Saturday, February 09, 2008

I mean, I know DVD's are advanced technology, but...

In an effort to catch up a little on my Netflix queue, and flesh out my film history knowledge, I sat down early this afternoon to watch the Charlie Chaplain classic "City Lights" while I was on the exercise bike.

When I brought up the main menu, I noticed that it was a very egalitarian setup - offering subtitles for english, french, spanish, a few Asian languages I didn't recognize, and what looked like Arabic.

But the weirdest thing about it? Once you chose "English" as your language you then got to choose from the "standard" audio or the "digital 5.1" audio...

...yeah. For a silent film.

Go figure.

4 comments:

towwas said...

Ha! Was it actually silent or did it have music?

J.Po said...

Hee hee. That's hilarious. (Or "lol", as the young-uns would type.)

Sophist said...

were there some good ragtime tunes in Dolby 5.1? Did you watch with Tagalog subtitles?

grrrbear said...

Actually, not only was there music in 5.1, but it was underused! For some reason, even though it was allegedly in surround sound, the only sound I ever heard was coming from the front speakers. Disappointing.

Apparently, the sound guy on the shoot wasn't very experienced running the 5.1 recording equipment.