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Civilisation (1970) - Original PBS Broadcast Reconstruction

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Over the next year, I will work on a reconstruction of the original PBS broadcast version of Lord Clark’s Civilisation, based on extant sources I’ve been able to dig up on Google.

The format for all 13 episodes shall be as follows:

  • Xerox Corporation underwriter spot (“This program was made possible by a grant from the Xerox Corporation.”)
  • 1970 NET logo (“The following program is a presentation of NET.”)
  • The episode itself
  • 1967 Time Life Films logo
  • Xerox Corporation underwriter spot (“This program was made possible by a grant from the Xerox Corporation.”)
  • NET closing logo and copyright notice (“A presentation of NET © Educational Broadcasting Corporation 1970”)
  • 1970 PBS logo (“This is PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service.”)

Each episode will be presented in 1080i30 with the original monaural English audio, in a manner that ensures perfect compatibility with the Blu-ray format, and I will try as best as I can to recreate the Xerox underwriter announcement and the closing Time Life Films logo. The reason why preserving this version of Civilisation is so important is because it was the first event program to ever be broadcast on PBS, as well as one of the first programs on the network.

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Dude, you need to work on one project at a time. I mean, it’s cool you’re doing this but shouldn’t you finish the Toy Story Restoration or the Marvel Film Festival?

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Good point. At any rate, for this project I’ll very likely work on just one or two episodes per month, to give myself room for the other projects.