‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on, the classic Christmasy film with James Stewart and..I don’t know who everyone else is but I’m sure they’re famous. I say Christmasy because I think it’s too good to be labelled just a Christmas film – it’s a classic.
Anyway, so I watched it with him. In COLOUR. Because he’d bought, for £15, an anniversary edition with both the black and white version and a new, bright, sparkly colour version.
I can’t believe they’ve done this. Why mess with a good thing? I hate the way today we think just because we can do stuff with technological wizzadry, we should.
It was little things, like when Violet is walking past in a dress “oh this old thing”, they’ve coloured it pink. In my imagination that dress has and always will be white with a slight lavender hue. Don’t ask me why. That’s just my imagined colour. Same witht the big dance feature in the hall when the floor parts. Mary’s dress is a colour I never dreamed of, a frilly duck egg blue confection – yuk.
By the way, I differentiate between colourizing a film and restoring a film. I am not opposed to taking a grainy/damaged film and helping it back to it’s former self. Restoration = good.
There were some bits I thought were nicely done, but I stand by my original feeling. It didn’t need messing with. And people are buying it for £15, that’s just odd to me.