Spread the message! This vandalism must be stopped!
Edit on 1/18/15: I sent for Miracle on 34th Street (1947) off Netflix to see what version arrived. Sure enough, it was the same one I have (obviously a present from long ago I don’t remember receiving) marketed as the “Exclusive Color Version” on VHS.
The original is available on Netflix, though, under the heading of “Black-and-White Version”. So naturally moving forward from the days of VHS, it is clear the color job is simply being held by Netflix as the real schlemiel, so to speak. And I really wonder what director George Seaton and cinematographers Lloyd Ahern and Charles Clarke would think of that, considering this “real deal” was created in 1985 after they died in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
Ok guys I’m upset! Those who read my Scrooge Month got a clear idea of my feelings on the colorization of Black and White movies. So imagine my shock when I DVR’d the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street on a major channel, AMC, and what do I see but the colorized version. AMC should be ashamed of themselves! I’m serious. Putting out an assault on an artists vision as if it was the original property on national TV is worthy of the strictest censure.
Why do I hate colorized movies so much? Well, here we go.
The Michael Bay’s of the world consider film a product but I think of it as art, especially how the movie looks. People could be painters, sculptors or dancers and they chose to work in film. We would never take a bronze sculpture and tell the artist he should be using jade or…
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