The Birds: The Alfred Hitchcock Collection - colourized?

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  1. Rob T

    Rob T Screenwriter

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    I saw this film a long time ago. Probably no more than 10 years ago. I thought it was pretty good.
    I've seen it around in stores lately and have been wanting to get it. I finally got it today and when I brought it home, my mom said that it was b&w in theaters and asked if it was colourized. I checked the back and it said colour.
    is she right in thinking that it was b&w originally?
    if it was colourized then I'm going to have to bring it back since colourization sucks and I won't have it in my collection.
     
  2. Michael Elliott

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    It has always been in color.
     
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    This has always been a colour film. I've never known it to be otherwise. Maybe your mom has it confused with PSYCHO which was black and white. Don't bring it back!

    -Mike
     
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    And I've only watched the Gus Van Sant version of PSYCHO.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Rob T

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    ok thanks. I'll watch it this sunday then. [​IMG]
     
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    I think there is no need to ask because the process of colorization is so bad that you can tell it’s fake and not natural. That’s why it’s bad. If the process was so good that you could not tell, it wouldn’t be "that objectionable" to colorize a movie! I personally can tell that a movie is colorized from a mile.

    By the way, haven’t they progressed in this era? What are the best colorized works to look at? Maybe it’s the stuff I see on TV that are badly colorized. I’m just curious of the technology, let’s not get into the art stuff debate!
     
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    Casablanca colourised?
     
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    Colourization always looks funny because black and white films are lit and shot radically differently from colour films. No matter how good they get at it, it will still look funny.
     
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    Not only was THE BIRDS filmed in Technicolor in 1963, it looks truly fine on DVD. I was surprised at the saturation levels - I'd expected a faded print. Buy with confidence, especially at its new retail of twenty bucks ($15.00 at Wal-Mart or online).
     
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    It's funny, I swear sometimes that people's memories from before 1970 are in black & white [​IMG]

    My neighbor swore up and down that the original series of Star Trek was B&W. I tried to convince him that maybe he just watched them on a B&W TV, but he was insistant. He says you can even tell they are colorized because the colors are too bright. *shrug*

    But yeah, that's a GREAT release of The Birds. It's the movie that got me into Hitchcock. Little did I know that I would like a lot of his other stuff even more. [​IMG]
     
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    no!
    i have seen a trailer of the new color 3 stooges shorts and they look just as bad as anything else that has been colored.
    and it implies that more b&w material will be colored as well.

    i just watched this but i cant remember what dvd this preview was on.
     
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    Find him a copy of "Inside Star Trek: The Real Story" by Justman and Solow - IIRC, they discuss how NBC insisted that Trek be a showcase color show to sell color TVs. Great book!
     
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    well I hadn't even opened yet when I posted the thread and I wanted to know before I decided on what to do.
     
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    Not everyone's -- I had a friend who WOULD NOT believe the first seasons of Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie were in B&W!
     

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