Is it only me or do others find that the volume in movie theaters is set too loud? There is an imbalance between the speech and the music. Actors seem to believe that they must sound natural, and that naturally people mishear or don't hear what others are saying. I have taken to watching foreign fims with subtitles so that I can read what the actors are saying.
The other evening I saw a bit of Olivier's Henry Vth. It was a joy to hear English spoken as if the words were meant to be heard and understood.
I am sure that the spectacle of films like Lord of the Rings and Narnia is meant to be appreciated in a theater, but give me a DVD any time, where I can turn the volume up for the speech and down for the music and battle sounds, and hit the pause button for comfort breaks.