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Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:08 am
by bensonrad
I was watching the latest episode of better call saul this week and one of the cast goes to a blockbusters and hires out loads of DVDs, made me pine for being able to still do that, so loved looking along the cases on the shelves picking out random films from their covers. We ended up having quite a chat in the pub last night about "the good old days of video stores".

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:05 pm
by Ryan GH
I was sad when all of my 4 local video ezy stores closed down, all within 3 months of each other. I am a horror film buff and really enjoyed my trips to Video Ezy to rent out the latest gore feast! I knew the girls well too and some of the locals. One of the locals was this guy named Ken and he could often be heard in the porn section yelling out " dirty censored or " some me some titties".
They never threw him out though and in fact befriended him as he was a good regular customer. :mrgreen:

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:04 pm
by Katzkatz
greenberet79 wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:29 am
I went to join Blockbuster circa 2001/2002 when I got my first full time job. I never did return the application form (application form!) and not long later Lovefilm appeared and I was happy to get my rented DVDs in the post, which seemed all very futuristic and sophisticated compared to Blockbuster. Is Lovefilm still going or has is it been torpedoed by Netflix et al?

I checked my SkyQ box last night and I have 40 films on there to watch! And not to mention my Newflix subscription. These really are golden days. Kids really don't know how lucky they are. Films on 50 inch HD screens at the touch of a button.
I looked on Wikipedia, and Lovefilm was acquired by Amazon.

Yeah, we do have it good now. HD and Dolby Digital surround - in all all its forms(5.1, 6.1, 7.1 or new Atmos) - and so much accessibility for cinephiles nowadays.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:54 pm
by oldtimer
Used to be a V2000 format video rental shop very near to me ,can you believe it?

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:00 am
by Antiriad2097
The only place I've ever seen V2000 was at school. Weird system.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:17 am
by oldtimer
I own two , a Philips and a Pye .

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:02 pm
by psj3809
Katzkatz wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:04 pm
I looked on Wikipedia, and Lovefilm was acquired by Amazon.

Yeah, we do have it good now. HD and Dolby Digital surround - in all all its forms(5.1, 6.1, 7.1 or new Atmos) - and so much accessibility for cinephiles nowadays.
Funny looking back, spent a fortune at Britannia Video Club, Love film i then joined which was decent. Its great what we have at the moment, 3d films, great (expensive) cinema experiences. Going back a year or so ago i would have hated the thought of just digital films and not having the case/physical object, now i'm fine with digital. Love it, buy a few of my favourite films. Also LOVE Plex as its your own Netflix. I've been a Netflix customer for a while, great to see how well thats doing, so many new shows, well worth it.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:34 pm
by English Invader
I still enjoy VHS; mainly because I still have a lot of them from the charity shop boom between 2006-08. If you like football videos VHS is a must because there are so many of them that were never popular enough to be released on DVD and many of the ones from the DVD era have a very sterile feel to them with none of the creativity and imagination from back in the day.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:08 pm
by psj3809
I've still got a fair few. My wife ages ago bought me (birthday) a Sony DVD recorder which was quite new at the time so cost a bit. The idea being that i was going to link my VHS up to it and convert my tapes to DVD format. 3 later and i got bored ;)

Back in the 80's and 90's i used to tape every NFL game on TV, they'll be fascinating to watch back now as its old great players in their prime etc but i had sooooo many tapes and i woudl be gutted if i missed a game. Now with youtube theres a lot of people who have uploaded them there, again the idea is to get round to it but its a lot of faff !

Still got lots of movies on VHS as even charity shops wont take them now ! Theres been a slight increase in videos i think, i remember Attic Bug want to buy videos as they have quite a collection now.

Still remember setting my video to record some NFL or late night film and hearing that buzzing as the timer goes off at 1am and it starts recording!

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:28 pm
by English Invader
psj3809 wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:08 pm
Back in the 80's and 90's i used to tape every NFL game on TV, they'll be fascinating to watch back now as its old great players in their prime etc but i had sooooo many tapes and i woudl be gutted if i missed a game. Now with youtube theres a lot of people who have uploaded them there, again the idea is to get round to it but its a lot of faff !
A few years ago, I watched the 1984 Superbowl on YT (Joe Montana inspired San Francisco 49ers vs Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins). It had all the pre-match build-up, ad breaks, half-time discussion and entertainment and post-match coverage (including a congratulatory phone call from Ronald Regan). Sadly, it's not there anymore but it was a true delight for an early 80s nostalgia freak like me.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:13 am
by psj3809
Well thats whats amazing about the internet. Downloaded quite a few Superbowls from youtube and the net. Some people have uploaded the TV version of lots of them. its very weird watching Superbowl 11 or 15 (I'm a Raiders fan) and seeing the televised version of it - rather than the more 'glossy' slow mo highlights you see. Quite surreal.

But yeah youtube (and other websites) have tons of them. Fascinating to watch

I still laugh when i buy a dvd and i get 45 seconds of unskippable 'you wouldnt steal a car....' - if i had 'stolen' this film i wouldnt have to watch this unskippable advert !

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:00 pm
by oldtimer
English Invader wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:34 pm
I still enjoy VHS; mainly because I still have a lot of them from the charity shop boom between 2006-08. If you like football videos VHS is a must because there are so many of them that were never popular enough to be released on DVD and many of the ones from the DVD era have a very sterile feel to them with none of the creativity and imagination from back in the day.
I hve 100s of formula1 indycar, nascar video tapes I recorded from about 1992 onwards, including most of the qualifying sessions and warmups etc from f1 all recorded from eurosport in the days when it was free on the old analogue satellite system.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:50 am
by stayAwhile
I have so many good rental store memories from renting out films such as monkey bone to buying dr who the movie for 99p on vhs in a blockbuster sale,

if i ever find my self with house with a spare room i want to build a mini video store to store my dvds vhs tapes and video games

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:11 am
by Ryan GH
I have about 3,000 dvds so I'm pretty much in heaven and yes I view them on a big-ass crt sony trinitron wega tv for the ultimate experience.
I love life.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:33 am
by psj3809
Ive gone to digital. Just too much room and often a waste of money when you get a dvd and then just watch it once. Plus too much facing about with the adverts and unskippable ‘you wouldn’t steal a car so why steal a movie’ when you’ve got the origins lol you’re trying to play !

Wasted tons of money buying VHS tapes which are worth hardly anything and dvds will go that way in the near future