You did it: you finally purchased that surround sound system for your TV you’ve been eyeing. Now it’s time to show it off to all your family and friends at your next movie night. But what should you watch? Don’t think too hard, because we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best movies for surround sound. Hold onto your popcorn!
Regarded as having one of the most realistic battle sequences shot for the silver screen, Spielberg’s 1998 Oscar-winning, WWII drama opens with the Allied invasion of Normandy. Your surround sound will impress with all the explosions, yelling, and general chaos present throughout the entire film, not to mention, the touching score by celebrated composer John Williams will have you and your guests grabbing for the nearest box of tissues.
We “can-can-can’t” think of a better musical to watch in surround sound than Baz Luhrmann’s 2001, Moulin Rouge! This love story takes place between a poet and a courtesan during the Bohemian revolution of Paris in 1900. With its large scale, rapid choreography, paired with a mixture of original and contemporary tunes, this film dazzles both visually and audibly. In surround sound, you’ll also hear the many, whimsical sound effects that punctuate the film.
From the opening bank robbery scene to the finale’s voice overs and score, Christopher Nolan’s second film in his Dark Knight Trilogy is a cinematic masterpiece, and surround sound only makes it better. You can hear the madness behind Heath Ledger’s wavering vocal inflections, the crackling of fire as it envelopes the screen. With epic chase scenes, psychologically vexing dialogue, and Hans Zimmer’s grim composition, surround sound will transform your living room into Gotham.
If it’s action you’re looking for, George Miller certainly delivers in this 2015 postapocalyptic sci fi thriller. Considered to be one of the greatest action films ever made, not only is it basically one long chase scene, but the earth shattering sound effects will have your whole house shaking. Winner of Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing at the 2016 Academy Awards, Mad Max: Fury Road puts your eyes, and ears, into hyperdrive. You better buckle up.
The final installment of Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Jackson), Best Original Score (Howard Shore) and Best Original Song (Into the West), is at the top of any audiophile’s list of favorite films. And there’s good reason: from Aragorn’s meeting with the Army of the Dead at Dunharrow, to Pippin’s haunting song for Steward Denethor, and, the climactic, crackling fires and bubbling lava of Mount Doom, (not to mention, the numerous, epic, battle sequences) this film was made for surround sound and will have you whispering “my precious” to your speakers each night before you go to bed.
Are you an audiophile whose favorite movie didn’t make the list? Have any other recommendations for great films to watch in surround sound? Add yours below in the comments!