Movies are made to satisfy your visual appetite and your craving for spectacular sound. Great films are known not only for their impressive plots and breathtaking visuals but for their amazing sounds that complement the stories they tell.
If you’re a movie buff or even just a seasonal couch potato who appreciates a well-made movie, here are 10 great films that you can appreciate even more if you have an amazing sound system at home. Some of these films are trilogies or sagas so we give them to you as added bonus. The list is in chronological order, from the classic to the newest.
Go grab your popcorn and let’s begin!
Top 10 Movies You Must Watch with an AMAZING Sound System
10. The Sound of Music (1965)
A classic Hollywood musical that both the young and old know, the Sound of Music is a heartwarming film based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers who were one of the world’s most popular concert groups right after World War II. A musical masterpiece, it has broken into time that even if it has already been 50 years since it was released, you can still hear people chanting “My Favorite Things.” Julie Andrews’ voice is perfect for her character as Maria, and she’ll always be known as the musical governess who took care of the singing Von Trapp siblings during the time of Nazi Austria.
“Do-Re-Mi”, “So Long, Farewell”, “Edelweiss”, and “You Are Sixteen, Going on Seventeen” are some of the great songs that came from this film. A home theater with features such as Real Sound Focus and Sound Stage is the only set up that can do justice when watching this classic film. It will also allow you to enjoy these melodic and memorable sing-along tunes. It will feel like Maria and the Von Trapp kids are singing right in front of you. The hills become truly alive (with the sound of music…) when you hear the distinct blending of voices as Maria and the kids sing in unison.
9. The Godfather Trilogy (1972)
The recently remastered “The Godfather” film (called The Coppola Restoration) provides an even more amazing visual and sound experience to an already amazing experience of its original release.
The wedding reception scene at the start of the film is phenomenal and can be best enjoyed with an amazing Home Theatre system with a total of 11 built-in speakers that can produce a rich, spacious sound field that will make you feel like you’re part of the scene. You will hear the live band louder and even the whispers among guests are clearer, as if you’re really seated in one of the tables at the reception.
8. Star Wars series (original)
You may think that we should have put the six Star Wars movies as separate entries, but if we did that, they might have dominated the entire list. So, we just listed them as a single entry.
Star Wars brings you in the middle of the eerily silent outer space. Then, the whooshing space ships, the swinging of lightsabers, and the explosive destruction of the Death Star add up to an eargasmic experience. How else can you enjoy its phenomenal sound scoring? Only with a home theater that comes with S-Force Pro Front Surround. The space battles with space ships flying by will bring intense reverberations to your room. The high-pitched hum of swinging lightsabers will make you feel like you’re face to face with a Jedi. The loud boom when the Death Star is destroyed will make you feel tremors. You may even feel the need to take cover with all the intergalactic battles happening around you.
7. Jurassic Park (1993)
The frightening roars of a T-Rex can be immensely felt when you watch this sci-fi film with a great surround sound setup. The deafening high-pitched squeals of the Velociraptors will also startle you. You will be petrified with the true-to-life roars and squeals, and at the same time, amazed how they were able to re-create such horrifying sounds. Having a great surround sound system will put you in the middle of a massive dinosaur stampede. All these beastly sounds will leave you feeling like you have to run for dear life.
The fourth installment of this franchise is set to hit theaters this 2015. We hope Jurassic World can deliver terrifying sound experience like its previous installments.
6. Gladiator (2000)
Watching The Gladiator with an S-Force Pro Front Surround System will fill your entire room with clashing cymbals, banging drums, and intense horns. It will elevate Hans Zimmer’s composition of “The Battle” and “Barbarian Horde”, which will add a bigger emotional impact to the entire movie. The fight scenes are more than just clashing swords because you’ll also hear whips, explosions, and roars from both the beasts and the crowd in the arena. You’ll also hear chariots that will transport you back to the olden times where survival requires killing your enemies. There will be crying, shouting, and begging. And yes, there will be blood.
5. Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
This film trilogy is divided into The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). The startlingly impressive sound design in this series of films will make you believe that the Middle Earth is real, bringing to life the Orcs, Balrogs, Hobbits, Giants, Dragons, and Ents.
A standout scene from this film franchise is from “The Return of the King”, when Aragorn meets the Army of the Dead at Dunharrow. The voices of the dead will resonate throughout your room bringing along a haunting wind. With a properly set up sound system that produces higher sound density and a wider sound field, you will have a hard time determining where the voices are really coming from. It makes the film more nerve-wrecking. Without a good sound system, you’re definitely missing out a lot.
Aside from that hair-raising scene, get immersed with the sound from the the epic battles, the demonic flames of the Balrogs, the screeching Ringwraiths riding their flying beasts, the grunts and growls of the Orcs, the boiling lava of Mount Doom, and the collapse of Mordor.
4. Avengers (2012)
Earth’s mightiest heroes come together to save us all from evil! It’s Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk against Loki and his henchmen! In what proved to be one of the best-selling movies of all time, Avengers is one action filled movie you can’t miss and one you definitely need to see, and hear, with an amazing sound system!
3. WALL-E (2008)
This animated film may mostly be without dialogues and that is perfectly fine. It’s a proof that you don’t need words to tell a story, just an amazing setup that will deliver clear and crisp sound. This movie uses the directional possibilities of a surround sound system to its full potential with its great attention to aural detail. The love story of two robots told using “electronic” sound and nothing more is best experienced with S-Force Pro Front Surround. The post-Apocalyptic Earth and the new human colony inside a giant floating spaceship that is light years away from Earth are brought to life by its immersive score that matches its stunning CGI visuals.
Also, WALL-E’s opening song is one beautiful musical moment.
If you have WALL-E on Blu-ray, you’ll like it even more with its 7.1 sound mix.
2. The Hurt Locker (2009)
Imagine being in the middle of a war along the abandoned streets of Iraq and you have to detonate an explosive which can take your life in a second. What can you hear? Your heartbeat, the gushing wind, a grain of sand flying on your feet, the drop of sweat on the floor. Imagine watching this on screen with multiple points of view – didn’t the eerie sound of the orchestra make your heart beat a bit faster? This is the magic of The Hurt Locker, the scene where any second in the minute of bomb detonation is heightened by musical scoring. Now, imagine this whole experience and bring them to the comfort of your bedroom or living room? Wouldn’t an S-Force Pro Front Surround take you right in the middle of Iraq yourself?
1. Inception (2010)
This visually immersive film is complemented with an immersive sound design. The different dream levels gets you hooked with the sound of car chases, bullets flying, car getting thrown into the river, and a massive avalanche. The music that wakes up the characters in every level of the dream makes you feel that it is real. Every move and sound effect adds to the excitement of the entire film. Even if you close your eyes, a good sound system will still play a mind-blowing effect the creators of the movie have intended. Your heart will surely skip a beat with the cinematic excellence of a soundbar, and a good sound system adds another level of depth and emotional investment to the theatrical experience. Inception will leave you confused until the end and the sound integrated with it will leave you wanting more, like wanting more to know how the film really ended.
Films are not only about the stunning visuals and the crafty story-telling. There is more to them than that and oftentimes a good movie also demands that you pay great attention with your ears. The best way to enjoy a well-crafted film with a flawlessly engineered sound design is to have a perfect sound system that will give that cinematic effect. One to consider is the world’s first magnetic fluid speaker 7.1 channel surround sound system, the Sony HT-ST7 soundbar.
This soundbar provides a complete cinematic and theatrical sound experience right at the comfort of your own home. This allows any type of room to produce impressive surround sound, since the system doesn’t rely on sound reflection from the walls. Its versatile setup can definitely make a difference on how you can appreciate more all of these movies. With its 7.1 channel, you can hear every sound with incredible impact to complement these already impactful movies. The ground-breaking technology and the aesthetic appeal of this soundbar perfectly complement the beauty of Sony HDTVs.
The human voice and dialog play important parts in movie-watching enjoyment. To make the actors’ voices and dialogs easier to hear, the viewer can simply press the Voice Button on the bundled remote controller. This enhances the realistic sound of favorite actors’ and actresses’ voices in movies and dramas.
Having the Sony HT-ST7 soundbar is bringing the movie theater right into your home.
What other movies can you add that must be watched with an amazing sound system?