Watch This Side-by-Side Comparison of 25 Films and Their Remakes

Movie remakes and reboots have become the norm in Hollywood, with every existing property, it seems, becoming fair game for a do-over—regardless of its previous success or failure. (See: Josh Trank's Fantastic Four.) The video above by Barcelona-based filmmaker Jaume R. Lloret creates a visual dialogue about the remake trend by placing scenes from the original films side-by-side with their remakes, revealing the similarities and differences between the two, without making judgments as to which is better.

The supercut features 50 films from the past 56 years, with several genres represented. There are shot-for-shot remakes like Gus Van Sant’s Psycho (1998) and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (2007), remakes that share a title but deviate from the original story like David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), and a couple of head-scratchers that fans of the originals are still angry about. It's impossible to fully appreciate which elements the remakes borrowed from the original films, because this video only includes a few seconds of each film. But it does work as an interesting jumping off point to go back and watch the pairings to compare and contrast.

Obvious differences can be seen in some of the short snippets, like the switch from a male to a female protagonist in Evil Dead (2013). But the more subtle differences are in the way scenes are framed and how dialogue is altered, which requires seeing the films in their entirety. Lloret includes a few obscure selections, and a couple of films that some viewers may not recognize as remakes, like Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning The Departed (2006), which was a remake of the Chinese crime-thriller Infernal Affairs (2002), or Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995), which was based on Chris Marker's short film, La Jetée (1962).

Watch the supercut above to see some of the choices the remake directors made, as well as the choices that Lloret made as an editor in putting this piece together.

[h/t Hypebeast]

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By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Purchased for $10, Could Be Worth Millions
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Randy Guijarro paid $2 for a few old photographs he found in an antiques shop in Fresno, California. In 2015, it was determined that one of those photos—said to be the second verified picture ever found of Billy the Kid—could fetch the lucky thrifter as much as $5 million. That story now sounds familiar to Frank Abrams, a lawyer from North Carolina who purchased his own photo of the legendary outlaw at a flea market in 2011. It turns out that the tintype, which he paid $10 for, is thought to be an image of Billy and Pat Garrett (the sheriff who would eventually kill him) taken in 1880. Like Guijarro’s find, experts say Abrams’s photo could be worth millions.

The discovery is as much a surprise to Abrams as anyone. As The New York Times reports, what drew Abrams to the photo was the fact that it was a tintype, a metal photographic image that was popular in the Wild West. Abrams didn’t recognize any of the men in the image, but he liked it and hung it on a wall in his home, which is where it was when an Airbnb guest joked that it might be a photo of Jesse James. He wasn’t too far off.

Using Google as his main research tool, Abrams attempted to find out if there was any famous face in that photo, and quickly realized that it was Pat Garrett. According to The New York Times:

Then, Mr. Abrams began to wonder about the man in the back with the prominent Adam’s apple. He eventually showed the tintype to Robert Stahl, a retired professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Billy the Kid.

Mr. Stahl encouraged Mr. Abrams to show the image to experts.

William Dunniway, a tintype expert, said the photograph was almost certainly taken between 1875 and 1880. “Everything matches: the plate, the clothing, the firearm,” he said in a phone interview. Mr. Dunniway worked with a forensics expert, Kent Gibson, to conclude that Billy the Kid and Mr. Garrett were indeed pictured.

Abrams, who is a criminal defense lawyer, described the process of investigating the history of the photo as akin to “taking on the biggest case you could ever imagine.” And while he’s thrilled that his epic flea market find could produce a major monetary windfall, don’t expect to see the image hitting the auction block any time soon. 

"Other people, they want to speculate from here to kingdom come,” Abrams told The New York Times of how much the photo, which he has not yet had valuated, might be worth. “I don’t know what it’s worth. I love history. It’s a privilege to have something like this.”

[h/t: The New York Times]

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