This is a bittersweet moment for me. First one of the truly last great men of Hollywood, Patrick Swayze, dies (the bitter) from his long battle with cancer yesterday. Then, the day after, we get some behind-the-scenes pictures of the new Red Dawn remake (the sweet) courtesy of a heads-up by our friends at AICN.

I don’t know about you but I’m a HUGE fan of behind-the-scenes pictures and videos and the site Red Dawn 2010 has got them in spades. I’ve put together 5 of the most interesting ones and one video of the house blowing up but if you head over to the website, you can take a peek at the others here and here.

Red Dawn is arguably one of Swayze’s best films, and it for sure put him on the movie map as a strong leading man. The Red Dawn remake should be nothing short of a fitting tribute, homage if you will, to all his hard work and dedication in the field of cinema. I would hope that director Dan Bradley, who’s only directing credits up until now have been on second units and stunts, is considering placing this film in Swayze’s honor or at least throwing up a dedication to him at the beginning or end of the film. That would be a very classy move on Bradley’s part.

Now let’s take a look at the pictures then discuss a few of them below.

Prop house with hole where the plane went through

Another house where a plane went BOOM!

Same plane at night, guessing this is a military plane?

Plane fuselage wreckage

Prop house on fire after the explosion.

And now a video of the house being destroyed from a distance – but you can see a large orange plume of smoke going into the air.

OK, there are things that I like and dislike about these photos and video.  I like the fact that it’s being brought into a suburb instead of wide open country.  I like the fact that they really blow up a prop house, practical effects are so much more appealing to me than the digital variety. I dislike the fact there is very little plane as a practical effect. This can only mean that the rest of the plane will be created digitally, and while I understand that it’s not totally possible to crash an ACTUAL plane in a neighborhood, that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Red Dawn brings in a new group of youngsters to play the titular Wolverines including Chris Hemsworth (Thor) picking up Patrick Swayze’s torch as Jed Eckert, Josh Peck (The Wackness) doing his best Charlie Sheen as Jed’s brother Matt , Josh Hutcherson (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant) recreating C. Howell Thomas’ role of Robert, and Adrianne Palicki (Legion) stepping into Jennifer Grey’s puffy vest as Toni. It’s a decent group of young up-and-coming Hollywood kids and if history repeats itself, then we could see more from this group of actors and actresses.

What do you think about the first behind-the-scenes pictures and videos for Red Dawn? Do you have high expectations for this remake with the cast and crew that is involved or could you not care less?

Red Dawn the remake drops into theaters September 24th, 2010.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News, Before the Trailer, Red Dawn 2010