#1 Edited by VictorK (70 posts) -

Do you still have VHS-movies in your movie collection, or did you get rid of them? I still have some, like the Back to the Future-trilogy, Ghostbusters 1 and 2, The Thing, The Truman Show and some more.
 
 
The ones I have that I like the most must however be Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition (from 96-97) and Jurassic Park.

They have really neat packaging.
Show me your favorite vhs-copy of a movie, the ones you think have cool packaging and what not!
 
 
When was the last time you bought a new VHS-movie for full price? For me, it probably was Resident Evil back in 2002.
At the time, the only dvd-player i had was the Playstation 2, and it was at my fathers house. And none of my friends had dvd-players yet, and i wanted to be able to watch the movie at their place as well.  
 
 
 
 
 

 
          

#2 Posted by sanchopanza (247 posts) -

Used to have the original Star Wars trilogy on video, but then my dad taped over empire...Nooooooooo

#3 Posted by jetsetwillie (857 posts) -

i FUCKING HATED VHS

thanks god that rubbish tech is dead and buried.

thank god children won't have to grow up with chewed up tapes, tracking, taking ages rewinding the tape or searching for a blank bit of tape...

just thinking about it is getting me angry.

#4 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10334 posts) -

Man, I used to watch so many VHSs as a kid...I still have most of them too, like that Star Wars pack, and several copies of Jurassic Park (not in fancy packaging like that though). Lots of other ones too.

You know, the kids of today will never know the joys of VHS and VCRs. Never knowing the joy of having to rewind after each viewing, or of having the quality of the tape degrade over time. Or of having "12:00" on the front of the VCR all the time (well, that one didn't really apply to me, because my dad actually knew how to change the time on our VCR).

You know, despite the fact that DVDs are better in pretty much every way, I still miss VHS.

Also, the last VHS I ever bought was Godzilla 2000. Sent out the medium in an appropriate fashion.

#5 Posted by Jadeskye (4366 posts) -

dad threw out the last of the vhs tapes a couple weeks back. good riddence!

#6 Posted by ultimatepunchrod (336 posts) -

i had the original star wars VHS release. before empire came out. and then it broke so we threw it away. thinking back i really wish we had kept it. but what can you do? im glad we've advanced past VHS but i still have plenty

#7 Posted by SMTDante89 (2540 posts) -

Still have shelves full of them. I also have that Star Wars Trilogy pack. I'm probably going to look through all of them around Christmas break and see what I may still want to keep, then let my mother look through the rest to see if she wants to have any of them. After that, I guess I'll get rid of the rest of them.

#8 Posted by KarlPilkington (2676 posts) -

I still have some VHS tapes although my VCR broke last year, hardly worth replacing now.

#9 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

That Jurassic Park packaging is awesome.

#10 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

I still have that Star Wars set, that Jurassic Park and some weird double play of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. Once DVD became the standard, I really never missed VHS at all.

#11 Edited by MonetaryDread (1986 posts) -

Wow.  Of all the shitty devices of technology past you chose to endear VHS ?  Are you a troll?  Is this some sort of hidden camera prank show like Punk'd?  Wow- next thing I know someone is going to start a thread about how awesome cassettes were.

#12 Posted by ajamafalous (11796 posts) -

I have several hundred movies on VHS. Have probably 20-30 DVDs.

#13 Posted by cosi83 (392 posts) -

Certain film look better on grainy vhs. Thinking Ferrera films and Eraserhead. Video nasties. I have two dvd

#14 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@axlrose15 said:

Used to have the original Star Wars trilogy on video, but then my dad taped over empire...Nooooooooo

haha, ouch
#15 Edited by Lunar_Aura (2779 posts) -

I got some old ass math tutorials on vhs, some classic bugs bunny and I think a racist Merrie Melodies with the "blackface" characters. Ren & Stimpy episodes, a few movies like Good Will Huntang and The Matrix. They're in a box somewhere.

EDIT: It sucks when all the sexy scenes are rewatched that part of the tape becomes fuzzy and distorted :(

#16 Posted by laserbolts (5309 posts) -
@MonetaryDread
Wow.  Of all the shitty devices of technology past you chose to endear VHS ?  Are you a troll?  Is this some sort of hidden camera prank show like Punk'd?  Wow- next thing I know someone is going to start a thread about how awesome cassettes were.
Wait how is he being a troll? Do you know what being a troll means?
#17 Edited by LetsRockBaby (241 posts) -

Still have a shitload VHS tapes (like, 80-something) from when I was a kid. I really wanna get rid of them, but my mom wants to keep them for some fucking reason. I can sorta see why she'd wanna keep them around (showing them to my little sister perhaps), but in my closet of all places...

Fuck VHS.

#18 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

I had that exact same box for my Star Wars trilogy until my TV cabinet collapsed and crushed it along with the tapes.

#19 Edited by kalmis (1558 posts) -

We used to have a movie channel(cable) that cost money. It was a rare thing back in the 80s. They would always show porn after 2am. As we didn't have many VHS tapes I ended up recording porn on the last 30mins of those tapes. My mom would only use the first 1h or so on the tapes. I never got caught :D

edit. the channel was called FilmNet. Canal+ nowadays it seems

#20 Posted by TheLastOtaku (40 posts) -

Man, I miss the hassle that went along with popping a VHS in the player and having to set the tuning when things looked odd. Good times.

#21 Posted by Getz (2986 posts) -

Oh god, do you guys remember rewinding? Thankfully everything is digital now, 'cause that shit sucked.

#22 Posted by matthias2437 (985 posts) -

I threw away all my VHS except the original High Lander. I am hoping some day I can truly have the only VHS copy of that movie..... there can only be one.

#23 Edited by MentalDisruption (1618 posts) -

I still have a few cabinets of VHS tapes. All DVD/blu-ray users should have to first use vhs, so they know just how good discs are.

#24 Posted by ApolloBob (570 posts) -

Fuck VHS - it killed Betamax.

#25 Posted by HarlequinRiot (1098 posts) -

My family still has all of ours. I still watch some of the Christmas movies every year, doing on DVD just wouldn't feel the same.

Also, I really miss tracking. That was so fucking awesome. I love how analog that stuff was.

#26 Edited by MikkaQ (10261 posts) -

I made the switch in 2000 and those tapes are stored far, far away.

EDIT: Might as well mention the last VHS I bought was The Phantom Menace. My first DVD was a Toy Story 1/2 box set. It was awesome, everyone was jealous at how good that shit looked.

#27 Posted by jetsetwillie (857 posts) -

all those with a old collection of VHS tapes, have you checked the lately as VHS tapes rot. when i threw all mine away a few years back most were pretty much unplayable.

#28 Edited by Jagged85 (128 posts) -

Does anyone here even remember Sony's Betamax format? It was released in 1975, a year before JVC's VHS format. The Betamax had superior picture quality and was smaller in size, but the VHS won the war mainly because it was cheaper to produce. In other words, VHS was inferior tech even back in the late 70s.

It was kind of like the Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD war in the late 2000s, the only difference being that Sony's superior tech won this time instead of Toshiba's cheaper tech, largely thanks to the fact that Sony included Blu-Ray support in the PS3.

#29 Edited by Aetheldod (3494 posts) -

I still have my VHS tapes , and a working VCR :D I love this old tech :P oh yeah my favorite tapes would be the Serial Experiments Lain ones because when you put them together in ordered fashion on one of the sides there is an awesome picture that beomes complete with all the tapes put together.

#30 Posted by uniform (1832 posts) -

I still have the entire series of Neon Genesis Evangelion on VHS. You can see them behind the CDs I was showing in another thread.

#31 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6285 posts) -

I'm convinced anyone raised in the '90's has that fucking Star Wars boxed set.

#32 Posted by Strawb (31 posts) -

I have an assload of them stored away somewhere - mainly Disney films and episodes of the Care Bears that I taped off the televisions, along with some old anime. Nostalgia is the only reason I haven't binned them yet. I don't even have a player to watch them on anymore - I'd have to go to my parents place to watch them.

#33 Posted by RobertOrri (1118 posts) -

I remember seeing The Two Towers on VHS at some fire sale like 3-4 years back. There were heaps of them, dirt cheap, and the first and third films weren't there, so you couldn't get the whole set. I chuckled a bit.

Also, my childhood friend's family used to tape a lot of films and shows and store them in a carefully labeled and categorized archive which took up an entire room in their basement. You could flip through catalogues to find whatever you were looking for. I wonder if they still keep all those tapes around or if they just threw them away once technology made their library obsolete.

#34 Posted by Vonocourt (2116 posts) -

@Everyones_A_Critic said:

I'm convinced anyone raised in the '90's has that fucking Star Wars boxed set.

I have the untouched set, on VHS and Laserdisc. Only Special edition I have on VHS is a dubbed tv airing of A New Hope.

@Jagged85 said:

Does anyone here even remember Sony's Betamax format? It was released in 1975, a year before JVC's VHS format. The Betamax had superior picture quality and was smaller in size, but the VHS won the war mainly because it was cheaper to produce. In other words, VHS was inferior tech even back in the late 70s.

It was kind of like the Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD war in the late 2000s, the only difference being that Sony's superior tech won this time instead of Toshiba's cheaper tech, largely thanks to the fact that Sony included Blu-Ray support in the PS3.

I have a betamax player lying around somewhere, the only tape I remember having bits and pieces of Soung of the South IIRC.

#35 Posted by ninjakiller (3405 posts) -

I have 20+ or so. I should really toss them.

#36 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

yeah, good times having VHS. a cousin of mine was a nerd. every holiday he would have something new, video camera, or what ever, he had vhs copy. christmas he would give us bags full of recorded movies. i have a chest just full  of VHS. 
 
good times having to rewind the VHS to watch them.

#37 Posted by Jimbo (9767 posts) -

You can't even look back fondly on VHS, because it was shit at the time too. Fuck you, VHS.

#38 Posted by MikkaQ (10261 posts) -

@Everyones_A_Critic said:

I'm convinced anyone raised in the '90's has that fucking Star Wars boxed set.

This is just a fact. Probably anyone who lived through the 90s at all had one.

#39 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1174 posts) -
@jetsetwillie said:

i FUCKING HATED VHS

thanks god that rubbish tech is dead and buried.

thank god children won't have to grow up with chewed up tapes, tracking, taking ages rewinding the tape or searching for a blank bit of tape...

just thinking about it is getting me angry.

LOl i was thinking the other day how I love TV's now. Tracking on TVs and VCRs were just cruel. It was like trying to crack a safe lock combination just to watch the damn movie.
#40 Posted by ImpendingFoil (555 posts) -

I still prefer my VHS copies of the old Universal Monsters than the DVDs just because the slight grain looks a lot better on VHS than on DVD.

I still have a fondness for VHS though because it allowed the local video store to exist. I would not see Netflix catching on as fast if they had to ship a full sized VHS in the mail. I love instant streaming, but I really do miss the days of wandering the aisles of the local video store looking for a movie or game to rent.

#41 Posted by Ben99 (1135 posts) -

The first porn I seen was on VHS . That was the LAST VHS tape I ever watched .