Originally Posted by Dave in Green
While I have no great desire to see colorized versions of these vintage black and white movies I do think colorization is a great option for some historical footage. Adding back color that black and white film removed simply makes the conversion from reality appear a bit more realistic. It's just another one of those many different personal preferences that vary from person to person. I hope everyone else enjoys their personal preferences as much as I enjoy mine.
I see colorizing war footage as a way to restore its immediacy and saliency. War is hell and it's best that we don't forget that. Some people are living (and dying) in war zones right now, so how we consume this content is in a sense a moral issue as well. There are some recent deliberate B&W movies where it really is an artistic choice, but let's not forget that back then, as soon as colour was available, people jumped on it as soon as they could. In both TVs and film.
So let's not romanticize B&W too much, for the vast majority of the industry people couldn't abandon it fast enough. I think most B&W movies, like 24 fps, were simply made under the restrictions of the time, not due to a deliberate artistic choice. It's definitely odd that 24 fps wasn't abandoned, now that film isn't used. I think it's mostly inertia, almost a kind of Stockholm Syndrome.
I see MEMC like colorizing old film, getting rid of filming limitations that don't need to be there. Had 30 fps been the standard at the start, we wouldn't be arguing whether 24 fps was better than 30 fps, but whether 60 was better than 30. And that alone tells me that it's mostly an appeal to what feels familiar, not what's inherently better or delivers a more artful presentation.
I'd love to see some martial arts movies filmed at 120 fps, more than anything else. But I'm fine with using frame interpolation to watch content the way I prefer. Which I believe is also the way the majority of the planet prefers it, too, due to MEMC being enabled in new TVs by default. Not that that really matters. I like what I like and it's ok if you like something else. To each their own.
I just think that interpolation is more popular than low framerate, and I have seen good empirical evidence to back that up. So the only thing that bugs me in all this is when I see proponents of 24 fps claiming that their preferences are better because 24 fps is more popular. It isn't.
And that's why I think, eventually, it will go away, just like black and white.