I just got a rare treat from a trade.
I trade a lot of vintage original broadcast shows with people and I love it.
But imagine what it would be like if you can get copies of your seminal shows as you saw them on the channel you watched them.
That's what I basically got with this trade, around 30 syndicated Star Treks from Channel 10 circa 1977-79 (although in 79 we briefly moved to Alabama).
But this is exactly the way I saw Star Trek when I was a kid. Same broken down film prints, same commercials. Things that annoyed me back in the day (like the sound going out during the show and a "Do Not Adjust your set" sign showing or the film actually breaking during broadcast followed by a hastily started commercial) became quaint delights watching them again.
And the way the shows look?
Well, Back then, Star Trek looked super realistic to me. The planets didn't look like sets with sky backdrops, the ship was darkly lit (or so it seemed) had a gritty reality to it and the Enterprise in space looked like a ship in space.
Part of it was because of seeing the show through kids eyes but a lot of it also was the picture on these showings were darker than what we are used to with Star Trek today (when the background is darkened down, it looks more expansive whether it be the bridge set or a planet set) and the picture quality was just plain... well... fuzzy. I couldn't see the seam on Nimoy's ears no matter how hard I looked. Matte lines on the Enterprise? What matte lines?
The show looked more realistic shown this way
Don't get me wrong, I am not giving up my razor sharp, properly light balanced, store bought DVD's anytime soon but it is fun to see them like this.