For a film as dynamic as the currently screening Transformers: Dark of the Moon where there is lots of loud action sequences, sound is definitely one of the top technical priorities to get right. Often overlooked by several as most just focus upon the visual effects as if it alone determines if a film is technically excellent, sound really helps to achieve realism within a cinema auditorium. Much like how 3D helps to immerse the audience visually into the motion picture these days. If you do not yet know of this, some theatres have been equipped with and certified Dolby Surround 7.1 ready.
But not all.
Perhaps you should check out which theatres near you are 7.1 ready if you want to best experience these fast-moving blockbusters the way it should be.
Here's a documentary feature by Soundworks Collection that attempts to explain how 7.1 has helped enhance the sound of Michael Bay's latest blockbuster as well as some of the science behind creating the sound that we hear in the movie.
You'll see how an electric guitar produces sound for the robotic actions as well as dry ice on metal. Of course, it's not all foley work and the team does head out to the rifle range to perform some explosive sound recordings. We often take good sound for granted (or probably didn't notice them but just the visuals) and this clip here will help you to understand why we shouldn't and how good sound will make a better cinematic experience.
This might be a little too technical for some, but the visuals should trigger and maintain your interest. Enjoy!
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is Paramount's latest feature film to be recorded in the 7.1 mix after Thor.