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Aw yes! The VHS! The very nostalgic piece of memory for the masses across the world. VHS is still sold in stores in the form of blank tapes, and it is still a major method of recording footage from the television.

How many of you guys other than me still hold on to your VHS collection or Betamax or Laserdisc? Any of you still own a stand-alone VCR? Any of you want to get a stand-alone VCR for Christmas or sooner?

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I still have all my VHS tapes from when I was younger but no player. As fond as I am for outdated formats Im happy to admit blu ray is far superior.
 
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

VHS's, are too fragile, if you expose it to light it degrades the film.
VHS players oftenly tangle the film and ruining it.
You have to rewind it ever single time, you can't skip to scenes, you can't have menus.
If dust gets in there (it will and it does) you're screwed.
And they are FREAKING HUGE.
I have well over 300 movies (legal) and if they were all VHS, I'd have no room in this house, it would be used as storage for all those movies.

Not saying I'm a huge fan of dvd/blueray/hddvd's, but they have much better quality over age.
Digital copies are the best, but I like having a hardcopy, you can take that single movie anywhere, and it has it's own storage (physical space over digital space) which I like.
 

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I have hundreds of vhs movies and still watch some of them from time to time
 

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I still have some VHS tapes around, and I have plenty of fond memories of crudely editing family home videos on my parents' VCR, but... no, I can't really say I'm a "fan" of VHS.
 

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As a former video editor and one who has a background in television, I am happy that VHS is dead. I threw out all my VHS tapes years ago, and I haven't regretted it at all. There are actually still three VHS decks floating around the house here somewhere, and they were all high-end decks back in the day. But, the tapes just don't hold up worth a damn, and they looked like crap when they were new anyway. VHS was a terrible format from day one, and it's aged with the grace of a drugged-up homeless guy. When I'm watching something, I like having enough detail in the image to figure out more than "there are a couple of people, maybe they're guys? that are doing stuff.
 

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As a former video editor and one who has a background in television, I am happy that VHS is dead. I threw out all my VHS tapes years ago, and I haven't regretted it at all. There are actually still three VHS decks floating around the house here somewhere, and they were all high-end decks back in the day. But, the tapes just don't hold up worth a damn, and they looked like crap when they were new anyway. VHS was a terrible format from day one, and it's aged with the grace of a drugged-up homeless guy. When I'm watching something, I like having enough detail in the image to figure out more than "there are a couple of people, maybe they're guys? that are doing stuff.

I remember watching the opening of star wars empire strikes back on Laser Disc in the early to mid 90's. Looked a lot better then VHS.

Hated VHS then, hate it now.
 

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When I'm watching something, I like having enough detail in the image to figure out more than "there are a couple of people, maybe they're guys? that are doing stuff.

:giggles:

Yeah. Interlaced analog video just sucks. A few years ago, I digitized my family's whole collection of home video stretching back to the 80's. Watching it produced a mixture of joy and horror. Not only was it grainy and washed out, but a modern LCD screen just isn't meant to display standard-def interlaced stuff. It truly looks much worse than it would on an old CRT TV.
 

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:giggles:

Yeah. Interlaced analog video just sucks. A few years ago, I digitized my family's whole collection of home video stretching back to the 80's. Watching it produced a mixture of joy and horror. Not only was it grainy and washed out, but a modern LCD screen just isn't meant to display standard-def interlaced stuff. It truly looks much worse than it would on an old CRT TV.
Yeah. Old video game systems look absolutely terrible on modern TVs as well. I wound up having to buy an old CRT TV from the Salvation Army just so I could play my NES. I tried it on our 50 inch plasma HDTV, and it was beyond terrible. There's a part of me that wants to try it on the new 60-inch LED HDTV we just bought, but I imagine that would make me sadder still (especially since even DVDs look pretty muddy on it now).
 
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VHS...
a thing of beauty and a joy for ever when it first came out... i even remember the very first movie that i recorded off the air onto a tape (i was still a boy/male back then)... it was and still is my ever favorite "Captain Horatio Hornblower" 1951 with Gregory Peck... what a Man, and such great sea battles! but alas, i wore the tape out watching that movie; but it was most definitely worth it, as were the many other movies that i recorded and watched over the decades before i could afford to start buying them...

repeatability back in the day of antenna TV.... that was the ticket. back in the stone-age when most of us had but 4 or 5 good channels and TV went off the air at 2 or 3 am... but then most of you children out there don't know about that, do you.... lol
yea, TV didn't broadcast 24/7 not so very long ago.... and it didn't come out of the wall either (smile)... in fact, several of our local stations in the Portland Oregon area competed to see who had the best "sign-off" programing. my personal favorite was KATU-2 as they had this really up-beat musical and video 15 minute tripe through the best of Oregon's agricultural and industrial goings-on as seen in the summer-time.... it really made a person feel good on a cold rainy night.

so, to me, DVD's and everything that follows-on are really just new comers, or johnny-come-lately sort of things. better yes! but i personally have a rich history with VHS that will never die even as i do up-grade... and yes, i do up-grade. i still keep my old friends.... and cherish them for what they are, and what they represent (at lest to me)....
 

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I enjoy both DVD and VHS, but VHS is just more reliable. Sure, you have better picture and more features, but VHS is more reliable, gets the job done, and I don't use the extra features on the DVDs anyways :p
 

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err... VHS. Umm my family never own one probably too expensive back then since we were quite poor back then. But we do have Laser Disc(And still using it. My dad are stubborn to relplace it). Although it's not stand alone It's Pioneer with VCD. But I(and the rest of my families beside my dad) aren't using it anymore. And we don't have a lot of Laser Disc remaining. Buried somewhere in the attic perhaps?

Oh yeah when I was born the era is already VCD. When I grow up it's DVD. And now Blu-Ray. It's amazing the development of it from VHS to something like Blu-Ray
 

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I still have like 80+ VHS tapes.
All the Disney classics up until the Atlantis one.
Also have a 2 head and a 4 head VHS player as well.

I remember betamax, better quality but it never took off.
At the time people did not want something new to buy and deal with.

I know some of my VHS tapes been watched so much the tape in it is stretched some
and its easy to see a down grade in quality cause of it.
 

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The only thing I use VHS for is to watch the previews for coming soon movies, it is actually more entertaining than the movie itself. Makes you sit there and go "wow, this is old"
 

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I did till the fuse blew out on the inside now I need one to watch the opened copy of my StarWars trilogy special edition
 
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I'm just old enough to remember how if you wanted to rewind the tape after you were done, you had to put it in a separate machine that was made just for rewinding.
 
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I agree with everything you said apart from this. VHS are tank and the tape (not film) is protected from light anyway.

looks like VHS has it's die-hard supporters....
i think we need a special hand shake. what about you guys?
 
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I agree with everything you said apart from this. VHS are tank and the tape (not film) is protected from light anyway.

Ah yes, you corrected me there. Film is something completely different (very sensitive material to light, which can burn an image into), VHS's use tape which is magnetic, but its still sensitive to light, and possibly magnets too, but I'm not sure.
 

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I still have some old movies on tape, specifically the original star wars tape that my dad bought wjen it came out 30+ years ago. (and yes jabba the hutt was originally a man). I play my atari 2600 on my lcd tv and its better than my old analog one. Lol pac man HD ftw!
 
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