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Old 03-08-2020, 11:25 PM   #1
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Yes, according to an article on NBC, VHS is making a comeback!
I think I might just sell on my BDs and go back to VHS..
Yeh, I don't think so...

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Jackie Greed, who works at the indie record emporium Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, used to struggle to find takers for the store's trove of used cassettes, wondering if she'd ever be able to sell the stuff.

But in the last few years, the tapes have been "selling faster than I can keep up with," Greed said, adding that 20- and 30-something customers are burning through everything from megahits like "Titanic" to relatively run-of-the-mill titles from the 1990s, such as the Clint Eastwood thriller "Absolute Power."

Greed, 51, said that these days Amoeba Music sells close to an average of 2,000 VHS tapes every month. (She and her boyfriend have more than 5,000 tapes in their personal collection.)

The renewed enthusiasm for the old format has created a small but spirited cottage industry.
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/...again-n1151611

I can understand the return to vinyl, somewhat, but going back to VHS just doesn't make sense... I grew up in the age of VHS and I'm not going back..
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Old 03-08-2020, 11:27 PM   #2
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I wouldn't mind it coming back as a facility to record TV and the like (seriously, DVRs are bloody awful, you can't even fast-forward them properly). But as a serious collector's item... no.
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If I still had a working VCR I would probably get some of my favorite movies on VHS just for fun nostalgic trips. I've hung onto some tapes for movies still not available on any other modern format, as well as tapes of various thing I recorded myself over the years. Others I've kept as collector's items, like the original Indiana Jones releases, the 1995 THX Editions of Star Wars and recently a Ghostbusters tape we found while cleaning out my grandparents' house.
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I still have a working VCR. It's a Sony SLV-685HF.
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I read this yesterday too. I love it! Even if I don't watch my VHS any longer, just having them on the shelf, sitting there as a remnant of my past movie-viewing self, gives me pleasure. I've been watching and collecting movies for a long time, and this is proof (that only I asked to see). Just like I started keeping my snap-case DVDs the last year or two, for nostalgia. Sadly, I live for nostalgia, but it's what I got. I just accept it now.
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Old 03-09-2020, 08:07 PM   #6
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I can understand the return to vinyl, somewhat, but going back to VHS just doesn't make sense... I grew up in the age of VHS and I'm not going back..
"But for more casual VHS viewers who may not have the same drive to buy up rare titles or much interest in ironic art projects, the now-antique format offers simple, low-stress comforts that are increasingly scarce on the internet ó or in the real world."

"'You jam the tape in the machine, you hear all that mechanical clicking, you watch these dated previews, you see the fuzzy FBI warning, the picture keeps glitching out. I really dig all that.'"

Yeah, I get it, although it will never replace bluray for the watching experience.
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I wouldn't mind it coming back as a facility to record TV and the like (seriously, DVRs are bloody awful, you can't even fast-forward them properly). But as a serious collector's item... no.
You can still do that today. Iíve recorded some stuff on VHS within the past year. Unless your TV and/or cable box mysteriously doesnít have coaxial connections, itís rather simple to do.
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Old 03-10-2020, 05:32 AM   #8
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I think it's a bit too much to say that VHS is back. People are buy previously viewed titles that they can find. VHS will really be back if companies start producing new ones. I don't see that happening but I could be wrong. It wouldn't be something that I'd be interested in though.
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VHS is one format I don't want to see resurrected. The only VHS tapes I still own are old camcorder movies and I wish I had the time or motivation to convert them to disc. I don't even want it as a novelty. Vinyl records I can live with but not VHS lol
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The artwork and going to my local video store is what i miss about VHS.
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The artwork and going to my local video store is what i miss about VHS.
Blockbuster!
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Blockbuster!
The one by me was run by jackasses so I hated going there. Now itís a StatMD.
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Thank God I still have a working (And clean!) VHS player. I do wonder how I'll continue to maintain it as the years go on though...
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Thank God I still have a working (And clean!) VHS player. I do wonder how I'll continue to maintain it as the years go on though...
Itís called a VCR.

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My main attraction to tapes and older formats is to view and compare differences from how the films are presented today vs then. Star Wars is the obvious, but Terminator is another interesting example with its mono soundtrack, etc. That and an old tube tv sits across from my bed on a desk, every once in a while I like to put something on while I sleep. (The big tv and home theater is in the living area.)

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I can't imagine VHS making a comeback. I bet it would look like absolute garbage on my 4K TV. And my TV isn't all that big.

For those of you who have really big TVs, good luck watching VHS tapes.
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I donated a bunch of VHS tapes recently. Felt good to make room.
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Itís called a VCR.

Okay, that made me laugh out loud. I'm such a dork. Apparently it really has been a long time.
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That and an old tube tv sits across from my bed on a desk, every once in a while I like to put something on while I sleep. (The big tv and home theater is in the living area.)
I had a really nice CRT HDTV, I liked it because I could play Duck Hunt on it. I think it was one of the last CRTs made. Damn thing had to stop working 2 years ago. Now no more Duck Hunt for me. The NES Light Gun required a CRT to work.
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I had a really nice CRT HDTV, I liked it because I could play Duck Hunt on it. I think it was one of the last CRTs made. Damn thing had to stop working 2 years ago. Now no more Duck Hunt for me. The NES Light Gun required a CRT to work.
I don't think I've ever owned a CRT TV that stopped working. Those things may be bulky and have poor picture quality, but damn, those bad boys were durable as hell!!
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