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Your DVD/VHS/Betamax treasures (weird & wonderful)

VCS2600

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With the death of the video rental store, most are left with a huge collection of movies in DVD, or other formats, but what items in your collection do you particularly like? I always make a point of watching one of the Cannonball Run films every now and then.:cool:



Seven Nights In Japan

Hidemi Aoki
 
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Son of Anarchy

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I still have VHS and watch it from time to time when I get nostalgia. I have the Godfather trilogy, Goodfellas and both of the Ghostbusters so I stick them on, lol.
 

VCS2600

Standard Member
I still have VHS and watch it from time to time when I get nostalgia. I have the Godfather trilogy, Goodfellas and both of the Ghostbusters so I stick them on, lol.
Ray Liotta was great in Goodfellas, love that movie.:smashin:

Anne Archer was pleasant to watch in Green Ice, and Bill Wyman did a good job on the soundtrack with The Cloud Hopper theme, the instrumental version of which got re-used in Charles Bronson's 1983 film The Evil That Men Do.:cool:

Green Ice 1981

Green Ice plot
 
If you go with old DVD's it has to be Starman. But I also like Dark Star.
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
I still have working Beta, VHS and Laserdisc machines. They still get used but not that often. I recently rewatched the first series of Crocodile Shoes on VHS as I don't think it ever came out on DVD. My most played Laserdisc was Still Life From The Penguin Cafe but I got the DVD fot Xmas so that machine won't get used so much now.

Bri
 

VCS2600

Standard Member
I don't think we are ever going to see a single format last as long as VHS did. Obsolescence has taken a grip I am afraid.:(

 
I don't think we are ever going to see a single format last as long as VHS did. Obsolescence has taken a grip I am afraid.:(
I have absolutely no nostalgia for VHS and thought it was a inadequate format to present films, even when there was no alternative. I don't miss the bleeding colours, poor resolution or the pan & scan jobs that screwed up composition and editing. I generally avoided 2.35:1 widescreen films like the plague when they weren't letterboxed.
 

bosque

Novice Member
I don't think we are ever going to see a single format last as long as VHS did. Obsolescence has taken a grip I am afraid.
...and how long did VHS last ? In 2000 it was effectively dead as a format after lasting say 18-19 years. DVD has now been on sale for over 14 years and is still the dominant format. VHS was for people who weren't too bothered about how mediocre it made its content look.
 

whos jonny m

Novice Member
I still have about 60 vhs tapes, and have about 300 in storage somewhere.
hysterical,
the witch(aka superstition),
one crazy summer,
lemon popsicle collection, are the main ones that i haven't seen readily available on dvd. classics no matter the format!
 

captainarchive

Distinguished Member
...and how long did VHS last ? In 2000 it was effectively dead as a format after lasting say 18-19 years. DVD has now been on sale for over 14 years and is still the dominant format. VHS was for people who weren't too bothered about how mediocre it made its content look.
I think it's nearer 25 years there were people in our neighbourhood who had VCRs in the late 1970's, my uncle bought one in 1979. I think DVD has a bit further to go but I think it will still be around in 10 years time.
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
I think it's nearer 25 years there were people in our neighbourhood who had VCRs in the late 1970's, my uncle bought one in 1979. I think DVD has a bit further to go but I think it will still be around in 10 years time.
According to Wiki the first UK VHS player was launched in 1978 so you're pretty much spot on.

Bri
 

IL Cattivo

Well-known Member
I have absolutely no nostalgia for VHS and thought it was a inadequate format to present films, even when there was no alternative. I don't miss the bleeding colours, poor resolution or the pan & scan jobs that screwed up composition and editing. I generally avoided 2.35:1 widescreen films like the plague when they weren't letterboxed.
20-30 years from today I wonder if we will be saying similar things about DVD and Blu-Ray?


Probably won't even have such things as 'discs'...!! :eek: Oh the rigmarole of loading such things into a tray and pressing buttons on a remote! How cumbersome... 1080p HD will most likely be slated like it was an insult to have even experienced it... :laugh:

:)
 

Mr_Wistles

Distinguished Member
Only problem with that is that films nowadays are filmed in 1920x1080.

Previous film stock was filmed much higher.
 
20-30 years from today I wonder if we will be saying similar things about DVD and Blu-Ray?


Probably won't even have such things as 'discs'...!! :eek: Oh the rigmarole of loading such things into a tray and pressing buttons on a remote! How cumbersome... 1080p HD will most likely be slated like it was an insult to have even experienced it... :laugh:

:)
You would have to have a gigantic display that doesn't fit into the average room to appreciate anything much better than 1080p HD at home.

One day everything will be accessed via instant HD downloads or streaming, but my priority isn't added convenience, but a home video format to be true to the way a film was meant to be watched and now we have that. Having a Blu-ray in most cases is as good as having a print of a film and in the case of classic films, a restored print that far exceeds the jumpy, scratched print you'd see at a repertory house. There are old films I've seen a billion times that I'm discovering new again on my projector because I've never seen them look so pristine.
 

VCS2600

Standard Member
I think you have to give it to VHS for popularising the idea of having a film at home. Sony didn't push this with Betamax, which ultimately brought its undoing. Before VHS came along you either went to a cinema or waited for it to come on TV.:lesson: I got Betamax in 1979! :)

The Omega Man 1971

Plot
 

Lancia34

Distinguished Member
Only VHS tape I kept was my Star Wars video - the original and first release of it widescreen on VHS :thumbsup:
 

Garrett

Moderator
I think you have to give it to VHS for popularising the idea of having a film at home. Sony didn't push this with Betamax, which ultimately brought its undoing. Before VHS came along you either went to a cinema or waited for it to come on TV.:lesson: I got Betamax in 1979! :)

The Omega Man 1971

Plot
It was having porn on VHS and not on Beta I belive was the reason VHS was the winner Beta was a better format.
 

THE_FORCE

Distinguished Member


The film was slated by some, but it's one of my faves. Reese just cracks me up in it. :)
 

captainarchive

Distinguished Member
VHS won out over Betamax because VHS appealed to film studios pushing gard to get them to adopt the format. A lesson Sony never forgot and that's why it went on a spending spree during the 1980s and 1990's buying up films studios and their back-catalogues. They didn't want to lose the format war again and new owning films rights was key.
 

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