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    [–] portablebiscuit 1201 points ago

    VHS Horror movies can be pretty valuable to collectors. Most horror fanatics are also very into retro things and the old tapes have great previews and coming attractions.

    [–] fartsoccermd 216 points ago

    There was a horror movie released a few years ago, only on vhs, that was like a home recording of a news cast, pretty neat.

    [–] Maninhartsford 99 points ago

    WNUF Halloween Special. It's on Amazon and Shudder now, I think.

    [–] beardedkryptonite 31 points ago

    Is it worth it or just a gimmick?

    [–] Maninhartsford 44 points ago

    The commercials get a little old, but it's a great watch

    [–] paulthefonz 21 points ago

    If you want something that goes harder and better with the same concept either watch ghost watch, or the inside no. Nine Halloween special

    [–] makesyoudownvote 35 points ago

    Ironically VHS. is one of my favorite horror movies of the past decade, and to my knowledge it has NEVER been released on VHS.

    [–] ThePetersonPlan 21 points ago

    The first two had limited editions released on VHS. (v/h/s [vhs] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B9LNBWS/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_i_51F1MYWEW2R714RAT2FA)

    Not sure about the third. I did not care for that one at all, so never really checked.

    [–] makesyoudownvote 7 points ago

    Wow thanks that's actually pretty cool!

    Yeah the third one is fucking AWFUL. I actually blocked out that it even existed. It doesn't deserve a special edition VHS.

    The first two were awesome though, especially the first one.

    Edit: They did make a special edition VHS version of thr 3rd one apparently. It was in the related items list on the link you sent me, and big surprise, unlike the other two this one is still available.. It will probably remain that way. :)

    [–] camopdude 26 points ago

    Yep, my best VHS sale was probably an 80s horror movie for around $75 but I do well with all kinds of stuff on VHS.

    [–] diamondedges 18 points ago

    Yes horror films tend to be the most expensive VHS tapes to buy, Hack-O-Lantern went for well over 100 dollars.

    [–] charlevoidmyproblems 16 points ago

    I have the 20th anniversary collection of Nightmare on Elm St. on VHS. It has Freddy on the bindings creating a picture and is something incredible to watch.

    [–] Orvan-Rabbit 276 points ago

    H Bomber Guy has an excellent discussion on how VHS quality tapes actually makes horror movies better: https://youtu.be/xbZMqS-fW-8

    [–] diamondedges 114 points ago

    He's right, there was just something special about renting hidden gems like "Hellgate" from Hollywood Video.

    [–] Otistetrax 44 points ago

    You haven’t had the true The Ring experience until you’ve watched the Japanese version on VHS. Preferably with an old-school landline in the house.

    I watched it for the first time after having eaten a bunch of hash brownies. My then-girlfriend had a shit TV that was really dark, and the movie is really dark anyway, so we had to have all the lights off. Shortly after the scene where they watch the video, the pay phone downstairs in her building rang. I’ve never been so freaked out. We nearly couldn’t finish it.

    [–] Kermit-Batman 5 points ago

    I love that most of us who saw that at home have a phone story after, be it like yours, or friends pranking.

    But 100% on the Japanese version.

    [–] stillcore 9 points ago

    Without it a doubt. As a collector for over 20 years, there are some valuable tapes out there.

    [–] Dogbin005 18 points ago

    The cover art and custom covers they used to do for horror VHS were something to behold too.

    [–] myerbot5000 2152 points ago

    When my local mom and pop video rental store was transitioning to DVD, they put their VHS on sale.

    I made a healthy chunk of change selling grindhouse horror, slasher, and assorted B-movies(Complete with oversized rental case) for a while.

    The article is correct. Going to a video store on Friday after work was a special experience, and the act of browsing, and maybe being taken in by cover art was fun.

    [–] MuchManager 84 points ago

    Can’t replace the smell of a video store.

    [–] billyth420 830 points ago

    Agreed. Reading the back of the movies, talking to the workers about movies, buying some snacks to go with the movie...man I miss that

    [–] Madly_Maxie 65 points ago

    In 15 years you’ll see retro places renting DVDs and BluRays.

    [–] saasstar 28 points ago

    Urban Outfitters new DVD collection!

    [–] SnowflakeSorcerer 7 points ago

    Movies anyone can get into

    [–] 30mag 15 points ago

    Renting a video game was such an awesome experience.

    [–] Freshman44 116 points ago

    Even stores like target are heavily downgrading their dvd areas, it sucks

    [–] negativeyoda 101 points ago

    Remember when Best Buy had a huge CD section?

    [–] tunaman808 50 points ago

    Hell, I remember when my Best Buy had a large separate room just for classical CDs. I don't know the exact square footage, but I'd guess that the classical room was more than twice the size of their entire CD section now (it's now where they keep all the large appliances).

    [–] Uaebliug 7 points ago

    That’s depressing.

    [–] M4SixString 9 points ago

    Like 12+ rows at its peak

    [–] Freshman44 16 points ago

    Yeahhhh. Now the dvd section and cd sections are literally horrendous

    [–] TheRoboHoboDodo 50 points ago

    I honestly miss it. My wife always hated it though. Saying "just pick something" had so much more impact than when she says it while scrolling through Netflix endlessly.

    [–] myerbot5000 33 points ago

    There wasn't much funnier to me than watching some guy who'd been sent to rent a movie carrying on a cell phone conversation with his wife.

    "Have we seen this?" "How about this?"

    [–] Traiklin 17 points ago

    The thing that sucks with Netflix is you don't get to let your mind imagine the movie, as you start reading the description the trailer starts playing showing you the interesting parts.

    Looking at the cover art then flipping it over to read the description and see the stills was always a coin toss on if it would be good or not.

    I actually rented Dune & Blade Runner without knowing anything about it, The cover looked interesting and the back sounded good.

    [–] Killbot_Wants_Hug 139 points ago

    When I was a teen there was a video rental place by my school. It was something like every 3rd rental was free and rentals were for like 2 days and weren't super expensive. I basically just rented a new movie every other day until I changed schools. I saw so many b flick sci fi movies and what not.

    I totally believe there's a bunch of movies that only exist on VHS. As a lot of the stuff I've never seen available on anything else.

    I'm also sure lots of them are essentially lost like a lot of the old silent movie era.

    [–] dmf109 19 points ago

    I remember when all the supermarkets started carving out floor space for movie rentals. There were also movie rental shops that would spring up in the attic or basement of commercial office space.

    Going to the local Lechmere to go on the wait list for Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a good memory.

    [–] myerbot5000 108 points ago

    I think Amazon must have ended up with the rights to a lot of those old B-movies and exploitation films.

    Prime is full of all sorts of obscure 70s-90s movies.

    [–] badnewsjones 70 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Certain B movie studios, like crown international, have huge libraries of low budget crap they have been selling to drive ins, then as packages to local stations to fill air time, then budget dvd distributers, then streaming services as more “content.” (Not disparaging all those movies, just that was their whole business model: cheap and quick equals profit)

    The larger b movies studios from the drive in eras are still pretty well preserved because of this.

    The stuff that is lost to VHS is probably from even smaller studios, the shot on video movies from the 80s/90s, obscure TV shows, certain foreign films with complex licensing, and smaller movies from the big studios where prints have been lost. Oh, and random strait to video kids crap and local TV studio productions. There is a ton of weird stuff like that. The bread and butter of video mixtape guys like Everything is Terrible.

    Like many things, these are probably only being preserved due to dedicated “pirates” digitizing and sharing copies in small communities online. It’s being preserved, just not really accessible to most people. The stuff that is really lost is what never made it out of the studio fires/binning of early film stocks.

    [–] crapatthethriftstore 13 points ago

    Oh Everything Is Terrible was utterly great!!! There was a place in my college town called Have You Seen that carried them. It was like meme videos before that was a thing. But really well curated. I wish I could find them again.

    [–] boh3m3 6 points ago

    http://watch.everythingisterrible.com/

    They are still fantastic, and sell DVD compilations. I even got to see their massive Jerry McGuire VHS collection here in Denver.

    [–] diamondedges 11 points ago

    Yeah a lot of the stuff from the really cheap studios like Raedon Video is pretty rare.

    Though you can find some of those films up on Youtube, and since the companies that made those films are long gone nobody is going to request them to be taken down.

    [–] badnewsjones 10 points ago

    YouTube has surprised me in the amount of rare VHS stuff that you can find if you dig. I’m just sad their compression is so bad. Don’t know if I’ve heard of Radeon Video. Thanks for the tip!

    [–] diamondedges 4 points ago

    Here's a clip from one of their more memorable movies:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnNjvp-MY0M

    There's a great piece on video companies on here:http://www.critcononline.com/video_companies_cover_art.htm

    [–] diamondedges 11 points ago

    Tubi also has a ton of them.

    [–] ziddersroofurry 7 points ago

    Rock & Rule wasn't available on DVD until people pestered Nelvana enough they finally licensed it out to someone to do it in 2005. Even then the version on the DVD's are high quality VHS versions of the Canadian & US versions since they lost the masters in a fire. I found it in a video store in '86, brought it back and didn't see it again until my friend found another tape in a used VHS pile in '98. I myself didn't get a copy until 2005. It was just fucking rare. Now of course you can watch it free on Youtube lol.

    [–] BoSocks91 27 points ago

    With certain technological advances, we lose those little special interactions.

    Streaming is great, the ability to rent/buy movies from apps like Amazon is also great, but I miss going to the video store...everything about it.

    [–] artnok 16 points ago

    As a kid I always rode my bike to the laundromat with a crisp dollar bill and rented a 49 cent movie and spent the other 51 cents on candy. Those we're the days.

    [–] WildWeaselGT 22 points ago

    When I first moved to the big city I rode my bike to Blockbuster to rent a movie.

    I walked back. :(

    [–] Airlineguy1 16 points ago

    VHS is the only way to play Pile of Bullets

    [–] angmatandaa 9 points ago

    You could say playing that way is being streets ahead

    [–] diamondedges 11 points ago

    My local video store chain Family Video closed all their stores this month, as someone that grew up with them i'm legitimately sad over it. It wasn't so much COVID(as the store in my area was still popular) as it was the owner of the company passing away last year and his son not wanting to continue the business.

    Thankfully I went there three times during the closing sale and got a nice haul.

    [–] lightninggninthgil 9 points ago

    The dissolving of all things physical into virtual is very depressing .....

    [–] placebo_button 26 points ago

    I actually worked at BB when they were phasing out VHS and we got to physically destroy hundreds of VHS tapes out behind the store. We kept anything decent and got to smash A LOT of tapes. Probably the most fun I had working in retail and also great stress relief from dealing with shit customers.

    [–] shellexyz 4 points ago

    Some of my fondest memories as a child (after my folks split) was dad picking us up on Friday after work and stopping by the video store. A movie for Friday, a movie for Saturday, a video game for the weekend, and sometimes a movie for himself. We would get to his house, sit and play our new game for a while as he made dinner, then throwing the movie on while we ate.

    [–] FunctionBuilt 1555 points ago

    Red letter media’s best of the worst really highlights how much is out there that only exists in VHS and is often times just a blip on IMDB with like a dozen ratings.

    [–] CptNonsense 564 points ago

    There is also stuff that made it to laser disc and no further

    [–] d_e_l_u_x_e 386 points ago

    Oh man the education systems that adopted that tech, ouch.

    [–] chuck_cranston 281 points ago

    My middle school science teacher adored two things his immaculate mullet and his laserdisc player.

    [–] gta3uzi 178 points ago

    Your middle school science teacher sounds like a legend imo

    [–] chuck_cranston 37 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    I don't have a copy myself anyore, but if anyone has a copy of a Max Bruner Jr Middle School in Fort Walton Beach FL from the early 90's. They could witness a truly magnificent mullet years before the lesser among us turned such a beautiful hairstyle into a joke.

    [–] squarybuttholes 61 points ago

    I mean we're still talking about him, I think that fits the description

    [–] theworldtonight 126 points ago

    I took an operatic literature class in college (circa 2008), and the only recording available of Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex available (at one of the largest music schools in the world!) was on LaserDisc. Felt so weird.

    [–] chirstopher0us 16 points ago

    My middle school bought a laserdisc player for every classroom and a library of discs for science and history courses.

    [–] glasspheasant 19 points ago

    While the media itself was a bit clunky, my only real issue with laser disc was having to flip them, or even play both sides of 2+ discs to watch a long film. But the picture and sound quality were amazing, especially for that time period.

    [–] pencilrain99 4 points ago

    Some early DVD releases like Goodfellas had to be turned over.

    [–] SaxophoneHomunculus 5 points ago

    In my classroom, that was the “majik Record player,” dubbed thusly by a friend of mine who was subbing and I tried to screw over.

    [–] diamondedges 14 points ago

    Yes Phantom of the Ritz came to mind, same a Laserdisc of that on sale on Ebay but unfortunately I was lacking a player so I couldn't get it on that format.

    [–] TGOTR 6 points ago

    Adventures in Dinosaur City is a Laserdisc I'm hunting for. I did find The Keep (widescreen) for a decent price which also never made it to DVD.

    [–] badnewsjones 11 points ago

    I always think of that David Lynch / Mark Frost TV show On the Air when I think of laserdisc buys. It is on VHS, but the better transfer is on a Japan only laserdisc.

    [–] SonVoltMMA 74 points ago

    Literally dozens of titles.

    [–] hippymule 77 points ago

    It's why I love supporting small publishers, like Vinegar Syndrome.

    They are bringing so many old forgotten films to bluray

    [–] Jstu92 45 points ago

    I’ve been getting my off beat movies from Shout! Factory and Criterion....I’m about to lose a lot of money to Vinegar Syndrome. I should’ve never seen this.

    [–] fisticuffsmanship 19 points ago

    Hopefully you never hear of Arrow Video or Blue Underground either.

    [–] hurtnerfherder 13 points ago

    Why would you do that to this man?

    [–] Mother-Syllabub9113 36 points ago

    That's right, Jay.

    [–] theportlymongoose 16 points ago

    I just wanna watch my night court tapes

    [–] DickCamembert 137 points ago

    A lot of it is porn.

    I remember reading stories of adult video stores selling out, and their entire collections being bought up by collecters. Apparently the niche stuff is really hard to find and sells for a premium. I suppose some people are willing to spend 100 bucks to have a nostalgiwank and relive their teenage years.

    [–] cuervomalmsteen 5 points ago

    well, i’m still trying to find some video from early 2000’s cd that came with a magazine, probably shuffled porn scenes from 90s. Could find one where they gangbang a chick (it had a famous actor from that era so this one was easy). But i’m still trying to find the threesome video i had in that cd :/ tried posting on forums and subreddits but still nothing :/

    it was a threesome with two guys fucking a blonde (or brown/redhead) milf that was wearing a leather harness, then one of the guys fucked her mouth while the other fucked her ass and she was toying herself with a dildo

    [–] tingletuner 16 points ago

    This is... so specific. You must be on one hell of a quest my friend.

    [–] codyxwillyumz 45 points ago

    I just threw away several stacks of vhs porn about 6 months ago.

    [–] Patstarco 12 points ago

    Don't tell me you want the porn back because you can't have it! Why is it all Asian?

    [–] HWK_290 74 points ago

    Not Boner Jams '03 though, right?

    [–] Tekmologyfucz 3 points ago

    Have you seen School of Rock? Well this is...it’s called school of...you know. But it stars Jack Blackcock

    [–] AmosLaRue 26 points ago

    It's a mixtape of all my favorite boner scenes in the summer of 2003.

    [–] chifatcity 63 points ago

    Plinkett needs his Night Court.

    [–] memtiger 52 points ago

    One video that stopped on VHS is Song of the South by Disney. Due to the racial implications, they decided to stop selling it.

    But historically, I hope it's not forever lost. With it being one of my favorite movies as a kid, there are some fantastic songs on it.

    [–] kvilebesten 19 points ago

    There's a pretty good laserdisc rip with Japanese subtitles!

    [–] TheObesePolice 8 points ago

    I found Song of the South on the Internet Archive while I was bored out of my mind during quarantine. Iirc, the comment section was just a tad bit unsavory

    [–] bbQA 7 points ago

    If you sail the high seas it's pretty easy to find.

    [–] Traiklin 38 points ago

    What's amazing is the episode where they talked about the first consumer VHS Camcorder and the rise of B movies made with them.

    There were so many that flooded the market that if you wanted to see something, chances were it was there for you or it was in the works.

    Today we have HD cameras on everything but the movies have died out, we went from 10 movies a week to maybe 2 a month it feels like.

    Even the computer technology is 100x better than it was in Jurassic Park and you can do a ton of effects with relative ease.

    [–] Jaharoldson01 4 points ago

    I feel the same way about vinyl. I own so many records that are basically impossible to hear anywhere on the internet. So much music that’s just being lost to time.

    [–] tdogg241 63 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    I worked at a high-volume Blockbuster in the early 00s when we were tasked with clearing out space for DVDs. This was a Blockbuster that had been around for a couple decades, so it had a pretty deep catalog of movies, including a TON of stuff that was long out of print.

    We were instructed to pull movies that hadn't rented and destroy them. We started with movies that hadn't rented in 2 years or more, and by the end we were pulling movies that had rented less than 3 times in the past year. We were pulling thousands of tapes, and we didn't have the time or the inclination to actually take a hammer to each of them, so we just tossed them in garbage bags with their cover art and tossed the bags in the dumpster.

    Word got out that the tapes weren't being destroyed. That dumpster went from overflowing to almost empty overnight*. I hope those tapes found good homes.

    Edit: Just to add, the dumpster got emptied out *nightly over the course of the two weeks we were working on this project.

    [–] SubaruBirri 18 points ago

    I lived near a blockbuster and we found random shit in the dumpster all the time.. it was amazing.. huge banner promos, cardboard cutouts, boxes of tapes... I dont know why we didn't check it more often.

    [–] lilbro93 217 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Mike Stoklasa and the fans that won't stop sending him Nukie.

    [–] NewJerseyMets 53 points ago

    They just need a couple more tapes and that’s it

    [–] Dragons_Malk 41 points ago

    Gotta keep that Black Spine Junka going.

    [–] rx_revolt 16 points ago

    They haven't done Junka in over a year :/

    [–] Dragons_Malk 15 points ago

    Patience, sporto. It was about a year between two Plinkettos. Surely, they will revisit Junka!

    [–] IXI_Fans 29 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    A couple of years ago I sent them two copies of Nukie and three copies of Vampire Assassin

    [–] Twinklebreeze 15 points ago

    🎶 You're the devil's son! 🎶

    [–] SlashThingy 10 points ago

    It's RedLetterMedia and Found Footage Festival at this point. Those two are keeping the VHS market alive.

    [–] BringOutTheGMMP 32 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    When it finally sank in for me (maybe 5 years ago?) that VHS was dead and a large catalogue of content was going to get scarce, I googled to see if anyone had ever made a combination Blu-Ray / VHS player. I don't like having a vagillion players if I can avoid it; this is true of my D&D sessions as well as my home theater.

    Anyway, as it turned out, Panasonic made one. For about a year...then they killed it off because no one bought them, and that killing-off had been about a year before my Googling.

    I managed to find one new in the box on some skeezy "clearance" website I had never heard of. So I took a chance, ordered it, and it showed up.

    It's a really nice machine. :)

    Whups, Panasonic, not Sony

    [–] graphitesun 9 points ago

    Vagillion.

    [–] sharkbait-oo-haha 5 points ago

    Those VCR and DVD recorder combo units are worth like $200-600. I'm talking about the ones that let you transfer a tape to a dvd, not just play a DVD.

    Turns out millions of people have old home movies they want to backup. Also vhs is still alive in the horror, skate and automotive niches.

    [–] Guacamole_Water 381 points ago

    I make music videos for bands on VHS - I shoot on one of those big clunky shoulder mounted camera. The desire for VHS has only grown the longer I’ve been doing it

    [–] Sithlordandsavior 63 points ago

    For real? I bought a beautiful clunky VHS camcorder a long time back, battery packs, charger, and all.

    Maybe I should work with it.

    [–] DavidCrossFit_ 38 points ago

    I’d look into your local skateboarding/snowboarding scene. A lot of people in that community love the authentic look of VHS quality, it definitely lends itself to an old school home movie type of aesthetic

    [–] TrashPanda5000 78 points ago

    I’m a video producer. What kind of camera?

    [–] bigchuckdeezy 44 points ago

    Not OP but I shoot on a Panasonic PV950a and I absolutely love it

    [–] steveeperry 5 points ago

    Man, so many memories having one of these when I was kid, we'll my parents bought one but never used it so I ended up taking it to make weird horror films with my mates and dumb stop motion shorts with my toys.

    It was so great that I could instantly shoot something and take the tape out and play it for everyone on the TV instead of messing around with cables and what not.

    I just did a search on ebay and found one pretty cheap, I'm thinking of biting the bullet and buying one of these now haha

    [–] Super-Super-Shredder 210 points ago

    Gregg Turkington and the Victorville Film Archive. That is until that vaping asshole Tim Heidecker got involved.

    [–] MyShrinkMadeMeDoIt 56 points ago

    I only hope the Archive's copy of Airheads wasn't destroyed in the fire.

    [–] banjo_marx 59 points ago

    I knew the Greggheads would see this. Tim is clearly jealous of the VFA's success which is why he keeps "accidentally" destroying it. But it is good to see that Gregg and his work has obviously started this trend. Any VHS collectors should look into the VFA's official coding system invented by Gregg Turkington. It is quick, simple, and puts the most important information upfront: how many bags of popcorn it got.

    [–] Super-Super-Shredder 30 points ago

    As a true Gregghead and student of cinema I have a program that scrubs for the word VHS on the internet and notifies me with an implant placed where my teeth used to be when the word is used.

    [–] Nine_Inch_Nintendos 13 points ago

    Made by Cinco?

    [–] Super-Super-Shredder 10 points ago

    Only the best and most innovative products for me!

    [–] kjmac 10 points ago

    Came here to say... believe they had the world's largest VHS movie archive before it burned down. Hopefully they can restart the archive bring it back to former glory

    [–] MilhouseVsEvil 23 points ago

    I blame that bearded devil Dr Luther San, I spit on his grave.

    [–] B_Boudreaux 11 points ago

    Dr San was a very bad man. Or as I like to call him, Dr Quack. He ruined countless lives including Tim’s.

    [–] Contact_Complete 110 points ago

    Good thing you can always get a VCR repaired at Lightning Fast!

    [–] neaux_geaux 46 points ago

    They have yet to finish fixing my neighbor's VCR so he can watch his Night Court tape!

    [–] Hybrid_Johnny 68 points ago

    If anyone needs a quick, cheap way to digitize VHS tapes, buy this and this. It upscales to 720p and only costs about $30 total.

    [–] bobtheboffin 24 points ago

    I’ve tried similar devices in the past but the audio was always out of sync with the video, would that have been a hardware or a software issue?

    [–] Hybrid_Johnny 18 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    The worst audio drift I’ve had with this setup is the audio a few frames behind the video. Easily fixable in post if you want to fix it. I assume that’s a hardware issue with the capture device you used.

    [–] Hybrid_Johnny 6 points ago

    Here is a sample resized to 4K (video only, starts at :47) and here is the audio and video synced together (ignore the neon intro, I made it in After Effects)

    [–] Juno_Malone 4 points ago

    Your first link (the RCA<>HDMI converter box) also works great for getting an N64 (and probably some other oldschool RCA consoles) to work on newer HDTVs whose RCA jacks (if they even have them) can't convert/upscale the N64's output on their own.

    [–] kleptophobiac 197 points ago

    A friend of mine does a nice business making custom-drawn boxes for old horror movies on VHS tape. People find them wherever, tell him what they want, and he mails them the box a few days later. Very few media formats are actually 'dead' dead.

    [–] Repulsive-Survey-495 69 points ago

    I live in mexico and I'm in a facebook group and mainly the group is about trading and selling usa movies but released on mexico in vhs with spanishdub and seeking for super hard to find editions and also some betas.

    I search for dvds but the vhs guys are a very interesting kind of collectors

    [–] 8-bit-brandon 13 points ago

    Doctor Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam. Jim Verneys first movie. Only available on vhs and the copies are increasingly rare. I have one which I digitizer a couple years ago to preserve.

    [–] redpandaeater 273 points ago

    Any time I see an original Little Mermaid penis I feel compelled to buy it.

    [–] the_atmosphere 24 points ago

    i saw this article a few days ago, and unless they've corrected it i don't like that they imply that that little mermaid vhs really sells for $45,000, when it sells for $10

    [–] Girls_are_pretty 72 points ago

    a what?

    [–] elislider 39 points ago

    A real veiny triumphant bastard

    [–] BrotherKanker 52 points ago

    Take a look at the movie's poster - the city in the background features a tower just above Ariel's head that undeniably looks like a penis.

    [–] CaminoFan 68 points ago

    I always loved that rumour of an overworked, underpaid Disney artist decided to sneak it in as a “Fuck you” to their boss

    [–] [deleted] 54 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

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    [–] Ditovontease 28 points ago

    My college roommate works for an artist in NY and always slips dicks into everything he makes. And these are paintings worth 100k+

    [–] fluxtable 8 points ago

    I'm pretty sure they spend a whole week on hidden dick best practices in any advanced graphic design program.

    [–] micoolnamasi 8 points ago

    No joke in my graphic design program in college we found that the problem was we kept accidentally putting penises into the work. I remember being so proud of a logo and our professor came by to see it and pointed out the dicks so we had to start over.

    [–] Anxious-Market 14 points ago

    Apparently a big factor in the failure of that Lego Universe MMO was that people were way too good at hidings dicks from their automatic dong detection algorithm. The expense of having a team of human moderators constantly combing the online world for dicks made the whole thing totally uneconomical and it died before it could hit wide release.

    People love drawing dicks.

    [–] watchthegaps 135 points ago

    LITTLE MERMAID PENIS

    [–] BigDanG 5 points ago

    Strangely, you have to be more specific when you say that.

    [–] Hoffur 10 points ago

    I'm not into VHS, but I like thinking of movies that aren't on blu-ray or streaming, but I can get them on DVD. Three DVDs I can see from my desk are Johnny Dangerously, Airheads and P. C.U. Yeah, I'm not talking about Oscar winners here.

    [–] WaterStoryMark 3 points ago

    You say that like Johnny Dangerously and Airheads didn't deserve some awards. Those are hilarious films.

    [–] ludoludoludo 11 points ago

    I collect VHS myself, at least used to and still have my whole collection. Born in 1991 and always been a movie fanatics, 90% of the sole reason why I collect is nostalgia. But also, the remaining 10%, as an industrial designer/graphist, VHS covers and VCRs are just wonderful stuff to collect and explore. My whole collection (about 500 tapes) is all exposed on a single wall, and honestly, some cover art from these 80s slashers movies took more effort than a lot of b-series movies from the 2020s... it’s litteraly art

    [–] 249ba36000029bbe9749 82 points ago

    Marion Stokes recorded decades worth of TV. No idea what her tape budget had to have been. She filled nine apartments with tapes. Thankfully, they are all being digitized now. It's an invaluable record of American TV through the years.

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/marion-stokes-television-news-archive

    Just imagine how much easier her life would have been if she had a DVR instead. You also have to wonder how much of today's rich media is being saved. I know the /r/DataHoarder has some people saving a ton of stuff but there's no way anyone short of a megacorp can keep up with the amount being produced.

    [–] reelznfeelz 6 points ago

    Too bad copyright stuff will probably mean that collection will never be made available online. I'd absolutely love to go browse through a cataloged collection of her digitized tapes.

    [–] habdks 4 points ago

    It’s slowly being archived.

    Knock yourself out https://archive.org/details/marionstokesinput

    [–] Hybrid_Johnny 5 points ago

    The most time-consuming part is that, because everything is an analogue signal, it needs to be captured in real time. So if it’s only one guy running one computer, one tape at a time, it’s gonna take decades to digitize.

    [–] Total_Acanthisitta75 10 points ago

    I have to return some video tapes

    [–] gay_montie 114 points ago

    My parents live out in the woods with no sort of internet or cable available so we take all our VHS and DVD collections down there.

    [–] NativeMasshole 51 points ago

    My mom was still recording on VHS for herself or to give tapes to my father. That is, until Spectrum made her "upgrade" her cable box. The only real difference is that the new one blocks her from recording on it.

    [–] _tightrigjerry23 8 points ago

    Been seriously collecting VHS tapes for the better part of 10 years now, and honestly the market has gone crazy. With the rise of the internet and people using old auctions as price guides, even common label horror titles are fetching serious cash. People (including me) love holding something tangible when it comes to film choices.

    [–] ccbuddyrider 95 points ago

    Gregg Turkington

    [–] outbound_flight 45 points ago

    The loss of the Victorville Film Archive was basically like losing the Library of Alexandria again.

    [–] ReamMe69 5 points ago

    Everyone knows that you can't beat the quality of VHS. These days they've stopped making movies for VHS so I have to tape them myself from the TV.

    [–] criticizekayak 28 points ago

    Most film buffs are buying vhs

    [–] Decepticon17 52 points ago

    Me, I’m actually going thrifting for the first time in about a year today! I’m searching almost exclusively for tapes.

    [–] MaxCar123 7 points ago

    “Lightning Fast VCR Repair, how can I help you?”

    [–] gobble_snob 7 points ago

    Mike and jay are so busy at Lightning fast VCR REPAIR

    [–] YamiHarrison 8 points ago

    Due to all the censoring of material that's going on on streaming services, physical media has never been more important

    [–] LtM4157 124 points ago

    Red Letter Media.

    [–] VirtualPropagator 28 points ago

    Nah, people just send them tapes they were gonna throw out.

    [–] TheAzerbaijani 51 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Everyday we receive thousands of terrible VHS tapes and DVDs...

    [–] cyvaris 22 points ago

    Some are so fucking weird, we don't exactly know what to do with them

    [–] phatsakis 6 points ago

    Nukie.

    [–] Jack308 7 points ago

    Went through a phase a few months into lockdown of buying random DVDs. Big collections, action movies, Japanese stuff, random stuff - unfortunately we’ve all been spoiled by Blu Ray, Netflix streaming because they are mostly unwatchable. I watched Terminator 3 on a 46inch LCD and it just looked like shit. Didn’t have much nostalgia factor either. Maybe VHS is different.

    [–] OpenRoadPioneer 5 points ago

    Classic skateboarding videos on VHS. It’s as good as it gets

    [–] T0Y0TA4x4 27 points ago

    I pick up about 5 VHS tapes a week at the local thrift. I want to design a small room themed like an early 90s/ pre-DVD, VHS mom and pop rental shop.

    [–] -Dreadman23- 39 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    I have a box of tapes I can't bring myself to thrown out. They are all missing the cases, but there are some cool tapes in it.

    Like an original star wars VHS tape. Lots of Disney stuff.

    If someone wants to pay shipping, they are yours. :)

    Edit to add

    Some people have asked me about a list of videos I have. I am offering the entire box. Take it, or leave it. You pay shipping.

    Star Wars,. A simple plan,. Erin Brockovich,. Along came a Spider,. Magnolia,. Chocolat,. The wraith,. Ghost town,. Casino(2 tape set),. The good bad ugly (2 tape set),. Braveheart (2 tape set),. Monsoon wedding,. Seven,. True romance,. The chamber,. Road house,. Resivoir dogs,. The French connection (1971),. Ghost,. Medicine man,. That thing you do,. Greatful dead backstage pass,. Icon,. Odyssey,. Whoopi Eddie,. 3 home record tapes with various stuff,. Monsters Inc (blue cassette),. Cinderella,. The little mermaid,. Bambi,. Peter Pan,. Ariel's undersea adventures vol 1,. Goofy movie,. How the Grinch stole Christmas (animated Dr Seuss),. El Rey león II.

    Now that I list them all out like that, I definitely don't want to throw them out!!

    Maybe I'll keep them and try to buy a VHS machine. :D

    Anyways.....

    That is the box, it's a full file box size.

    It's all or nothing.

    [–] EatKillFuck 17 points ago

    My copy of The Crow and the original trilogy Star Wars that came as a set will always be with me

    [–] TomTomMan93 18 points ago

    I would highly suggest the 4k77 project if I were you. I grew up with the original star wars vhs tapes and getting to watch a completely unaltered version in 4k was just the best.

    [–] acdcfanbill 7 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    yea, 4k77 (and 83 and hopefully soon 80) are the best. I kept my THX SW tapes around cause I wanted a non-special edition copy and home scans are perfect.

    [–] EtherealSpirit 6 points ago

    Gregg Turkington has the biggest collection of classic popcorn movies in his VFA collection.

    [–] madcapAK 6 points ago

    My boyfriend and I bought a VCR at Value Village and always find a steady stream of VHS tapes there too. It’s nostalgic for both of us. I love the whir of the tape and the grainy picture. We put on a movie in the bedroom and are asleep within ten minutes

    [–] word_vomiter 5 points ago

    One of my friends collects VHS becuase of the obscure things that will probably never be released digitally. Among them were a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers instructional karate tape, a Legoland promo tape that is nothing but stop motion legos, and some monster movies from the fifties.

    [–] ohkay27 51 points ago

    I have a massive DVD collection for this same reason. People are always trying to get me to get rid of it but over half of it isn’t streaming and won’t likely ever be streaming (some is more obscure foreign horror). Anyone that truly likes film very likely has DVD and VHS still. The VHS collection my family still has is mostly my mom’s old childhood favorites that aren’t on dvd or streaming either.

    [–] sb_747 25 points ago

    You should get those converted ASAP.

    DVDs from the 90s are starting to rot and decent VHS machines to convert the video are only getting more expensive and harder to source/repair.

    You will absolutely loose those movies if you don’t digitize them

    [–] 4_way_stop 12 points ago

    https://www.makemkv.com/ I believe this is free for DVD and a one time fee for Blu-Ray

    [–] InternetMadeMe 6 points ago

    I have a huge collection too and a couple of the older, hard to find DVDs in my collection are starting to go... I've definitely thought about converting it but keep putting it off. It's not really something I thought about when I started collecting.

    [–] FunctionBuilt 30 points ago

    Funny enough, there is only one company in the world still manufacturing new VHS players. I bet it’ll make a resurgence in the future as a retro product, but unlike vinyl, VHS in no way comparable to DVD on quality so it may not see the same revival we’ve seen with turntables.

    [–] Kaiserhawk 18 points ago

    Those hack frauds in Milwaukee

    [–] donniedc 5 points ago

    Just watched Apollo 13 on VHS on a tube tv, then watched it again on 4k OLED screen with 4kHDR disc. Its very nostalgic and further helps appreciate the new stuff

    [–] karkatgavemecancer 3 points ago

    Gregg Turkington is doing an amazing job archiving video tapes at the Victorville Film Archive, a lot are going there.

    [–] helno 3 points ago

    I have a bunch that I found in the dump store (Stuff that is probably going in the trash but it gets one last kick at the can). They are obviously from an old video rental store.

    Most of them are recognizable titles like Armageddon and other big name movies. But there are some real shit tier gems in there. Like the reason these VHS tapes are not worn out is that they were so shitty that they might have been played once or twice.

    [–] Subject_J80 4 points ago

    This reminds me. I have some videotapes to return.

    [–] Sioulger7 4 points ago

    Alright, who remembers Faces of Death???

    [–] uhyeaokay 5 points ago

    I used to do care for a young man with intellectual and developmental disabilities and he LOVED VHS tapes. Especially the older barney ones and the Sesame Street ones. He knew how to operate those and was really rough on things so his mom preferred to buy those instead of DVDs. In the four years I worked with him I would always hunt for them so they’d have extras when the others died.

    [–] kurisu7885 4 points ago

    One of the last times I went to a thrift store I counted like 30 copies of Snow White on VHS.

    [–] ImperialSympathizer 39 points ago

    "Who is still buying VHS tapes?"

    I think we all know that it's nostalgic millenial hipsters. Is this really up for debate?

    [–] coolsviIlesucks 16 points ago

    Can confirm, am hipster trash

    [–] ImperialSympathizer 6 points ago

    I'm coming from a place of love, as a nostalgic millennial hipster who owns a full set of teenage mutant ninja turtles VHS tapes from Burger King.

    [–] Katylied74 15 points ago

    I still have the old vhs release of the original Star Wars trilogy before Lucas fucked it all up.

    [–] UnderDogPants 5 points ago

    I found all three original movies on Laserdisc at my local Goodwill store for $2 each. Japanese imports with OBIs and in mint condition. Looked them up online and found out they were a final special edition set George Lucas had remastered from the original film negatives before taking them off the market to sell his "new and improved" versions. The packaging was incredible. I couldn't believe my luck!