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Q: a dumb question

May 3, 2009 | By Sheryl J. | 8 answers | Expired: 1929 days ago

a dumb question

A bit off subject, but I'll ask anyway......

Last night after a great day I sat with the remote looking for something to watch and came across

King Kong

The new one, I've got a dumb question, why do they think they can do it better?

Would Gone with the Wind or Casablanca be better because technology has improved so much?

I don't think so, call me Old Fashioned or just plain old, but some things are better left the way they are.

King Kong is really a beautiful story, adding HD with enhanced imaging does not change that or make it better....

I don't know, give me a grainy Classic anyday.

What do you think?

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Stephanie
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May 15, 2009

The classics are great. Sometimes re-makes are good. But, I like how they used to make movies, especially the old cartoons.

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Jillian
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May 05, 2009

classics are remade b/c they make for obvious blockbusters. people respond to whats familiar and the special effects not only separate it from the original, but invite new generations.
i think the movie industry often loses sight of what made the original so great in the first place, or maybe they themselves are not that great, and focuses on new, innovative ways to make it look cool.
remember what made hitchcock so thrilling? the suspense. then came the blood and guts that at the time, was shocking and frightening b/c few people had seen such images. what happened was it became over-done, people were desensitized to gruesome story lines and the special effects had to be amped up. now most people find suspense boring. being use to having pixels and gore surrounding loose scripts, talk really is cheap.
most people under 35-ish don't have the patience to appreciate casablanca and b/c it was made in a matter of days {back then, films were made weekly}, they also find the scenery laughable. i'm 26 and even though i love some old movies, most i can't sit through. dialog is slow and plots are dated and unrelatable, but the new stuff is too flashy and lacks in plots altogether.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

May 04, 2009

The've run out of ideas so they're redoing everything. Songs, movies, tv shows. Of course it's all computer done now. I love the old movies where you can see the wires on the giant bird or dinosaur, they worked with what they have and you have to appreciate that. The last movie I saw in a theater was when I brought my niece to The Lion King. Yes, that long. And if they redo Papillion, one flew over the cookoos nest, or the great escape I'm going to hollywood to chew bubble gum and kick ass although I will be all out of bubble gum

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debbie l.
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May 04, 2009

First of all no question is dumb.And I agree wholeheartedly.I love watching the old classics.My husband hates black and whites but I'll watch them any day!Who is your favorite actress and actor of the oldies?Mine is Bette Davis and Gregory Peck.Now the actors and actressess back then could do just that.Act!!!!!!!!!God bless and have a great day!!!!!!!!

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Denise L.
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May 03, 2009

I agree for the most part...some things should be left alone. I found out that they're making a movie of the 70's BBC miniseries "I, Claudius"....that should NOT be touched!

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Michele Z.
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May 03, 2009

The "remakes" are different, but not necessarily better. They may have better graphics/computer generated scenes, but it is the originals that stick with you for life.

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Stevecat511
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May 03, 2009

Sheryl, I agree with your sentiments. Give me a good old classic anyday! Just like "Miracle on 34th Street" like they could make that better???

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Robyn
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May 03, 2009

No one can beat Fay Ray in the old King Kong. I agree some things are better left along.

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