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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Sir Hilary Bray » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:52 pm

JazzFunk wrote:^Watching that reminded me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCvXb8cuUds

Sometimes I miss that corny, nanny state vibe that permeated the mid-80s-mid-90s. :lol:

BEWARE OF ILLEGAL VIDEO CASSETTES!

Ah! memories! you just don't get any of that with DVD's now, and for the adverts you do get, I just
get annoyed with them, and forward on.


'Die Hard continues after the news', who else used to get annoyed when that happened? we used to stop the tape, and just
carry on again after it had finished, but it meant my dad staying up extra late to do it.

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Sega2006 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:28 am

I do somewhat miss the old cassettes, yeah their quality was crap but the just had a feeling about them not unlike that of the old vinyl records.
I dont know even if the VHS player on the combi still works, I ditched the one in my room after it ate my vhs of the lost boys (that peed me off as that was the only time I got busted for buying under age, they let me off though and my mum was allowed to collect the tape).
I dont know how long VHS will continue, theres very few players still on sale and they are often really expensive, its a shame we have lost our fix it rather than bin it ways, my dad learnt to repair most stuff where I can only cope with basic stuff.
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Liamh1982 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:24 am

^ Do you have a British Heart Foundation anywhere near that specialises in furniture and electrical goods? They'll always have a few VCRs in, usually only for a tenner each, and they even give you a guarantee!

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Sega2006 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:14 am

Stevenage dont take electronics, Im not too worried anyway as space is a bit too limited in my room to have a VHS player at the moment.
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by retromax » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:50 pm

I picked up a Stereo VHS recorder last year in cash convertors for £4.00 :D , I also got one from freecycle too.... seeing as I gave 3 top of the range ones away on freecycle a few years back then ended up needing one :x
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by paul2010 » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:48 pm

Before I got my LCD TV in my bedroom in approx 2007, I was using a Daewoo VCR/TV Combi unit.

The last tape I bought was 'The British Lions Up Close and Personal in Australia' in 2003. Think I got it from HMV.

I remember buying a Liverpool FC Season 92/93 tape from Woolworths around the same time for £13.

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Fred83 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:49 pm

i think its sad that good vcr machines are being dumped,might give a vintage road show type craze on ebay with machines being listed as RARE!.

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by JazzFunk » Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:14 am

Mainly out of curiosity, what do old VHS tapes look like on largish 1080p TVs in comparison to your bog-standard DVDs, image-wise?? Like, when you play certain DVDs, you can see lots of pixellisation, artifacting, just wonder how VHS looks as it's a different medium...erm...?

Like I said, just curiosity, really, don't have a video anymore. :?:

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by retromax » Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:28 pm

JazzFunk wrote:Mainly out of curiosity, what do old VHS tapes look like on largish 1080p TVs in comparison to your bog-standard DVDs, image-wise?? Like, when you play certain DVDs, you can see lots of pixellisation, artifacting, just wonder how VHS looks as it's a different medium...erm...?

Like I said, just curiosity, really, don't have a video anymore. :?:
Just to put that a little bit in perscpective.... the small white box in the following picture is the size of a VHS tv screen the outer black box is the 1080 resolution... I imagine the image would look pretty poor upscaled!!!

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Liamh1982 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:38 pm

And certain colours don't look too good either, red in particular on mine is completely screwed up.

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by JazzFunk » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:09 am

^Thanks for your observations. :D

I've been binning VHSes this past week in their tens, had this top-level "remastered, widescreen, collector's edition" tape of Michael Mann's Heat, still with the cellophane around the actual VHS tape inside, pristine, felt a shame to bin it (it's what triggered my question) but I know it's worth nowt, anyway...decluttering is a proper mothaphuckah, with bells on.

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Post by Liamh1982 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:30 pm

Had to buy another VCR today, my old one developed a sudden fault a few days back, it would only play for 4 seconds then go into standby.
Hoping a Sanyo VCR will work better on a Sanyo TV - doubt it though! :wink:

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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:01 am

Just found out my VHS player has no quibbles with playing NTSC tapes - a whole new world has now been opened up!
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Liamh1982 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:45 am

Had to hook my "new" VCR up through the old one for it to work - it has no over-ride when connected with a Scart cable so I can't connect it straight to my TV.
The picture quality is a bit better - the colours are less screwed up and the tracking's more stable.

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by GarryG » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:41 pm

We recently cleared the loft and threw out around 80 to 90 propper-bought VHS tapes and well over a hundred taped ones out!

I think I've kept around ten or so. Including my origonal VHS copy of 'The great rock'roll swindel' 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' my 'Blake 7' tapes (I counted that as one, of my ten!) and the Orbs 'Adventures in the Ultraworld' music video. I think I have a 'Cabera Volter' music one somewhare as well, and my animated Diskworld tapes and box sets.
My wife has kept all her StarTrek Box Sets. Everything else is gone!
We do still have a Video Recorder connected to the projector up in the loft (it's abig loft and it's floored etc, so you can walk around in it) most of our 'stuff' is setup up there. The VCR still works but our two LaserDisk players gave up the ghost a few years ago.


... Now, I still have some LaserDisk films if anyone is interested :D
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