Should The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night Be Colorized for a New Generation To Enjoy?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by 2141, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. 2141

    2141 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Inspired by a bunch of off-topic posts on the White Album thread, thought we might talk about it here.

    As many probably know, A Hard Day's Night was made in glorious black and white so they could make it on the cheap. Plenty of color film stock existed, that was not the problem. It was just a lot more expensive to do and the film studios thought sure The Beatles were a flash in the pan and wanted to capitalize on them quickly, before their sudden fame dried up. Hard to believe now, but that's how they thought about them back then. The only "concept" about AHDN in B/W was to save money.

    Many don't think it's possible to do the film justice with colorization, or just think it's sacrilege. Is that really true? I tend to think it could be done well today, and not hurt anything about the original. After all, the original would still exist. You wouldn't lose anything, only gain a new version. Somewhat the same as with the new Pepper and White Album remixes.

    And perhaps the biggest thing, I think there are a lot of younger fans who would warm to seeing this great movie in color, but won't touch it in black and white. It just looks very old, like something from another time (guess it is) and Millennials and others simply have no interest in that. Thing is, the movie is really clever and funny, so if it was colorized and looked pretty good, then I think there would be a sizable audience for it all around. Thoughts?
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  2. Prudence1964

    Prudence1964 Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
  3. blutiga

    blutiga Forum Resident

    That's a No from me too.
  4. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    Absolutely not. Perfect as is.
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  5. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

    There are many more reasons why 1964 movies do not appeal to a 2019 audience
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  6. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "Mumbling Member”

    Liverpool UK
  7. Chance

    Chance Forum Resident

    Morris County, NJ
    Of course not. The world was black and white until Pepper. :D
  8. But how would they decide on what color?

    Stupid idea!
  9. Pines Brook

    Pines Brook That sums up Squatter for me

    New York, NY
    No. Cleaning up and remastering is one thing, but older films should not need to be changed or updated to suit modern audiences. You may as well insert a CG Obi-Wan and Vader into A New Hope, flipping around the Death Star during a ten minute lightsaber fight that destroys half the station.
  10. 12stringbassist

    12stringbassist He plays a 12-string bass. WHY?

    Manchester UK
    If they want to spend the money and think they will earn it back. Why not?
  11. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    Uh, no.

    Nor should they colorize the cover of 'With The Beatles' and 'Revolver'.

    If millenials and Ted Turner can't accept that then pffffft.
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  12. BryanA-HTX

    BryanA-HTX Crazy Doctor

    Houston, TX
    I think they should re-record their voices in a Mid-Atlantic accent for a new generation to enjoy.
  13. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

  14. kinkling

    kinkling Forum Resident

    Hard no
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  15. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    No, and why? I love B&W movies and have no problem with AHDN not being shot in color. People who can't watch B&W cinema are ignorants in my book.
  16. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    FORK NO!!!
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  17. BadJack

    BadJack Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    I'll get thrown out of the club for this, but I don't think this movie's humor has aged well. To be fair, I don't think much humor of the era translates today, and I'm kind of an old fart now.

    But the performance clips are nice.
  18. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    West Sussex, UK
    Maybe I’m biased, with filmmaking and script writing as my passion, but this thread is bullsh*t. Black and white films do not need colourising.
  19. yellowballoon

    yellowballoon Forum Resident

    No way ...NO NO NO
  20. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    Shouldn't the fact that 'the train scene' will remind kids of Harry Potter be ENOUGH?!?!?!?!?!
  21. x2zero

    x2zero Forum Resident

    Brooklyn USA
    Worst idea of the week
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  22. Dear 23

    Dear 23 Forum Resident

    Midwest USA
  23. Jimmy Cooper

    Jimmy Cooper Forum Resident

    Kiel, Germany
  24. Cheepnik

    Cheepnik Overfed long-haired leaping gnome

    Non-issue. The colorization fad has long come and gone. Young people have repeatedly shown the ability to appreciate b&w photography.
  25. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

    Chicago, il
    Hell no.
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