Remakes were always a thing, even going back to the early days of movies. They’d remake a silent movie when talkies came out, etc. But the further we go, the more they remake. In todays world DVDs, Blu Rays, and five billion streaming channels, we feel there is less and less need for them. Most of them are pretty easy to find if you are interested in watching them. But Hollywood insists on rebranding and making a new version, trying to improve upon the original. “Psycho”? You can’t improve it. You can’t change it. You made the same movie again. Why? They are useless. Occasionally they get it right. Not all of these are winners though. Its a mixed bag. Some good, some bad, some just out of the box.
Day 27 - Dragnet (1951) / (1987) / (2003) - Dave
From TV to feature film (that bellyflopped at the box office) and back to TV again. This title has been through the ringer. The classic tv show was a bit before my time so I don't know much about that but I heard of it when the movie was made. Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd! What can go wrong? Well, apparently a lot can. Personally I like a dumb comedy from time to time. And the 80’s was the right time for it. I never bothered with the 2003 version.
Melanie Says - I saw a lot of the original 50s version in reruns. They showed them a lot in England. I personally didn't like the casting and thought that they took the humor and completely screwed it up. I think they read the theme wrong - and it showed. It didn't resonate with original fans - or reach new fans. By the time it got to 2003 I just didn't care. The original for me all the way!
(As a note I couldn't find a trailer for the original so have a compilations of intros)
Have you seen it? What did you think?
Original, Remake, or Neither? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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