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Dirty Harry remixes
#1
would like to get ahold of the original tracks for the dirty harry series - they have been ruined with fake sounding modern effects
don't think any laserdiscs have the mono versions but I think the earlier digital releases are just reprocessed for stereo without new SFX so they can be downmixed to mono. early 90's VHS tapes also have reprossed for stereo versions


magnum force with original SFX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEX8aIP7VEE


same goes with the any which way you can movies
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#2
Pretty interesting. So the early DVDs aren't the same mixes as the Blu-ray discs? (for the english track, foreign dubs mostly are untouched and in the old mono).
There's no stereo track on DVD only 5.1 and I think those were already remixed. Maybe on laserdisc?
Weirdly, there's a 5.1 french track on the first US DVD release, replaced by a mono track on all other releases.
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This has been discussed before, Dirty Harry's original mono mix was only on the earliest laserdisc in analogue audio (with pan and scan video):

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/56020/1019-LV/Dirty-Harry


All other subsequent releases were 'processed for stereo' or worse.
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#4
Don't know if audio tracks this release (http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/05877/1361...Collection) have been "processed" for stereo, as they are not noted as surround.

Knowing how lazy the studio are, and well known to cut the costs wherever possible, I suspect they maybe had duplicate the mono, hence having a dual mono track - but the word STEREO helped to sell more, at least at the time!
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LaserDiscs needed for replacing BD audio
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#6
Pretty sure WB didn't mess with the audio in the early stereo remixes , there's a laserdisc available in PCM. don't think the SFX were replaced till the Clint Eastwood collection  came out in early 2000. Was thinking of buying the orginal VHS tapes myself but I don't want to deal with tracking noise ruining it.

think even clint eastwood himself said he hated the remixes
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Yes I checked and the remixes appeared with the DVD, though on Dirty Harry, the remix was made for the laserdisc box set and sounds the same as the 5.1 available since.

I don't like the remix of Dirty Harry. However Magnum Force remix is great because the original was very badly mixed, at one point DH fires with someone else's gun and it makes his Magnum 44 sound. At the climax, when he crushes the motorbike, there's seldom any metal noise. They really botched the original mix, but in the new one, they fixed those so when he crushes the motorbike it sounds ultra brutal.

Magnum Force was really badly made, it's shot like a TV show in widescreen. When Harry speaks to his superior at the first scene, there are several shots where his superior is totally blurry. I mean out of focus 100%. It was that way in the cinemas, Eastwood didn't give a toss I guess.

One thing I didn't get, in Magnum Force, he doesn't use his Magnum at the climax. It's a bit like if John Wayne never fired any shot at the climax of one of his films. I get they force him to get rid of his gun, but it would have been great if he did have one hidden under his seat in the car or something. Audiences would have cheered.
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https://www.amazon.com/Clint-Eastwood-Di...B0022RE42O

this would probably be ok. don't have a laserdisc player tho Tongue
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I went ahead and bought this LD http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/09095/12483/Dirty-Harry might be stereo but doesn't mean the sound effects are different. Can't hurt to try. Smile I hope it has a digital track but lddb.com isn't always correct.
                                                           



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(2017-12-07, 07:15 PM)DoomBot Wrote: I went ahead and bought this LD http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/09095/12483/Dirty-Harry might be stereo but doesn't mean the sound effects are different. Can't hurt to try. Smile I hope it has a digital track but lddb.com isn't always correct.

likely the original mix. I owned a late 90's VHS and it had the original audio just in stereo
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