I was trying to avoid one of my 10-40 minute rants and stick with the simple version. If you really want the long one, fine, but don't say you weren't warned. For slightly more specific: Borne Identity: well, since the original was a TV 1-week miniseries, the new version updated the technology a bit and certainly sped up the pace. and hey, Matt Damon isn't playing a child or a jerk for once. Aside from that, like the newer Bond movies, the tech update doesn't quite jive with the flavor of the original story. Worse, it gave budget to the sequel, with its vomit-enducing motion-sickness camera work that both fails to show the action and irritates the audience by giving them headaches if they try to follow it. (far to recent to be "a classic") Narnia: wow, british kids involved in magical events... and it's been done before. Not horrible, but the remake is hardly "a classic". The Fly: really, the remake and the original have only the basic premise in common. The original has fun, Vincent Price campy value that fits nicely into the era, while the remake goes to a more modern horror-action of the 1980s. I think of them as really being two completely separate movies. (classic? well, it is over 20 years old now, so I guess...) Chicago: a musical about everything that is wrong with the US justice system and trial by press. Never really liked it (seen several versions). (again, new movie is far too new to be "classic") Hamlet: well, since Shakespeare died over 500 years ago, HIS version is definately a classic. On the other hand, there are several books that go into great detail analysing everything Lawrence Olivier did wrong with his version (from basic principle of "a man who cannot make up his mind" to set and costume design), and Mel Gibson was just horrid. Only thing that didn't work for me about Brannah's version was the soundtrack, which, while enjoyable separate from the movie, doesn't blend well with the movie. (only Olivier's version is old enough to be "classic") Lord of the Rings: OK, the oldest movie is only about 6 years old, Waaaaaaayyy too new to be "classic". I'll stop there, because for all of the technological wizardry, they just aren't that good. Sorry, but they aren't The Thing & scarface: never saw either one, so can't comment Hammer Horror films: what british actors did when they were desperate for work. OK, some of those movies were entertaining. Wizard of Oz: hated that movie. tried the book, and it was even worse. And this is the sort version.