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SHOULD THIS SHOW BE COLORIZED?


There has been quite a stir made about the colorization of a couple of episodes of I LOVE LUCY.
Personally, I hated Ted Turner's concept of "colorization", but I understand that it's improved greatly since then.

It would be interesting if this show could be colorized.
I'd like to see what the sets and costumes would look like in color.

Let me know what you think, OK?

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You can see what they look like in color if you purchase the season 2 Blu-ray set. A good portion of the episode "It May Look Like a Walnut" was colorized and can be accessed through the special features section of the disc menu.

I'm not a big fan of colorization, but I must say it looks pretty darn good and it does seem to add a somewhat modern feel to this early 60's B&W sitcom.

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I’ve forgotten the exact name of the program offhand, but several years ago (maybe 10 years by now) there was a program aired what featured all the surviving cast in character many years beyond the 1960s.

According to the trivia for this show, the set (primarily the house in New Rochelle) is the same one that was used in the original series. (Apparently they just packed everything up as it was and put it in storage after the show was cancelled.)

When the program starts out, it’s in black and white, but after a moment or two fades into natural color.

Aha! The name of the program was “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited.” It’s on youtube in parts, beginning at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORCPrkO_O2M

As for colorization, I'm inclined to say "Leave it alone." It'd be a little like colorizing the original Twilight Zone series. There's just something fundamentally wrong it seems to me with seeing Rod Serling in anything but black and white! 

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Well, I wouldn't want to see THE TWILIGHT ZONE, or ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, or even PERRY MASON colorized.
But those were dramas, and part of their appeal was their "film noir" photography.

But this show is a sitcom, and one shot on a shoestring budget, too.
IMO, colorization would be an improvement.

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How would it be an improvement? What exactly about the show would necessitate colorization?

Let's be bad guys.

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I don't see the need for colorization, either. It certainly isn't necessary for a comedy; Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, classics ranging from "Bringing Up Baby" (in the 30s) to "Dr. Strangelove" (in the 60s) - all in black and white, and all hilarious.

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I'd just like to see what it would look like in color!
Jeez!!!

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I'd just like to see what it would look like in color!
Jeez!!!







Why are you asking for opinions if you don't want to hear them? These are the exact words from your original post:

"Let me know what you think, OK?"

We're just telling you what we think.

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I never asked for my head to be bitten off!
There's something wrong with the population of the US; there seem to be SO many angry people ready to explode at the slightest opportunity.
Personally,I blame the impossibly fast pace of life today, especially in this technical era.
I honestly wish that people would "slow down and smell the flowers".

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I never asked for my head to be bitten off!




Why are you getting so defensive? Why all the exclamation points?

No one is "biting your head off." Three people have stated there's no need to colorize "The Dick Van Dyke Show" - that's all.

And remember, you ASKED for opinions.

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If CBS broadcasted in color in the 50s like NBC than this show would be in color from day one. Also color is reality not black and white.

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I believe it was in 1966 or 1967 that the networks ruled that all their shows will be filmed in color.
Some shows didn't have the budget to do that, so--like THE PATTY DUKE SHOW--they were cancelled, even though they had decent ratings.

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I would love to see the DVD show colorized. As another poster mentioned, it wasn't filmed in black and white for artistic reasons. It was because they were too cheap to spring for color. I think it would look great in color.

To all those who seem to get mad over such things, it's not like they would be destroying the original shows. Any DVD sold would probably have both versions on it. Let the viewer choose.

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Ha! Made you look!!

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Personally, I would love to see DVD in color! Just to see them how the audience saw them. To see how their clothes really looked, etc. One time I saw I Love Lucy in color, couldn't believe how red her hair really was! Always saw her as a redhead, even in black and white, but didn't know how red, LOL

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This subject comes up on this board from time to time. Interestingly, 1966 (when the DVD show ended) was the year a lot of previously B&W shows went to color. Some say that if it continued, it might have gone to color too.

The answer to your question is almost unanimously "No" from hardcore DVD fans. I don't think I would like to see the entire series colorized. But I think it would be fun to see certain episodes (Christmas, The Walnuts, etc.) in color.

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You'd like to see the walnut episode colorized? Here ya go!

https://youtu.be/ZfW3Hurm6tg

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I'm just a patsy!

Ha! Made you look!!

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It doesn't matter if it's technologically perfect, colorization is wrong.

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