Newsreels are a cinematic staple that was abandoned long before my movie-going days commenced. I've seen them in movies, and I own a few DVDs with newsreel extras in the special feature, but 24-hour news television and the Internet have rendered them antiquated. Fortunately, the makers of many of the newsreels have seen fit to make them available to interested parties. British Pathe, one of the larger news production houses, offers 128k low-resolution watermarked versions of their entire library free of charge. Beatles fans may be interested in the large selection of news clips from the Fab Four. If you find something you like or want to use in a presentation, higher resolution DVD and VHS versions are available for surprisingly affordable rates.