Originally Posted by jandron
Well, they might want to re-record it so they don't have to pay royalties for the original performance. I used to do work for Disney Records where I'd re-record movie music for them for them to use as background; they owned the rights for the music, but not the performance. You could have a similar situation here.
You may be right, but that could be only part of it. The original opening sequence ran 60 seconds. The new opening sequence only runs 30 seconds. I confirmed it by timing them. The original full length score was written off the 60 second theme version. Having to edit previously recorded material down to 30 seconds may not have flowed correctly. Also, the Ventures version, does have a dated underlying sound to it and this is a modern version reboot. The Ventures version sounds 60's meaning the transparent fidelity isn't there we associate that kind of sound to the 60's, not the 21st Century. Most of the "rock" music of the time wasn't recorded on the best equipment or tape (remember rock and roll was a teen fad and no one over 22 thought it would last for more than a few years so the record companies cut corners to maximize profits. They still do.) and over time, the sonic differences of a "rock" song intended for quick mass consumption on portable AM radio 3 inch speakers compared to a "pop" song of an Andy Williams or Perry Como that was thought to last forever and played on "high fidelity" equipment can be striking and no amount of digital remastering fixes that. You can't put in what wasn't there to start with. It simply may not have worked for 5.1.
The new version has a more modern or 21st Century feel as the graphics in the opening sequence are very 3D computer graphic oriented (video in 3 and 4 box graphics with computer detailing as borders around the boxes) and the timber of the new score reflects that. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is part of the "update/reboot" of it. I am just glad they kept as much of the original feel of the opening sequence as they did. Lots of homage paid, including the sped up closing shot of the police motorcycle in the streets. This time with the sun setting and not full darkness as in the original. Nice touch. A+ on that one.
I do wish they had more time for the a push/zoom shot into the Ilikai Hotel to Alex O'Loughlin as they did with Jack Lord on the same patio. But again, when you have 30 seconds less, little things like that get cut out and these days, networks don't want to give up the time to long opening sequences when they are taking so much more time for commercials.
All in all, I think for what the producers had to work with and the pressure of legacy, they did pretty good on that opening sequence.
SIDEBAR - In the original opening sequence the wave ran center to left with the maw of the wave from left to right and the title graphic flying out of the maw. In the new version, it is reversed and the new title graphic transitions on a panel in time with the drum beat as if someone is typing the words on a computer. I am sure that wasn't on anyone's radar with the sequence was shot. They were more worried about lighting on the water to get it right, not the direction of the shot on the wave.