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The final nail in the coffin of VHS has arrived. In other news, some people were still using VHS! The last remaining Japanese company to manufacture VCRs, Funai Electric, has announced that it will make its final VCR units this month, bringing an end to the first widespread home video format.

The first VCR (“Videocassette recorder” for you young ‘uns) to use VHS was released in 1976, and it enjoyed immense success throughout the 80s and 90s, until the superior DVD format came along. It seems so long ago now, but VHS was controversial upon first release,as the major movie studios went so far as to try to claim copyright violation for the transference of feature films to home video. Eventually the film industry embraced the home video market, resulting in the Blockbuster boon and many a home movie marathons throughout my childhood via the fuzzy, subpar, but somewhat comforting format known as VHS.

While the last film to be released on VHS was Eragon in 2007, apparently people were still buying enough VCRs to keep Funai Electric in business. However, with just 750,000 sales worldwide last year, the company has chosen to cease production and bring a final end to the home video format once and for all.

Some folks continue to collect VHS tapes, with some going for thousands of dollars on eBay. The format is starting to hold a bit of a nostalgic appeal, but will they go the way of vinyl and see a resurgence in the future? I’m doubtful given that the VHS format routinely chopped up the aspect ratio of films and the tape itself can become quite worn and therefore doesn’t have the same playability that vinyl does, but hey, who knows?

So pour one out for VHS. ‘Tis truly the end of an era.





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The final nail in the coffin of VHS has arrived. In other news, some people were still using VHS! The last remaining Japanese company to manufacture VCRs, Funai Electric, has announced that it will make its final VCR units this month, bringing an end to the first widespread home video format.

The first VCR (“Videocassette recorder” for you young ‘uns) to use VHS was released in 1976, and it enjoyed immense success throughout the 80s and 90s, until the superior DVD format came along. It seems so long ago now, but VHS was controversial upon first release,as the major movie studios went so far as to try to claim copyright violation for the transference of feature films to home video. Eventually the film industry embraced the home video market, resulting in the Blockbuster boon and many a home movie marathons throughout my childhood via the fuzzy, subpar, but somewhat comforting format known as VHS.

While the last film to be released on VHS was Eragon in 2007, apparently people were still buying enough VCRs to keep Funai Electric in business. However, with just 750,000 sales worldwide last year, the company has chosen to cease production and bring a final end to the home video format once and for all.

Some folks continue to collect VHS tapes, with some going for thousands of dollars on eBay. The format is starting to hold a bit of a nostalgic appeal, but will they go the way of vinyl and see a resurgence in the future? I’m doubtful given that the VHS format routinely chopped up the aspect ratio of films and the tape itself can become quite worn and therefore doesn’t have the same playability that vinyl does, but hey, who knows?

So pour one out for VHS. ‘Tis truly the end of an era.






Yeah, not sorry to see it go (am surprised to see it was still technically around). Vinyl has it's place, as vinyl still technically produces better sound than any digital medium (also classic vinyls aren't completely ruined by "remastering" either), but VHS is a terrible standard, for the reasons you posted (and the video quality even on a good condition one is certainly nothing special)
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Part of me is definitely glad to see VHS finally be put to rest. Format quality aside, the one thing that pissed me off is every time you put in a VHS, you run a risk of it eating your damn tape. I lost track of how many times I had to carefully remove a tape trying not to break the ribbon then wherever the movie was when said issue happened would be forever ruined.

That said, I'll miss it just a little. I still have a working JVC VHS player and I use it occasionally mainly for movies that I either have yet to finally update to DVD or for movies that have yet to see a DVD release or is currently out of print on disc.

This reminds me, at K-Mart, I saw a three pack of blank VHS tapes and they were actually trying to charge $15 for them. I remember when I could get a 3 pack for about $5 in its heyday. :lol

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"Just 750k sales last year"? What? Are they off by several orders of magnitude? Who the !@#$ are the people buying those?

James Rolfe films some of his videos from his "video store" room, where he has his collection of VHS arranged on shelves to look like the rental stores of old. Not sure how much of that collection was pre-existing from when VHS was actually current, but he proves there are some people who wax nostalgic for it.

Brad Jones also evidently has a huge VHS collection, given how many Z-grade exploitation films and porno spoofs he's able to pull out for Cinema Snob episodes. Obscure 40 year old crap like that doesn't necessarily show back up on DVD.

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I remember raiding some old porn on vhs from my parent's closet back in the day. Imagine my horror when the damn vcr ate the tape!! I had to use chopsticks to meticulously work the tape out with as little damage as possible to avoid being found out. And I never was!! Never raided that closet again either. One of the most terrifying moments of my early teen life!
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...I'm telling.

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I remember raiding some old porn on vhs from my parent's closet back in the day. Imagine my horror when the damn vcr ate the tape!! I had to use chopsticks to meticulously work the tape out with as little damage as possible to avoid being found out. And I never was!! Never raided that closet again either. One of the most terrifying moments of my early teen life!



Haha oh man, kids today have it too easy with high speed internet on their phones. :lol
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Spork, don't make me hunt you down...

And yeah!! Kids will never know the horror! Well, I guess maybe if some website started flooding their parent's computer with a ton of pop-ups & they had no idea how to stop them, that might do it. That might be worse!!
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