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During the 2014 version of Robocop there were some short camera shots where I noticed an extensive lack of color in the image (nearly to the feeled degree of black-and-white when compared to the rest of the movie). These short shots were immediately followed by a cut to persons in the normal color scheming of the rest of the movie. The parts where I noticed this were

  • A short aerial sweep across the city of Washington D.C.
  • a zoom along the hallway of Dr. Norton's hospital right before he is first introduced (with the guitar player and his new hands).
  • A zoom to the control desk before Robocop's first simulated test (where he time-trials against a single robot).

First of all, I'd like to know if anybody else noticed those colorless shots or if this was likely just my particular cinema/film/mind being broken (in which case I might even opt to delete this question). And in the former case I'd like to know the reasons for those shots. Were they technically-based or was this lack of color done on purpose to convey some kind of message or effect?

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"Were the colorless camera shots done on purpose?" Most of everything that goes into a great, OK or sometimes even crappy movie is styled, carefully thought through, shot multiple times and with groups of people reviewing the takes for best story effect. For that reason, my gut instinct would be 'yes'. Admittedly there are cases where it is only possible to 'destroy the main set' once, and there, compromises are made. Well that and just 'ran out of money'. ;) –  Andrew Thompson Feb 19 '14 at 1:46
@AndrewThompson Well, yeah, mine too, I guess. Still that's only a small (and the most uninteresting part) of the question. What their purpose was and if they were actuall existing at all is more important. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 19 '14 at 8:57
But I agree that it's not always easy to find a streamlined title that captures the essence of the complete question in its entirety and more often than not its purpose can unfortunately not be much more than guiding the attention of potential answerers to the question body. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 19 '14 at 11:20
Rechecking the scenes on DVD makes me think this must've either been the cinema or my perception. I'm thinking about deleting this question as it seems to have lost its premise. –  Napoleon Wilson Jun 29 '14 at 22:16

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