This sound effect can be found on Signature Series - Peter Michael Sullivan, which was made by The Hollywood Edge. It is often referred to by movie and television fans as the "Dolby Digital Thunderclap", due to its appearance at the beginning of a 1995 Dolby Digital sound system promo.


  • First recorded: 1980s
  • Creator: Peter Michael Sullivan
  • Owner: The Hollywood Edge (1993-2014), Sound Ideas (2014-present)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year debut: December 1, 1988
  • First heard: Possibly The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  • Area used: Worldwide

Sound Effect Description

Lightning 08; Close Ground Strike From 50 with Long Decay, Thunder.

Clean, Full Length and Unedited Link to the Sound Effect


Used In

TV Shows




  • Columbia TriStar DVD (1999-2001)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (2000)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (2001) (Heard in "Bear in the Big Blue House- Tidy Time with Bear", (Video & DVD) - the VHS variant uses the main VHS music one (which can also be heard on several DVDs like Jeffrey Blitz's Spellbound released in the U.S., the original R2 DVD of Charlie's Angels where the VHS audio is in 5.1 synth mix, the Aussie DVD release of Born Free + Living Free and UK DVD releases of The Order and Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different), and the DVD uses an alternative music track.
  • Computer Animation Technology (CAT) (1999)
  • Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films (1990-1996)
  • Icon Productions (1994) (Logos)
  • Intrepid Pictures (2006-2012)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Films (1997-)
  • Stormfront Films (2000's) (Logos)
  • Storm King Productions Logo
  • Viva Sports (2004)

Video Games


  • Resident Evil HD Remaster
  • Tarzan Activity Center


  • Tekken 2 (Heard in the opening scene.)

PlayStation 2:

PlayStation 3:

PlayStation 4:

  • Jak II
  • Jak 3
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) (prologue)

PlayStation Vita:

  • Jak II
  • Jak 3


Xbox 360:

  • Naruto: The Broken Bond
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster

Xbox One:



  • Resident Evil HD Remaster

Nintendo Switch:

Theme Parks

Universal Parks and Resorts:



  • Cartoon Network (2017-)


TV Spots

  • Cast Away (2000) (TV Spots)
  • X-Men (2000) (TV Spots)

Policy Trailers


  • Conair Sound Therapy Sound Machine (Heard in the "Thunderstorm" sound mode.)
  • Disney's Classic Tales: Hercules Featurette (1996)

YouTube Videos


Image Gallery

Hollywoodedge, Lightning 08 CloseG SIG012601/Image Gallery

Audio Samples

File:Hollywoodedge, Lightning 08 CloseG SIG012601.ogg

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