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Super 8 Blu-ray (Updated)

Posted September 17, 2011 10:52 AM by Matthew Smith

ParamountParamount Home Entertainment has finally detailed the release of their summer sci-fi thriller Super 8. The J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg production will hit Blu-ray in a Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo pack this Thanksgiving.

Written and directed by Abrams, Super 8 acts as a homage to science fiction films of the 70's and 80's. It centers on a group of pre-teen kids who witness a government train derail while they are shooting a scene for their Super 8 movie. The train's secret cargo is then let loose in their small Ohio town.

The film features a leading performance from newcomer Joel Courtney and supporting roles from Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler and Noah Emmerich. Super 8 hit theaters back in June to mostly positive reviews and a solid box office run.

The Blu-ray release will sport Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio and over two hours of bonus materials spread across nine featurettes and deleted scenes. Check out the complete listing below.
  • Audio commentary with writer/director J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong
  • The Dream Behind Super 8
  • The Search for New Faces
  • Meet Joel Courtney
  • Rediscovering Steel Town
  • The Visitor Lives
  • Scoring Super 8
  • Do You Believe in Magic?
  • The 8mm Revolution
  • Deconstructing the Train Crash
  • Deleted Scenes
Expect Super 8 to hit retail just in time for the holiday shopping season on November 22nd. Pre-orders have yet to go up, but a starting SRP of $39.99 has been set.

Update: Pre-orders are now up on Amazon.





Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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giannirenna
  Sep 15, 2011
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Day one for me.

Guydowood
  Sep 15, 2011
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close encounters of the cloverfield kind.

jwoodwar
  Sep 15, 2011
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HELLZ YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

doctorD
  Sep 15, 2011
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I really enjoyed this movie. Day 1 purchase for me.

TheNakedGenius
  Sep 15, 2011
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Why are Paramount going for Dolby?

I much prefer DTS, they're typically a lot more aggressive.

I'll still be buying Day-1 anyway. My favourite film of the year, so far.

blkhrt
  Sep 15, 2011
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I am excited they finally announced this, although it seems like it is coming out pretty late. Oh well, better late than never.

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ckenisell
  Sep 15, 2011
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"SRP of $39.99 has been set."
Really? I know these things street for less, but is it just me or are Blu-Ray prices going UP and not DOWN?

Disturbed Blu 1
  Sep 15, 2011
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I LOVED this movie so much! Definitely a day one purchase from me. I have to admit though, I'm not a fan of the cover art.

MrJoeKalel
  Sep 15, 2011
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I missed this at the theatre, might purchase it if it goes below $20.

tat015
  Sep 15, 2011
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that train chrash its going to scare my neighbors

tat015
  Sep 15, 2011
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that train chrash its going to scare my neighbors

The Bluray King
  Sep 15, 2011
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loved this film alot the cover art has a very crazy look to it i guess but hey waht can u do its the film that we want not the cover art lol.day 1 for me for sure fantastic film this sould get something at the oscars for sure i hope to god it get something.

David Dangelico
  Sep 15, 2011
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Im assuming that cover art is not final--it really is the worst I've ever seen.

John Lockedown
  Sep 15, 2011
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About freakin' time. Day one for sure.

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THS
  Sep 15, 2011
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@Disturbed Blu 1

I agree about the cover art. I was hoping for something a lot more creative, like the final poster. Best film of the year so far, Day 1 for me!

vader4
  Sep 15, 2011
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Awful cover art, great movie, day one!

Guydowood
  Sep 15, 2011
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agreed vader4, they should have used the Struzan inspired one sheet. however one of the cover-artists on the site is certain to do one.
MoulinBlu
  Sep 15, 2011
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Can't wait to see this! From everything I've seen and heard, it's easy to justify a blind-buy. I hope they majorly revise the cover too. If I didn't know anything about the movie, I wouldn't give it a second look, based on the cover. Can't believe someone actually got paid to design something THAT bad.

Guydowood
  Sep 15, 2011
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probably someone at Lucasfilm...lol
bradley4846
  Sep 15, 2011
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the art is horrible... day 1 tho

bigrob
  Sep 15, 2011
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That cover art is terrible!

Please use the Drew Struzan artwok

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megafan999
  Sep 15, 2011
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Can't wait, but wow, that cover sucks!

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NY Yankees 23 2
  Sep 15, 2011
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True HD, STUPID cover art and again... way overpriced. bluray.com needs to do an article on this. every year blurays go up and never down. why? (and dont give me the holiday season bull crap) its ridiculous.

annubis44
  Sep 15, 2011
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I'll definitely get this, though that cover art is kinda 'meh'. Why not use the Struzan art?

darryl_05
  Sep 15, 2011
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Excellent movie, day one buy for me. That cover art is the worst I have ever seen. I'm sure that's not the final version.
TheMantaBluRay
  Sep 15, 2011
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Why is the Cover primarily Yellow? It looks like an Indie Drama. Maybe we can¡¯t get the Drew Struzan artwork but at least use the regular poster that has the image sideways.

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ddelrymple
  Sep 15, 2011
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I like the cover art, it's different

Mr. Cinema
  Sep 15, 2011
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The HD Room says the audio is 7.1 DTS-HD MA.

K i r a
  Sep 15, 2011
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Cover art leaves much to be desired, but the film itself was a gem and a definite Day 1 purchase and watch the same night.
IMAXNick
  Sep 15, 2011
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The movie was great, but I'm not sure about the blu-ray cover art. It just looks...ugh. I'll still get it, though.

jose9326
  Sep 15, 2011
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Loved the movie, cover art a bit disappointing. Glad it's 7.1 but why TrueHD. I prefer DTS-HD MA. Same for Transformers 3. Hopefully it'll be a good lossless soundtrack for both movies.

Psycho Taxi Driver
  Sep 15, 2011
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Best film of the year so far for me so i'm getting it for sure
Jodi
  Sep 15, 2011
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I hope the HD Room has got it right regarding the DTS-HD Master Audio.
After seeing "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" BD having the lowly Dolby TrueHD, I guess it actually dosen't surprise me that "Super 8" could end up having Dolby TrueHD, too.
If this is a trend (Paramount shying away from DTS), then I guess I better shop for remaining Paramount Blu's with DTS and do it NOW!!
Otherwise, if both above-mentioned BDs have Dolby........no sale!!

BlurayGeeker
  Sep 15, 2011
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HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DAY 1

Kaiju
  Sep 15, 2011
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Definitely gonna pick it up, but whats with the cover? Way too much yellow haha.

blu-mike
  Sep 15, 2011
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i hope they use the poster cover art.
middleman6573
  Sep 15, 2011
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I like the cover. The yellow and red are reminiscent of the Kodak packaging for Super 8 film (which you can see several times in the movie). Can't believe people would think of not buying a Blu-ray because they don't like the cover. That's just silly.

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Tech-UK
  Sep 15, 2011
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How many times does it take for people to understand that both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are both lossless codecs, this isn't the DVD era anymore, both are identical, just turn the TrueHD track up a few notches. Its still obvious that the brand name that is "DTS" is seen to be superior, I bet most people would favour it over an LPCM soundtrack!

pixarforlife
  Sep 15, 2011
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About damn time but I really don't like the cover.

tru blu
  Sep 15, 2011
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One of my favorite films of the year. Definite purchase!!

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Toasterlad
  Sep 15, 2011
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Dullest movie of the year. Pass. BRING IT, HATERS!

PeterTHX
  Sep 15, 2011
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Jeez, the misinformation is out in force here.

DTS-MA is *inferior* to TrueHD. It requires more processing power, takes more disc space and bandwidth, has issues with speaker mapping 7.1 back to 5.1 and has no provisions for Night Mode (nobody lives in apartments here?). It's also incompatible with many Home Theater PC systems, as well as simple systems that bitstream direct to a TV with HDMI...all of which TrueHD can do.

Stop comparing the *mix* with the *codec*. Something encoded in either PCM, TrueHD, or DTS-MA will sound *exactly* the same! Louder does NOT mean better.

Arkadin
  Sep 15, 2011
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one of maybe 3 "new" movies I will actually buy this year.
Hollywood is DOA at present, but this film was a nice exception to the usual junk being peddled these days.
bradley4846
  Sep 15, 2011
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hated the cover slowly getting to like it....

pre order is up at amazon
_ck
  Sep 15, 2011
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As already mentioned, the cover art is meant to invoke packaging for old Super 8 film though even with that in mind it's not particularly well-designed or an idea that really works. Most aren't going to get that reference (already evidenced by the comments here) and they will only wonder why the cover looks so weird.

Still time to change it to something else, Paramount!

Anyway, great movie. My fave of the year so far.. I'll get it regardless of what the cover art looks like.

DJ IXS
  Sep 15, 2011
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I liked it better the first time I saw it, when it was called The Goonies...oh wait or was it Close Encounters Of The Third Kind? Is this going to include the 2002 version of E.T as well?

NickLovesMovies
  Sep 15, 2011
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everyone, the cover IS final. I thought it was horrible to, actually the worst cover art i had ever seen until I showed my dad and he said that red and yellow part is wat real super 8 film comes in. so its trying to show like ur buying super 8 film get it? and they'll prolly do something really cool like make a slip case of just the red and yellow part dont worry its j.j...what can go wrong

iam1bearcat
  Sep 15, 2011
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eyebrow raising cover art we have here...
hazzad
  Sep 15, 2011
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IF DTS-HD MA is inferior to True HD why have most studios opted to support it over TrueHD? Essentially to 99.9 % of people they will sound excatly the same. Any percieved difference would most likely be psychological due to a bias one way or the other. As for hardware compatability i doubt in this day and age its a real issue any more. Both standards have been about for about 4 years in the consumer market so these issues should have well and truley been ironed out. Personally dont care either way as i cant tell the diff between a DTS-HD MA and a TrueHD Soundtrack. Just glad to get Lossless tracks either way. 7.1 is even better since im going 7.1 very soon.

Moviemaniack1993
  Sep 15, 2011
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I don't like the cover art but it looks like the box of the Kodak film the kid buys in the movie. Maybe that's what they were going for considering the title is Super 8.

ClaytonMG
  Sep 15, 2011
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I will say this, at my house I don't care if it's Dolby or DTS. But at my girlfriends, I prefer Dolby all the way. She only is using her TV speakers and the wide dynamic range is horribly annoying and not being able to use DRC causes me to have to watch with the remote in hand to prevent waking the kids up in the next room.

So it's nice to see some Dolby TrueHD titles coming.

movieman1979
  Sep 15, 2011
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Please tell me that cover art isn't for real. It rivals TRON for worst of the year...what the hell was wrong with that Drew Struzan inspired poster art from a few months ago?!

Aerodude73
  Sep 15, 2011
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7.1 Audio, Yes!!!!!!!!!!! I knew it, after reading an article with the Sound/Editing dept where they talked about mixing it in 7.1 Surround. Sweet news!!

brainofj72
  Sep 15, 2011
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Definite day one purchase (best movie of 2011 so far), but yeah, that cover art is truly horrendous. I get the retro "super 8" look they're going for, but it just looks like crap.

cpstevens
  Sep 16, 2011
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Day one! Very ugly cover art, but I buy movies not cover art. Hoping for a steelbook release! Definitely the best movie of 2011!

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Foggy
  Sep 16, 2011
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I like the cover art, but it would only work with a slipcover at least they haven't just stuck a poster onto a DVD case, they've at least tried to make something genuinely inventive!

Loved the film, nothing much has come close to it quality-wise, hopefully not a long wait between this release and the UK one (at least not a 2 month wait like we had to wait for it to come to theatres)

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kevin87
  Sep 16, 2011
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@ckenisell - that's actually the typical SRP for most Blu-rays anyway, less if it's not a combo pack. it's just a sort of guideline for pricing, nobody ever actually uses the SRP for the actual retail price

i'd rather it have been one of the movie posters instead of that butt ugly yellow cover.. maybe if it didn't take up almost the whole cover, and it had been a different color.. or maybe end the yellow after the red title banner or not have had the yellow above the title banner and have that at the top under the combo pack stuff.. i've heard good things about this so i'll pick it up ASAP

Bluyoda
  Sep 16, 2011
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Missed it in theaters, so I am very probably going to check it out on Blu-ray. Theaters suck.
The cover is the ugliest piece of rubbish I have ever seen on any BD though! I pray this isn't final!

Dr. Manhattan
  Sep 16, 2011
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Loved how on the Thor BD there was a trailer for Super 8 and it said 'Own it Now!'

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denger76
  Sep 16, 2011
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Excellent movie! Day one purchase for me!
KevinBlu-Ray
  Sep 16, 2011
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HDRoom is still reporting a DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio track. I'm confused. They just updated the information too on their page. Who is right? And by the way, I made a thread about this, but Dolby TrueHD is NOT the same as DTS-HD MA. Believe me. It's not just about loudness, I can easily turn my system up another 30 notches (or more?) to get the same effect as DTS-HD MA but there is still not bass driven kick in the sound. It also depends on the source of where it came from. I've seen some DolbyTrueHD films that had a lot of driven power in it for it kind (The Perfect Storm) and some that made me turn the film off for the lack of kick (Cloverfield). But again, DTS-HD MA has more of a kick to it when it comes to bass and the audio. I hate DolbyTrueHD with a passion. I try to avoid it. Some films are alright with it, but action films need DTS-HD MA. Look at Cloverfield guys!!! I turned it off because I had it cranked so loud and yet it failed horribly to give that DTS-HD MA kick when the monster threw liberty's head on the street. Or the explosion. It was so WEAK and quiet.

TheManInBlu
  Sep 16, 2011
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Best movie of the year for me so far. Getting this on Blu without a doubt

ClaytonMG
  Sep 16, 2011
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KevinBlu-ray... you do realize that most reviewers gave Cloverfield perfect ratings, right? So you may not have your system set up properly if every single Dolby TrueHD title sounds weak. Or you're suffering from some sort of placebo effect.

PeterTHX
  Sep 16, 2011
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@Kevin - Something's definitely wrong with your setup: "Cloverfield" is one of the most slamming soundtracks in *any* format (PCM/Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD MA).
Super 8 is the same way, very similar to "Cloverfield" in dynamic punch. Same sound mixers at Skywalker.

Now if you want an example of a DTS-HD MA track with a surprising lack of deep bass, throw on "2012".

Is it DTS' fault? Nope. It's the mixer's decision. Same with Dolby. They provide the codec...it's up to the mixer on how much bass, surround information, etc a soundtrack has.

It *all* resides in the soundmix. There are awesome mixes, and there are poor or ancient mixes in any format. What TrueHD has is more features, less bandwidth and CPU requirements, and better compatibility.
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TheDean
  Sep 16, 2011
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That's the cover art? And there are no trailers. All that hard work on advanced secretive marketing and they don't include any of it. Disappointing. Day 5 purchase. Or maybe they will, I just looked at the Star Trek announcement from a few years ago and it didn't say anything about trailers. I hope thet are included. If they are included its a day one purchase.
KevinBlu-Ray
  Sep 16, 2011
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Ok well I did just buy a 3D HDTV back in January and I didn't have a 3D receiver (Denon) so to make the audio work, (since the HDMI wouldn't read it), I had to hook up my PS3 directly to my HDTV and the sound directly to the back of the receiver with my Red/White audio cords. Maybe that's why? I just popped in my Cloverfield and had it cranked up to 5.5 dB. It did have a punch, last time I watched Cloverfield it was around the 16 dB. I did though pop in the DVD of Cloverfield, at 5.5 dB, and it sounded exactly the same. Maybe the DolbyTrueHD sounded more "clear, crisp and clean" but overall the "loudness" was pretty much the same to the counter part of the Blu-Ray (hence how they were at the same dB level). Like I said, I really don't care for DolbyTrueHD and maybe it's because I don't have a 3D receiver crossover so it messes the connection, since it's not through a HDMI cord. If that's the case, should I prob invest into a 3D receiver? Does Denon carry them?

ClaytonMG
  Sep 17, 2011
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Kevin, you're trying to judge Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA after the audio has been passed through the TV and back to the receiver using just the left and right RCA cables? Are you sure you're even actually using the Dolby TrueHD audio track and not just the Dolby Digital track?

Dglee
  Sep 17, 2011
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Haven't seen this yet but i've heard good things - But that cover art is terrible!

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Tech-UK
  Sep 17, 2011
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@Kevin

I am struggling to understand what you are saying. So your PS3 is connected to your TV via HDMI? Then you are outputting the audio via stereo RCA to a receiver? To achieve the full benefit of lossless audio (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA and LPCM) you should be using either a HDMI cable or discrete analog. Is your receiver capable of handling HD audio codecs? If the answer is yes, then your PS3 is able to bitstream the data to the receiver to decode. Your receiver should be displaying TrueHD or DTS-HD MA. If your receiver does not accept HD audio streams, then you can decode them within your PS3 and send the track as an LPCM signal, either over HDMI or discrete analog (this depends on your player/receiver), your player will display LPCM. Please stay away from stereo RCA cables. If you cannot use HDMI to pass audio or discrete analog, then use SPDIF either optical or coaxial. At least then you will be able to listen to the "core" lossy tracks; DD, DTS, LPCM (2-channel only).

PBateman87
  Sep 17, 2011
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This release should have 5-star AQ. Watching this in the theater, that train crash sequence was an incredible audiovisual experience.

Scholer
  Sep 17, 2011
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I think this movie is slightly overrated. The story was good but the ending was shit, and the movie should be shot in grainy stock in 1:85:1 instead of Pristine Anamorphic 2:35:1, that way the movie would look more old school but the crystal clear photography made it look like crap from a cinematographic view. Editing was fine, acting was top notch, but it was written very badly in case of dialogues and the movie is not going to be remembered for more than 2 years. Its just too mediocre.

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wnicholas76
  Sep 17, 2011
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Super 8 was so phenomenal!! Day one purchase for me!!

FreddyvsJasonvsAsh
  Sep 17, 2011
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On the Thor Blu Ray it showed the clip and said now out on DVD and blu ray LOL
KevinBlu-Ray
  Sep 17, 2011
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Ok. I'm saying when I bought my 3D hdtv it wouldn't work through my receiver. I would get no picture. Hence ps3 hdmi to receiver, then hdmi output to the hdtv. It wouldn't cross over because it can't codec the 3D part. So I asked best buy what to do. I didn't want to invest into a 3D receiver. So I set it up that way. Ps3 hdmi to tv. And for audio I made it go through the old fashioned red and white cords (along with yellow for picture). Set it up on ps3 to make the output audio go through that not an hdmi. I believe best buy said I could somehow make audio output from my hdtv straight to my receiver but don't know how to do that. I looked on my 3D hdtv and there is no ouput for an hdmi audio wise. So you are saying because it is set up this way I am not getting the right sound for truehd? Even though dts ma sounds so much louder?

ClaytonMG
  Sep 17, 2011
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Kevin, first off, Louder does not automatically equal better. It might be louder due to dialnorm, it might be louder due to DRC being enabled... But either way, it's not a fair way to compare the codecs. You may not even be getting lossless audio at this point. Who knows what your TV is doing to the audio. You're downmixing 5.1/7.1 to 2.0 then probably using pro-logic or something to put it back to 5.1/7.1. Are you sure you're even getting the lossless audio?
KevinBlu-Ray
  Sep 17, 2011
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My TV isn't doing anything with the audio. It's the receiver. And actually you may be right Clayton. If you think about it, those "White/Red" cords are meant for a "Left" and "Right" speaker (if you hook it up to a boombox, for instance). And like you said, I think my receiver is "upgrading" it back up to my 5.1 system. You know on receivers you get an option of "Surround" mode options? Even to the point of changing it to "Concert" feel. I have my surround sound set for full surround sound, not sure what it says but it's the top surround sound option. Because back when I had a "boombox" before I got a surround sound system, I remember playing with the "lossless" audio options and playing the regular "Dolby Digital" track and it made a huge difference in quality. I remember Cloverfield blowing me away from the DVD when I first watched it (on my boombox) then when I watched it again (on my Surround Sound) I wasn't blown away, more disappointed. If I remember right, Best Buy mentioned I could get an optical cord and hook that from my TV to the my surround sound, but would that even do anything?
WontonNoodle
  Sep 18, 2011
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train crash is going to be reference quality audio

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Tech-UK
  Sep 18, 2011
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@Kevin

This is what you should do. PS3 - TV via HDMI for 3D Video, PS3 - Receiver via SPDIF optical for Audio (make sure you set the PS3 to output audio via SPDIF). In your previous setup, you were still not passing HD audio, as Clayton said, just stereo out from the PS3, then your receiver is using a matrix i.e. Dolby Digital Pro Logic to create the extra channels. In my proposed setup, you would still need to use a matrix when playing back a LPCM soundtrack, because SPDIF is only capable of transporting 2 channel audio, BUT you can pass multi-channel DD and DTS soundtracks. Which are still only lossy codecs, but at least it will sound a lot better than using stereo RCA connectors.
KevinBlu-Ray
  Sep 18, 2011
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Ok thank you so much guys for your help! I just went out and got an optical cord. Will set it up when I get home later!
FilmFanEddie
  Sep 18, 2011
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Day one, for sure. I really enjoyed this movie.

Verbal
  Sep 18, 2011
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Looking forward to this...missed it in theatres thanks to an incredibly busy spring/summer at work.
Scorxpion
  Sep 19, 2011
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@ Peter THX subject: 2012 BD, This is from Blu-ray link:
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/2012-Blu-ray/8339/#Review

"2012 splashes onto Blu-ray with an exquisite DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Suffice it to say, 2012's Blu-ray audio presentation leaves most every other soundtrack in the dust, and there's rarely a dull moment to be heard, not to mention the more intense disaster and destruction scenes that positively rock the listening area to its foundation and leave every speaker in the 5.1 setup begging for mercy" Believe me Peter this happened at my room how it is describe here clearly,How comes with you does this movie lack of Bass...I prefer DTSHD master audio and will always prefer it but not against DolbyTrueHD

dmarvin
  Sep 19, 2011
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Here is why the cover looks the way it does (an homage to Kodachrome Super 8 cartridges):
http://www.super8.nl/images/doosjes/kodachrome_k40.jpg

day 1 purchase!

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kevin87
  Sep 20, 2011
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Paramount actually took the cover art down from their press site today, after having it up for a couple days.. maybe they're changing it?
puppet pusher
  Sep 20, 2011
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I really love the cover art!!!! What a clever way to sell this wonderful movie--making it look like the box that super-8 film used to come in. Hats off to whoever pushed this thru marketing!!! Hope your wrong, kevin87, I'm looking forward to it!!

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  Sep 21, 2011
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7.1! Can't wait. My favorite movie of the year so far. Very well done


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