All the film buffs out there will agree that black and white movies have their own charm. Those films were made in the early decades of cinema, where this "new and young form of entertainment" was still establishing its foothold and deciding whether it just wants to entertain people or impress them with the art of film-making. A lot of jay film watchers might not understand the appeal of these movies and although some of them have been remade, the originals carry an unmatched allure. To make them more attractive, the are even colorized to suit the taste of the audience.
The art of colorization is an industry in its own right. Earlier the movies were colorized by hand. A little later, stencils were made to colorize the other copies. Of course, this was way before the digital era where they now use computers to color each frame. The person who does the coloring has to understand the vision of the director when he assigns colors to objects because the colors can make a lot of difference to the scene. Don't believe us? Take a look at some of the classics that have been colorized. Since they are all excellent movies, you can watch them in black and white and then the colored version and know the difference for yourself.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
In 1988, this classic was colorized and redistributed. The colored DVD version is still available if you want to have a look. The dark comedy was based on a play by the same name, by Joseph Kesselring.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
This is the first feature-length sound movie adaptation of the novel of the same name. The film was the first of a three-part series and it was first released in color in the year 1989.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
This movie adaptation was previously considered a lost film, as there were only a few clips available until a copy was discovered and digitally colorized in the year 1988.
We remember the animated version of this story we used to come home and watch. This is a live-action version of the same story, which was released in a color version in 1987. Currently, both the versions are available on DVD.
Julius Caesar (1953)
Starring Marlon Brando, this classic adaptation of Shakespeare's play of the same name was considered one of the most popular movies of the year. The movie was colored in 1993 and it's a worthwhile watch.
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
The movie is based on the story titled The Curse of Capistrano. A new special edition was released, which featured the black and white and the newly colorized version of the movie.
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