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Robbie Parry
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Posted: October 22 2018 at 6:24pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

There's a documentary out called VHS LIVES! A SCHLOCKUMENTARY:


The producer of the documentary, Tony Newton, was interviewed by sci-fi magazine STARBURST in the latest issue. When asked about the possibility of a VHS resurgence, he had this to say:


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I don't think we are ever going to see big mainstream companies sell new or old VHS releases in our lifetime, people have nothing to play them on, and they would have to pump so much into the VHS and VCR industry, it just wouldn't happen.

Quote taken from the LATEST ISSUE of STARBURST.

So, is he right? 

Vinyl has made a comeback. The format is popular and never totally went away. Plus, you can buy a record player for a reasonable price nowadays.

VHS is different. In 2018, it would be cumbersome. As Newton stated, people have nothing to play them on. Videotapes don't have the longevity of DVD or Blu-ray. And they do take up a lot of space. When CIC Video released STAR TREK: TNG on VHS in the UK, the entire series required 89 tapes. Imagine the shelf space needed for 89 tapes, eh?

Plus, with digital downloads, VHS would be even more unlikely to make a comeback. 

I think there'll always be room for a limited run of something. I believe WWE released an event on VHS in recent years for the nostalgic crowd. For those that still own a video player, a cheap video bought at a car boot sale might hold some appeal. 

As a format, though, I think it'll remain as dead as a dodo.
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Vinyl doesnít decay in the way videotape does. Hundred year old records can still be played. Tapes only a few decades old can be... gone!
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Michael Roberts
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The resurgence in popularity of vinyl is largely driven by the perception that it produces higher sound quality. Vinyl recordings are analog and capture sound as we hear them, while digital formats like CD only capture a sampling of a sound wave, and formats like MP3 compress information on top of that. 

I donít think anyone is going to reasonably argue that VHS produces a better experience.
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Posted: October 22 2018 at 7:59pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I don't see VHS making any more of a comeback than I see a successful music cassette tape comeback. Between the decay of the tape itself, limited picture quality and the need for a long-lived playback mechanism (that won't chew tapes), headcleaning, etc.it's just not a worthwhile endeavor.
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No


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Bill Collins
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As with vinyl(Which you`ll NEVER convince me to return
to!), i remember the drawbacks...poor tracking, pops and
crackes, poor picture and sound quality,cumbersome
storage to name a few! So no!

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Posted: October 23 2018 at 4:49am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

It wont come back for me.
Of course I can imagine the next generation of "hipsters" trying to create a niche, exclaiming "there's nothing like that vintage video tape look while watching Terminator".
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Bill Collins
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Doug, can you imagine, in these days of HD, watching a
video and it being like viewing through gauze, and the
hipster`s trying to convince you that the picture is
"warmer"? ;-)
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No. Even in its heyday VHS was a clumsy format with no great appeal in itself. Also I used to collect old TV shows and films on tape, mostly things that had never been released in any home format, which I'd get by trading with other collectors. I remember the slog of making copies in real time, having to track down things you were after through a network of contacts*, making deals for what you wanted with what you had to offer, the way that some shows/films were simply impossible to find in good quality. (VHS recordings deteriorated in picture quality very badly from one generation to another.) Almost everything I hunted for in those days has since appeared on DVD and sometimes blu-ray, in quality so much better that no one in their right mind would want to go back.

*It took me two years to get a complete run of the Edgar Wallace Mystery series of films. Now available as a box set for £42 from Amazon!
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A lot of indie horror fans collect VHS and new filmmakers are trying to capitalize on it by releasing limited editions of their movies on VHS. It's a niche of a niche of a niche audience but there are some meager attempts at bringing VHS back.

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John, over here we have blurays being released in VHS
style packaging!
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From my classes in archives, quality vhs tapes have a longer lifespan than equivalent dvds.
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