A few days ago I finally saw Indiana Jones. My expectations were very low as I heard nothing but bad things about it, and so I was pleasantly rewarded with a mediocre blast from the past. Nothing great for sure.
I must admit that having a home cinema, albeit a modest one, I have not been to the pictures to often, choosing to wait a few months for the DVD, or better, BluRay. And that pattern was part of the reason why it took me so long to see Indiana Jones. In fact, I only went because a good friend dragged me there.
Anyway, my worst fears were realised. The theatre had a few noisy customers (grrr!), but when the movie started, there was a serious fault with the sound. I ran out and told the projectionist. They came in and clearly couldn’t hear what I was talking about. So they did nothing claiming no-one can hear it.
Add to that the fact that the print was weaving, covered in dirt and scratched, and I realised that I had been spoiled at home with my crisp clear image and perfectly balance 5.1 sound system. The sad, but also very exciting truth is, my home cinema (on BluRay) presents better sound and better picture than your average multiplex screening 35mm. It’s astonishing I know, but it’s true. And there are no idiots munching popcorn or ASBO kids to deal with.
My setup is nearly complete at home and I will reveal how I managed to get over light spillage and sound proofing very soon.
Onward and upward!