

Did they think they'd earn more that way?
I was confused.

Buster Bloodvessel lol of Bad Manners said in an interview recently that he thinks we - EK1 - are the best live group in Kent.

I'm one pig in shit with Ann BEANZ Margret with that accolade. :biggrin1:

Drewmidorn
15-01-2009, 07:12 PM
The DVD regions are mainly to do with release dates I think. Its to "protect" the cinema industry who, apparently, don't have enough money already! So that you can't get an american DVD for a movie that isn't yet out in England!

The other problem is to do with distribution rights (and that is the same for I tunes, and would have been the same for CDs if they'd thought about it when they set it up). Sometimes different distributors hold the rights in different regions.

They are still all, and I can say this without any proviso, Bastards to a man!

Much like A&R guys and Lawyers!

Its being so cheerful that keeps me going. LOL.

D

Olls
16-01-2009, 08:45 AM
I've got a fairly nice 5.1 system - the problem is I've realised that I don't watch that many action/sci-fi/big budget blokbuster type films. I tend to prefer independent and some foreign language films. So it's pretty much wasted on me!

I'd second Goodfellas - definitely one of my top films, good soundtrack but doesn't gain much from the 5.1 experience. Casino too, but I do have a soft-spot for gangster films.

Black Hawk Down will sound nice. Also got the Jason Bourne trilogy for Christmas which are three of my favourite films and have pretty good surround.

Olls.

Scottish_Cuban
17-01-2009, 05:38 PM
Hi Bryan i bet it sounds amazing!!
I installed a surround sound system into my place when i built it and the first thing i played at full blast was a cd, a recording system had been placed on an aircraft carrier with jets flying past and taking off. What a sound! honestly it nearly blew my ears let alone the speakers haha. So not much of a dvd but for sound clarity and depth with a slight reverb it sounded amazing. I would recomend it for any great surround sound system!!.

Robusto
17-01-2009, 10:28 PM
I'm into jets so I'll try something like that out. I believe I can Bluetooth my laptop over to the system somehow so I'll be trying that as well. :biggrin1:

Scottish_Cuban
18-01-2009, 01:51 PM
If you like Bryan i can send you an email with the sound tracks on and you can download them onto your laptop or into your media centre!

Robusto
18-01-2009, 02:13 PM
That's brilliant!
Want to PM me that?
Know how to do that?
Go through my profile slot.
Or mail to: elton1984@msn.com

I am so envious of your impending trip to Cuba! Lucky man! :biggrin1:

Scottish_Cuban
18-01-2009, 02:30 PM
I can do that for sure Bryan no probs.
If i had come on here last year i would of put an invite up, there is normally plenty of room where i`m going and this year just going on my own but some friends are coming over from Crete so fully booked out, if you dont get to go over to Cuba this year your more than welcome to come and stop where i am!.There is room for 8 people at a push, only go with smokers though as the apartment is like smokey joe's haha.
Might see over this year if we can select a few to come, the flights are around ?300 return. So not too bad i think, compared to british airways that charge ?1200. See how things go though.

Just to check Bryan !! do you have high definition audio??? its what my audio is saved as, as i have a high definition sound and visual media system.

Robusto
18-01-2009, 03:11 PM
Yes, I believe I do.
I'll be cautious, tho. No worries! :cowboyic9:

Is that a grass cutter you are driving in your profile pic?

Scottish_Cuban
18-01-2009, 03:16 PM
Its a quad bike, plenty of room to galavant around tearing up the hills haha.Lazy way to get around i know but much more fun and exciting.

I`m just coverting it into a small enough file i can sedn via email, smoking and watching the snooker at the same time, just need a good drink to go with it and i`ll be a happy chappy haha, driving soon though so no luck yet again!

Robusto
18-01-2009, 03:19 PM
A blitz of sins there lol. Enjoy!

Scottish_Cuban
19-01-2009, 04:39 PM
Hi Bryan sorry to say the files are way too big to email! i`m going to upload them onto my website once its updated and i`ll give you my address so you can go on and download them from there. Sorry mate!

Robusto
19-01-2009, 05:26 PM
Cheers, SC. That's very noble of you. Don't worry if it doesn't work.

cohibaIV
20-01-2009, 07:18 PM
Can you get wireless 5.1 systems???

Can't be doing with wires every where!!!

Scottish_Cuban
20-01-2009, 07:24 PM
Hi CohibaIV, you sure can!, depends how much you want to spend. I'm not one for wires either.
As far as i know Bang & Olufsen do a system for about 10,000, and Sound Solutions in Germany do an averge system for about 2,000. So it depends on what your after.
I got one from canada and had it played with so it would work with ease over here, thats about it.Are you looking for something inperticular or just finding out the now?.

Drewmidorn
20-01-2009, 07:41 PM
I don't know if things are the same as they used to be with Bang and Olufsen, but the stuff is so reliable they didn't have a repairs department....it did mean though that the once in a blue moon that something did go wrong it could take months to get it fixed under warranty.

Robusto
20-01-2009, 08:27 PM
I've bought one that sends its signal wirelessly to the back two speakers. That saves on at least some cabling. I also wanted an unobtrusive system because I didn't want to be surrounded by helter skelters. I'm pleased it's a good system that hasn't knackered our front room with a silly look.

Pantomimehorse
21-01-2009, 10:49 AM
I used to have a out the box type system which was great, then last year when I moved I needed a new hifi anyway so went the whole way and got a seperates 5.1 system , best thing I ever bought, albums sound amazing, movies sound fantastic!

Scottish_Cuban
21-01-2009, 02:27 PM
I have mine built in to everything, its classed as an 8.1 but i added a B&O Seperate that splits the sound even further.The whole system is 3000 watts, never had at full ppower as theres no need to. I got my mate a Sony sytem thats wireless and its great. Its free standing aswell as wall hung speakers, i find sony to be criper and a cleaner sound that most others. It just depends on how much you want to spend!

Scottish_Cuban
21-01-2009, 02:30 PM
I don't know if things are the same as they used to be with Bang and Olufsen, but the stuff is so reliable they didn't have a repairs department....it did mean though that the once in a blue moon that something did go wrong it could take months to get it fixed under warranty.

Hi Drewmidorn. I first saw B&O at my uncles in Leeds nearly 20 years ago, and to this date he still has the same system. I guess its just pot luck like everything else on the market. Have to say though sometimes you do get what you pay for!.My first every system was a Sony and it lasted me on 10 years, mind it was getting moved around as i moved so lucky it lasted as long.

cohibaIV
22-01-2009, 07:10 PM
Hi CohibaIV, you sure can!, depends how much you want to spend. I'm not one for wires either.
As far as i know Bang & Olufsen do a system for about 10,000, and Sound Solutions in Germany do an averge system for about 2,000. So it depends on what your after.
I got one from canada and had it played with so it would work with ease over here, thats about it.Are you looking for something inperticular or just finding out the now?.


?10000????:eek: Cheers SC but I was thinking more on the lines a couple of hundred...Got a wedding to pay for this year....LOL

Robusto
01-03-2009, 09:26 PM
Just want to report I bought a DVD of The Long Good Friday for ?1.50 yesterday in Oxfam. Haven't seen it since 1979 in a cinema.

More top blood and guts - but with an East End violent streak. It wasn't as dated as I thought it might be. The soundtrack is very late 70s synth strings, and lots of sax like Baker Street. Just fine. :)

It was a great late afternoon view, and because my wife is away until Thursday seeing the in-laws in Derbyshire, I've been able to toke like a hero throughout the homestead. :smoke: