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I truly enjoy older programs. Some of them still exist in pretty decent quality. Some, sadly to say, have suffered "the ravages of time."

Even though I love atmospheric and I love black and white, I can't honestly say I enjoy watching videos from the past that are preserved only in poor quality.

It's truly sad. You see, the era between the latest of the 1930s and the early 1970s was (and I say this is NOT mere opinion) superior in both artistic filming and acting quality. Computers and modernity to not enable more modern pieces to match those of this past era.

I'm doing what I can to garnish movies and other productions of the past, preserving them on CDs, using various video download programs. Much of what I harvest is on YouTube.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on December 19, 2015, 7:44 PM

I fully agree that the scripts, the production quality, and the acting in the older shows and movies were far superior to the fare we are subjected to in this modern age.

JohnRoberts wrote on December 19, 2015, 8:01 PM

I agree poor print quality is an issue on old movies and TV shows. I watch them on Roku stations and old westerns and obscure interesting titles from the 1930s to 50s are too often faded and scratchy. No question the quality of the past is vastly superior to the present. Those in awe of Star Wars apparently never saw the Flash Gordon serials which George Lucas admitted was his influence.

VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2015, 8:25 PM

You speak well,#JohnRoberts. Contrast is often a problem with older B&W productions, as well. Add to the film decomposition. Only the very top films undergo archival restoration, apparently.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 19, 2015, 8:31 PM

Yes the movies of the past and their production was better than it is today. That is good you are preserving them on CDs.

luisga814 wrote on December 19, 2015, 9:50 PM

Even if the story is something romantic, as long as the video quality runs black and white, I am smiling.

Paulie wrote on December 19, 2015, 11:22 PM

I agree with your assessment of filming and acting quality of films from the late 30s to the early 70s. And yes, there are a lot of these great films on You Tube.

morilla wrote on December 20, 2015, 1:30 AM

I've seen and even have the old Flash Gordon stuff on DVD. That was actually the key to both Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies, their homage to the old serials. It's part of why people reacted so negatively to the Prequels and the last Indiana Jones movies; i.e., they weren't connected to the 'serials' and the latter was deliberately made more along the lines of the "B" movies in the 1950's. (There are other factors, but it played a role in each.) Unfortunately, many of the scripts couldn't be written in today's "politically correct" system and you couldn't necessarily afford the 'equivalent' (and I use that term loosely) casts in the modern era. (Stallone has accomplished it, sort of, with The Expendables series in the context of cast assemblage; but, money has come into play with that as well.)

morilla wrote on December 20, 2015, 1:32 AM

To me, this was the potential of YouTube and similar sites - the preservation of films and television programs we used to see somewhat regularly on television, for the most part. It's a potential which has largely been squandered or is being undermined and a good part of that comes back to money.

Rufuszen wrote on December 20, 2015, 12:43 PM

I have watched a few old shows on YouTube. I have to admit that sometimes the quality is very off putting