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Best audios found in LD/DVD/BD
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Here's a list of best audios I found for films I like. This is inspired by blah-ray.blogspot.com, I agree with many conclusions by Moshrom, but I can only give short conclusions based on quick comparing. 

I may or may not have captured these tracks, but you can ask me if you're interested. My LD track capture is not bit-perfect and may have glitches, but I'm sure it sounds good. For DVDs, I feel the version with best audio often has the best image too, no need to sync them to another release.

For some old tracks whose detail became muffled (but actually not lacking), I think restoration (even at its best, no strange EQ applied) often makes them sound worse. Because the original one may have a fuller vocal/timbre, a more confortable soundstage, and thus more musical and emotional.

I also found some new films with a better audio, often the optional 2.0 track in DVD/BD release, and they (if not a downmix) may sound better than 5.1 track. (I strongly recommend to watch all of them, they're the best films with best made audios in recent years.)

L'Atalante (1934)
The best version of this film is a VHS recording of the 1990 restoration. Or you can find Artificial Eye DVD, better than the Criterion and Gaumont Bluray.

The Shop Around the Corner‎ (1940)
This is what I disagree with Moshrom. I think the MGM Laserdisc [ML101164] sounds good, vocal has more bass and sounds fuller. The restored track has more detail but sounds harsh.

Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)
Everything in the Theatrical Cut seems more original.

Ugetsu (1953)
The original audio in Criterion Laserdisc [CC1317L] (captured), and restoration in Kadokawa BD, both sound good and well balanced. I prefer the original one.

The Night of the Hunter‎ (1955)
The MGM R1 is a great release (both audio and image), it brings out all the beauty of this film.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
RCA/Columbia Laserdisc [30701] analog, I captured this too.

Rio Bravo (1959)
I sent an audio clip of Warner Laserdisc [11050] (better than all other versions I found) to Moshrom, but found his Warner 2001 R1 sounds even better.

Ohayo (1959)
The old Shochiku DVD track sounds great, but I found the Shochiku Laserdisc [SF068-1022] is a little better. (But the Criterion 2000 DVD looks the best.)

Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
The original audio in Arte DVD, and restoration in Arte BD, both great but I prefer the original one.

Playtime (1967)
The Criterion 2001 DVD is the only correct version for me.

Naked Childhood (1968)
MOC DVD is better than the Criterion DVD and Gaumont Bluray.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The track in Warner 1999 DVD is great to me, although it's very lossy (64kbps per channel). I don't have the MGM 1998 DVD. The "1968 original 5.1 track" in Bluray sounds strange.

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Optimum R2 sounds the best. I haven't heard Laserdisc.

Chinatown (1974)
Paramount Laserdisc [LV8674-2WS], I captured this too.

Alice in the Cities (1974)
R2 DVD has good 2.0 track, just like the Paris, Texas (1984) R2.

Annie Hall (1977)
MGM Laserdisc [ML102780], I captured this too.

The Meetings of Anna (1978)
Carlotta DVD sounds better than the Criterion Eclipse。

Francisca (1981)
The Grasshopper Bluray track sounds worse than the HDTV version.

Laputa, the Castle in the Sky (1986)
The JPN Laserdisc [128LX-8~9] analog stereo sounds good,it's different with the stereo mix in DVD/BDs.

Mala Noche (1986)
Criterion DVD is the best, the new restoration is awful.

Where Is My Friend’s House? (1987)
The Paradoxe R2 DVD is the best.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
The Twentieth Century Fox 2002 DVD has an English mono Dub, which sounds great.I can't find JPN mono track, but there's a stereo in Laserdisc [98LXA-13], better than other tracks in DVD/BDs.

Chungking Express (1994)
The JPN Laserdisc [COLM-5571] and the Arthaus DVD has 2 different mono tracks... both sounds good, the LD track more muffled but fuller.

Happy Together (1997)
The JPN Laserdisc [COLM-6225] sounds original but it's stereo.

Starship Troopers (1997)
The JPN Laserdisc [PILF-2657] stereo is better than DVD/BD 5.1 tracks.

Elephant (2003)
Bluray 5.1 track is great, and 2.0 track sounds a little better.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Should be the best audio made in 2010s. Strand Bluray 2.0 track sounds great and more original, and 5.1 has more ambient sound effects. The New Wave Bluray 2.0 track seems a downmix.

The Strange Case of Angelica (2010)
R2 DVD 5.1 is better than Bluray 5.1. Looking for a good stereo track.

Holy Motors (2012)
The Italian Eagle Pictures Bluray 5.1 track sounds better than other versions. Looking for a good stereo track.

Journey to the Shore (2015)
MOC Bluray 2.0 track is the best, brings out all the details.

Asako I & II (2018)
Bluray 2.0 track is a better mix than 5.1.
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I transformed this to a different thread. Smile
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What do you find 'strange' about the 2001 5.1 track?
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I'd also be interested in some more details as to why you consider the 2001 DVD audio track superior to the UHD 5.1 track.
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(Yesterday, 08:58 PM)ac3 Wrote: id like to make my own list of around 60 dvd , hdtv , web audio tracks ive uploaded so far if anyone knows any easy way how to convert mega.nz files to txt.

Looks like Megatools can do this - https://megatools.megous.com/man/megatools-ls.html

"easy way" if you don't mind a bit of command line action Wink
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(Yesterday, 08:30 PM)Turisu Wrote: I'd also be interested in some more details as to why you consider the 2001 DVD audio track superior to the UHD 5.1 track.
The UHD original mix has some moderate to heavy noise reduction that's probably most noticeable during the Star Gate sequence. The original DVD is good, but it has some very light downstream filtering that isn't present on the 1997 MGM LaserDisc.
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(Yesterday, 10:06 PM)Moshrom Wrote: The UHD original mix has some moderate to heavy noise reduction that's probably most noticeable during the Star Gate sequence. The original DVD is good, but it has some very light downstream filtering that isn't present on the 1997 MGM LaserDisc.

Interesting. Thanks for sharing that info. Have you ever listened to the cinema DTS track from the (2008?) theatrical re-release?
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I think I mistook the optional 5.1 track in Warner 2011 Bluray for "1968 original 5.1 track"... Now I found it in 4k Bluray, it's better than I thought.
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here is a list of dvd audio tracks ive uploaded
https://mega.nz/file/sXgw1JgS#yvxWAbcAND...Ly0Nb-RSrk
Pm for link sending folder link to regular members only
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