Can VHS movies be collectibles?

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  1. Paul_Medenwaldt

    Paul_Medenwaldt Supporting Actor

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    We are going through my wife's VHS collection for a garage sale. As I'm going through them I was curious if VHS movies can be collectibles.

    My question, are there any VHS movies that may be rare or may be worth something currently.

    Most of her movies are mainstream hit movies, but there are a few that I think may be worth keeping.

    Of course i'm keeping my Star Wars and the original E.T. release.

    If anyone has some input on movies that are worth keeping, just toss out some movies into this thread. She has too many to name here. They are going to the garage sale on Thursday.

    Thanks

    Paul
     
  2. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

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    My VHS collection is collectable, for me. Not available on DVD? Never released on LD? You want to see/own the flick, even in P&S. It's collectable.

    Jim
     
  3. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Disney tapes are probably the most

    I have a Planet of the Apes tape that was one of the first pre-records ever. It's not even from FOx but was licensed.
     
  4. Joseph J.D

    Joseph J.D Cinematographer

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    I suppose some of those VHS boxsets with extra stuff such as the following would still have collectibility value:

    1) X-Files Fight the Future - with a making of VHS, a frame from the film (senitype) and the complete script of the film.

    2) The Star Wars Trilogy box - the first set with a hologram foil on a blue case...includes a making of and a book.

    3) Enter the Dragon 25th anniversary box - includes a senitype, a book, lobby cards and the complete soundtrack CD.

    I have the above and will likely keep them as there really is no equivalent set on DVD for these.

    I think that other than those type of sets, VHS films are now pretty much worthless now. However, definitely hold on to the Star Wars release, If George Lucus never releases the originals to DVD, you'll at least have these to fall back on.
     
  5. Jeff Kleist

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    Enter the Dragon has the same set for DVD
     
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    Joseph J.D Cinematographer

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  7. Gary->dee

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    If you've got The Gumball Rally and Corvette Summer on VHS I envy you because they're not on DVD. Yet. Hopefully. [​IMG]
     
  8. Brian E

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    Some VHS titles go for crazy money on eBay. $50-$100 for worn out old rental copies of some flicks. Of course most VHS stuff isn't worth spit.
     
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    Many early VHS releases are definitely worth holding because in many cases, subsequent reissues have had altered music.
    At the dawn of home video, studios just released movies as they saw fit. However, music lawyers began to crow that since video was a new medium, music rights needed renegotiation, and as such many titles had to be changed accordingly. We still see this problem with DVD today, but now there is more attention.
    The thing to do is check the relative age of the tape and/or tape sleeve. For example, super-early Universal titles with an "MCA Videocassette" label often have their original music, while subsequent reissues on either "MCA Home Video" or "MCA/Universal" have been altered. (Of course, the words "Home Video Version -- Some Music Has Been Rescored" will also be a dead giveaway) Early Paramount titles are similar, especially those in extra-large boxes (tapes fit in like a case rather than a sleeve) or on the "Gateway" label (such as the first pressing of MEDIUM COOL which has the now-dropped song "Merry Go Round" by Wildman Fischer). Most of the time altered reprints will warn "Home Video Version," but not always: the box for LITTLE DARLINGS does not mention that music has been changed (The Bellamy Brothers "Let Your Love Flow" was removed from the closing credits)
    Also, many tapes carried promo trailers that have not materialized on DVD, especially during the rental heydays. In fact, there were a couple Fox tapes (SAY ANYTHING one of them) that initially carried early Simpsons cartoons that were removed from sell-through copies and also have never been released again.

    Basically, it may involve popping a few of these in the VCR, watching the openings and the closings of the movies to determine what is worth keeping and/or selling off. I don't know if you want to put in the effort, but you asked if there are any VHS worth keeping, and I say yes there are. I myself have kept many VHS copies of the movies that I have bought on DVD -- I like keeping them around as reference material, to show non-cinephiles the difference in presentation quality and/or content.
     
  10. Paul_Medenwaldt

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    We do have 'say anything'. I'll have to check it out tonite and see if its the version with Simpsons on it.

    The reason I started this thread was because I didn't want to sell for example, Encino Man and find out that during the duplication of the movie there was a porno movie inserted during a certain scene and now that version may be worth a few bucks or it just may be a collectible. [​IMG]

    We are keeping our Disney VHS collection.

    Paul
     
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    It looks like "great movie stunts, and the making of Raiders of the lost ark" is worth something. Its not on the upcoming DVDs.
     
  12. Declan

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    The hour long making of raiders is on the Indy Trilogy Laserdisc boxset..........

    but only in the uk[​IMG]
     

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