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Funny thing is that I don't think people who were teens in 1939 viewed "GWTW" as a "modern movie" the same way those of us who were kids in 1980 still think of "ESB" as "modern".

I can't really explain this!

Part of it may be that the technical vernacular and production code limitations in force for GWTW had fallen out of use four decades later, making it seem an artifact from another time. Films were no longer “one size fits all” for content and were no longer 1.37:1 in 1980.

By contrast, Empire is a special effects driven franchise extravaganza, in widescreen, in a style of filmmaking that’s very much still in play. Animations are used instead of models these days, and composites are done digitally instead of optically, but when you get down to it, it’s an early example of what is the dominant filmmaking style today.
 

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The other difference is that now nothing ever really goes away. Until about the early-80s, the only way to see a film was in the theatre or happen upon it when it was broadcast on television. Most movies faded from consciousness. Now, with home video, streaming and dozens of movie channels, as well as constant sequels and remakes, that's no longer the case.
 

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I think aspects of the movie fare poorly due to non-PC content - can't argue that.

On the other hand, the way Jack casually throws out racist comments was realistic - that's how a character like that would've talked.

Jack does apologize - and notably, Reggie doesn't really let him off the hook. He doesn't offer some "it's all good" comment after Jack's mea culpa.

Parts of the movie work very well still, IMO, but it's also very much of its time in other ways...
If 48 Hrs. were a serious film, I wouldn't have been so bothered by Nolte's "realistic language," but it's an action comedy, so I find his constant use of that word resembling the abbreviation for "Noise Reduction" really, really jarring.
 

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If 48 Hrs. were a serious film, I wouldn't have been so bothered by Nolte's "realistic language," but it's an action comedy, so I find his constant use of that word resembling the abbreviation for "Noise Reduction" really, really jarring.
It wasn't jarring when I first watched this movie nor is it jarring when I watch it now.
 

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It wasn't jarring when I first watched this movie nor is it jarring when I watch it now.
I know what you mean. For me, speaking for the LGBTQ community, I have to laugh when people today watch movies from the 80s and are shocked at the use of a word starting with F and ending in T. Back then they didn't even notice its use and now they are sensitive to it!
 

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I know what you mean. For me, speaking for the LGBTQ community, I have to laugh when people today watch movies from the 80s and are shocked at the use of a word starting with F and ending in T. Back then they didn't even notice its use and now they are sensitive to it!
Back then many did noticed it and laughed at its usage.
 

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If 48 Hrs. were a serious film, I wouldn't have been so bothered by Nolte's "realistic language," but it's an action comedy, so I find his constant use of that word resembling the abbreviation for "Noise Reduction" really, really jarring.

"Constant"? If the IMDB "Parents Guide" is right, the word appears 6 times in the movie, and Jack isn't the one who says it all 6 times.

Sure, there's plenty of other racial nastiness from Jack in addition to the "N word". I think it fits the character and the film. Jack's rough around the edges, but the movie makes his comments more intended to needle than to really show racism.
 

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I was in high school when 48 Hours came out, and of course, everyone loved it. Eddie Murphy was probably the best-loved movie star of my high school years. But I remember a girl in one of my classes talking to a teacher about 48 Hours, which they'd both seen, and saying how much she enjoyed it, "but," she said, covering her ears, "the profanity! Oh my god!"
 

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I watched 48 hours last night. Such a nice improvement over that old, ragged disc. I do think there was a small bit of grain reduction applied, but nothing really too bothersome. I guess sales will determine whether or not this reaches UHD BD?
 

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It wasn't jarring when I first watched this movie nor is it jarring when I watch it now.
For me it's all about context and period accuracy. Regardless of when I watch the film the dialogue should match the period in which the film was released. Anything less is disingenuous.
 

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For me it's all about context and period accuracy. Regardless of when I watch the film the dialogue should match the period in which the film was released. Anything less is disingenuous.
Agreed. However, for me the 70's and early 80's, more than any other decades, contain movies I once enjoyed that I can no longer watch. They may be accurate to the times, but I guess I lack interest in the accuracy they contain. This is a skip for me.
 

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Agreed. However, for me the 70's and early 80's, more than any other decades, contain movies I once enjoyed that I can no longer watch. They may be accurate to the times, but I guess I lack interest in the accuracy they contain. This is a skip for me.
Completely understand. I have the exact same reaction to certain period films. Mississippi Burning comes to mind.
 

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