How should Les Miserables sound?
December 27, 2012 6:47 AM Subscribe
What kind of sound does (or should) the film Les Miserables have?
posted by justkevin to media & arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My GF and I saw Les Miserables last night at a Showcase cinema. It sounded awful.
Here's what I noticed:
- All sound seemed to be coming from the screen. At no point during the entire film could I hear anything from the theater's surround speakers.
- If I closed my eyes, I couldn't detect any stereo effects. No gunfire from the left or right, or different positions for the actors.
- The orchestra sounded tiny, particularly in the big numbers like One Day More.
- Vocals were clear.
- No strong bass. Even the cannons, which were at least loud, didn't produce a deep rumble.
Afterwards, I assumed that for some reason we only got the center channel, but I've now heard similar reports from people who saw it in at least two different theaters.
How "should" it have sounded? Could what we experienced have been just the center channel? Or is that just how it sounds?