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Old 05-06-2006, 10:08   #1
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Which old b/w films should be colourised for DVD?

I know this is a sensitive subject with some and I hasten to add that I am not a fan of computer colourization of old b/w films. But I have wondered if there may be a place for this for DVD release of some films. Any opinions on which b/w films (if any) should be colourised for DVD?

PS: Assume that buyers will have the choice of the original B/W version as well.
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Old 05-06-2006, 10:23   #2
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Probably none. Has anyone ever seen the colourised version of NOTLD?
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I think it is far more relevant to ask which modern colour film would you like to see in b/w.
I choose Derek Jarman's BLUE.
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They started the colourization process with Schindler's List... Dabbled with the red, then gave up after one or two scenes. I think they left it in the final cut.

Not sure why any film would benefit from being changed... I did witness someone returning 'Fail Safe' starring George Clooney - why? because it was in b&w. "But it's supposed to be in b&w!" said the sales assistant. "Yeah, but I don't watch b&w" said the neanderthol. Maybe this guy would appreciate it?
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Old 05-06-2006, 10:34   #6
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They started the colourization process with Schindler's List... Dabbled with the red, then gave up after one or two scenes. I think they left it in the final cut.
Schindlers List was intentionally black and white, the little girl in the red dress was supposed to be symbolic, evidently that was lost on you.

I'd like to see Clerks in colour.


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Old 05-06-2006, 10:41   #7
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What is lost on you is that Paul Bennison was making a joke.
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None. Films were made in B & W for many reasons (historical, technical, financial etc) but once the film has been made I hate to see it being messed about with at a later date. Good films are good films regardless.
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What is lost on you is that Paul Bennison was making a joke.
well to be honest it wasnt particularly funny, and in the context of the rest of his post it didnt come across as a joke either.


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colourised versions never work, I say don't do it. I was given a colourised version of Sgt York which was appalling.
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Revised Post (directors cut - with 'wink' & extra footage) - apologies for confusion caused:

"Funny bit"

They started the colourization process with Schindler's List... Dabbled with the red, then gave up after one or two scenes. I think they left it in the final cut.

Serious Bit:

Not sure why any film would benefit from being changed... I did witness someone returning 'Fail Safe' starring George Clooney - why? because it was in b&w. "But it's supposed to be in b&w!" said the sales assistant. "Yeah, but I don't watch b&w" said the neanderthol. Maybe this guy would appreciate it?

Extra serious bit:

If we start a trend of adding colour to old films... where will we go next? Added CGI effects? Classic films should be left alone. I would encourage the studios to remaster the films to preserve them to their former glory, but if it ain't broke -- don't fix it!
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Revised Post (directors cut - with 'wink' & extra footage) - apologies for confusion caused:

"Funny bit"

They started the colourization process with Schindler's List... Dabbled with the red, then gave up after one or two scenes. I think they left it in the final cut.

Serious Bit:

Not sure why any film would benefit from being changed... I did witness someone returning 'Fail Safe' starring George Clooney - why? because it was in b&w. "But it's supposed to be in b&w!" said the sales assistant. "Yeah, but I don't watch b&w" said the neanderthol. Maybe this guy would appreciate it?

Extra serious bit:

If we start a trend of adding colour to old films... where will we go next? Added CGI effects? Classic films should be left alone. I would encourage the studios to remaster the films to preserve them to their former glory, but if it ain't broke -- don't fix it!

much better, thanks!


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Personally, I would like to see only two B/W films in colur (but still have the original b/w version). "Americanisation of Emily" with Julie Andrews and "Seconds" with Rock Hudson. The grape crushing sequence in 'Seconds' would be nice in colour.
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If we start a trend of adding colour to old films... where will we go next? Added CGI effects? Classic films should be left alone.
Ah, Lucas.. always at the forefront of ruining classic films.
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Old 05-06-2006, 13:59   #15
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I would like to see Seven Samurai in colour!! With new space themed CGI backgrounds. And coloured swords. And a few funny CGI creatures to liven it up a little. Think how fun it would be if some of them did a little song and dance number in the middle. Maybe even make it 3D!!!

One can dream...

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Old 05-06-2006, 14:04   #16
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All film noir........
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Old 05-06-2006, 15:00   #17
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All film noir........
No, no. The whole charm of Film Noir is the contrasty b/w photography. Can you imagine "The Maltese Falcon" in colour?
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Let me try this again -

All film noir..... [Basil Brush] Boom, boom! [/Basil Brush]
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This thread just proves how sensitive a subject colourisation is.
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When I worked in Blockies, I had a "customer" return this saying there was something wrong with the tape as the colour wasn't showing up. I explained to him it was a B+W film. He said it couldn't be, as it was a "new one". He then showed me the back of the cover with the cheeky stills from Jake's (colour) 8mm home movies, and a colour still of Jake in the ring (naughty MGM/UA Home Video marketing dept). I reassured him it was supposed to be in B+W. He asked for half his money back because it was only half a film.
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