One of the most amazing things about movies like The Willoughbys is that the whole business has been around for almost 50 years. For a long time, the old movies have been online - in movies catalogs and on DVD. Now, the online version is being offered, and so are the same old titles that you know and love.
With The Willoughbys, there's no way to tell whether you'll get a decent quality or digital transfer. However, it's possible to at least see how the transfers were done. There are a few options, however, so it's best to look at all of them before making a choice.
First, many of the transfers are made from the original movie source films, including both film prints and negatives. These are the same negatives from the movies that are used to create the original picture negatives. Therefore, any digital or DVD copies you buy will be similar to the originals. There will be variations in the colours, grain and noise levels, but overall the pictures should be as close to the originals as possible.
If you want to avoid getting a reproduction instead of the original negative, the first step is to order the online release of the movie you want to download. In most cases, this means you can download the disc immediately after you place your order. In addition, the online movie store will offer you a refund if you don't want to use the online download - although this isn't always possible, especially if the disc doesn't arrive at all.
If you're buying a DVD copy, though, you should be able to download the disc from the online movie store. While the movie may be dated, they are not technically out of copyright - so long as you keep the original film negatives and film prints. The advantage of online ordering is that you can receive your copy almost immediately. It'sa good idea to print off a copy of the movie cover and title to keep in your hand.
Online retailers sometimes offer more quality than some video stores. This is because the printing of the online copies are done at the same time as the original print, meaning the colour balance and detail are usually better. In addition, since the printing takes place in the same location as the original prints, you can expect to see almost identical results. Sometimes, however, the company that prints the DVD copies only offers a DVD copy (no digital transfer) in case you're concerned about the quality.
One of the advantages of online shopping is that the selection of new releases is large. Although you'll pay a lot less for a digital copy, they do have newer releases, and older films are available as well. Although this might seem strange, sometimes they are not released online due to their prohibitive cost.
In The Willoughbys, you can choose to get the DVD, the online version, or both. In general, you can get the best quality of picture from the online transfer. If you're not sure whether you'll get the original film negatives, the online option is probably the best bet.