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The Haunting (1999) BD release
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Finally makes it's Blu-ray debut and it comes to £10.70 shipped to the UK. Quite a fan of the story and absolutely love the 1963 film (even have an original vintage cinema poster in my collection) and loved the Netflix adaption recently. the 1999 film wasn't as great but it's entertaining.  

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/haunt...99-blu-ray

the DTS DVD was my demo disc. The audio was a real powerhouse. Shame the BD only has 5.1 audio as this was the second film to be mixed in Dolby Surround EX
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It plays on Film4 quite regularly, wonder if it's the same master.
I agree the DTS-ES track was great. It would be interesting to see how the LD tracks compare
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(2020-02-20, 05:17 PM)zoidberg Wrote: It plays on Film4 quite regularly, wonder if it's the same master.
I agree the DTS-ES track was great. It would be interesting to see how the LD tracks compare

By all accounts it's the same master that appeared on the D-VHS. I was wondering about the LD tracks as well as they had the 6.1 audio included. Was there any captures done previously?
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I don't think the LD has been capped, it's one of the later releases so harder to come by. I would be very surprised if the blu ray audio didn't decode to matrixed EX.

FYI Robert Wise's The Haunting is screening in 35mm at The Shelley Theatre this March (via Dirt in the Gate):

https://shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=d...Code=52990
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(2020-02-20, 06:36 PM)zoidberg Wrote: I don't think the LD has been capped, it's one of the later releases so harder to come by. I would be very surprised if the blu ray audio didn't decode to matrixed EX.

FYI Robert Wise's The Haunting is screening in 35mm at The Shelley Theatre this March (via Dirt in the Gate):

https://shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=d...Code=52990

Would of gone to that as well but have my three boys that weekend. The manor where it was filmed is now a hotel that I intend to stay at one day. They held a outdoor screening once hosted by Richard Johnson
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I have long had versions of Amazon from different locations, only in America there was 5.1 sound, the rest had stereo.
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I think The Haunting is one of those movies that has roughly 6 different mixes:

Dolby Surround LRCS analog mix - made for theaters not equipped with DD 5.1 and was used in a 2.0 downfolded configuration on the VHS, US & JPN LDs (digital track), both the original 2000 US DVD and the 2001 DTS DVD, as well as some streaming prints.

Dolby Digital 5.1 - traditional 5.1 mix for Dolby Digital supported theaters and NOT EX ENCODED; Region 2 and 4 DVDs allegedly use this mix as well as HDTV masters and most streaming versions.

Dolby Digital 5.1 EX - EX coded with matrixed 6th channel for select theaters; featured on the US and JPN LDs (AC3 Analog Right via Dolby decoder) and the original 2000 US DVD.

DTS 5.1 theatrical - traditional 5.1 mix for DTS supported theaters and NOT ES ENCODED; Australian Umbrella BD probably uses this mix and would be the first to as no other home video release ever had it.

DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete - DTS competitor version to Dolby Digital EX; seen at few theaters set up for DTS-ES and is featured only on the 2001 US DTS DVD.

SDDS 8 channel mix - only ever seen theatrically at selected venues equipped with SDDS sound systems.
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The BD is out first week of March. Hopefully should receive it about two weeks after so will be checking out the audio mix on it immediately to see if it has the matrixed 6th channel
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EX/ES tracks were designed to be backwards compatible with older systems, the theatrical formats were matrix encoded only (no discrete back surround channel). One 35mm print should have all the digital formats (AC-3, SDDS plus DTS timecode for the DTS CD-ROMs) plus the analog Lt-Rt track without the need for holding inventory for different formats going to differently equipped theatres.
I don't think any of the very first home EX/ES tracks had a flag for receivers to pick up, the mode had to be engaged manually. That being said I wouldn't be surprised if near-field remixing messed up the rear sound field if it wasn't specifically treated as an EX mix
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(2020-02-25, 07:38 AM)SpaceBlackKnight Wrote: DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete - DTS competitor version to Dolby Digital EX; seen at few theaters set up for DTS-ES and is featured only on the 2001 US DTS DVD.

From what I remember reading back when the DTS DVD was first released, The Haunting was remixed for the then new 6.1 discrete home format offered by DTS. One of the sources confirming this remix was from Gary Reber who at the time had close connections with DTS.

The LFE track on the 6.1 discrete mix is system threatening.    Big Grin
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