The shot for shot remake is a remake that is nearly identical to the original, in almost every way. It'll use most of the same dialogue, have the exact same plot, and change very few things.
See also Setting Update
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. In animated works, often overlaps with Stock Footage
- Much of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are Not Alone is reanimated shot-for-shot from the original TV series. The most prominent exception is the (much-improved) battle against Ramiel. It gets subverted with its sequel, as the plot gets diverged rather quickly.
- Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is a shot for shot remake of the original Ghost in the Shell film, using mostly the original script, but some different animation techniques and sound effects. The English version even used the original dialogue track, but did mix it with the new sound effects.
- When fans upload HD "remastered" Toonami intros on YouTube, it really mean this, but using superior HD footage.
- In the 1998 version of The Parent Trap, it's surprising how much of the dialogue was almost exactly the same. It also kept several of the important plot lines from the original (i.e. the camping trip, the grandfather discovering the identity of the two girls, and the recreation of the wedding dinner).
- The American remake of REC, Quarantine, is like this.
- Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Psycho is regularly criticized for being too much like the original and, consequently, entirely pointless.
- The Bollywood remake of Some Like It Hot is nearly identical to the original, though possibly with more gratuitous musical numbers.
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer remade the 1937 film The Prisoner of Zenda in 1952 with Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, and James Mason in the Colman, Carroll, and Fairbanks roles. The film was more or less a Technicolor carbon copy of the 1937 film, reusing the same script, score, and even camera angles — the director, Richard Thorpe, actually sat watching the earlier film in an 8mm viewer, and copying from that.
- An Affair to Remember from 1957 (with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) is a remake of the 1939 film "Love Affair" (with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne). It uses the exact same script, with very minimal alterations and additions to the story. The songs were also updated. The film was remade again in 1994 under the original title (with Warren Beatty and Annette Benning), but this version, while keeping the basic story, had a new script. The original film is also responsible for several Bollywood films, a couple of which also use the same script.
- A partial example: The opening scene in the movie Silent Hill up to Rose passing out in the alleyway is a shot for shot remake of the opening of the game Silent Hill 1 with Rose in Harry's place.
- The American remake of Funny Games is almost exactly the same, but English speaking actors (some quite famous, like Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) are used instead of German and Austrian actors.
- The Omen, apart from changing the dates and adding a bit at the beginning which included modern signifires of the apocalypse. They can be practically synced into one another as they are word for word the same.
- The 1931 Spanish language production Drácula was basically this to the 1931 Bela Lugosi film. In the early 1930s (before dubbing and subtitling), it was common for studios to simultaneously film foreign language versions of their films at night using the same sets with different casts and crew. The Spanish "Dracula" is by far the most famous of these. The final product is almost identical to the English-language film in most respects. The dialogue was a direct translation, and the staging was mostly the same. However, many scenes were longer since they used the entire original script (the English version had bits cut out to quicken the pace), and the Spanish film's director used more creative cinematography in an attempt to make the better film. Universal Horror fans do generally consider the Spanish film's pacing and cinematography to be superior, but the performances aren't considered to be quite as good, especially Carlos Villarias' Dracula not comparing to the legendary Bela Lugosi. Interestingly, the Spanish film's female star, Lupita Tovar, is still alive at over 100, and the film itself can be easily seen with subtitles on most Dracula DVD and Blu-ray releases as a bonus feature.
- Let Me In, Hammer Horror's Americanized version of Let the Right One In is virtually identical to the original. The only differences aside from cosmetic changes are actually giving a date, an In Medias Res prologue for about a minute, and removing a scene where the protagonist visits his father's drinking buddy.
- The Debt (American, 2011 remake), features an identical plot, the same characters (some names changed). The only significant difference is the pace; the American version features more atmosphere shots, and stretches scenes out more than the original did, and adds a single action scene.
- The only changes made to Come Out and Play, a remake of Who Can Kill a Child?, is the removal of a handful of scenes, mostly the war footage.
- LOL, a French film from 2008 was shot-for-shot remade in 2012 in America with Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, and Ashley Greene.
- When fanvids are "remastered", it usually means this. Usually done by the original vidder, when she obtains superior copies of the source being vidded or superior technology with which to vid (e.g., digital vs. videotape).
- "Weird Al" Yankovic Loves This Trope. On at least two occasions, he even got permission from the original artists to use their sets (Smells Like Nirvana, a parody of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, was filmed on the same set, and Fat, a parody of the Michael Jackson song Bad, was filmed on the same set as another parody version of the video from the Moonwalker feature film).
- The hilarious remake of Kanye West's 'Bound 2', done by James Franco and Seth Rogen. It can be seen here. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
- Though Power Rangers deviates from Super Sentai most of the time, there are some seasons that are close to the source material. However, Power Rangers Wild Force was criticized for being almost EXACTLY like Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger, with many episodes being shot for shot remakes, the only changes being the main Big Bad, and the two crossovers that occurred that season. Power Rangers Samurai, the Western adaptation of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, went in this direction as well, though it did deviate in a few parts.
- Power Rangers Jungle Fury and Power Rangers Mystic Force had some major deviations from the source material, and yet still needed to do some scenes that were exactly like the sentai to fit that portion of the plot - mostly villain scenes, who had some storylines that really were word-for-word adaptations of their counterparts. It is nearly impossible to tell which scenes in Dai Shi's temple are from Jungle Fury and which are from Gekiranger, and the same with the Underworld/Infershia. Some of it is for actor purposes (Dai Shi's actor doesn't look like Rio's at all, but Dai Shi is often doing what Rio did) and some of it is for censorship purposes (Morticon and Branken both execute a Mook who failed, but Morticon does it with one slash where Branken stabs him on the ground and raises him into the air like a freaking meatball). This may mean extensive recreations of sets, or it may simply mean the PR villains are green-screened into villains' lair shots.
- As mentioned above Samurai is almost identical to Shinkenger a few minor details are changed such as Kevin Being a Swimmer instead of being a Kabuki Performer like his counterpart and Jayden and Lauren being sibling instead of Jayden being a decoy for Lauren like Takeru was for Kaoru Deker and Dayu's backstory was the biggest departure from Shinkenegr with Juzou and Dayuu being unrelated in Shinkeger but the former being husband and wife. This was one of the few things the series was praised for.
- The similarities were pretty much shot for shot. Considering that Samurai had Megamode new cockpit scenes were filmed but as stated tended to be shot for shot of many of shinkengers.
- The pilot of the U.S. version of The Office was an almost exact copy of the U.K. version's pilot. The U.S. Office later Grew the Beard when it deviated from the U.K. original and became its own show.
- And speaking of growing the beard, Star Trek: The Next Generation had a tendency in its early years to copy episodes from the original series. The most blatant example is "The Naked Now", which is virtually identical to "The Naked Time" aside from being Hotter and Sexier and with Wesley Crusher saving the day.
- The pilot for Three's Company was a near-shot-for-shot remake of the first episode of the original Brit Com Man About The House with the only major changes being the names of the characters and some of the jokes. The second episode of Threes Company was also a remake of an episode of the British show.
- The pilot of the US version Skins, was a Shot for Shot Remake of the British pilot, almost down to the letter. Needless to say, it didn't get much better after that, and was canceled due to a negative reaction from Moral Guardians and fans of the original.
- The pilot episode of the german version of The IT Crowd was this - except they didn't get the punchlines and butchered them, as can be seen here.
- The 1935 Classic Disney Short "Orphan's Benefit" was remade in 1941, with the same soundtrack and animation but in color and with modernized character designs.
- And aparrently, Disney planned to produce color remakes of other black-and-white cartoons, which unfortunately never got made either due to the Disney animators' strike or the outbreak of World War II. Animation drawings for a scrapped remake of "Mickey's Man Friday" exist.
- "Dough For The Do-Do" was a color remake of the classic black-and-white Looney Tunes short "Porky in Wackyland". Animation and soundtrack are the same, but the backgrounds were redesigned in the style of Salvador Dali. Not an exact shot-for-shot remake, as there are several new or reworked scenes, including the ending.
- A similar example is "Tick Tock Tuckered" (1944), a remake of "Porky's Badtime Story" (1937). The main change was replacing abandoned character Gabby Goat with Daffy Duck.
- "Slightly Daffy" (1944) is a color remake of "Scalp Trouble" (1938) it reuses some animation and adds a few gags like the Indian who keeps accidentally shooting his horse in the head and angering it and the way the scout contacts the other Indians, and a few gags are omitted from the original like the Indian swallowing embalming fluid and breathing fire to burn a hole in the fort to enter and an Indian being cut in half by a cannonball.
- Two of Tex Avery's MGM shorts, "Wags to Riches" and "Ventriloquist Cat", were remade for Cinemascope as "Millonaire Droopy" and "Cat's Meow" by using the original animation and reformatting it for widescreen. Tex got screen credit despite having left the studio years earlier.
- Family Guy in-universe example: Carter offers to help Lois if Peter does a shot-for-shot remake of Liar Liar.
- In 1967, Warner Bros., having re-acquired all the black-and-white Looney Tunes that were distributed by Sunset Films (later Guild Films), had 75 of those cartoons sent to Korea to be redrawn and embellished in color. It was slipshod to say the least; sound synchronisation faltered at times, objects were off-color, the trace jobs were sloppy (it was done on six-field cels as opposed to the normal 10-fields), and some animation was eliminated altogether.
- Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera's 1955 MGM short "Good Will To Men" was a remake of the studio's 1939 cartoon "Peace On Earth." Both films received Oscar nominations. Aside from the animals' designs, the main difference between the two versions is the nature of humanity's downfall. In the '39 version, made as WWII was breaking out overseas, humans literally fight to the last man for increasingly arbitrary reasons; in the '55 version, the Cold War arms race culminates in a nuclear apocalypse.
- Towards the end of their tenure at MGM they also did remakes of some of their Tom and Jerry shorts to make them compatible with Cinemascope. These remakes are done in Limited Animation, unlike the originals.
- The 1942 Popeye short "Me Musical Nephews" was remade in 1950 as "Riot in Rhythm".
- Animaniacs featured a parody of Disney's The Lion King that for some reason actually copied scenes from the song "Circle of Life" at the very beginning of that film. Here are comparisions between the two versions:
- African sunrise
- Birds flying over river
- Zebras and Leafcutter ants
- Approaching herd of elephants
- Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Animals migrating toward Pride Rock
- Pride Rock (Zazu is a generic white bird in Animaniacs version)
- Rafiki/Yakko moving through crowds of animals
- Animals giving way for Rafiki/Yakko
- Rafiki/Yakko climbing Pride Rock
- Mufasa and Sarabi with Simba (portrayed in Animaniacs as tigers)
- Closeup of baby Simba
- Rafiki/Yakko with Simba
- Overhead view of Pride Rock
- Animals below Pride Rock
- Rafiki/Yakko holding up baby Simba
- Sun shining down on Pride Rock
- In the Slappy Squirrel short "Bumbie's Mom", while not exactly shot-for-shot, the animation of Bumper the rabbit giggling and falling over looks like it was copied directly from animation of Thumper.
- "Tops with Pops", a 1957 Tom and Jerry cartoon, is a remake of 1949's "Love That Pup". The only differences are that it is shot in widescreen instead of fullscreen, thicker and more detailed outlines of the characters, and more stylised backgrounds.