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I am wondering how many VHS tape collectors we have here and approximately how many tapes do you own or did you own in the past?

I only started collecting VHS recently (inspired in part by aTomiK).

I have been visiting thrift stores and snapping them up real cheap because I guess they are somewhat obsolete and nobody wants them.

The best deal I got so far was 2 for 50 cents. So I walked out of there with 12 videos for 3 bucks! The people in the stores look at me like I am insane for buying them but hey.

I have approximately 50 now. I have got about 10 more that are golf tapes.

How many have other people got VHS collections going?

aTomiK. Approximately how many have you got? I suspect this is going to be a scary answer.

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aTomiK here, guilty as charged [Smile]

Seriously, it´s so cool that you´ve started collecting vhs stuff.
Last time i counted my vhs collection was back in february 2015 because someone on this finnish site wanted to know.
So, few months ago i had 1595 original vhs tapes and i even checked out when the films were made.

Here´s the list:

50s films 3 tapes
60s films 6 tapes
70s films 80 tapes
80s films 1194 tapes
90s films 312 tapes

During the last few months i´ve bought/got approximately 70 more so it´s over 1650 now. Scary indeed [Big Grin]

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Wow! That's heaps.

Perhaps you could have a room with stands and isles so you can browse through like wen you are at a video store.

That would be cool.

You're VCR must get quite a workout.

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U know, that would be cool.

I´m constantly changing from vcr to dvd to blu-ray and watch movies with different machines so they do get some rest [Big Grin]

Now i need to dig up few obscure vhs horror films because Halloween is getting closer...

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Hey Bernie. I love topics about vhs and collecting. Thanx for bringing it up! Terds been hitting the thrift stores for a decade now and in his opunion they are the best places to search for vhs. Usually priced at 99 cents. Some of the ones I frequent have 500+ videos at a time, so plenty to choose from.
Geez atomik! How do you keep track of the different decades?
Gotta go now but hope to be back soon.

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Back in the 90's, videostores were eager to get rid of their oldest tapes. You could walk into any videostore
and make a deal with the owner. They were happy to sell as many tapes as possible at once.
I guess they needed the space for newer video's at that time.

I got rid of most of my tapes in 2001 or 2002 when i deliberately chose to devote my time and money to collecting dvd's.
I already had a large collection of vinyl records which took up lots of storage space here, so i had to make a choice.

I still have approximately 200 - 250 tapes (ex-rentals and sell-through combined), mostly European horror stuff
that was hard to find and highly collectible in the 90's, but relatively easy to get on dvd nowadays.
(Fulci, Argento, Bava, Franco, and Rollin for example)

I haven't touched them in years though.

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I have most of the vhs wrestling tapes. that will never see dvd do to copey right laws.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by joker:
[QB] I have most of the vhs wrestling tapes. that will never see dvd do to copey right laws.

Hey joker, I have alot of wrestling vhs and was wondering how does a person find out if a video will not be released to DVD?

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Yes I'd like to know too. I have a few wrestling tapes.
We still have a Betamax player from my husband's childhood years, along with about 10-12 Beta movies. One of the movies is Slap Shot!

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Pittsburghgirl. Which ones do you have.
And is the beta quality better than vhs.

[ 20. October 2015, 10:01: Message edited by: TerdNthePoolGGB ]

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This might sound funny but I reckon if you played the average person a beta or VHS tape and said you were just chucking on a DVD - they would not know the difference - obviously the tape has to be in very good condition (a poor quality tape will show up with lines etc) and obviously don't rewind or fast forward the tape in front of them.
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quote:
Originally posted by Bernie_Lomax:
This might sound funny but I reckon if you played the average person a beta or VHS tape and said you were just chucking on a DVD - they would not know the difference - obviously the tape has to be in very good condition (a poor quality tape will show up with lines etc) and obviously don't rewind or fast forward the tape in front of them.

Yeah perhaps if it was Stevie wonder or someone but I think you might be pretty hard pushed otherwise Bernie!
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quote:
Originally posted by Bernie_Lomax:
don't rewind or fast forward the tape in front of them.

[Big Grin]
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I dunno dude. A brand new VHS tape plays with pretty god quality and despite popular opinion, a standard DVD (not blu ray) in my opinion is not much better quality. Obviously if you compare a DVD with a tape from 1986 that was an ex rental this experiment would not work, but I would bet that it would with a brand new VHS tape.

I would be interested in carrying out this experiment. But think about it. Imagine that you just bought a brand new VHS Ghostbusters tape and you are watching it and your mate comes and sits down on the couch and asks what you are doing and you say I just thought I would watch the Ghostbusters DVD that I picked up earlier. So now bearing in mind it's a new tape - I doubt that he would think twice about it.

Perhaps nobody will agree with me but I am confident many people would not notice (and again I stress that the tape must be either new or in very good/excellent condition) and obviously the VCR can not be visible to them either.

Today on VHS I picked up:

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Teen Wolf
Under Siege
You Only Live Twice - that would suit me [Smile]
Boomerang
The Fox and the Hound - not rewound. Ubelievable [Roll Eyes]

I still remember seeing Teen Wolf at the cinema in 85. I was only 4.

Anyone else pick up some good VHS or other formats lately?

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Bernie, for most films, especially where the studio hasn't done a remaster, you make an excellent point: a brand new, not overplayed, VHS tape is fairly indistinguishable from a DVD. In fact, back around 1998 when DVDs first hit the market, the early discs were inferior, in my opinion, to VHS. A lot of them had pixilation in fast action sequences, compression noise, and artificating. DVDs have gotten a lot better in the last 10 years. If you want to see an enormous difference in quality, compare VHS with the other "analog" format, laserdisc. I have the Star Wars original trilogy box set on laserdisc and that format is very unforgiving to the film. Without remastering, some of the special effects don't look too special--process shots are dark, there are obvious matte lines, etc. The best thing that came with digital technology is digital projection. Now we don't have to worry about film stock degrading or getting damaged or crappy Eastman color bleeding out. The film Jem and the Holograms will look the same 50 years from now. LOL
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Bernie and Crash, I agree completely about some vhs being excellent quality picture sometimes. I will add....some vhs are extremely cheaply made. For instance, look through the clear window on the vhs tape. The amount of rolled up tape you see will tell you something about the quality. Again, for instance, say you have a 90 minute film and two different tapes in front of you. The tape with more tape is a better quality. I have gotten to where I dont even buy the ones with approximately a half inch thickness of tape when rewound. Does this make any sense?
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It´s also important in what country the tape´s been made. For example "Made in USA, UK and Japan" are quality tapes.
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Crash. Star Wars laserdisc would be a cool collectors piece. I have the Shining which is a great cover with Jack sticking his head through the door with an axe. Also have Christmas Vacation.

What other laserdisc do you have.

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I still have the following:

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A couple of great documentaries on the VHS days:

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Adjust Your Tracking

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I've got that same - the rats vhs tape j2me,I also own the scream factory blu ray of it which plays under a different title.


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Most of my vhs are stored up in the loft but here's a few at hand that are some of my rarer tapes!

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Betamax was superior to VHS. The reason VHS became so popular was due to the fact that the porn industry used VHS. Betas were more expensive. I just read this about a year or two ago. I don't watch pornos 😋
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A mate at film school told me the same thing about porn and he was quite a knowledgeable guy. It's too bad that the VHS won out as we could have watched better quality tapes over the years.
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I was in a thrift shop the other day looking at some VHS and an old guy working there said, "You do realise that everyone's watching DVDs now"? I was like "Yeah, thank mate". I had to laugh.
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Haha, sounds like a scene from a movie but yeah, i know what you mean.
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That guy knows nothing of movies Bernie. He probably thinx every movie made is on DVD. [Big Grin]

Check this out. Scored a rare Disney flick called the Halloween Treat. I have seen it sell up to $100 on eBay. And have had a copy I was selling her bid up to $91. What a treat! This is another reason to search through the vhs rack.

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