Posted by Sarah on August 31, 1998 at 08:37:43:
I made an audio tape of the movie (yes, I know it's odd but...) because I'm dissecting the music and wanted to hear it without being distracted by WATCHING the movie, which, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't avoid. So I've been listening to the audio and it is so much easier to see -- oops, hear -- exactly why LOTM won the Oscar for best sound. You really can hear amazing amount of detail in the sound. The smallest foostep, breaking twigs, the sounds of fighting including each clang, slash, and grunt. The sound is so good you know what's going on without needing to watch. For example there's that tell-tale slashing of Uncas' shirt by Magua, which I can hear some when watching but can REALLY HEAR when not watching. I also can hear even better Uncas' throat being cut (not that I want to!).
"WHAT DID THEY SAY?" seems to be a common complaint but it seems to be in part because the other sounds take up so much of the air space. I say it's a good enough trade off. If I'm missing something someone said, then gosh darn it I'll just have to watch the movie again -- or even worse visit this board -- to find out about it!
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