Monday, September 26, 2011

AV In/AV Out . . . Confessions of an Early Video Pirate

Back in the day who else here used to rent a bunch of movies from the video store, hook up two VCRs and try to dub as many movies as you could on one VHS tape?

My Shitty Drawing of how to hookup two VCRs in the back of this book

As you can imagine the quality was piss-poor on these homemade video compilations, but it beat the alternative at the time which was paying the high prices of buying the movies. Before DVDs came out most of the prices to own ranged from about $80 to $100. I remember in the Mid 90s asking the owner at a Suncoast Video how much a copy of Killer Klowns From Outer Space would run. He got back to me and said $85. A few years later it was less then $10 on DVD . . .

Anyway, I had probably about a 100 of these six to eight hour tapes packed with 70s and 80s classics. Most of them are long gone now since I built a pretty good collection of DVDs and Blu-rays over the years. But I never forget the lost art of dubbing movies together and trading them off with friends.

Here are some of the ones I remember making like it was yesterday:

Jamie Lee Curtis "Queen of the Scream"

Terror Train, Prom Night, The Fog, Halloween 1, and 2

"H is For Horror" He Knows You're Alone, House, Happy Birthday To Me, and Hell Night.

GhostBusters 1 and 2 paired up with Gremlins 1 and 2

Goonies, BeetleJuice, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Burbs

Return of the Living Dead, RepoMan, Dawn of Dead, and The Lost Boys (I worn this tape down to the bone)
Just One of the Guys, Teen Witch, Once Bitten, and Vice Versa

Puppetmaster 1-5, with Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge being the first movie on the tape to keep things in some kind of order.

"Summer Camp Funtime" The Burning along with Sleepaway Camp 1, 2, and 3

And of course this Gem which I never parted with . . .

Ghoulies 1-4

It's funny how now we all care so much about high-definition video and sound, but for the most part our introduction to film was anything but. Hell, I didn't even know what widescreen meant until DVD came out and you had to choose between having your movie in either Widescreen or Fullscreen . . .

- Tom Bryce
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