Never Forget: The Humble, Indispensable VHS

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Newspaper Article By Marc Savlov of The Austin Chronicle, January 16, 2009

In this story two rather large fans of the VHS format discuss what it is they love about VHS tapes. They start by discussing their first experiences with VHS, which might sound like a story from your past. One of them tells of a Grandfather who was on the cutting edge and who brought home a huge VCR that might have cost $2,000 in 1981. Along with it came some family-safe movies. Remember, that before VHS, you could not watch movies at home unless they were being shown on television. For people buying VCRs in the early 1980s, it was a truly new experience. You opened a “huge, white clamshell case with a suction-y pop and within that was this black rectangle that held wonders.”

Only about 25 percent of movies made before VHS were released on VHS. Today, just 50 percent of the movies issued on VHS are available on DVD. This means that there are a large number of movies that are simply gone. If the movies on VHS are allowed to simply slip away, they will be gone forever. People, particularly young people, are going to start collecting VHS the way they are collecting records today. Not because they are better but because they have a wider selection. Because if we do not, then many movies are simply going to disappear.

This article closes with the tale of customer looking for a movie they saw when they were 12 but being disgusted at only finding it available on VHS. If that is the only way to watch a movie you love, then shouldn’t you be happy to watch it!?! Don’t give up on videotapes! Read the full article by following the link below.

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http://deluxevideoonline.org/2013/06/07/instant-nostalgia-lets-videotape/

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