First time poster here: I've just begun to learn post-production sound, and I'm at the mixing stage for a short film that is going to be sent out to some festivals. I'm mixing in stereo at a decent studio setup at my college campus (the best one we have there) with very good monitors and pro tools 10 HD.
I would love to be able to have a reference film (or films) against which I can compare my own work. Obviously, no two films will be mixed the same and no two styles will be the same. Even so, it would be nice to have examples of how various types of scenes are handled.
I know that most DVD releases of theatrical films apply significant compression and are often remixed. So: can people provide recommendations of good reference films that are virtually untouched from the original theatrical mix to use as reference / learning tool?
The compression issue will be tough, I know. I just want something that gets close to the dynamics and levels of the theatrical mix. It would also be ideal to somehow extract some sample scenes via handbrake (compression!!) to bring directly into pro tools for comparison. I know that handbrake or other programs introduce another layer of compression: I'm fine with the image being compressed to hell, but I'd like to get the audio as uncompressed as possible.