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The Open Road: America Looks At Aging


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary:  B-



A new PBS program about aging takes on the subject of the 77 Million Baby Boomers who will be retiring, turning most states population-wise into what Florida is now synonymous with as a place with many elderly retirees.  One of Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey sequels even envisioned EPCOT Center as being converted for such purposes.  The Open Road lasts an hour and wants to rethink what aging and retirement is.


It begins by showing old black and white footage about retirees just heading for a life of time-killing activities in lieu of death.  The rest of the program shows more active elderly, elderly battling against the brainwashing that age makes a person disposable and does what it can to suggest a whole new world of possibilities in later life.  The title at first suggests a road show to visit older people, then ends actually referring to the final years having thousands of possibilities.  This program is likely to be the first in a long series we will see from many sources that battle and overturn aging myths once and for all.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 NTSC image (digital or not) is fine for a recent taping and has the usual detail limits.  It looks fine otherwise.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds to speak of, but is a clean recording, much of which is from the location taping.  Extras include a smaller “Civic Engagement” segment running just over 9 minutes long, resources, text on filmmakers, and seven First Run trailers, including an extended one for this program.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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