Best drama movie audio problems of 2004

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Ladder 49 picture

Audio problem: During the Christmas season (December) Travolta and Phoenix discuss a transfer to an aide's position. That same night Phoenix discusses the possibility with his wife - with crickets chirping away in the background. Not in Baltimore in December.

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Audio problem: Right after Joseph Buquet is killed, Raoul runs and finds Christine. When she says, "Raoul, we're not safe here", her lips do not move; her mouth is merely agape. (01:05:35)

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Audio problem: When Napoleon knocks on Trisha's door he knocks four times but you only hear three knocks. (00:38:05)

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The Aviator picture

Audio problem: Towards the end of the scene where L.B. Mayer is dismissing Howard's request for some cameras, the audio does not match at all with the way his lips are moving.

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Audio problem: When Janis shouts at Cady out of Damian's car, Cady says "It's not my fault you're like in love with me, or something." After she says this, her mouth visibly moves saying more words, but no audio is heard. (00:58:40)

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Audio problem: Terri takes her friends out to a restaurant, and she starts singing a song, and where she says, "The way you swept me off my feet," her mouth doesn't move at all.

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Troy picture

Audio problem: After the Trojans start to fire arrows at the ship, the second Myrmidon who falls overboard into the water, screams loudly as he falls, though his mouth is clenched shut. It is the type of yell that cannot be made with a closed mouth. (00:40:00)

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Audio problem: Just as the two criminals who robbed Max are walking away, Vincent asks them if that is his briefcase. The guy with the long hair replies, "Yeah it is. Why you want it back?" but his mouth doesn't match what he is saying. It appears he is saying something closer to, "Put up your f**king hands." (00:35:15)

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The Terminal picture

Audio problem: When Viktor is celebrating the end of the war in Krakozia in the bar, we see Amelia approaching the bar. As she does, we hear Viktor give a loud "Krakozia!" Watch his mouth when he does. By this time, we have a clear view of his mouth and his cry of "Krakozia!" comes before his lips make the appropriate movements.

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The Manchurian Candidate picture

Audio problem: Near the end of the movie the helicopter is flying into the area where the troops were held. The radio traffic isn't pilots or air traffic controllers, it's railroad dispatchers and trackside detectors.

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Maria Full of Grace picture

Audio problem: During the conversation between Maria and Juan about her pregnancy, when he says "Donde comen dos, comen tres" his mouth doesn't move.

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King Arthur picture

Audio problem: When the Woads attack in the beginning of the movie, after the knights have pretty much won the day, Bors hold up his fist knives, sticks out his tounge, and yells a sort-of war victory yell which sounds rather comedic. At the end of the movie when the knights and their horses charge into the Saxons out of the fog, you can hear Bors' exact same yell once again.

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Suggested correction: When the Woads attack in the beginning of the movie, after the knights have pretty much won the day, Bors hold up his fist knives, sticks out his tongue, and yells his war cry: "Rus!". At the end of the movie when the knights and their horses charge into the Saxons out of the fog, the audio of Bors' exact same yell is used once again. The Rus were one of the two main tribes that the Romans called 'Sarmatians'. They were Norsemen who had settled near what became known as the Rus River (in modern-day Romania), who later settled Russia, Belarus, and Ruthenia, all of which took their names from the Rus. The repeated cry of "Rus!" in the film is meant to show that the Sarmatian knights had retained their cultural identity throughout their years of forced service, making their final sacrifice in a foreign land a true act of courage and honor as opposed to an order from the Romans.

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Audio problem: Luke and Alex are standing outside the restaurant. Close up on Luke as his mouth says, "Are we still going out tonight?" Yet we hear, "Are we still going out tomorrow?"

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The Notebook picture

Audio problem: When Noah and Allie are at the dilapidated old house, when Allie says 'This place is gigantic' her words don't match her mouth moving. (00:30:00)

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The Alamo picture

Audio problem: When the Mexicans begin their final attack, we see Travis call to Joe to wake him up, but if you watch closely, you don't see his lips move, you just hear "Joe."

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Audio problem: At the beginning of the school dance scene, there is a kid screaming "Sabbath. Sabbath." Later on, the same kid is shown to be the DJ, and when he is changing records, you can hear his voice still screaming "Sabbath. Sabbath." in the background, even though he is not saying it. (Revealed in DVD commentary).

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Audio problem: In the start credits when the aircraft touches down, you hear the main landing-gear squeak (twice, as the pilot doesn't touchdown simultaneously) but you never hear the squeak of the nosegear.

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Audio problem: During any fight when people are yelling "Mo cuishle", watch the spectators around and you'll notice that no one is mouthing the words, or is in sync with those words. Even if the yelling came from offscreen (i.e. from the farthest bleachers) the noise should have sounded from far away, not as neat and close as it sounds.

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Audio problem: When Kayleigh, Tommy, Evan and Lenny are putting the block buster in the mailbox, Evan puts the cigarette on the block buster and says it should last Lenny 2 minutes, but his mouth says 10 minutes.

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Audio problem: When the two friends run over the Chinaman and they discuss over it, you can hear them, but not see them, say, "Man this is so f***ed up" "No s**t". The background sound is clean as opposed to the live one, and the voices sound totally different to that of the actors. Furthermore, in a brief shot of the guy in a yellow jacket is seen, and he is not mouthing the words.

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