Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A rather large assumption

Last night my family and I sat down to try to watch the movie The Tale of Despereaux on DVD, which we'd rented from the library. It was the weirdest thing: the characters' mouths were moving, but even with the t.v.'s volume cranked all the way up, all we could hear was a dull mumble. But we could hear the narrator just fine (as long as the volume was cranked).

Turned out that the DVD's audio was **only** available in 5.1 surround: no stereo option. And we were trying to watch it on just a regular t.v. -- so we were losing the bass subwoofter (the ''point-one''), plus the surround sound: the only time we could hear anything was when the sound was supposed to be coming from front-and-center.

We turned on the subtitles and watched most of it -- which was fine for my wife and I, but our children (all 5yo and younger) were bored.

That's a pretty big assumption of Universal Pictures -- that everyone has them surround sound speakers set up. But maybe there are **non**-surround sound versions of the DVD available, and that's just what the library neglected to pick up.

Whatever the cause, **someone** was making a pretty big assumption.



At January 28, 2010 9:09 AM, Anonymous Skip said...

That is why the root word is assume. In other words ass + u + me.

At January 29, 2010 12:43 AM, Blogger Katie said...

hahaha your funny. I'm katie by the way. I have blogs like this. Where its just my thoughts and stuff. you should check em out.

At January 29, 2010 1:52 PM, Anonymous Dave'ola said...

Good grief, how timely this is! Just purchased Michael Jackson's DVD and tried to play it on the computer, and the SAME symptoms as what you described. Had to purchase a DVD player program that supports 5.1. Sigh...

At March 11, 2010 12:40 PM, Anonymous Giovanni said...

Thanks for the warning! I will try to remember that.


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