I am going to start my re-watch of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on Netflix tonight.
Was going to wait for it to be released on Blu-ray. But I've been cherry picking TNG episodes on Netflix and it just rewoke an urge to start watching what I still consider THE BEST of the Star Trek series.
I already know that when it gets released on Blu, I can easily watch it, and enjoy it again. It's timeless.
Back in the day, somewhere in the 1970's most likely. The OST of Jaws was released in a rare 4 channel surround format.
Quadrophonic soundwas something of a fad in those days. Several manufacturers bringing out their own, incompatible systems, leading to this innovation's failure. (similar to the way both SACD and DVD-a never caught on)
A few years ago someone made a DVD-A version of this 4 channel Jaws release. In 96 Khz, 24 bit resolution.
It's an excellent LP rip, virtually no distortion or pops and clicks at all, so just that fact would lead it to have some interest to us JWfans. Basically a high res version of the OST.
But whats most interesting is that for this 4 channel release, they actually did a completely new mix of the OST. And it's really noticeable.
Because of the availability of 4 channels rather then two, there are a lot of details that show up, that are buried on the OST. Also the mix seems generally more balanced. Both the brass and basses a bit less pronounced. And lastly, they used alternate takes for this release.
The most noticeable being in Chrissie's Death.
Compare the climax (starts at around 1:03) in the OST version.
With the climax (roughly same time stamp) of the quadrophonic release.
The OST is mainly drums and anvil, while the quad version features jagged strings and muted brass too, which are featured on "First Victim" from the Collectors Edition soundtrack, but that tracks doesnt have the anvils.
In 4 channel surround this certainly isn't a sonically accurate release of how an orchestra should sound. Sea Attack Number One has the harp going in the right surround while the violins are going in the left front, for instance. But it has some very cool stuff too. The celli and violins are playing off each other in The Underwater Siege for instance.
For a connoisseur of the Jaws score, the DVD-a is sure worth looking out for.