Do you still buy films on VHS

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  1. DanaA

    DanaA Screenwriter

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    I regrettably do, but only when I have to, ie they're not on DVD or at least I can't find them on DVD. Tonight, I bought two Greta Garbo movies on VHS, Anna Karenina and Camille, because, as far as I can see, they're only on VHS and I get so sick of waiting for them to come to DVD, which might be never. If I hadn't heard that Once Upon a Time in the West was coming to DVD next year, I would buy that too. Not to say that every transfer on DVD is better than VHS, but the optimal quality is much better, not to mention the extras, the smaller storage footprint, and the convenience. The above VHS tapes cost about $20 each, so there really doesn't appear to be an advantage as far as cost of a VHS vs. a DVD.
     
  2. Travis Olson

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    It's kinda funny you ask since I just bought my first VHS tape in about 4 years. After seeing Schindler's List popping up in the tournaments non-stop, I decided it was time to finally own it. So, off to e-Bay I went and managed to get a factory sealed widescreen copy for $8.00. Apparently it's OOP now as I could not find it anywhere else. Hopefully that means the DVD is in the works.
     
  3. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    No*. I haven't bought a tape since I got my ld player back in the early 90s. I still rent them since a lot of films I haven't seen are only available on vhs, but I'll never again buy a deteriorating medium.




    *pronounced "Hell, no!"
     
  4. Joe Bernardi

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    No. I haven't bought one foar at least ten years.
     
  5. David Dennison

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    What's VHS? [​IMG]
     
  6. Andrew_Sch

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    The only VHS movies I've ever bought were the original trilogy (in widescreen of course) only because I didn't feel like waiting another 4-5 years to see it.
     
  7. Walter Kittel

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    Yes. I recently purchased some of the classic Universal noirs from the '40s that look like they might never be released on DVD.

    [RANT ON]
    It really burns my ass that Universal will spend time and resources milking the public with multiple re-issues of some of their contemporary films ( whose merits in some cases are dubious at best ) while ignoring their back catalog.
    [RANT OFF]

    - Walter.
     
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    Nope!
     
  9. DanaA

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    What do you guys do if it's not on DVD and not available for rent? I know many are on cable TV (which I don't have), but doesn't the itch get so bad that it irks you to no end. Walter's right in his point that these companies release issue after issue of the same DVD, yet ignore classics (The African Queen, Treasure of Sierra Madre, Tokyo Story, etc.). For instance, I recently saw Grand Hotel on PBS and Marlene Dietrich's over-the-top performance had me rivited. Hence, I needed a fix of more Marlene Dietrich. No DVD's, no rentals at Hollywood or Blockbuster. The same situation occured earlier this year with To Be or Not to Be (The Jack Benny version) and The Producers. Do you just wait patiently or turn toward other fish or what? [​IMG]
     
  10. David Dennison

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    I rent VHS on occasion if there is a classic I have not seen and it is on VHS only, but I do not buy VHS. I have TIVO programmed to pick up some movies off of TCM. Otherwise, there are still a lot of movies available to rent on dvd that I have not yet seen, and I feel obliged to watch some of my own collection of 250+ dvd's from time to time. Unfortunately there is only so much time in a given day to watch movies.[​IMG]
     
  11. Carl Johnson

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    The only VHS that's worthy of my time or money is porn[​IMG]
     
  12. Jim_K

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    I can't say I've had the urge to buy VHS in a long time. However I do understand your reasons for doing so. My VHS player does get used from time to time thanks to TCM.
    Sometimes. I've got a few hundred films that are must haves if/when they hit DVD so I'm getting used to waiting & suffering. [​IMG]
     
  13. JonZ

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    Yes. If I cant get a movie on DVD or even LD Ill buy the VHS version.

    Millers Crossing,Hoffa,Barton Fink and a few others I cant think of right are examples of stuff Ive picked up.
     
  14. Joseph Bolus

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    I recently felt the urge to replace my current worn out Indy WS tapes. (Of course, now I see rumors that they may be on DVD in December 2003 ... Oh well: I only paid about $30 for the set ..)
    Except for Indy and Star Wars, I haven't purchased a VHS tape of any kind since I acquired my DVD player in November, 1998.
    I have a hard time trying to view VHS renditions of movies on my 96" 16:9 FPTV [​IMG]
     
  15. Brian Kleinke

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    Well I don't even own a VCR so it' really doesn't matter. I've not bought a VHS tape in > 5 years
     
  16. DanaA

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    I'm so behind the times. [​IMG] I just got my first DVD player last November. [​IMG] Since then, I've been trying to build a DVD library (see below). Even now, most of my friends don't even own DVD players. I though about a dish for a long time, but figure I already spend too much time watching TV or on the computer. I should do it, but, if I had TCM, I might stay so glued to the TV that I'd never see my family again.
    I'm not worthy of HTF.
     
  17. george kaplan

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    Fortunately most of the films I want that aren't on dvd I already have on laser disc. The few others, I just wait patiently and watch the hundreds and hundreds of dvds and lds I already have.
     
  18. Allan Mack

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    Walter Kittel wrote:

     
  19. Brian Harnish

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    I will not buy VHS. Shortly after I got my DVD player, I did a comparison of picture quality between the two formats. Needless to say, I threw away my VHS player and never looked back. I haven't gotten a VHS tape in over three years.
     
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