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The Space Age: NASA's Story: Tragedy

Ok, I researched a bit more, and it seems that this 4-episode program is actually a rehash of a highly-acclaimed 6-episode program "When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions". I am not sure why Dangerous Films did this repackaging, but if you showed it instead or re-broadcasting "The Space Age: NASA's Story" it would be just great.

February 3, 2011 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Space Age: NASA's Story: Tragedy

Yesterday I finished watching this 4-part series. Without mentioning the content of the program I want to comment on visual quality. Well, I don't know whether Dangerous Films shot this in HD, I would think that any company in their right mind who aims for worldwide distribution should shoot in HD. Maybe they did not, after all, they are based in Britain, and Europeans have been using widescreen SD for at least a decade. But even then, why the quality of the program looked SO HORRIBLE? Faded colors, stutter, ghosting and most of all, noticeable interlacing artifacts that could be clearly seen in the shots of talking heads. This did not look worthy of an HD channel, moreover, it looked worse than SD. You people are supposed to be professionals. Even if this had been shot in SD, you should have correctly upconverted it to HD without introducing additional artifacts. It is funny how old 8-mm and 16-mm film footage held better than spanking new interview shots. I understand that frame rate conversion between U.S. and European standards introduces tons of artifacts, but I am not supposed to see interlacing issues on my HDTV. Someone somewhere screwed up big time. Don't you dare to think that viewers do not notice this stuff. You guys must fix it and re-broadcast the program in proper quality.

February 3, 2011 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Political Analysis: The Boxer-Fiorina US Senate Race

"Out environment is a God given gift, and people of California revere it"? Huh? If people of California are so fond of the environment, should not they abandon their cars for public transportation or to live closer to their work? Or AT LEAST replace their 15MPG SUVs with 40MPG econoboxes.

What about extending the Sprinter line from Escondido all the way to San Diego downtown, or at least to Fashion Valley? There is an HOV line being extended to Escondido on I-15, it will be an all-time two-way HOV line. Seriously? This is just a waste. Keep one side of this HOV section for HOV, switching it there and back at peak hours, and use another side for a train. Take a look at SF BART, it works great. I lived en East Bay and I loved riding BART.

The above would be a bow to California environment, and to congestion. THIS is what Barbara Baxter should be doing, along with building a high-speed train line all the way to SF.

Driving gas-sucking cars 30-40 miles one way and at the same time banning offshore oil drilling because California nature is so precious is hypocrisy.

October 29, 2010 at noon ( | suggest removal )