Why I Hate Ted Turner

Okay, so I don’t really HATE Ted Turner because if I really hated him, I wouldn’t be watching Turner Classic Movies right now. There are just some days I remember why Ted Turner can be very irritating. Today was one of those days.

I came home from school this afternoon and I decide to pop in a movie, A Star is Born (1937). I’m expecting pretty much the same movie as the Judy Garland version from 1954 except for one simple difference. I was expecting a black and white film.

But I was shocked, appalled, flabbergasted at what came onto the screen (get your mind out of the gutters people). This film, from 1937, (did I mention that yet) was in COLOR! And it wasn’t just your run of the mill color movie like we have today, but it was COLORIZED! That’s very, very bad and it’s ALL Ted Turner’s fault.

Sometime during the late 1980’s/ early 1990’s (maybe earlier) Ted Turner began purchasing old B&W movies (RKO, MGM productions etc). To make these films more marketable to younger generations, he paid for something to be done to them known as colorization, which is adding color to B&W films. It sounds like a good idea at first but no, it is wrong and almost sacreligous.

There are a few problems with colorization:

1) Most B&W films, are just that, B&W. The costumes and sets were often in gray tones so that they would show up better on screen. Therefore, the guy colorizing each individual object has no clue what color that car is, that man’s shirt and tie is supposed to be etc.

2) Colorization completely changes the feel of the film and destroys it as a work of art. It creates something called false dominance. Meaning the actor’s face is usually completely washed out but on top of their head is really, really BLUE hat. So as a human being and you are most attracted to color and movement, that really blue hat will distract you, so much so that you will end up not paying attention, not caring about the movie, and end up despising Ted Turner (just like I have.)

3) I hate it and Roger Ebert hates it and that should be a good enough reason.

Here are two websites that better explain colorization and the debate surrounding it. If you want extra information on colorization, google “Ted Turner Colorization of Movies.” It’s very interesting.

And that movie I was watching earlier today, the actresses hair was brighter and more dominating than her face. See how that can be annoying?


6 thoughts on “Why I Hate Ted Turner”

  1. I watched a colorized version of Yankee Doodle Dandy. NO GOOD. I also heard a quote from Orson Welles when he was asked about colorizing Citizen Kane. He responded with “Keep Ted Turner and his damned crayolas away from my movie!”

  2. I know many of Turner’s old colorizations are terrible, but check out what recent studio Legend Films has done- Plan 9 From Outer Space(1959), Scrooge(1935),Night of the Living Dead(1968)(New Color Version-2004), She(1935) and more. Also they fully restored the opening scenes and main titles of “Babes In Toyland” in their new color version. They also include the black and white original on each DVD. I find no fault with this new colorization.

  3. Hate to break it to you, but this is *not* a colorized film. The film is a real colour film – it won an Honourary Oscar for its colour photography in 1937.

  4. Ted Turner is an asshole. He Built the Braves a stadium and like the biggot that he is, named it after himself. That very year he sold them to time warner. And now the Braves suck because of him. What a piece of CRAP!

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