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The longest Day? Color version?


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#1 of 22 gxchen

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Posted April 26 2004 - 08:11 PM

Dear all,

Can any tell me if there is a color version of this movie in DVD?

So far, I can only find the color version in VHS format, while all DVD formats are black and white only.

Thanks a lot!

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#2 of 22 Jeff Swearingen

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:02 AM

The only DVD I know of is in B/W, which is the way the film was shot and meant to bee seen.

#3 of 22 Peter Svensson

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:09 AM

There is already several threads about this movie. Read this thread and it tells you were to find The Longest Day in colour with DTS and lovely digipacking.

http://www.hometheat....hlight=longest

But if you are lazy, here it is.

http://www.cdjapan.c...l?KEY=FXBU-1021

#4 of 22 Eric Peterson

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:27 AM

Why would you want it in color?

#5 of 22 Anthony Neilson

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:40 AM

Bless you gxchen - but asking that question here is like wandering through a lion cage with a pound of raw steak strapped to your head. Posted Image
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#6 of 22 gxchen

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Posted April 27 2004 - 02:24 AM

Oh.. sorry I really have no idea that colorization is not supposed to be discussed in this board. Sorry for that...

In fact, I also prefer B&W over colorization, just that I heard from a friend that the film has been colorized that I want to see the effect of it.

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#7 of 22 Lew Crippen

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Posted April 27 2004 - 02:44 AM

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Oh.. sorry I really have no idea that colorization is not supposed to be discussed in this board. Sorry for that...

Actually you are free to discuss all you want. But in a forum what a part of the mission is to view everything in the correct aspect ratio, don’t be surprised at adverse reactions to a preference for colorization.

And I read your preference—just still thinking about beautiful B&W in color. Posted Image

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#8 of 22 Peter Kline

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Posted April 27 2004 - 03:39 AM

A bit of hypocrisy does show its ugly head at the Forum from time to time. While colorization is frowned upon, many insist that soundtracks which were originally in mono be converted to stereo. Oh well..... Posted Image

#9 of 22 Steve_Ch

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Posted April 27 2004 - 04:51 AM

>>While colorization is frowned upon, many insist that soundtracks which were originally in mono be converted to stereo.<<

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#10 of 22 Steve Christou

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Posted April 27 2004 - 05:46 AM

[Homer Simpson mode] mono converted to stereo aaaahhhh *drool*[/Homer Simpson mode]


So the Japanese have got Longest Day in widescreen and full color eh?
[wrings hands] And there's a link too, I love the HTF!

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#11 of 22 Lew Crippen

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Posted April 27 2004 - 06:16 AM

Apparently the longest day is even longer in Japan. Posted Image
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#12 of 22 Anthony Neilson

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Posted April 27 2004 - 09:57 AM

Sorry gxchen - hope you didn't take my comment too seriously. It could be read as a bit patronising, I guess. Anything can be discussed here, of course ; I was just jokily warning you that there are some purists hiding in the undergrowth. And when I say purists, I mean PURISTS.

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#13 of 22 GregK

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Posted April 27 2004 - 10:01 AM

I am one fourth purist ..on my father's side of the family. Posted Image

Joking aside, wasn't "The Longest Day" shot in B&W deliberately?

#14 of 22 Steve Christou

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Posted April 27 2004 - 11:40 AM

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Joking aside, wasn't "The Longest Day" shot in B&W deliberately?


As opposed to mistakenly? Posted Image

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#15 of 22 Patrick McCart

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Posted April 27 2004 - 11:45 AM

They used B&W stock until the 60th day of shooting, when they realized they were using the wrong stock. Blame the gaffers. Posted Image

#16 of 22 GregK

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:06 PM

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To fill in the blanks a little better, as most of us know "the Longest Day" was released in the early 1960s and wasn't exactly low budget. It was felt B&W would best suit a film of this nature, and thus was not the typical cost issue that was the reasoning behind not shooting in color.

...Now what about an all-color "Wizard of Oz" dammit!!! Posted Image

#17 of 22 Steve Christou

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:22 PM

Movies were still being shot in b/w during the sixties, In Harm's Way (1965) an expensive 3 hour WWII film starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, directed by Otto Preminger was also filmed in b/w.

One of the main reasons I've read for filming The Longest Day in b/w was so they can integrate a lot of b/w stock footage from WWII (and save themselves a bit of money).
It had and probably still has the largest roster of stars in motion picture history.
A Bridge Too Far (1977) would give it a run for it's money when it comes to star power though.

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#18 of 22 Ernest Rister

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:37 PM

"It had and probably still has the largest roster of stars in motion picture history."

What about Cannonball Run II? Under the Rainbow? Hook, with Phil Collins, Glenn Close, Bruce Willis, and David Crosby?

#19 of 22 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted April 27 2004 - 12:52 PM

And don't forget Doctor Strangelove too.


What's odd is that sometimes they would take original color film and convert it to B&W. Much of the documentary footage in Victory At Sea was originally in color, but converted to B&W for the sake of (1) consistency and (2) being shown on TV before color was available. I know a lot of the famous scenes from VAS were in color because they were used in other productions where the color was maintained!

I'm all for a color version of VAS if they could insert the color segments back in the right places.
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#20 of 22 SvenS

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Posted April 28 2004 - 03:55 PM

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A bit of hypocrisy does show its ugly head at the Forum from time to time. While colorization is frowned upon, many insist that soundtracks which were originally in mono be converted to stereo. Oh well.....
While changing of MONO to Stereo or other is changing things you are not having anything taken away like you are when you butcher the OAR with the video side. I have no problems with trying to enhance a film using technology today that was not available years ago, but you are doing no enhancements when you cut of part of the picture.

An anyone who buys ANY DVD's is NOT a purists by any means because the digtal process to create DVD's "changes" the original film look/sound.





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