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Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:12 am
by TwoHeadedBoy
Liamh1982 wrote:And The Jungle Book's STILL waiting for its TV premiere! Not even the Disney Channel's got round to it yet.
Now THAT's shocking!

We joined a few, can't remember where two of them were (one of them we called "the outdoors indoors shop" because it had brick walls on the inside - we'd always get the same Mickey Mouse tape out from there). The "main" one we stuck with over the years was called Pick-A-Flick, who we stayed loyal to right up until they closed down. Now it's an opticians.

The main room (with the counter) was new releases, games, horror and Manga films, and then a side-room had all the comedy, kids stuff and so on. Over the years the horror would gradually move into the side-room as the main room also became an off-license.

Seemed like we'd always get the same tapes out over and over, because they were so good! Freaked, Monster Squad and the Beetlejuice cartoons mostly, I think. And when they cleared the stock, I ended up owning most of the things that we rented out most - that Beetlejuice tape, it's mine now! And my copies of Decap Attack, Sonic Spinball, Super Fantasy Zone, Global Gladiators, Chuck Rock and Bubsy are all the ones that we'd rent out all the time. With hindsight, we really should've bought their copy of Mega Man: The Wily Wars off them when they were clearing out their Sega stuff, ah well.

Always loads of free posters to take home from there, as well as the freebie magazine (their one was called "See It First On Video"). We even rented out a Dreamcast from them when it was first out, and the first DVD I ever saw came from them too (Wild Wild West).

Really miss that place (still remember the membership number too - 6103). When it was a real treat to see a film rather than just buying a DVD for less than £1 off Amazon.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:36 pm
by bensonrad
Found an old advert this morning from a 1982 magazine offering you the chance to buy and own video tapes in VHS or Betamax, you could own the Pink Panther only £29.99!

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:40 pm
by bobturnip
bensonrad wrote:Found an old advert this morning from a 1982 magazine offering you the chance to buy and own video tapes in VHS or Betamax, you could own the Pink Panther only £29.99!
Yes I had forgotten about that. I remember the wow factor of seeing a VHS copy of robocop in a central London store - it was either for rent, or to buy for £36.00. Worse still, I recall wishing I had the money, cos it would be so cool to actually own a movie like that !

How things have changed. . .

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:29 pm
by DoraemonTheCat
greenberet79 wrote:I was talking about this with my mates earlier - I'm sure most people here used to rent videos in the 80s? Never mind video shops like Video City (and of course Video City II!!), even my local sweetshop and newsagent would rent videos out!

A combination of my age, new technology and lack of information (i.e. internet) meant it was always exciting renting a film out.

What was your first? Mine was Back to the Future.

And who can forget the Patrick Bateman line - "I have to return some videotapes".
Wow, I thought Video City was an indie!! There was once near us, brings back fun memories. Remember going in most of the time to ask the manager if he had any free posters to give away. Did get a fair few over the years

Many years later, I had the mis-fortune to work in Blockbusters - horrible place where they (management) told you you had to force the special offer down every customers throat (popcorn/crisps + drink deal). So ended up leaving after a few weeks. Sure I remember them also being quite stingy when it came to borrowing videos/DVDs and games.

One of the more fun places I worked was Global Video. Very relaxed environment

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:41 pm
by TwoHeadedBoy
Global Video were arseholes! We were with our local for ages, and they didn't mind if you were late taking tapes back (even if "late" meant a whole day late).

We joined Global Video as well when they opened, just to see what they were like. Brought back the tape we borrowed at around 7:28 (with a 7:30 return time), and they got really snotty with us ("What time do you call this?"). They were about to fine us when we told them to cancel our membership, so they cancelled the fine. Naturally, we didn't use them again.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:15 am
by thebear
My mum used to give the woman in our local video shop a note saying I was allowed to get 18's out from the time I was about 12 (used to reserve all the Nightmare on Elm Streets etc first day of release

Imagine the fuss if someone did that now

Sadly the woman in the shop decided that my mym duidn't mean for me to have porn on the day I worked up enough courage to try it :D

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:10 pm
by Antiriad2097
:lol:

Did she tell your mum?

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:44 pm
by thebear
Antiriad2097 wrote::lol:

Did she tell your mum?

Not that I know of!!! :lol:

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:47 pm
by MattyC64c
The cost of actually owning movies were pretty crazy in the early 80's. I mean £29.99 is like £90 in todays money. Also wages were a lot lower in 1982 which made the prices even more expensive. It's no wonder there were so many video rental stores around.

I don't think we bought a proper VHS film to own until at least 1989-90. Before then we always rented everything on tape. The only other way to own your own films was record them off the TV, commercials and all.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:21 am
by JetSetWilly
MattyC64c wrote:The only other way to own your own films was record them off the TV, commercials and all.
We did this quite a lot. I remember recording The Goonies off ITV, and it was cut to sh1t. I didn't care, as it was the thought of having a copy to watch when we wanted. Getting back to how much tapes used to cost to buy, it's not that different if you was to buy a Blu Ray nowadays. New releases are between £15-£20, sometimes higher in rip off merchants HMV (some titles are £30!!!). I do remember buying an ex-rental copy of Star Trek IV for the princely sum of £2, but the start of the film was buggered. I do miss the independent video shops, though. There's nothing like going into one, it being all small and dingy, and finding a copy of some cheap horror flick with an awesome cover, only to find out later that said film was actually very crap. There was a place near me at Staple Tye called Flickers. They were awesome. Used to rent out games, too. Master System, MD, SNES, even Game Boy, which was weird. I just wish I knew when they were closing, as I would have cleaned them out of their games.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:12 pm
by greenberet79
I remember when BBC One showed Batman the movie for the first time, around christmas 1991. That was on really quick for the time - I couldn't believe I could tape it and watch it as many times as I wanted!

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:32 pm
by oldtimer
My first job was a salesman at the long defunct Rumbelows chain, Video players were not long on the market, we actually had Philips N1700 Players still for sale when i started,which were rapidly replaced by vhs/beta/v2000 units,

We used to also run a video tape rental service, used to get loadssss of free films to watch ,
Later, we also used to rent out Laserdiscs too, thats where i got my love of those machines from.

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:20 pm
by Liamh1982
JetSetWilly wrote:There was a place near me at Staple Tye called Flickers. They were awesome. Used to rent out games, too. Master System, MD, SNES, even Game Boy, which was weird. I just wish I knew when they were closing, as I would have cleaned them out of their games.
Man, I wish I could have done the same at Choices. The Wrexham branch was still renting out Saturn games in about 2002!

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:21 pm
by thebear
MattyC64c wrote:I don't think we bought a proper VHS film to own until at least 1989-90. Before then we always rented everything on tape. The only other way to own your own films was record them off the TV, commercials and all.


No way, you sat and watched while it recorded and paused out the commercials

at least we did

Re: Renting videotapes

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:57 pm
by JetSetWilly
Nope, we did that as well. Glad to know it wasn't just me that did it.