Speaking of 2.0

As Anthony points out in comments, Two Hands only scores 2.0 audio. Which is probably due to the movie producers keeping the budget down.

The title presumably wasn’t big enough for Icon to spend a lot of money redoing the sound, so that’s how the Blu-ray was presented: as 2.0.

Unlike, say, Warner Bros (which often uses Dolby Digital in these cases), Icon chose to use a lossless format. It isn’t at all important, but I’d suggest they used the wrong lossless format.

Any guesses why I might think that? You may need to check the specs to see why.

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2 Responses to Speaking of 2.0

  1. Chris says:

    Perhaps they did use the wrong audio format, since you wouldn’t expect the losslessly compressed track to take up more space than the equivalent uncompressed track! It’s probably the fault of the lossy DTS core @ constant 1509kbps which is already close to the uncompressed 1536kbps rate and the track probably would’ve come under if they had used a smaller core such as 768kbps.

    Like you said though, it’s really not all that important. However, it is nice to see more releases using lossless or uncompressed for mono and stereo tracks.

  2. Stephen Dawson says:

    Hi Chris, that’s precisely what I was thinking. Might as well use LPCM @ 1536kbps, although the difference between the two is no more than the data required by a fairly rich subtitle stream.

    As you say, using a smaller core would have saved a stack of space. The Deer Hunter uses a 768kbps core for two channel DTS-HD MA, for a total bitrate of 903kbps. 3 Days of the Condor uses a 768kbps core for a total of 1,076. On the original mono track of the new Psycho release it uses a core of just 384kbps for a total of 665kbps.

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