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Robbie Parry
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Posted: October 23 2018 at 9:51am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The quality of VHS aside, I do miss (and we did a topic on this once) commissioned cover art that made VHS so entertaining back in the day.

And then there was Betamax...
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Posted: October 23 2018 at 10:16am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

We had a Betamax! Back in the day when your favorite movie was $89.99!
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Posted: October 23 2018 at 11:12am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

"when your favorite movie was $89.99!"

In those days, i won The Empire Strikes Back on VHS,
imagine how happy i was!
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I read years about the business model for video rental stores, specifically how they would pay a LOT for a videotape from the distributor, but would get to keep the film for the lifetime of the tape. So of course they made their money back.

Over time, it changed so that the video stores didn't pay as much for tapes, but simply gave a percentage per rental to the studio/distributor.

We've had debates about libraries vs. selling in the past. I wonder, were any studios/distributors complaining about people renting rather than buying tapes?
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"...and the
hipster`s trying to convince you that the picture is
"warmer"? ;-)"

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Ha!, right Bill. And then they give you that look of disgust when you tell them "I just don't get it".
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Doug, then saying their turntable and amp/pre-amp etc
cost a few grand!
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Getting rid of VHS in favour of DVD was major progress in my book. Better image, less wear and tear and, importantly, it demaned lot less shelf space!
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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".

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE, an 80's gem starrring John Stamos, Vanity, and Gene Simmons, went years without being issued (officially, in the U.S.) on DVD. Finally, last year, it came out in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo. The DVD has a "special feature" where one can enjoy the "VHS version", I guess to capture that "real" 4:3 Standard Def way we all watched it back when. 


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There was one advantage to VHS: being able to fast-forward through the studio logo/copyright info/non-skippable ads.

The WWE DVDs irked me. No option to fast-forward through the distributor logo/copyright information/"Don't try this at home..." disclaimer/etc.

And if I have to sit through the Paramount logo again...
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Posted: October 24 2018 at 10:58am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Vinyl also at least claims to have superior sound quality to digital, at least for recordings made before digital production.  I'm somewhat dubious of this, just like I'm dubious of people claiming they can tell the difference between 60 and 100 fps on video games or 2k and 4k television.  But at least that idea is out there.

Nobody thinks VHS offers superior video quality to Blu-Ray or digital.

The equivalent to vinyl in the movie world would be more like certain directors still using film.


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Posted: October 24 2018 at 11:22am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

2k or 4k? Do we need to upgrade our eyes to appreciate
4k?

I think for my age my hearing is pretty decent, it was
tested a few years ago and was fine.I like to listen
to music properly, not just as aural wallpaper, and i
listen out for clarity, and all the instruments in the
mix, i like mp3 on my phone for listening in the
garden or on holiday,it sounds ok to me, i can still
hear subtle percussion etc.I also like HD bluray 5.1
mixes, which can really bring out sounds previously
hidden in the standard stereo mix, plus the surround
soundscape can be really immersive, so vinyl and VHS?
No thank`s!
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Posted: October 24 2018 at 4:33pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply


Any VCR/video cassette resurgence can only end like this:

"Wow, I'm glad I invested in this new VCR, to watch all of my super-rare and/or collectible VHS tapes, filled with priceless sentimental value, and probably bought at a premium back in the day!"

*VCR eats tape*

"Arrrgh!!!  What the $&@# was I thinking?!?!?!?!?!"



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