3-20-12 5.1 Audio on DVD’s – Part 2
C&W Singer / Songwriter Jerry Reed born 1937, reggae guy Lee “Scratch” Perry born 1936; I own music by both.
Silly me – I’ve been trying to find feature films on DVD that have nice 5.1 audio. I started with a basic list made with the help of my friend Warren – who recommended a few websites to look at. I made my list, and went out into the stores…
…and ended up with a Paul Verhoeven festival in 5.1! “Robocop” and “Total Recall” – two films I did not see upon their original release.
“Robocop” had quite a bit of “80’s Excess” – lots of ultra-violence, unrealistic bad guys, big crunchy machines, hookers and blow. It read like a comic book; it was easy to watch – and there was a lot of 5.1 amusement to be had. The $3 DVD of it that I found has a 3-D cover on it!
“Total Recall” was made a scant 4 years after “Robocop”, but Verhoeven had his dystopian shoes sharpened: more unrealistic villans and a science fiction plot that was difficult to keep track of. Is this real? Or? Dear old Arnold made his moves as only he can, with that charming Austrian accent. However, the vehicles in this film – not that “Robocop” was slouch with their futuristic vehicles – deserve a special mention. Nice ‘n’ futuristic, unrealistic…and I am a sucker for machines that look like they will grind everything down to the center of the inner-core of whatever planet you’re on! I read that this was considered an expensive movie, at the time of it’s release.
Ugh! I tried to watch “Lethal Weapon 2” for it’s 5.1 kicks, but…couldn’t get very far with Mel Gibson’s mid-Pacific accent and fairly juvenile humor throughout. I don’t even think I will keep this one for the 5.1 collection!
But it does give rise to my interest in the films of Paul Verhoeven. I guess he had some slightly more mainstream / popular films, too? I like this dark science fiction stuff, I must confess. Any fans want to tell me what’s the next Verhoeven film to search out, in the cheap-o DVD’s? 5.1 audio is a plus, but not 100% necessary. Just good, solid dystopian mayhem.
Also must rummage through my DVD’s of films – and see if there’s any fun 5.1 entertainment still lurking in my already-obtained titles. I hate it when I remember buying a film, then – when I am all done – it ain’t in my list. How did that happen? Did I put my $2 copies of “The Matrix” and “The Abyss” in a special carton somewhere, where I can no longer locate them?
And, of course, the films I really want to watch again and again won’t have any kind of special audio at all. “I’m All Right Jack” remains in mono.