Assault on ears too much to bear
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.