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We must have several hundred, too many to give you count anyway. We bought our first video tape recorder back when everyone was still argueing whether "Beta" or "VHS" was the best way to go. Both my wife and I are movie lovers, especially older movies from the thirties and forties, and fifties.
My wife decided early on to make a hobby out of taping these old film classics. Nice thought I suppose, but not anything that I wanted to be involved in. Also, I'm not much for digging through the index and then going after the tape, and I find it preferrable to see what TCM has to offer for the evening.
At this point, we've got more "movies" than I'll ever be able to watch in the years left to me. Still, it's hard to depart with such an extensive library. Now the problem is even finding a VHS player, so let's hope the couple we have continue to operate properly. I can certainly transfer these to disc... but there's NOT enough time left in my life, even if I were to make this the top priority, which it certainly ISN'T.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
I lost a bunch in katrina, but a cousin returned my vhs star wars trilogy that he borrowed a decade earlier, so now I have those three.
I noticed blank vhs tapes are getting harder to find. I went in to Best Buy the other day and the teenager looked at me funny when I asked for them. When he finally found where they were supposed to be they were out.
I record to vhs and dvd direct on video inspections. A few times the dvd failed to record and the vhs saved me from redoing a bunch of work over again. This happened even though there were no obvious scuffs or scratches on the dvds and I handle the dvds with clean hands. I hate the weight of the vhs monitor but love the reliability of recording to vhs.
I find plenty of VHS tapes in my stores, but I only use VHS to record programs when I have to leave the house and my wife's soap opera. Movies go onto a DVD and I've transfered close to one hundred camcorder tapes to DVD as well. I have a VHS/DVD recorder/player that serves a dual purpose. I have also found a way to record the movies I pay to watch off of cable, even if they are copy right protected. I would never cross the line and sell them for profit, but I might want to watch one at a latter date and now I can.