Hello everyone,

An executive of the studio I work at has a birthday coming up and my coworkers and I want to give something with a sound twist to it.

I had the thought of giving 5 great examples of movies with fantastic sound design - but ones most likely never seen before. This rules out the box office hits within the past 10 years or so.

So, if you don't mind, would you care to share 5 obscure movies (not graphic, inappropriate or offensive) which have awesome, awesome, fantastic, wonderful examples of great sound design?

Uncle Boonmee and Boy comes to mind.

Please, Tim, I'm sure you have a bunch of these off the top of your head. (also, how can I buy a copy of Boy? I'm searching for it now with no luck).

Thank you so much in advance!


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"The Conversation" and "THX 1138" spring to mind.

  • Definitely seconded.
    – JTC
    Apr 24, 2011 at 7:24

A few suggestions:

Touch the Sound http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424509/ (great documentary about deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie)

3-Iron http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423866/ (a great movie with only six lines of dialogue)

Not sure if its out on DVD but: The Sound of Noise http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278449/

Is he at all musical? I'd be pretty impressed with one of those punch-your-own-tune music boxes: http://www.grand-illusions.com/acatalog/Music_and_Audio_Toys.html

Another option, I gave someone their own domain name as a birthday present...

Will add any others as I think of them....


Check out "into great Silence" -- lots of silence! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478160/

  • To be honest, I never got that film. In fact it's the only film I regretted not walking out on.
    – user6513
    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:12

Kwaidan (1964) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058279/


The Hunger has some interesting stuff Most Robert Altman films have good sound. MASH has a really interesting approach to dialog and sound - people talking over each other, very naturalistic performances.

ALso, a really interesting doc about the guy who invented the Theremin (called "Theremin"). Not really about sound design, but in the ear ballpark.

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