Originally Posted by dave333
Cinematography was great, and the scenery where they filmed was just fantastic.
One of the things that I appreciated about the newer version is that I am very familiar with the territory that the book/movie is supposed to be set in (the Ouchita/Winding Stair Mountains of SE Oklahoma). I've hiked and hunted in those hills for my entire life.
The 1969 original was filmed, I think, in the Sierra Nevadas in California which look NOTHING like the proper setting. There are no snow covered peaks in SE Oklahoma. It does snow in Oklahoma, but there are no peaked mountains there.
The new version does a much better job of capturing the flavor of the place. I believe it was filmed in central Texas and New Mexico. There were only 2 scenes that were clearly not right. One showed a quick shot of a peaked mountain (the mountains there are of the ridge variety, more like that Appalachians). The other was set in a birch forest. There aren't any birch trees with a few hundred miles of Oklahoma. Other than that, the scenery was very realistic. Especially the scenery with the boulder covered hillsides and pine forests. The Winding Stair Mountains look just like that.