Most frequently horror films and super heroes are rebooted and repackaged in new versions. Hollywood's latest batch of remakes cover gladiators, gunslingers, dragons and childrens classics. Was the original not good enough? Will modern technology improve upon an animated classic? Is there a new generation unaware they are watching a new interpretation? Regardless, whenever Hollywood remakes a film many of us want to go back and watch the original. Check out these original versions from the library.
The 1950's version of Ben-Hur, with Charlton Heston in the title character, is actually a remake of a film from the 1920's. The film was one of the biggest productions ever made in its day. Ben-Hur is now considered one of the greatest films of all time.
The original 1977 release of Walt Disney's Pete's Dragon combines live action with animation for Elliot the dragon. Nominated for multiple awards, including Golden Globe and Academy Awards, for its music.
The live-action remake of Walt Disney's The Jungle Book has been a huge success this year. The 1967 original is also not to be missed. One of the last films Walt Disney himself was involved in producing, this classic animated musical has a lighter tone than the recent version.
Itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven features iconic actors Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and many others. A Mexican village is under threat from raids by local bandits, and seven gunslingers accept the challenge to defend and protect the village.
Box office receipts aside, have any remakes ever improved upon the original? What are your favorites? Which films do you think Hollywood will, or should, remake?