Cinema: Common Sensurround

MIDWAY

Directed by JACK SMIGHT Screenplay by DONALD S. SANFORD

The most sensitive and intelligent thing about Midway is its employment of Sensurround. Since the basic idea of this sound system, first used in Earthquake, is to make the audience feel that things like bomb explosions are literally rocking the theater, it comes as a surprise that the engineers in charge have twiddled the dials on their mixing console with a delicacy that would do credit to a concert pianist fingering his way through some Chopin filigree. Especially impressive is the handling of an aircraft carrier's flight-deck operation —from the first cough of...

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