Last night I watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, “Miracle on 34th Street”…again. I say again because I have probably watched it every year since I could sit in front of a TV. This time I watched it colorized. I hope you all refrain from the preaching, I know you purists are gritting your collective teeth. It’s a 1947 black and white classic, oh no, not color!
Let me say that the color was amazing. I know that it takes a lot of work to colorize a film. Artists have to add the color frame by frame. It’s time intensive and probably very expensive. To me (and I know many won’t be with me on this) it is just way more satisfying to see Santa in a red and white suit instead of shades of gray.
In 1947, adding color to a movie was way too expensive to stay within the budget. So they filmed in black and white. After all, most people back then only had black and white TV sets, if they had any at all.
Jump forward to the world of today. There are 3-D TV’s, high definition, and screens so big that they almost belong in a theater. No modern kid will ever sit down and watch a black and white movie no matter how awesome it is because they wouldn’t give it a chance. So would we rather be stubborn about it and keep the movies in their original black and white condition or use modern technology to enhance them for future generations?
Times have changed. Walkman’s were better than transistor radios. (Remember them) CD’s were better than record players. IPods are better than CD’S. And color is better (in some cases) than black and white. When it comes to the old Christmas movies, colorization is like a gift from Kris Kringle--wink wink.
Hmmm, “I believe, I will go watch “It’s a wonderful life.” Colorized of course.