So you just got your new surround sound home theatre system hooked up and you’re ready to test it out. What’s the first thing you put on? If you have a collection of Blu-ray movies you’re sure to find great surround sound there, but what about those of us who stream our content from Netflix? Surround sound may be a bit tough to find on Netflix, but there are many great titles that support it that are available to stream.
Note: Netflix viewed through your computer browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc) does not support surround sound. To get surround sound when streaming on your computer be sure to download the Netflix Desktop Apps. If you are viewing Netflix through an app on your Smart TV, streaming box, or game console surround sound should be supported. If you have an older TV, you may have surround sound passthrough issues depending on your setup. If you think you may have this problem, check out our post on how to troubleshoot surround sound passthrough problems.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
James Cameron’s epic film has been the “go-to” test for surround sound systems for decades. The opening battle scene will let you know if your system has been properly configured. This version has also been mastered for 4K!
Starring Canadian Keanu Reeves, John Wick is one of the great modern action movies. Its use of surround sound throughout is excellent, and a great way to demo your system.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring
Peter Jackson’s award-winning trilogy has too many great uses of surround sound to mention each individually. That being said, the prologue scene showing the battle with Sauron where his finger gets cut off is full of Low-Frequency Effects, and a great way to demo your surround sound system. Be sure to have enough popcorn ready to marathon all 3 movies!
While mostly known for its incredible visuals, Marvel’s Doctor Strange also has great sound effects throughout. The blend of the cinematic score with the magic effects in the battle scenes make this a treat to listen to with a proper surround sound system.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing in 2016, Rogue One is the first stand-alone Star Wars film, taking place before Episode IV A New Hope. From blaster battles to ships whizzing around your room, Rogue One will make great use of your surround sound system.
King Kong (2005)
The newest adaptation of the story of a giant Gorilla with a giant heart actually won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing in 2005. The end scene with King Kong scaling the iconic Empire State Building with fighter jets in pursuit will have you fully immersed in the action.
THIS. IS. SPARTA! One of the most famous movie quotes comes from 300, the fictionalized version of 300 Spartan warriors holding out against an entire Persian army.
Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know your top movies for showing off your home theatre system in the comments below!