Tag Archives: VHS

There Is Now Just One Blockbuster Left in the US

The final Blockbuster storefront standing is located in Bend, Oregon. It outlasted two stores in Alaska—one in the city of Anchorage and one in Fairbanks—that will officially close up shop on Monday, July 16th despite John Oliver’s attempts to keep them alive by sending the stores memorabilia from Russell Crowe movies. – Aj Dellinger, Gizmodo https://ift.tt/2uuurnh

Videotapes Are Becoming Unwatchable As Archivists Work To Save Them

Some are old videos of police brutality; others are just weddings or old public access TV that isn’t saved anywhere else. All tapes are from people who want their content to be publicly available, and after the tapes are transferred, they’re stored on the nonprofit Internet Archive. To date, they’ve transferred 155 tapes—67 hours in total. – Scott Greenstone, NPR http://ift.tt/2rEtjh9

The old VHS tapes now worth £1,500 – 25 most valuable videos revealed

photo: The Mirror

The expert’s advice is to avoid common mainstream titles that were released on labels such as Cinema Club and 4Front, because these would have been mass produced and are worth ‘next to nothing’. Typically, the most valuable VHS tapes are one-offs, released in small batches within the ‘video nasties’ category – frequently on micro-budget labels such as Knockout and Trytel. – James Andrews, The Mirror

Shout! Factory TV is streaming five cult classics in glorious VHS today

photo: Shout! Factory, A.V. Club

Yes, those who went to Cassette Store Day and enjoy fetishizing dead formats will be able to experience Sleepaway Camp and Class of 1984 in their full-screen, pan-and-scan home video glory. “Forget about high definition,” Shout! Factory proclaims. “Relive the style that gives these films the character that cult fans all over yearn for.” In other words, enjoy fuzzy picture quality, occasional hiccups on the tape, and maybe even some tracking issues if you’re lucky. Jolt Cola and Little Caesars pizza to complete the 1987 sleepover experience are not included. – Mike Vanderbilt, The A.V. Club

The Idea for Netflix Came From $40 in Late Fees on an ‘Apollo 13’ Rental

photo: Exstreamist

There is no better reason to start a business than trying to solve a problem or frustration in your own life, and Hastings did just that. He had just recently sold his first company for $750 million, so it wasn’t even about the money, but rather the inconvenience of having to deal with timing the returns of movies he was renting. What if he didn’t have time to watch it before it was due back? What if something came up and he just couldn’t get around to running the video back to the store? There had to be a better way. – Rob Toledo, Exstreamist

This is the best version of Star Wars — and watching it is a crime

Anyone who wants to see a high-quality version of the original cut of the film faces a couple of hurdles. One is that Lucas has never taken steps to properly preserve or restore the original physical film reels. He’s gone so far as refusing to allow the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry to get its hands on a copy. Nor has he released a high-quality version for home viewing. A few people may have their hands on obsolete VHS or Laserdisc sets, of course, but that doesn’t help. Back in 2006, he released a DVD set that contained the original cut of Star Wars, but it’s a low-quality transfer made back in 1993 for the Laserdisc not a proper DVD release to say nothing of a Blu-ray. – Matthew Yglesias, Vox 
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Preserving home movies for streaming

Mark Rukavina’s estimates, there are over 1 billion home movies from the analog era sitting in closets, waiting to be digitized. […] He’s calling iMemories the “Netflix” of “family memories” and charging $5 monthly or $49.99 yearly for the online service, which started in January. Videos and photos can be accessed via computer, smartphone and tablets via an app. You can watch on TV via a set-top box like Apple TV as well. (Reader alert: if you stop subscribing, your memories live on for 6 months before getting deleted from the servers.) – Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY