Re-Makes Considered Better Than the Originals?

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  1. Jason_Els

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    My father and I were driving back from getting ice cream and we were trying to think of remade movies that are generally considered to be better than the originals. I know there can be differing opinions about this but that's why I'm emphasizing the generally considered part.

    I couldn't think of any except A Star is Born! I believe the 1957 version is supposed to be better than the 1937 version and the re-re-make 1976 version. I could be wrong here but is this the only one? Let me know what you think. I'll go over the list with my father and see if he agrees.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Paul_D

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    Cape Fear
    The Ring
    The Thing


    Are any of there considered better?
     
  3. Paul Mason

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    I'd agree about The Thing, not sure about the other two.
     
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    Paul

    I consider all 3 originals to be better, although with The Thing it's like comparing apples with oranges, both are classics in their own way.

    Here are some other remakes that are better than the original:

    The Maltese Falcon
    Ben Hur
    The Ten Commandments
    His Girl Friday
     
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    The Thomas Crown Affair.

    The original was a bit too stiff, and the chemistry between McQueen and Dunaway was not all that convincing. The remake concentrated more on telling a good story with decent directing and a nice soundtrack than trying to impress us with a bunch of multi-screen shots.
     
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    I have just been discussing this with a friend and we've come to the conclusion that the remakes that are better tend to be a second (or third or whatever) adaptations from common source material. e.g.

    Wizard of Oz
    Lord of the Rings
    The Thing (again!)
    Maltese Falcon
    Ben Hur
    too many Shakespeare adaptations to count!

    and so on.

    So the real challenge is a re-make based on an original movie that's better. Try that [​IMG]
     
  7. Jeffrey Gray

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    You know what? I can't think of any remakes of original (non-adaptation) movies that are better than the originals...which just proves my point, that no matter what, if you try to remake an original movie, you'll never match up to the original.
     
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    What about David Cronenberg's version of The Fly?
     
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    The new version of The Parent Trap was pretty good, even if neither of them are going down as classics.
     
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    The problem is, Hollywood likes to remake successful movies, so it is kinda hard to improve on what is already great.

    "The Thomas Crown Affair" is one where the original was only ok, so the remake could be better.

    Jason
     
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    The Richard Lester version of The Three Musketeers was better than the previous film versions...and is still better than the Disney Brat Pack re-make...hell, I guess it's just the best version so far... [​IMG]
     
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    Remakes I consider better than the originals:

    The Thing
    The Blob
    The Fly
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    Remakes that I say equal the originals:

    Body Snatchers
    The Ring
    Night of the Living Dead
    Vanilla Sky
     
  14. Lew Crippen

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    Douglas Sirk’s, 50’s version of Imitation of Life is far superior to the 30’s take.

    There are a whole lot of films made in first 20–30 years of the industry that not really that good and have been remade in better versions.

    But not always—a lot of the early films, even with their technical limitation are not been since been equaled.
     
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    Hitchcock's 1956 remake of his own The Man Who Knew Too Much is, IMHO, a much better movie than the 1934 version.
     
  16. Rob Gardiner

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    I agree with Hitchcock's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.

    How about OCEAN'S ELEVEN.

    Kurosawa's YOJIMBO was remade by Leone as FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Both are considered classics.
     
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    Beau Geste '39, Mark Of Zorro '40 & Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde '32 are all better than their silent predecessors.

    The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers & The Fly all have their merits though I still give a slight edge to the originals.
     
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    The Thief of Bagdad ( 1940 ) is a better movie than the 1920s version IMHO
     
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    I think Vanilla Sky was better than the original, though they are very similar. Alrgely it's a matter of Tom Cruise's image working for him and New York vs Madrid.

    Also the Count of Monte Cristo. (not the recent one, the 50s one).
     
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) are both superior to earlier versions.
     

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