I know for me, when I watch those kinds of old prints I get really excited by them. Its because you KNOW youre watching a film with all the disrepair and pops n buzzers. These days, Id much rather watch an old scratched up movie than a perfectly crystal clear remastered movie on DVD. I really wish movies were on DVD in bad condition in widescreen. That would rule! I think thats what Grindhouse will be like when we get the DVDs.
A cool Grindhouse anecdote: I was watching Ron Van Clief in The Death of Bruce Lee the other night on DVD, I had never saw it before. So Im sitting there listening to the opening music, It sounded familiar…then I realized it was a lifted Ennio Morricone score. This kung fu film was using Morricones music from The Battle of Algiers for its score!! Thats when you know youre watching a real 42nd St Grindhouse movie!
That also happened to me when I was watching Shaolin Vs Wu Tang. They used part of Herrmann’s Taxi Driver score in it!!
Grindhouse will be a return to why we love movies in the first place. Its not gonna be for the HD-DVD crowd. Its for the film film geeks.
Yeah, I remember when I was a kid, the westerns I used to watch were in really poor quality. I loved that. That was part of the experience for me. It just helped in making you believe that those things really happened. I was disappointed to see all those Westerns now “cleaned up” on DVD. It takes that little bit away from the experience. But then again if you want that scratched look, go find one of your old VHS tapes of those films.
But it depends what kind of film you are watching. I mean Star Wars wouldn’t work if it had this scratched look about it. There are certain films that I do want to watch in the best possible quality.
I am really looking forward to Grind House now. I’m hungry for more QT material after watching Jackie Brown and both Volumes of Kill Bill in the last couple of days.