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 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

I was looking for 'The Mist' at Netflix to rent and to see it now on my new Blu Ray player. I noticed there's a disc-2, (not blu ray), of supplements and I clicked on the member reviews to see if renting that extra disc would be worth it or not. Now this was a surprise, nearly all the members said to definately rent this disc because it features the film 'in black & white, the way Frank Darabont originally envisioned the film'. And that the film is incredibly more effective and scarier in black & white' This may be old news, but it was new to me; I wonder why he didn't release the film this way?

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I was looking for 'The Mist' at Netflix to rent and to see it now on my new Blu Ray player. I noticed there's a disc-2, (not blu ray), of supplements and I clicked on the member reviews to see if renting that extra disc would be worth it or not. Now this was a surprise, nearly all the members said to definately rent this disc because it features the film 'in black & white, the way Frank Darabont originally envisioned the film'. And that the film is incredibly more effective and scarier in black & white' This may be old news, but it was new to me; I wonder why he didn't release the film this way?

As I remember from the extras the studio objected to it, afraid people would be turned off by it. I have the 2 disc edition, the black and white version is effective and some of the special effects look less tacky, it's well worth seeing it this way.

Edit: here is Darabont discussing the black and white version in black and white! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

I was looking for 'The Mist' at Netflix to rent and to see it now on my new Blu Ray player. I noticed there's a disc-2, (not blu ray), of supplements and I clicked on the member reviews to see if renting that extra disc would be worth it or not. Now this was a surprise, nearly all the members said to definately rent this disc because it features the film 'in black & white, the way Frank Darabont originally envisioned the film'. And that the film is incredibly more effective and scarier in black & white' This may be old news, but it was new to me; I wonder why he didn't release the film this way?

As I remember from the extras the studio objected to it, afraid people would be turned off by it. I have the 2 disc edition, the black and white version is effective and some of the special effects look less tacky, it's well worth seeing it this way.

Edit: here is Darabont discussing the black and white version in black and white! wink




THANKS for this Francis! I decided to NOT get that extra disc from Netflix but just get the original film in Blu Ray and TURN OFF the color. Personally, I did not want to see how they created those special effect bugs and creatures - I want to keep the 'mystery' as a mystery.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I'm with you. All these features with special effects and CGI guys braying about how they created the effects totally ruins the effectiveness of those moments in the movie.

These kinds of movies are supposed to take us out of ourselves and bring in a bit of mystery or magic.

Why not leave it at that?

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I guess I feel almost the opposite: knowing how the magic worked doesn't make the magic any less cool and, sometimes, makes it even cooler. Knowing how an effect was created doesn't take away any of its oomph when I watch the film, but it may actually add to my appreciation for the craft if it took some interesting or ingenious new approach.

Similarly, "spoilers" seldom bother me, because, as they say, I'm less interested in what a movie's about than in how it's about it. Knowing plot details doesn't bother me, because a movie is so much more than just its plot, and the same plot can play out in so many different ways.

That said, I don't much care for Darabont's work so I likely won't be sitting through this one again, in color or in black and white.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I was looking for 'The Mist' at Netflix to rent and to see it now on my new Blu Ray player. I noticed there's a disc-2, (not blu ray), of supplements and I clicked on the member reviews to see if renting that extra disc would be worth it or not. Now this was a surprise, nearly all the members said to definately rent this disc because it features the film 'in black & white, the way Frank Darabont originally envisioned the film'. And that the film is incredibly more effective and scarier in black & white' This may be old news, but it was new to me; I wonder why he didn't release the film this way?

The Black and White version has a more HAMMER feel to it..

The color one has more of a 1970's Horror movie feel.

What is amazing is that they are the exact same cut of the same film.

Both are are outstanding.

However, the BLACK AND WHITE for me really is just scary.

I have not problem with the ending BTW, it's a sucker punch, but given what information the characters have available to them, it makes perfect sense and just sticks in your memory long after the film is over.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

I guess I feel almost the opposite: knowing how the magic worked doesn't make the magic any less cool and, sometimes, makes it even cooler. Knowing how an effect was created doesn't take away any of its oomph when I watch the film, but it may actually add to my appreciation for the craft if it took some interesting or ingenious new approach.

Similarly, "spoilers" seldom bother me, because, as they say, I'm less interested in what a movie's about than in how it's about it. Knowing plot details doesn't bother me, because a movie is so much more than just its plot, and the same plot can play out in so many different ways.

That said, I don't much care for Darabont's work so I likely won't be sitting through this one again, in color or in black and white.


You DON'T care much for Darabont's works? 'The Shawshank Redemption' or 'The Green Mile'? Well, what can I say? I can say... 'Rosebud' was a SLEIGH! wink

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I'm with you. All these features with special effects and CGI guys braying about how they created the effects totally ruins the effectiveness of those moments in the movie.

These kinds of movies are supposed to take us out of ourselves and bring in a bit of mystery or magic.

Why not leave it at that?


Do you still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, too? wink

I'm mad for behind-the-scenes stuff about how movie monsters were created, and it never decreases my appreciation for the movies.

And as for the B&W version of The Mist, YES, it's much better than the color version, evoking a classic Twilight Zone episodes ("The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street", perhaps).

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I guess I feel almost the opposite: knowing how the magic worked doesn't make the magic any less cool and, sometimes, makes it even cooler. Knowing how an effect was created doesn't take away any of its oomph when I watch the film, but it may actually add to my appreciation for the craft if it took some interesting or ingenious new approach.


Yes, I watched "Paranorman 3D" the other day, a stop motion animated movie, and seeing how much work and patience went into creating the beautifully but difficult 'crooked' style used for this movie made me appreciate it more.

Another example of a movie I revisited recently (and keep revisiting) is Argento's Inferno, which had some ingenious maquette practical effects by Mario Bava.

Sometimes with some effects even when they explain it I'm still not sure if I grasp the entire concept lol. So much artistry and problem solving in any form of effects (pratical, CGI, ...)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

For me THE MIST was just about the most depressing film I have ever saw, the ultimate downer. When it ended I said to myself, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS and I have seen plenty over the decades.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Yes, in either color or black-and-white, THE MIST is a cruel desolator of audience expectations.

(However, more depressing still is the appalling state of English writing on this forum--". . . the most depressing film I have ever saw"--JESUS!)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Well I believe this board is supposed to be some kind of a democracy catering to all people of this world. but pardon me I guess this is not a democracy, perfect English or nothing?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

For me THE MIST was just about the most depressing film I have ever saw, the ultimate downer. When it ended I said to myself, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS and I have seen plenty over the decades.

It's very simple, the characters are in an awful spot and based on the available information to them they have TWO very awful choices before them, one is to be ripped to pieces and devoured by Monsters in a very nasty way or their other choice.

Given that, they make what they consider the best choice open to them.

Sadly, it is only discovered after the fact that things weren't as dire as they thought.

It's a SUCKER PUNCH and a very tragic one, but it's a POWERFUL ENDING that sticks with the audience that is used to HAPPY ENDINGS.

I consider it to be one of the best horror films I've seen int the last 30 years.

It's also a preview of THE WALKING DEAD since several of the cast members and the director went on to work on.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2014 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

I viewed the blu-ray disc of 'The Mist' last night (Netflix's rental) and simply turned off the color and adjusted the black levels to see the film in black & white. From the very beginning the film took on a fantastic, entirely different and unique feel than the last time I viewed it, which is when it came out. ABSOLUTELY the way to go to see this film - b & w! One thing I noticed this time is that there are several actors from 'The Walking Dead' in this film that Darabont obviously liked enough to borrow when he started the show. I wish Francis Sternhagen would have been one of them as well - love her.

I'm glad I'd seen the film before because the disc was defective. It played all the way through the film without a hitch UNTIL the scene at the very end (POSSIBLE SPOILER), where you hear gunshots inside a car. The driver gets out of that car in the heavy fog, and then when you should be witness to the HUGE revelation he experiences - the film froze! No matter how many times I retried to see 'what the driver saw' that would haunt him the remainder of his life, the film froze! I think it's a conspiracy of people who hated that ending and have started to manipulate the final denouement, so others won't see it. wink

 
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