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What are the best non surround stereo movies ? ( on home video )

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This thread is intended for people to cite examples of movies that have great stereo only sound, which do not require an av receiver or other equipment to be enjoyed at home, and to articulate their opinions on why , and can include older media formats as well . I am an avid collector of VHS , so have a particular interest in this topic .

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The 1994 VHS and Laserdisc of Jurassic Park is the theatrical Dolby Stereo mix. The scene where you see the T.Rex for the first time moves the theater even in the Laserdisc’s PCM stereo.

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CourtlyHades296 said:

The 1994 VHS and Laserdisc of Jurassic Park is the theatrical Dolby Stereo mix. The scene where you see the T.Rex for the first time moves the theater even in the Laserdisc’s PCM stereo.

^ Thanks for the tip , I will have to add that to my collection. I just watched Batman Returns (1992) on VHS and the sound was awesome on it . According to wikipedia ,It was the first film to be announced as released with Dolby SR-D technology (later known as Dolby Digital.

For clarification , My sound system at home is very unconventional …I currently have a 4head HI-FI stereo VCR hooked up to 2 CRT TVs , a 19 inch ,which is hooked up through coaxial and a 13 inch tv/vcr combo hooked up through rca jacks . I have computer speakers hooked up to the smaller tv through the headphone jack and from that , I am running a male to male aux cable to a Sony boombox with a bass reflex sound system . The 19 inch tv has a 2.0 sound bar hooked up to it and is sitting on a desk below the smaller tv .

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i’m seen so little pre Dolby Surround films. I honestly cannot think of a film that was in stereo not mono from before 1976 that i’ve seen off the top of my head, i’m sure i’ve seen something but i can’t think of it.

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I just watched Saving Private Ryan on the setup that I mentioned above . The VHS copy I have says it is stereo surround , and while I don’t have a surround sound decoder , and the speaker sources I am using are on a desk in front of me ,as well as a countertop slightly above me , the sound was phenomenal and panned a lot from speaker to speaker with various effects and the tank scenes near the end had a lot of rumbling bass , almost sounding like it was behind me or in the room at times ! So far , this is the best sounding movie I have heard on my current setup .

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I haven’t watched VHS in a long time. But i used to watch the 1995 pan and scan Star Wars trilogy, the audio for the time was great except for the smashing glass in the detention block sequence.

I also had the first 6 Star Trek films letterboxed and Goldeneye letterboxed. And Star Trek First Contact.

I also have a bunch of Laserdiscs all the Star Wars up to phantom menace, all the star treks all the James Bond films up to Tomorrow Never Dies.

I like the Star Trek ones the most the blu ray’s don’t have the 2 channel stereo mixes for any of the movies.

It might seem silly but i love the first analog only release for Wrath of Khan other than being time compressed i love the warm sound, and the soundtrack is great.

Also can’t beat Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rocketeer on Laserdisc. I’m going to give Living Daylights a spin haven’t watched that in a while.