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on May 3, 2013
Sensurround simply cannot be properly recreated in the home. Back when Sensurround films played there were a couple of versions of Sensurround used for Earthquake then upgraded for Midway/Rollercoaster & Battlestar Gallactica (Sensurround I & later, Sensurround II) but basically it was a noise generator with a tone on the soundtrack that triggered Sensurround to turn on & off when that bass was programmed. It send deep, insane sound waves that delivered astonishing rumbling sounds into large specially designed speaker cabinets (front of auditorium) and smaller speaker cabinets (rear of auditorium) to make your liver quiver. A .1 channel could come somewhat close to replicating the effect if you have really good subwoofers and plenty of power but still nowhere near the way it sounded (and felt) in the cinemas back in the day. Sensurround did damage to some cinema structures, including foundations - that's how crazy powerful it was.
Regardless, I'm excited that Earthquake and Midway are coming to blu ray for the memories from when I was a kid, I saw them both in Sensurround many times. Earthquake played in 70MM in Europe (not in USA or Canada) so hopefully they have located the stereo audio stems for a good sound mix, Unfortunately Midway was only ever in mono (plus the Sensurround track of course) but maybe they have the music tracks and the audio wizardry to come up with a decent stereo mix on that one too.