Posted by Jo on August 31, 1998 at 23:57:56:
In Reply to: Re: In defense of the sound posted by Kathy S on August 31, 1998 at 22:33:14:
: The "sound" and the way the words come through seem to be two different things. The sound in LOTM is amazing. And the combination of the sound and the score are perfection. But, I still have a bit of a problem with the fact that several lines are hard to decipher, especially the first time watching. I've said before that the actors carried me through, even when I didn't understand some of the lines. I've come to believe it's just that the folks who do the final editting have heard all the lines umteen times and can't relate to the fact that it's all new to the audience. Now, for me personally, it was a pleasure to go back and watch this movie over and over. But, there are people who are not as enamored as all of us.( yeah, it's hard to believe, but I've met a couple). Most people probably saw LOTM once, and enjoyed it. I have to wonder if they were able to appreciate it fully, if they missed some of the important lines.
: But of course, this is a problem with lots of movies in recent years, so I guess we all have to live with it.
: Kathy S
HI! Kathy S,
I might have a few comments here that can shed a little light on your discussion...I have three (infamous) sisters who decided to accompany me to the "Great Mohican Gathering of 1998".....They are not particularily enamored about LOTM...in fact, two of the sisters had only seen the movie once or twice. The effect of not being able to understand everything that was heard made them not particularily able to figure out all of the nooks and crannies of the movie; although they had "sort of" enjoyed it...when they sat next to me at the big screening during that great weekend, they asked non stop questions until I told them to be quiet so I could enjoy the movie. So it is a double edged sword, I think... just like you mentioned; they enjoyed the movie so much more with the extra info on dialogue/background supplied by myself and from all of the extra stories from that weekend. I think there are a lot of folks who saw the movie; really liked it but not enough to seek out what was said, why it was, etc. I have yet in my discussions about LOTM with various friends, ever met anyone who didn't "like it" when they saw it; but a fair amount did mention they had trouble with exactly what was going on in the picture. I always found the lack of history knowledge (who was fighting who??? Why???? When??? Really???) to be more at fault (or it added to their general confusion) than the lack of "hearing" every word; but that did come in a close second. So I agree with your interesting point; they say it; liked it but kinda of hard to appreciate it without all the extra info; like my sisters. (Shame on them!!!!)
(Yes, I still talk to them...)
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