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

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....you could/can get a bunch of films, say, "Palmy Days" or "Ever Green" on VHS (also on laserdisc in the past) but not on DVD....

"Evergreen" (1934) out next week:

http://tinyurl.com/ous2kg

kr0p3r0m:a9ff (Pashmina), Saturday, 23 May 2009 13:47 (eleven years ago) link

four years pass...

Some Looking for Mr. Goodbar talk on another thread--I've got a VHS copy--got me to finally figure out how to hook up my old VCR to the big-screen. At first I tried to over-think the hookup, and it took me about 20 minutes; turned out to be the easiest configuration possible.

I've got so many tapes downstairs, both store-bought and home-taped, that I haven't watched for at least five years. (Before buying the big-screen, I had a VCR give out on me--replaced the machine, but it sat there downstairs unused.) I immediately went on a search for Altman's Buffalo Bill, which I got at a store closing about 10 years ago and never watched. Couldn't find it, but I've put aside Who Is Harry Kellerman, The Hospital, and Breaking Away for the rest of the week. Three most un-VHS store-bought things I noticed: The Sacrifice, The Merchant of the Four Seasons, and Shirley Clarke's Portrait of Jason.

clemenza, Monday, 10 March 2014 18:26 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

so. many. memories. this Tumblr is fantastic (and not entirely Safe For Work obvs)

http://vhscoverjunkie.tumblr.com/archive

totally forgot about double feature tapes!

http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md5puwRbMC1qbapgqo1_500.jpg

piscesx, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:32 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

a documentary about VHS collectors

http://www.fandor.com/keyframe/vhs-obsessed-adjust-your-tracking

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 November 2014 03:46 (five years ago) link

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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