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  1. That sounds amazing @Pando! If I didn't know it was a mock-up I'm really not sure I would have noticed that it wasn't a really nicely done re-recording.
  2. Seemed to vary between £5 - £15 for most. They do a 2 for £10 deal on a lot of CDs. Things like the CRs were around £70.
  3. Hi all HMV have opened Europe's biggest entertainment store in Birmingham. I didn't even know this was happening until it opened on Friday... https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/oct/11/hmv-vault-europes-biggest-entertainment-store-birmingham I visited the new store yesterday and it was like stepping back to the glory days of HMV and physical media. Huge store - about 25,000sq ft apparently. It wasn't just big but stocks things that I've never seen on shelves before (all three LOTR Complete Recordings on CD and vinyl, expanded Star Trek soundtracks, Criteron boxsets etc). Also, apparently HMV is going to go back in to profit this year for the first time in years with a plan to open more stores in 2020. If anyone is around or visiting Birmingham I recommend giving The Vault a visit. The store and the concept behind it are a great statement against the decline of physical media and a show of confidence in the HMV brand and physical media as a whole. Maybe it still has some life in it!
  4. The inclusion of the Fox logo and fanfare seemed to get a strong reaction from the audience I saw it with. A nice surprise and I didn't even realise how much I'd missed hearing that music before the main title.
  5. It was outstanding! Really made we wish we had the film version of the Imperial March though. There are definitely differences in the orchestration during the scene after the probe droid is destroyed. They played that version again after the intermission. The orchestra was on absolute top form. I don't think I heard a bad note and their timing was impeccable.
  6. This moment from Phantom Menace always stuck out for me: Aside from it being a genuine cool shot (imo), the little brass fanfare just gives it something. I seem to recall a similar thing in The Patriot too.
  7. I'll be at the Royal Albert Hall for the afternoon performance of Empire this Sunday. Can't wait! It's been too long since I went to one of these, the last one being Raiders also at the Albert Hall.
  8. Yes I think they did. Whoever is working with them on the Kubrick titles must be pushing for it.
  9. I'll definitely be picking up The Shining and Apocalypse Now when they come out. I was very pleasantly surprised to see WB have gone for Dolby Vision with The Shining. Their support for DV on disc has been fairly weak so far. Speaking of classics, I got Don't Look Now a few weeks ago. Not what you might think of as a potential demo disc but it is seriously one of the best transfers I have ever seen. There's just nothing digital looking about it. The resolution, colour and encode are all top notch. Another surprising Dolby Vision disc too.
  10. They're both great examples of what the format can do with movies shot on 35mm The Atmos sound mix on Ryan, especially during the beach landing, is incredible!
  11. I didn't have a spare £150! They will be mine one day... Yep the one in the Bullring.
  12. HMV Birmingham has the TTT and trilogy sets on vinyl at the moment. They're gorgeous things to look at and weighty. Can't say I wasn't tempted 😂
  13. Has anyone heard of or been using Audirvana? I came across it when I was looking for ways to stream music in high quality from my computer to my hi-fi system using an Oppo 203 as the DAC. It came highly recommended by audiophiles so I give it a go on a free trial. Really impressed! It's nice to be able to stream high-res Tidal and Qobuz stream to my system and access everything in one place. Music sounds much much better than it did when I had a cable running between the laptop directly in to the amp. Basically the DAC in the MacBook Pro sucks and streaming via my home network to the Oppo means I bypass it completely. Audirvana also has this cool feature that allows you to upsample to DSD. I was sceptical at first, thinking the whole point of the "audiophile" way of life was purity and not processing music. Turns out it works beautifully and some high-end systems convert to DSD by default. As I type this I'm listening to 'The Firebolt and End Credits Suite' from the LLL Potter set. Streaming my CD rip and upsampling to DSD and it is filling the room that much more. In addition to having a wide soundstage where the speakers more or less disappear I now seem to be getting more 3D depth to the orchestra. Weirdly, it almost sounds more analog. Am I getting a placebo effect? I won't rule it out completely but I'm definitely enjoying my music more!
  14. The whole album is unintentionally hilarious. They somehow managed to turn the end credits from ESB in to something from a comedy. Get a load of their Superman disco cover too! Definitely not the same London Philharmonic that went on to record LOTR.
  15. Did MM not say during the talk in London that conversations had started about doing this? I wasn't there unfortunately but I'm sure I remember seeing it in someones report. I'm certain it'll happen. Just doesn't make sense to do it before the release of IX. I wouldn't expect to see it immediately after either.
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