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Poll: What to do with your Colorized IAWL Blu-ray disc

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Kyrsten Brad, Nov 7, 2019.

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What will you do, or like to do with your colorized Blu-ray Disc Of IAWL:

  1. Watch the colorized version and evaluate it fairly.

    57.1%
  2. Makes a pretty nice coaster

    22.9%
  3. Practice you skeet shooting skills ( PULL .....BLAMMO!!)

    8.6%
  4. Preheat oven to 400 (or 451) degrees Fahrenheit

    5.7%
  5. Play frisbee with the neighbors (or your) pit bull

    5.7%
  6. Fire up the plasma (or oxi-acetelyne) cutting torch

    2.9%
  7. Mail it back to the seller with a strongly worded nastygram

    5.7%
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  1. Message #1 of 75 Nov 7, 2019
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019
    Kyrsten Brad

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    Well folks, this is just me, the Great Film Colorization Heretic here trying to have some good natured fun here while giving home Theater enthusiasts some food for thought.
    ( HTF Admin, if you think this is not the place for this thread, my feelings won’t be affected if you move or delete this thread).

    As you well know nowadays, every UHD Blu-ray copy (the new 4K release)and HD Blu-ray copy of Its A Wonderful Life (1946) comes with the colorized version of the film on Blu-ray Disc.

    On a side note, I would like to hear from HTF members who have watched the colorized version and your opinions on the quality of the Colorization Of IAWL. But don’t make this into another full blown discussion of the pros & cons of Colorization Of Classic Films. We already have a thread or two on that.
     
  2. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

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    I voted for frisbee, but in reality I'll keep and watch it. I keep EVERYTHING that comes in a package, including pan and scan versions (and I eventually watch those to see how bad they are.)
     
  3. atcolomb

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    I would send it back because it does not have Natalie Kalmus's stamp of approval on it and her name is not on the credits. ;)
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    What colorized version disc?
     
  5. Mark-P

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    Brad are you aware that It's a Wonderful Life has been colorized 3 separate times? First in 1986 by the Hal Roach Studios, second in 1989 by Republic Pictures, and finally in 2007 (in HD this time) by Legend Films. The final time is the most subdued with pastel-like colors that actually give a rather pleasing result.
     
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    I guess I have the latest colorized version, but I have really no desire to watch it. I did watch the initial attempt when it was televised many decades ago, and I found it so muddy and unappealing that I couldn't get halfway through the movie before turning it off.
     
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  7. Kyrsten Brad

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    Learn something new every day. I was aware of the 2007 Colorization and that was the one I was referring to. I was vaguely aware of earlier efforts but your posting cemented it in my head.
     
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    If I acquired it I would give it to someone who may enjoy the film despite their black & white phobia.

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    As a film fan, I have no interest in any film colorized. I will not watch it.
     
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    This is too important a film not to be seen.

    With that mindset, we gathered our kids, our neighbours and their kids around for a viewing session some time around 2010.

    One of the grown-ups found it too slow and schmaltzy and left midway through, but far more importantly, all the kids - ranging from pre-teens to late teens - were glued.

    There’s no way they would have considered watching the b&w (I offered), so we ran with the beautifully-rendered colour version (the “three-strip”) by Legend. It might be considered a betrayal of artistic intent - so purists sue me - but it was wonderful seeing all these youngsters appreciating and being moved by this classic.

    A lot has changed even in the decade or so since then. Those children (mine included) are all over 20 now. With teens and pre-teens now, I can’t imagine being able to tear them away from their mobile (cell) phones or video games long enough to give a classic film like this a chance, but I really appreciated having the colour version on that occasion, which created the opportunity for those children to experience this must-see work of artistic soul.
     
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    I've not yet cracked open my BR of this one. That'll happen in a few weeks or so. Normally I watch a colorized version - once - if included and this will be no exception. That it was done by Legend is a good thing. They're responsible for some of the best colorization jobs I've seen with most good enough to snare an unsuspecting viewer for a viewing and then reveal it was a colorized BW film they just saw. Often I've been able to convince them to watch the BW version the next time.

    So... I'll likely watch the colorized version once and then rarely, if ever, again.
     
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    I just upgraded from the 2009 Blu-Ray to the 2019 Blu-Ray.

    This means I now have two copies of the colorized version (created 2007).

    I did watch it around about 2013, and it was fine. One of the copies will stay in the new case. The other will be sold off with the 2009 version.

    I did think about keeping it, and putting it with the five extra copies of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein that I own.
     
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    Which colorized version is on the iTunes stream?
     
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    It's the same one on the 2009 Blu-ray which was the 2007 version.
     
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    My poll answer would be much more boring. I’m gonna rip the B&W disc to my home theater PC and then put the entire package in storage. I’m not against there being a color version but I have no need to see it. But if that color version helps others find their way into a film that I’ve loved more with each passing year, I can’t begrudge its existence.

    While it’s not my answer to this question now, I bet by the end of my life, if you ask me my favorite movie, this will end up being the answer.
     
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    I went with "makes a pretty nice coaster".
     
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    From the studio that gave you colorized I Love Lucy instead of Blu-rays of seasons 3-6.
     
  18. Josh Steinberg

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    Apples and oranges.

    The star here is the new B&W disc. If they want to throw in a copy of something done ten years ago by different management as a bonus, what do I care? It’ll be blissfully ignored by me in the way I blissfully ignore the bonus DVD copies of movies that come packed with Blu-rays.
     
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    Off topic, but I like the distribution studios releasing the BluRay/DVD combo packs- I use the DVDs from the sets while I’m away from home- I use the BluRays only in my living room set up.

    I voted skeet shooting, and returning the colorized version to the studio along with some words.
     
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    I don't care about the colorized version in the BD package, but it's annoying they didn't include the restored B&W BD with the 4K!
     

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