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Compare: Footage from the Coens' 'Man Who Wasn't There' in Black and White vs. Color

Along with some mocked up audio commentary from the directors

The Man Who Wasn't There in color
Billy Bob Thornton in The Man Who Wasn't There
Photo: USA Films

Color images from the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There have been around for some time, but I've never actually seen footage from the film in color. That changed today as Slashfilm unearthed a clip from what appears to be one of the South Korean DVD versions where the film was contractually obligated to be released in color.

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I have taken the four-minute clip and after two minutes placed a picture-in-picture look at the same scene in black-and-white and on top of that added something of a 90 second audio commentary from a Film 4 interview with the brothers from Cannes, where the film premiered in May of 2001.

Of course, this isn't the way the film was intended to be seen, but it is nonetheless fascinating. Plus, do know, if you haven't seen the film yet, this video serves as a massive spoiler as it's taken straight from the end of the film.

Also, for a selection of shots from the film in color compared to their black-and-white counterparts click here and here.

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  • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    Reminds me one of the special features on the Frances Ha Criterion talks about a shot on a neon-lit Paris street that looked awful in color, but you'd never know it in the finished movie.

  • TheJeebus

    Yeah, but when do we get the blu-ray?

  • DapperDanMan

    I wouldn't mind checking this out in color... Though I love the fact it is Black and White. I almost bought the French Blu-ray of this film on Amazon just because it has quite a few special features on it, one being that you can watch the full movie in color... But I just couldn't justify spending almost $50.00 on it... I hope one day we get a fully loaded Blu-ray here in the US, one that includes the color version... in my opinion this is the Coen Bros. most underrated movie...

    And speaking of watching movies in color vs. black and white, I am a big fan of Frank Darabont's adaptation of The Mist and though it was released in color in the theatre, the special DVD and Blu-ray both have it in black and white and I must say since I've watched it that way, I can't go back and watch it in color because it loses a lot... it was too bad the Studio didn't want to release it in black and white the way Darabont wanted to...