Need to check which LD issue of Dirty Harry I own, I'm 99% sure mine got the original mono.
I went back to examine the audio on the old MGM's Reg1 The Fog DVD and the mono track available on it may actually be the real thing contrary to what I previously stated in the first post of this thread, but the quality of the track is so flat, muffled and bad in its quality it's hard to tell for sure what it really is, the original track on my old VHS is so much superior in comparison it's not even funny.
The 5.1 provided on that same disc is actually pretty damn good and a much closer representation of the original mix in its clarity, but being a modern re-mix it also have its issues such as missing or inaudible fx and dialogue, the inaudible "Oh, Jesus." line in the car from Tom Atkins character (Nick Castle) in close-up when they rescue the kid comes to mind as one of the most awkward errors.
Reports and reviews of the BD seems to indicate Shout Factory ported the audio from the MGM release but this time they're of course in DTS-HD Master Audio. PDB, if you ever find the time to examine this for me could you please check and confirm that this mixing-error is still present in the BD's 5.1 track?
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