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Old January 13 2014, 07:14 AM   #61
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Re: Khan #3 Review

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I'm surprised people in the Trek 'verse don't enter stasis on their death beds, actually, and wait to be revived when the immortality serum/miracle cure-all finally gets made.
In "The Neutral Zone" didn't they say something about they are so advanced and civilized that they can peacefully accept death?
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Old January 13 2014, 08:33 AM   #62
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^Which absolutely does not make it right.
I didn't say it was right or wrong, but it wasn't stupid that the owners of "Bewitched" were able to find a way to continue selling its early seasons to new audiences. In the US, they offered both b/w and color, and the colour eps outsold the b/w's.
There could very well have been other factors that caused the color episodes to outsell the b/w's. Was there a price difference, did they do more advertising, did they discontinue the b/w's, was the packaging different, etc. I can imagine a scenario where a company spends money to colorize a show then makes it more attractive to the consumer so they can justify the cost.

I didn't realize they had colorized the first season of Betwitched. Sort of makes me glad I bought Wild Wild West when it came out and the first season of that was in b/w. I'm just not that into colorization. I would hate for them to do the same thing to Man from U.N.C.L.E. before I decide to pick it up.

On the other hand, colorized Betwitched did sell so there must be a market. I haven't seen something that's been colorized in a decade at least. Does it look any better? Do people actually do it still? When was Betwitched done anyway?
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Old January 13 2014, 02:41 PM   #63
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No, it's just that some people are so narrow in their tastes that they'd rather see color than black-and-white even if the color version looks greatly inferior in every other respect. Back in the '80s or so, a number of black-and-white Popeye and Warner Bros. cartoons were cheaply reanimated in color by a Korean studio so that they could be sold in syndication. The color versions looked horrible, full of sloppy art and animation errors, and the scenes in some of the Popeye cartoons that used the innovative technique of filming animation-cel characters on glass against a moving 3D tabletop model, so that the background would move with realistic perspective, were replaced with ordinary 2D animation with crude background paintings. The remade versions were artistically inferior in every possible way (well, visually -- they still had the original audio), but they were in color, and somehow that made them far more marketable for the mass audience than the beautifully made black-and-white originals.

Bewitched debuted in 1964. It switched to color for its third season in 1966, around when most shows switched to color. (Well, a year later than Gilligan's Island had switched to color, but the same time Lost in Space did.)
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