Reading: Pirates of the Caribbean; Sedgwick New-England Tale.

August 18, 2004

Two more entries in the reading log.

The movie Pirates of the Caribbean and
the 1822 novel A New-England Tale by Catherine Sedgwick.

Now that is a strange juxtaposition.

Oh, and one random rant.

I wish that DVDs came with a double soundtrack -- dialogue and everything else -- with separate volume controls for each. I have to watch modern movies with the volume control in hand, turning up the talking bits and turning down the soundtrack. The one is too quiet, the other blasts and blares. Computer games have separate volumes for music and effects, so the technology is not all that difficult if only we can create a market for it.

The extra volume is particularly noticable because I run the DVD sound through the big stereo and, well, it has the potential to be very loud indeed. Even with closed-cabinet speakers which suck up power at higher volumes, the beast can play louder than my ears can listen. I run movies at about 3 on the volume control, except when they whisper and I go up to 4, or the scene changes, and I go down to 2.

Posted by Red Ted at August 18, 2004 09:14 AM | TrackBack

You might consider using the captioning for quiet bits, instead of playing with the volume all the time. Once you get used to it, you can even watch stuff with the sound off, so it doesn't disturb others.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at August 19, 2004 06:09 AM

Bah, that would be clever and logical and make good sense.

I can't do that.

Actually, I do often turn on captioning when rocking the baby, as otherwise he cries over the dialogue. You lose the inflections on the lines, however, and half of the fun of a (good) movie is listening to the dialogue.

Posted by: Ted K at August 19, 2004 08:22 AM
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