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Many older movies seem to have vivid reds and particularly realistic or noticeable skin tones (they certainly seem to stand out from typical skin tones on TV or the majority of movies). This applies even in DVD or online versions and is not, given the range of material I've noticed the effect in, an artifact of special post processing or deliberate colour manipulation.

All the movies I've noticed the effect in are from the film era, especially from when colour became common to the late 1960's. I used to think it was just Technicolor but I've seen things recently that don't claim to be Technicolor that also show the effect.

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I most recently noticed the effect in the Hammer Horror Quatermass and the Pit (1967). I have seen the effect a lot before and assumed it was Technicolor, but Quatermass isn't Technicolor. A quick review of old online digital movies online suggests North by Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963). I think Gone With the Wind (1939) exhibits is too, but the digital version I scanned was low res and not so clear. These were all Technicolor. –  matt_black Jan 3 at 14:55
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I think you're referring to Color Grading, these days it's much easier to enhance and mix colors in moving pictures than it was years ago. Hence Color Grading was not done years ago because its not cheap, flexible and easy as it is today.

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No I'm not. The effect is obvious wherever and however the movie is viewed (cinema, DVD, digital) and I am specifically talking about movies that have not been digitally manipulated. –  matt_black Jan 2 at 13:01
    
Its generally determined by the grade of filmstock, and the camera equipment. I can give you a more detailed answer when I'm not in work, if you'd like to know more than this? –  John Smith Optional Jan 2 at 15:51
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The way you describe this effect makes me think about Film Colorization by Hand. It is an older technique than the era you're suggesting. Here is a description of the technique from this site:

Painters colored each part of each frame of each copy of the reel by hand. This labor-intensive technology was only possible because the earliest films were very short (...)

Here is an example of a movie colorized using this technique:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZbPUPtapU

As you can see the reds are more vivid than the rest of the colors.

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No, my examples were all shot on colour film and I can tell the difference with hand colouring. –  matt_black Jan 3 at 14:57
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