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Pre-Order When A Stranger Calls (1979) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    91h0HzK5J2L._SY679_.

    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
  2. Robert Harris

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    What is it with these "retro-style" VHS sized packages? Waste of paper, plastic. Stranger Things 4k is currently $10 at Target in this packaging.
     
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    ...and that endangered natural resource: shelf space.
     
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    Agreed. Back in the VHS days, one of the many reasons I never had many of these were the amount of room each took up. A DVD/Blu (in or out of the plastic case) takes up a fraction of the space.

    Going along with this, I find this VHS-retro style packaging to be ridiculous. If I got any of these films in this packaging, I would promptly recycle the packaging & put the Blu in a thin CD case.
     
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    Same as vinyl - people reliving their 80s childhoods and hipsters. The End.
     
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    The Drifter

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    Agreed - to some extent. But, it's worth noting that not everyone who grew up with this crap is enamored of this older, sub-par technology.

    I'm in my late 40's & do have not-so-fond memories of VHS tapes, Cassettes, Vinyl, etc. Glad we have far superior technology these days including DVD's/Blu's/Streaming/Digital for movies/TV shows, and CD's/Digital for music.
     
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    I don't really understand VHS nostalgia. It looked okay on a 19 inch CRT, but even then, it was clearly inferior to broadcast quality. I do miss film projection, to some extent, but not the faded colour, dust, scratches and missing frames that often went with it.
     
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    I tend to agree to a point.

    Vinyl I could see making the comeback it has. There was just this mystique about owning a favorite album that usually came with some nifty extras. Even in the face of the superior sound quality of the CD and the convenience of digital download and streaming.

    VHS unless you own a collector’s treasure like the R-rated cover for The Little Mermaid (1989) just doesn’t cut it. (and I did own that at one time long ago). I have on occasion popped in a VHS (Three Stooges or Dorf On Golf) on the 75 and the low quality by today’s standards is quite evident.
     
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    Agreed. I actually hated VHS tapes even when they were the only game in town - awful format. Whenever you taped something off of TV onto VHS, the PQ was noticeably poorer than the source material (the TV broadcast).
     
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    I don't get the hate. It's just a fun little thing. Let people enjoy it.
     
  11. Nick*Z

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    Not a hate thing, so much as a 'why?' thing for sure. I mean, technology is about moving forward. Nostalgia is for classics, not bygone tech that clearly had its run and outlived its usefulness the minute disc tech caught up and surpassed it.
     
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    I was a kid in the 1980's and I can assure that nostalgia for people my age is frequently for absolute garbage. :)
     
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    What can I tell you? I was a teen in the eighties and it was one of the best decades to be a young person, for going to the movies, and just life in general, that I can think of. If you regard it as a decade of nostalgia for absolute garbage, I shudder to think where that ranks far too much of the contemporary drivel being peddled as either movie or TV art today!
     
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    It's in a regular sized Blu-ray case, its just the artwork that looks like a VHS (it might even be a slipcover).
     
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    I have wonderful memories of the decade too but some of the stuff from the 80's that people still love today is just terrible. I'm a Friday The 13th fan and that's certainly not a great series of movies but I love it due largely to nostalgia.
     
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    Every generation feels nostalgia for the era in which they grew up. But the 80s nostalgia kids are like no other, and I'll just say The Goonies and leave it right there. :)
     
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    Dear lord, I loved The Goonies as a kid. It was heartbreaking when I saw it again when I was in high school (so not even 10 years later) and couldn't believe how bad it was.
     
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    It's not like these are VHS tapes. Yes it's nostalgia, but in the artwork. I would get these "why" if it were actual tapes.
     
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    What happened to that special edition that was out a few years ago, did it go out of print already?

    Also why did Shout/Scream Factory choose to the release the sequel earlier this year, but not the original; this year is original film's 40th anniversary, so you'd think they'd release first, before the sequel, right?
     

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