Favorite Movie Scenes To Demo For Others

Introducing the new Home Theater Forum Podcast!  In this episode, hosts Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten detail their history in the home theater hobby, talk a little bit about their current theater setups, and describe what makes their top five demo scenes so memorable.  A selection of other honorable mention demos are also touched upon.

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  1. Great job, Sam and Brian. That’s a fun listen and I had fun guessing the clips before you named them 🙂

    I host and produce a podcast for the company I work for (internal only) so can appreciate the hard work put in to producing this one, you did a bang up job. Great hosting, interesting conversation, and some recommendations for movies that I want to go back and check out the audio on! I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes. Bravo!

  2. Great job, Sam and Brian. That’s a fun listen and I had fun guessing the clips before you named them 🙂

    I host and produce a podcast for the company I work for (internal only) so can appreciate the hard work put in to producing this one, you did a bang up job. Great hosting, interesting conversation, and some recommendations for movies that I want to go back and check out the audio on! I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes. Bravo!

  3. I’ll add that for the longest time I’d use the Klendathu bug swarm attack in Starship Troopers and the end explosion from The Mask of Zorro as audio demo in my set up at the time. The visual and audio barrage in the Starship Troopers scene was always a big hit!

  4. One of my favorite demo scenes that I have played for others was the Diva's performance in The Fifth Element.

    When I got my first Front Projector (way back when they weren't in common HT usage) I would use the gunfight at the conclusion of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly to convey what widescreen composition looked like on a 100 inch screen.

    – Walter.

  5. Neil Middlemiss

    Great job, Sam and Brian. That’s a fun listen and I had fun guessing the clips before you named them 🙂

    I host and produce a podcast for the company I work for (internal only) so can appreciate the hard work put in to producing this one, you did a bang up job. Great hosting, interesting conversation, and some recommendations for movies that I want to go back and check out the audio on! I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes. Bravo!

    Thank you sir. I think you listened to it and 'played along' as I intended. 🙂 Glad you liked it!

    Sam Posten

    Thanks for the enthusiasm guys. We're all for feedback on what you liked and what you didn't! We've got a lot of topics to talk about for the future!

    Totes bro. Looking forward to digging into our giant list!

    Neil Middlemiss

    I’ll add that for the longest time I’d use the Klendathu bug swarm attack in Starship Troopers and the end explosion from The Mask of Zorro as audio demo in my set up at the time. The visual and audio barrage in the Starship Troopers scene was always a big hit!

    Starship Troopers! I only have this on DVD, but maybe this is worth upgrading because that scene was amazing!

    Walter Kittel

    One of my favorite demo scenes that I have played for others was the Diva's performance in The Fifth Element.

    When I got my first Front Projector (way back when they weren't in common HT usage) I would use the gunfight at the conclusion of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly to convey what widescreen composition looked like on a 100 inch screen.

    – Walter.

    GB&U is a film I have not seen. On my list to purchase eventually!

  6. Brian Dobbs

    GB&U is a film I have not seen. On my list to purchase eventually!

    If you're even a casual fan of Spaghetti Westerns or Clint Eastwood you're in for a treat sir. I would suggest the below. These are on my annual viewing list. Someone on here once asked me if I really watched select films annually. The answer was a resounding "yes." Honestly, I've even watched the same film twice in a single day so maybe I do need help. 🙂

    http://www.amazon.com/Name-Trilogy-Fistful-Dollars-Blu-ray/dp/B003EYEF2S

  7. I remember doing stuff like this when DVD first hit the streets. Always tried to find the best "WOW!" movies at the time. Like in 2000 when Jurassic Park came out. That was always fun to crank up.

    Don't do it now but it was fun when discs first started.

  8. John Dirk

    If you're even a casual fan of Spaghetti Westerns or Clint Eastwood you're in for a treat sir. I would suggest the below. These are on my annual viewing list. Someone on here once asked me if I really watched select films annually. The answer was a resounding "yes." Honestly, I've even watched the same film twice in a single day so maybe I do need help. 🙂

    http://www.amazon.com/Name-Trilogy-Fistful-Dollars-Blu-ray/dp/B003EYEF2S

    Awesome. Thanks for the link! Great price!

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  9. Thanks again guys. I hadn't had time before today to listen to the complete podcast. Some great recommendations and orders have been placed for the ones I don't already own, save TMNT and Transformers. Gotta draw the line somewhere.

    On the topic of 3D, I love it but it doesn't look like 4K projectors will have the requisite brightness to do it justice anytime soon. This is part of my reason for holding off on purchasing mine.

  10. JohnRice

    @Sam Posten I can't believe Pacific Rim only got an honorable mention from you.

    It’s in my top 10 for sure but limited to 5 I had to have a compelling reason for each choice. PR is just a great fun dumb movie, there’s nothing specifically interesting about it.

  11. Sitting here on a Saturday night just surfing the web and listening to this Podcast.

    Great job guys! You really kept the conversation flowing and I loved the fact that you intertwined the conversation with soundbites from the films you were referencing. Great reference picks and a terrific editing job.

    I have to figure out how to subscribe on iTunes as this is really the first Podcast I have ever listened to.

    …and thanks for the mentioning my concern about Atmos not being widely available on Blu-ray as well as my praise for 3-D Rarities!

  12. Great job!

    I’m about halfway through so far. I listen to a lot of podcasts, five to ten hours a week during commute and gym and even just around the house while cooking or whatever. I’m a tough critic and I wouldn’t be even posting here if I didn’t mean this, but the production values are top notch, on par with pro podcasts that have been honing their show for a couple years. The voice audio is clear, pop free, no hiss or compression weirdness from a crap Skype connection or using cheap earphones. You guys aren’t taking over each other. The interweaving of the audio clips, and ducking them into the background as the conversation resumes is well done. This is quality work.

    This particular topic, I’m not sure this is my personal interest right now. What I’ve found is none of my friends care about home theater demos. So I’ve got all the material, and no one to show it off to. I haven’t really done a demo of note in maybe two years. So this isn’t me critiquing your choice of topics; it’s me, not you. You had a topic you wanted to start with and you did it.

    I do have a technical critique, which is to be aware of your jargon shorthand. I kept hearing “this movie is Dolby Atmos 2.3.5”. And I’m wracking my brain as to what format that means, or what weird setup you guys have in your theaters that I’ve forgotten about. Halfway through, the word “frame” or “aspect” was used and I realized you were rattling off “Atmos 2.35”, implicitly meaning aspect ration. So, mind the jargon. 🙂

    Great premier episode. I look forward to seeing what comes next!

  13. Ronald Epstein

    Sitting here on a Saturday night just surfing the web and listening to this Podcast.

    Great job guys! You really kept the conversation flowing and I loved the fact that you intertwined the conversation with soundbites from the films you were referencing. Great reference picks and a terrific editing job.

    I have to figure out how to subscribe on iTunes as this is really the first Podcast I have ever listened to.

    …and thanks for the mentioning my concern about Atmos not being widely available on Blu-ray as well as my praise for 3-D Rarities!

    Thank you sir! It really does mean a lot! Happy we were your first! 🙂

  14. DaveF

    Great job!

    I’m about halfway through so far. I listen to a lot of podcasts, five to ten hours a week during commute and gym and even just around the house while cooking or whatever. I’m a tough critic and I wouldn’t be even posting here if I didn’t mean this, but the production values are top notch, on par with pro podcasts that have been honing their show for a couple years. The voice audio is clear, pop free, no hiss or compression weirdness from a crap Skype connection or using cheap earphones. You guys aren’t taking over each other. The interweaving of the audio clips, and ducking them into the background as the conversation resumes is well done. This is quality work.

    This particular topic, I’m not sure this is my personal interest right now. What I’ve found is none of my friends care about home theater demos. So I’ve got all the material, and no one to show it off to. I haven’t really done a demo of note in maybe two years. So this isn’t me critiquing your choice of topics; it’s me, not you. You had a topic you wanted to start with and you did it.

    I do have a technical critique, which is to be aware of your jargon shorthand. I kept hearing “this movie is Dolby Atmos 2.3.5”. And I’m wracking my brain as to what format that means, or what weird setup you guys have in your theaters that I’ve forgotten about. Halfway through, the word “frame” or “aspect” was used and I realized you were rattling off “Atmos 2.35”, implicitly meaning aspect ration. So, mind the jargon. 🙂

    Great premier episode. I look forward to seeing what comes next!

    Cool man, glad you liked the production quality. Sam and I took our time producing this, making sure we got the recording quality as high as possible. Kudos to Sam for investing in some good quality equipment.

    Your comment about how none of your friends care about home theater demos is a subject that Sam and I already have on our list to discuss!

    We'll also dig into aspect ratios and sound formats!

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