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Mark Newton

Have you ever had deja vu while watching a movie? Well, if you have, don't worry, there probably isn't a glitch in the Matrix, you probably have just seen that actual scene before.

Occasionally, movies -- even major blockbusters -- have been known to "borrow" scenes from other movies for a variety of, often practical, reasons. To illustrate this, ScreenRant has continued their series of movie trivia videos by creating a compilation of six well-known movies which aren't as original as you might think. Check out the clip, and a side-by-side breakdown of the video, below:

The video might be over-exaggerating a little bit when it claimed these movies "stole" from others. In reality, all the footage is usually owned by the same studio, allowing it to be used in other films without any kind of pesky copyright infringement issues. Anyway, let's take a closer look at some of these "stolen" scenes:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon/The Island

It might be easy to criticize for copying his own movie, but he actually has a fairly good reason for using the older footage from The Island in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Initially, the crew had planned to film a new highway car chase sequence, but an extra, Gabriella Cedillo, was hit in the head and paralyzed when a tow-cable snapped. As a result, the footage was not used and older The Island footage was spliced in.

However, this excuse doesn't extend to his reusing of Pearl Harbor footage in the first Transformers movie, although I can imagine renting an aircraft carrier is pretty expensive...

Star Generations/Star Trek VI

Special effects are expensive, and if you've got one decent shot of a Klingon Bird of Prey exploding, why bother forking out for another? In fact, this explosion also popped up in other Star Trek stories, including the television series.

Blade Runner/The Shining

No actual footage from The Shining was used in Blade Runner - since most of the landscape shots from the introduction follow Jack's yellow VW Beetle - but footage from Kubrick's archive was used to finish Blade Runner.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace/Star Wars: Episode II - The Clone Wars

The shift in production between England and Australia unfortunately meant Lucas was unable to get his hands on the same actors and props to portray the varied Jedi council. Instead, he simply decided to use some special effects magic to fiddle around with the scene and subtly adjust the look of the council.

Hitman/Dark Angel

When the Hitman team wanted to portray the origins of their genetically engineered character, someone at Fox clearly said, "Hey, didn't we make a show like that, like, five years ago or something?" And indeed they had. To save time and money, Fox merely used the exact same Dark Angel scenes, but with some added "dreamy" filters to change it all up a bit.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure/War and Peace

Although you probably wouldn't think that the stories of Bill & Ted and War and Peace have a lot in common, they do share footage of a rather massive 19th century battle. When our time-traveling duo head back to the Napoleonic era, they arrive smack bang in the middle of the battle between France and Austria, which, quite frankly, the budget of Excellent Adventure could not afford. Luckily, they were able to source footage from the 1958 epic, War and Peace.

Source: Sploid


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