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Abandoned Hospital at Night (film #1 on Open Source Movies). [Category: Outtakes & Obscurities]A film crew snuck into an abandoned hospital in the middle of the night and filmed what they saw. Unfortunately, the only lighting they provided was a flashlight. And they are non-English speakers, so I couldn’t understand what they were saying to each other, even when you could hear their voices over the roar of a nearby superhighway. They were obviously not the first to explore this ruin, as practically every available surface you can see in the round beam of the flashlight is covered with graffiti. Still, there are a few interesting images to be found in the murk. This would have been a lot better if the filmmakers had provided a little more light.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: **.
Communication: A Film Lesson in General Science (in the Ephemeral section of Open Video Project. Also, film #358 on Prelinger Archive). [Category: Educational]This early, silent educational film from the 20s shows us various forms of communication technology and how they work. It starts with a simple electric bell and goes on to cover the telegraph, the telephone, and radio. This is actually quite well done and interesting. The visual images have a striking vintage look and the explanations are clear and understandable. I learned some things I didn’t know about how these technologies work. This would also make a good film for video artists to mine footage from. And there is a slight irony in watching a silent film try to explain how sound waves are carried.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Sleaze & Outsider Top Sources

Best Source:Stephen Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best Budget DVD: Schlock Hysteria (part of the Total Movie and Entertainment Set; no longer available)
Best Budget DVD Set:Classic Musicals
Best Budget DVD Set Series:DVD Megapacks
Best Downloading Archive:Open Source Movies
Best DVD:Stay Tuned: Television’s Unforgettable Moments (DVD comes with book)
Best DVD Extras:The Beast That Killed Women/The Monster of Camp Sunshine
Best VHS Tape:Cartoon Scandals (out of print; check used sites or ebay if this link doesn't work)
Best VHS Tape Series:Exploitation Mini-Classics (only Vol. 2 available now; used to be more)
Best Viewing Archive:Stephen Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
Public Service Top Sources

Best Source:Prelinger Archive
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best Budget DVD Set Series:DVD Megapacks
Best CD-ROM: Our Secret Century, Vol. 4: Menace and Jeopardy (out of print)
Best CD-ROM Series: Our Secret Century (out of print)
Best Downloading Archive:Prelinger Archive
Best DVD Extras:Godmonster of Indian Flats
Best DVD Series:The Educational Archives
Best Viewing Archive:Stephen Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
Outtakes & Obscurities Top Sources

Best Source:TVParty
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best Budget DVD: The Dick Van Dyke Show (check dollar bins at Walgreens for this)
Best Budget DVD Series: Collector’s Editions (check dollar bins at Walgreens for these)
Best Budget DVD Set:TV Favorites
Best Budget DVD Set Series:DVD Megapacks
Best CD-ROM:TVParty CD-ROM (CD-ROM comes with book)
Best CD-ROM Series: Our Secret Century (out of print)
Best Downloading Archive:Brickfilms
Best DVD:Monster Kid Home Movies
Best DVD Extras:A Mighty Wind
Best DVD Series:The Avengers
Best DVD Set:Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941
Best DVD Set Series:Clutch Cargo
Best DVD Set Series Extras:Looney Tunes Golden Collection
Best TV Show:Mystery Science Theater 3000
Best VHS Tape: Kid-a-Vision (out of print)
Best VHS Tape Series:Ghoul-a-Go-Go
Best VHS Tape Set: Dinosaurs! (out of print)
Best Viewing Archive:TVParty
News Top Sources

Best Source:Universal Newsreels
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best Downloading Archive:Universal Newsreels
Best DVD:Stay Tuned: Television’s Unforgettable Moments (DVD comes with book)
Best VHS Tape:Headline Stories of the Century (out of print; check used sites or ebay if this link doesn't work)
Best Viewing Archive:TVArk
Military & Propaganda Top Sources

Best Source:Universal Newsreels
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best Budget DVD:Pearl Harbor: Before and After (I got this from PlanetDVDNow for shipping & handling only. Unfortunately, it's no longer available from them.)
Best Budget DVD Set:War Classics
Best Budget DVD Set Series:DVD Megapacks
Best CD-ROM: Ephemeral Films (out of print)
Best Downloading Archive:Universal Newsreels
Best DVD:The Complete Uncensored Private SNAFU: Cartoons from World War II
Best DVD Extras:Atomic War Bride/This Is Not a Test
Best DVD Series:The Educational Archives
Best DVD Set:Walt Disney on the Front Lines
Best DVD Set Series:Walt Disney Treasures
Best VCD:WWII Cartoons, Vol. 1 (scroll down to find this)
Best VHS Tape:WWII V for Victory War Bonds and Rallies Show
Best VHS Tape Series:Atomic Scare Films
Best VHS Tape Set:This Film Is Restricted (out of print; check used sites or ebay if this link doesn't work)
Best VHS Tape Set Series: This Film Is… (out of print)
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Industrial Top Sources

Best Source:Prelinger Archive
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best CD-ROM: Ephemeral Films (out of print)
Best CD-ROM Series: Our Secret Century (out of print)
Best Downloading Archive:Prelinger Archive
Best DVD:The Educational Archives, Vol. 4: On the Job
Best DVD Extras:The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 7
Best DVD Series:The Educational Archives
Best DVD Series Extras:The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection
Best TV Show:Mystery Science Theater 3000
Best VHS Tape:Lifestyles USA, Vol. 1
Best VHS Tape Series:Lifestyles USA
Best Viewing Archive:National Archives
Hollywood Top Sources

Best Source:150 Cartoon Classics
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best Budget DVD: 11 Cartoons Starring Felix the Cat (got this in a dollar bin at a No Frills Supermarket)
Best Budget DVD Series: PC Treasures (check dollar bins for these)
Best Budget DVD Set:150 Cartoon Classics
Best Budget DVD Set Series:DVD Megapacks
Best Downloading Archive:Prelinger Archive
Best DVD:The Cartoons That Time Forgot, Vol. 1: The Ub Iwerks Collection
Best DVD Extras:Monsters Crash the Pajama Party Spook Show Spectacular
Best DVD Series:The Cartoons That Time Forgot: The Ub Iwerks Collection
Best DVD Series Extras:Looney Tunes Golden Collection
Best DVD Set:Disney Rarities
Best TV Show:Mystery Science Theater 3000
Best VHS Tape:Cartoon Crazys: Sci-Fi
Best VHS Tape Extras: Creature Silent Feature (out of print)
Best Viewing Archive:TVParty
Educational Top Sources

Best Source:Prelinger Archive
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best CD-ROM: Ephemeral Films (out of print)
Best CD-ROM Series: Our Secret Century (out of print)
Best Downloading Archive:Prelinger Archive
Best DVD:The Educational Archives, Volume One: Sex and Drugs
Best DVD Extras:The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 3
Best DVD Series: The Educational Archives
Best DVD Series Extras:The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection
Best DVD Set:Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films
Best TV Show:Mystery Science Theater 3000
Best VHS Tape:Campy Classroom Classics, Vol. 6
Best VHS Tape Series:Campy Classroom Classics
Best Viewing Archive:TVArk
Early Film & TV Top Sources

Best Source:Edison Film Archive
Best Archive Collection:American Memory Collection
Best Budget DVD:The Chaplin Collection (not budget now, but I got this last year from a "free DVD with shipping" site that doesn't exist anymore)
Best Budget DVD Series: Classic TV Hits (check the dollar bins at Walgreens for these)
Best Budget DVD Set:TV Favorites
Best Budget DVD Set Series:DVD Megapacks
Best CD-ROM:Who Built America? (out-of-print; search used sites or ebay if this link no longer works)
Best Downloading Archive:Edison Film Archive
Best DVD:Melies the Magician
Best DVD Set:Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941
Best VHS Tape:The Movies Begin, Volume One: The Great Train Robbery and Other Primary Works
Best VHS Tape Series:The Movies Begin
Best VHS Tape Set: Dinosaurs! (out of print)
Best Viewing Archive:Movieflix
Commercial Top Sources

Best Source:TVParty
Best Archive Collection:Archive.org
Best CD-ROM: Ephemeral Films (out of print)
Best Downloading Archive:Prelinger Archive
Best DVD:All Monsters Attack!
Best DVD Extras:Drive-In Discs, Vol. 3
Best DVD Series Extras:Doctor Who
Best DVD Set:Classic Commercials
Best TV Show:Mystery Science Theater 3000
Best VHS Tape:Hey Folks, It's Intermission Time, Vol. 6
Best VHS Tape Extras:Drive-In Movie Double Feature #90
Best VHS Tape Series:Hey Folks, It's Intermission Time
Best Video Game Easter Eggs:Activision Anthology
Best Viewing Archive:TVParty
Best Sources for Film Ephemera by Category
Here's a list for each category of what I have found to be the most extensive sources for finding film ephemera. These have been determined by numbers only, with the sources that have the most ephemera being listed as the best in their categories. First, I will provide a list of definitions for the source types I will be listing:

"Best Source" means the single source that has the most ephemera in its category.
"Best Archive Collection" refers to a collection of online archives hosted at a single site.
"Best Budget DVD" refers to single DVDs that are budget-priced, such as those that can be ordered from shipping and handling only sites such as Planet DVD Now, or DVDs from dollar stores or dollar bins in retail stores.
"Best Budget DVD Series" refers to a series of budget DVDs that are sold seperately.
"Best Budget DVD Set" refers to multi-disc DVD sets that are budget priced, such as the DVD Mega…