Originally Posted by cjguitar
There's definitely a problem with theaters turning down the level. I think you would be hard pressed to find a commercial theater even in Hollywood that doesn't turn down the level. I found out that even The Arclight in Hollywood is turned down to 6 on the Dolby box (we had a screening there not too long ago, and we toured the projection area/talked to the projectionist).
I for one don't have a problem with loud films, to an extent. Have you ever been in a war battle, car accident, had explosions go off near by, jump out of an airplane, flew a rocket, seen a giant transforming robot? I can't say I have for most of those, but there are plenty of things that I imagine are loud in reality that sometimes need to be loud in cinema to give the movie goer the "experience" of being there. I for one don't want to observe a story from a distance, I want to be "in the action" and sometimes that requires things to be loud. If patrons can't handle that, then maybe they should stay home or not watch big Hollywood blockbusters…
As far as earplugs are concerned, I've had times where we're working on a scene of constant screaming (think the final exorcism scene in a big exorcism movie), and I had to leave the room or wear in-ear headphones to block out some of the loudness (I mix the sound FX). It's fine when it goes by in real time for a 15 minute scene, but try listening to some of that stuff for hours…
There are lots of transforming robots round here - and they're very quiet
No problem with stuff being loud. It's excessive loud that is the problem. If you've ha to walk out - its too loud.
There's nothing else to be said - films are too loud in 2012.
Stay at home and dont watch blockbusters? Are you serious? How come this wasnt as much of an issue 5 years ago? It was virtually a none issue 10 years ago.
I'm not blaming mixers, by the way - if I was I'd be blaming myself partially; but when I walk into a cinema in west london and watch "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and THAT film is too loud in parts (it's a light hearted movie fercryingoutloud) something is wrong! It's the same loudness war perpetuated by idiot A&R in music. Why does any film have to be louder than , say , Lord of the Rings which was fine! Or louder than Tron:Legacy - also fine.