As­sault on ears too much to bear

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FOL­LOW­ING the glow­ing re­view of the film Wind River in the Her­ald Arts Sup­ple­ment, my wife and I went to see it. This was a mis­take. While agree­ing about how well the pro­duc­tion cap­tured the chal­leng­ing win­ter land­scape of Wy­oming and other as­pects of the film, it was largely let down by the poor qual­ity of the sound track, which ren­dered much of the di­a­logue un­in­tel­li­gi­ble.

This was in di­rect con­trast to the ear dam­ag­ing sound level of the oblig­a­tory ad­ver­tise­ments and trail­ers be­fore the film be­gan. I un­der­stand that it is a con­trac­tual re­quire­ment of cinema op­er­a­tors to project these at a much higher vol­ume than the film and that this is mon­i­tored on a ran­dom ba­sis.

This as­sault on the ears de­tracts very much from the en­joy­ment of cinema go­ing and is, for me, quite counter pro­duc­tive so that, where pos­si­ble, I try to time my ar­rival to avoid tak­ing in this part of the screen­ing.

My sym­pa­thy lies with any mem­bers of cinema staff who may be reg­u­larly ex­posed to these lev­els of sound.

Malcolm Al­lan, 2 Tofthill Gar­dens, Bish­op­briggs, Glas­gow.

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