Technology keeps advancing and people are always swapping the old for the new. The same is true of video tapes; they used to be the predominant way of watching movies but that has changed with the introduction of the DVD.
Lockdown can be tough on everyone, especially if you haven’t seen your loved ones for a while – and still can’t see them as much as you’d like. But it’s not impossible to feel close to your family during these challenging times.
The UK lockdown has seen countless households cosying up with unwatched boxsets, but now that we are a couple of months in, you might be finding that your selection of things to watch is growing a bit thin. This list is here to inspire the direction of your next cinematic journey. Stay safe and stay indoors!
For older family members with VHS tapes of treasured
memories, there is no greater gift than an updated format for those memories so
they can keep them forever. VHS tapes are not a reliable format these days,
even for people who still own a VHS player. The tapes naturally degrade over time until they become
unplayable, and if the tape itself becomes unreadable it might be too late to
save the footage.
In 2006, the last film by a major studio to be released on VHS was The History of Violence. Since then, the VHS has only had limited new releases, often in the form of marketing gimmicks. After all, nobody uses VHS tapes to watch films anymore now that DVDs and Blu-ray exist, right?
As people become more eco-conscious and serious about disposing of their things in an environmentally friendly manner, you might be wondering what to do with your old VHS tapes.
While you may be able to sell some classic VHS copies of films on eBay, it’s unlikely you’re going to be able to shift those home VHS tapes of family moments once you’ve backed them up with a video to DVD conversion.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, a new kid on the block emerged to kick VHS to the curb. It was shiny and new, smaller and more compact, it was the Digital Versatile Disc, better known as the DVD.
For twenty years, VHS enjoyed a comfortable spot as the most beloved home entertainment system. As well as being able to record home movies and family footage, VHS tapes could be bought pre-recorded with all the latest Hollywood releases. Heading down to Blockbuster to pick out a VHS film to watch with the family became the hottest thing to do on a Friday night. How could such a popular and beloved format have become so obsolete?
2018 was a fantastic year for films. With superheroes galore with the likes of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the highly anticipated The Incredibles sequel and music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, there was no shortage of great film hits for cinema goers to indulge in last year.
Over the last few decades technology has developed rapidly. Nowadays it feels as if we only cling to the latest model of phone or laptop for mere months before the newest version gets released and makes ours feel obsolete. However, whilst your version of the iPhone from over a year ago might feel like an outdated piece of tech compared to the newest model, it’s nothing compared to the advancements made in the 20th century.