Archaic TV

Category: The Honeymooners

The Honeymooners – “A Matter of Life and Death” Full Episode 5 of 39 {Enhanced Edition}

 

When he sees the vet’s report on his mother-in-law’s sick dog, Ralph mistakenly concludes that he has only six months to live.

Original Air Date: October 29, 1955

Cast:
Jackie Gleason … Ralph Kramden
Art Carney … Ed Norton
Audrey Meadows … Alice Kramden
Joyce Randolph … Trixie Norton

I cleaned up the audio quite a bit, removing background white noise, and improved the video so that the characters “pop” out of the picture now, and do not fade into the background, as is often a problem with film which was stored on old magnetic media before the technology was advanced to digitize them.

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The Honeymooners – “TV or Not TV” Full Episode 1 of 39 {Enhanced Edition}

 

The Honeymooners is an American television sitcom created by and starring Jackie Gleason, based on a recurring comedy sketch of the same name that had been part of his variety show.

The Honeymooners was one of the first U.S. television shows to portray working-class married couples in a gritty, non-idyllic manner (the show is set mostly in the Kramdens’ kitchen, in a neglected Brooklyn apartment building).

 

Episode Plot:

Too cheap to pay the full price, Ralph cons Norton into paying for half a TV Set; Ralph fights with Norton over a TV that they share but is in Ralph’s apartment. This episode has Ralph doing a double take when Norton watches Captain Video and His Video Rangers!

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #26 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.

 

Original Air Date: Oct 1, 1955

Cast:
Jackie Gleason … Ralph Kramden
Art Carney … Ed Norton
Audrey Meadows … Alice Kramden
Joyce Randolph … Trixie Norton

 

My Modifications:

 

In this classic 1st episode of The Honeymooners. I modified the visuals to make the characters a lot more distinctive, as they were blending into the background quite a bit in this old footage, and I cleaned up the audio an awful lot, making the vocals sound a lot clearer and reducing background ‘mic noise’ considerably. I also fixed the aspect ratio to play properly in widescreen. Many copies of the Honeymooners online are stretched from television’s 4:3 to wide’s 16:9, and make everything look a little bit off and “squished”. The pillar-boxes (black bars) on the sides of the video compensate for this on modern computer, tablet & phone screens, so that you can watch the video as it was meant to be seen.

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