I think a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald sums up how I’m feeling right now:
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
Whether or not the fact that I now have two oppoing points of view on the colorization process of film means that I have a first-rate intellegence is probably up for discussion, but the fact remains while I once thought the act of colorizing black and white movies was sacrilidge, after watching this video from none other than the BBC has broadened my mind a bit.
To be clear, I still think that colorizing a film or show that in its original and intended format is black and white is still, and forever will be, sacrilidge (I’m looking at you Ted Turner); but this is, if you will forgive me, a horse of a different colour (British spelling to honor the Beeb’s input). What these folks have managed to do is in some way correct a generations worth of sacrildge executed by the BBC itself: the institutionalized wiping of master tapes of hundereds of shows, Doctor Who
among the most famous.
Here’s a video on how “Doctor Who and the Silurians” was reconstructred in color using a very old video copy made by some guy in Chicago in the mid-70’s and the 16mm film copy the BBC had in its archives.
And for reference the the Ted Turner Bastardization,er, I mean Colorization technique, here’s a look at what must be considered the rape of King Kong.