I used to go to a video rental store every Friday night with a friend when I was young. We’d always take a parent with us, as we were only interested in renting the obscure 80’s horror titles. The store was called ‘Video Vision’ and was located in Tipton, a town in the West Midlands, UK. Don’t tell anyone, but i’ve still got one of their tapes that I never returned. I found the case in the attic a few months back. It contains a terrible film, but the Video Vision artwork on the sleeve is just incredible and it instantly takes me back to days of old whenever I look at it. I wonder what the late return charge would be?
I do appreciate that piracy is a huge deal these days, so it only makes sense that the release times are shortened. I’m no format freak; I own hundreds of DVDs and many Blu-Ray titles, but for me, VHS will always win through as it is a constant reminder of my rental years. I miss the days when we had to rent our VCRs and our video tapes from places like Video Vision. Every VHS I own has a story and I could tell you where I found or purchased each tape in my collection. I cannot say the same for the disposable and lightweight DVDs that I own.
I guess I just love a bit of nostalgia.