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Mark Mander
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Just a thread that maybe hasn't been done on here before specifically for films that you think should or shouldn't have been re made. The Dad's Army film thread got me thinking about the mixed reviews and that some liked it and are glad it's been brought back into the lime light whereas others think it should have been left alone.

My choice of film would be the 2003 Italian Job which wasn't as good as the 1969 version, i thought at the time it shouldn't be done!! What do you guys think? Mark.

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Andrew Woodcock
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I even liked the later remake of this film Mark, but it's true to say the first is an absolute classic and cannot be superseded by anything any better made later.

I'd have loved to see this film on S8 in Lpp. If only!

I think there are many examples of this, and in general, I too, am not a fan of remakes or films that go on to have 4 and 5 sequels.

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Mark Todd
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I`m hoping they keep thier hands off Zulu and Chitty.

Not the same as not a musical but polanski`s Oliver was very good.

Total Recall and Judge Dredd spring to mind as two where the origionals were much better.

Oh and hope to goodness Predator and First Blood stay clean. Funny the same two actors there twice.

Sleuth was one where the oigional, was magic but not so the remake.

The Sherlock Holmes with Robert and Jude were fantastic mind.

Best Mark.

Oh and Robocop, but on its own the remake was OK sort off. But its a very tough comparrison with the 87 Verhoven.

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Remakes are done because good stories just get re-told for new generations. There are many films that have been re-made that I think they should have let the original stand alone. One that comes to mind is PSYCHO....the remake is a shot for shot re-do....more of an experiment...Gus should have made it his own instead of a straight copy.

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Dave Groves
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The remake of 'War of the Worlds' did absolutely nothing for me. The original with it's tantalizing music was terrific.

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Where do I start...

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Ken Finch
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I have very mixed feelings about re makes. Some I think have been an improvement, others poorer than the original. I much prefer the original 1940s version of "Great expectations", the 1935 version of "Scrooge"/ Christmas Carol". On the other hand I thought the recent version of "True Grit" was better than the John Wayne version. I like many John Wayne films and thought the early 1937 "Stagecoach" was better than the later version with Bing Crosby despite the fact that because my mother was an ardent fan of Crosby, I have probably seen every film he appeared in! I even copied his voice style as a youngster and knew all the words of his records!! Many of the newer versions of old films have the advantage of improved technology but that does not necessarily mean they are better. What I do find annoying is the poor diction and dialogue quality in many modern productions and with a few exceptions the habit of repetition of what has been a popular production using the same characters, like another episode of a soap opera. e.g. "Shrek" and other CGI films and "Pirates of the Caribbean". Maybe its because I am getting old!! Ken Finch.
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Pasquale DAlessio
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I think they should make a film about the remakes! [Big Grin]

Them in a few years they can remake it! [Eek!]

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Michael O'Regan
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THE HAUNTING and THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.
Both remade pretty hideously. :-)

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Paul Browning
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Michael, how could they make "House on haunted hill" without Vincent price ??, no way man, the Italian job another shambles made by the film companies with more money than sense. Both in my opinion should have made it to super 8, damn shame they never did. My nomination would be The day the earth stood still, with Keanu Reeve, who's acting is more wooden than arnie's and more stiffer than the robot in the film, what a load of CGI clap trap.

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David Ollerearnshaw
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Now just got an idea for a remake:

Thunderbirds starring Keanu Reeve.

Watching most films modern ones they all seem the same to me.

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Mark Todd
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Oh Lordy I had forgotten ( thankfully ) about the Day The Earth Stood Still remake sort of. Absolutely dire, and the origional still stands up against anything and everything 65 years later.

My youngest absolutely loves it. The proper one that is.

The Omen remake was pretty poor compared to the Superb Origional, Like Halloween I suppose too.

And the list goes On. Great thread.

Best Mark.

PS isn`t there a Ben Hur remake in the offing !!! ooerr!!!

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Yeah I hate to pile on but the remake of Day the Earth Stood Still was really bad....I was hoping it would be good but it was really bad. I wonder if anyone has just seen the new one and not the original and liked the new one?

Bill [Smile]

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Ty Reynolds
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Are you referring to the original Ben Hur, or the remake with Chuck Heston?

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(They) are working on yet another one , as we type - When an artist indelibly places their stamp on a role or project, isn't it difficult to see anyone else even tamper with the idea? While I agree to a degree, we cannot be blinded by our desires - Other technicians and performers have THEIR particular sway on a variation, so must be applauded for that very reason

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Evan Samaras
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There are plenty, Shorty said it best, where do I start!

First one that springs to mind for me is: Nightmare on Elm Street

his digital face looks like bacon- I refuse to watch it

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Mark Mander
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True Grit also springs to mind, how could you follow John Wayne in one of his most famous films, one that shouldn't have been made again, the 2010 version although a good cast just couldn't compete.

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The remake of John Carpenter's classic "The Fog" is one of the all time worse remakes possible, and Carpenter even let his name go on the credits as an executive producer, he must have been short of a few Dollars (why else have a credit on this piece of s---!).

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The Day The Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeve,saw this in a plane going to japan and it was awful

Miracle on 34th Street

Karate Kid

Star Trek Into The darkness (ripoff of Wrath of Khan)

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They should have never done the 2002 remake of my favourite film which is George Pals 1960 The Time Machine.I Love everything about it from the victorian setting right through to the future of mankind an absolute classic film.

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Andrew Woodcock
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On this particular one, from my own personal point of view, i beg to differ.

I actually think both these films are fabulous.

George Pal and his original is an absolute classic, but I did enjoy the "modern" remake as a one off in this case.

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I had an exact replica of the original "Time Machine" but I was playing with it one day and when I turned it on it disappeared. [Eek!]

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Actually I think I saw that...

-but I was very young then! [Wink]

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Funny you should mention a "Time Machine" I was thinking of building one, using a spare platter deck for the bit that goes round at the back, even got a motor and gearbox, weld up a frame attach an old movie seat "got one of those" complete with cup holder. Attach a few bits and bobs on the front, and we are away [Roll Eyes] [Cool]

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I bet you also lost a cigar Pasquale

Here's my little replica [Smile]

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