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    Mumbling American Film Stars- make me mad!

    I have spent a lot of time in the States and watched American movies all my long life so I should be able to understand the lingo, no?

    Well I find it increasingly difficult to comprehend what the hell is being said nowadays in Movies and on TV, 'cos they speak far too quickly and mumble so.......am I alone in this gents or do you suffer similarly?

    Look I am not asking for a Theatrical delivery. I just wish they would articulate clearly that's all.

    It's even happening in British movies now!

    There was a time when RADA made British Actors all talk 'awfully proper' with aggrevating 'plummy' accents, but now it's gone the other way.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckydog View Post
    I have spent a lot of time in the States and watched American movies all my long life so I should be able to understand the lingo, no?

    Well I find it increasingly difficult to comprehend what the hell is being said nowadays in Movies and on TV, 'cos they speak far too quickly and mumble so.......am I alone in this gents or do you suffer similarly?
    Are you a native speaker?

    Look I am not asking for a Theatrical delivery. I just wish they would articulate clearly that's all.
    Watching Boyz in the Hood?

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    I can't watch American movies these days because of the same reason. I have to try and lip read at the same time as watching the action. I still watch old black and whites without this problem

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    I'm from the US and have the same problem as we get older our hearing starts to go. But I think the problem is the BIG SOUND the movie producers go for. Washes out voices. My old lady is ain't near as old as I and she complains of he same problem.
    WTF, most the movies coming out of Hollywood these days are plain shit and the dialog hardly worth listening to. Enjoy the big explosions and room shaking base and realize the actors ain't got shit to say worth listening to, anyway. I've noticed dialog in movies without car crashes, shootouts and explsions are easy to hear, dunno maybe it's just a mental switch.
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    It has annoyed me for many years, in films the protagonists almost whisper, you turn up the volume and then a car comes roaring a long or there's a gunshot making you jump and reach for the remote to turn it down again.
    American movies are the worst for this.

    Maybe it's because I still have a 'normal' stereo TV without 16 loudspeakers assembled around me?

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    Nah used to happen with my surround sound setup at my old apartement in Newcastle.

    My neighbours four or five down knew when I was watching a movie from the base and the noise. It had a setting on it to calm down the loudness but it wasn't very effective. I used to come back shit faced and watch Ronin a bit too loud.

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    I have only had this problem in Thailand, I never noticed it back in cali before i cam the Thailand.

    Now I find myself constantly adjusting the volume if I am trying to keep it at a certain level for the sake of someone else's sleep..

    If nobody is around, ferk it... just let it be loud..
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    Agree with the OP, it is a constant problem that good films are spoilt by unintelligible dialogue. I am almost at the point of getting subtitles for any and everything I watch.
    As a lot of torrents are available with Sewdish subs, maybe it could be combined with learning their bloody language.
    Compare Ben Kingsley in You Kill Me and Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma, both guys can act, but only one knows how to pronunciate properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharleyFarley
    Compare Ben Kingsley in You Kill Me and Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma, both guys can act, but only one knows how to pronunciate properly.
    Bladdy Aussies, eh?!

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    Pirate movies are often worse, mp3 sound muddles up frequencies and makes it even more difficult to follow what is being said.

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    In the 17 months I've been in Thailand, I've watched about three movies in theatres and less than 10 on HBO/Cinemax. I suppose, as FF said, the type of movie has a lot to do with the sound. Love story much different than a shoot'emup.

    I'd rather read a book, the volume's always the same.

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    Thanks Gents for making me feel a bit better.....I had started thinking it was just old age......

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