the death of VHS, disappearing films, and the state of cinephilia

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Ooh, thanks. My girlfriend collects VHS and it's been great for my movie-viewing habits. Plus it's just fun since tapes are almost always a buck or less, so you can kinda buy 'em on a whim or think of it as a "rental." We've swooped in on a couple of stores going out of business and loaded ourselves up with enough viewing for the next decade or something... but tapes also make it more fun to pick what you're watching tonight...fewer choices, weighty enough that you really have to pull a few off the shelf, lay them out and make a choice by whatever system. I like the darn things, shitty awful pan-n-scan and all, though with the latter in mind, the format really is best for Academy ratio films, direct-to-video, and dubious would-be blockbusters that were almost made to be tossed into the rental market back in the day.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 04:10 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Hard to pick a thread for this... Brody on Amos Vogel and Cinema 16:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/limits-american-cinephilia

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 January 2015 20:40 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Excellent megamix of VHS footage

https://vimeo.com/76346612?outro=1

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Sunday, 11 September 2016 20:56 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Forcing myself, in advance of a move, to take four boxes of duplicates that I also have on DVD to the Salvation Army. You'd think that would be the most obvious thing in the world, but I initially boxed them all up for the move, then unboxed them and removed the duplicates. Rosemary's Baby, Sweet Smell of Success, three copies of Taxi Driver...tomorrow's your lucky day, Luddite person out there.

clemenza, Sunday, 6 October 2019 23:38 (seven months ago) link


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