"That's bold talk"....The remake wasn't better just different. I have seen the original countless times. They filmed it 25 miles from where I live now.
I didn't see the remake until about 5 years after its release... I scoffed at the idea of a remake of such a classic. Might as well remake the Godfather , I thought. When I did finally see the remake, I was surprised I found it to have higher production values (maybe more due to advanced technology than anything) and better acting. I just thought the actors playing Roster and Mattie did a better job. It really pains me to say Jeff Bridges outdid Waynie, but IMO, he did. And Hailee Steinfeld turned in one of the best performances ever by an actress of her age. Again, IMO. The closing sequences of the remake is what really differentiates the two versions, in my mind. I like the way the remake ends. Although the last line of the original is classic. "Well, come see a fat old man sometime".:smile:
Your assessment of both being great is spot on , though. Definitely beautiful country where both were shot.