Why VHS?

A VHS cassette, by virtually every standard, is an awful way to watch a movie.

From the 1980's to the early 2000's, the Beta-killing "Video Home System" delivered movies to the masses with poor picture quality, muddy sound, and cropped frames that left much of the filmmaker's original intent "adjusted" right the hell off your screen.

Thanks to giant leaps in digital technology, VHS has long been a relic of the home video history. So why are we dusting off our old tapes and making a podcast?

Could it be that we've committed the "Coming Soon to Videocassette" prologue from Surf Ninjas to memory, and like the first track of a classic album, it's just not complete without promises of Mr. Nanny and Mortal Kombat being totally worth our time?

Or perhaps it's because these black plastic shells of magnetic tape were the vessels through which we first saw our favorite films?

Or maybe Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade just doesn't feel right unless the edge of the frame is jittering violently due to years of over-loving?

Whatever the case may be, one thing we can all agree on is that this is beautiful:

Posted on June 5, 2015 and filed under General.