In 1976, JVC created the video home system (VHS), who was competing with the old Sony’s Beta and Video 2000 from the Philips industries, but in the middle of the 80’s and after 20 years of undisturbed existence, tormentor DVD (Digital Video Disc) made his appearance in 2004.
But it wasn’t only the DVD the murderer of VHS.
The twilight of VHS started on the digital era, the true risk appeared in the 2000 when internet came to every home and E-Mule make the ilegal films downloads trendy.
What do you remember from VHS? Do you remember those home recordings, birthdays and weddings which your relatives were always showing you?
I do remember proudly showing my ID from many videoclubs, it was an amazing experience to spend long afternoons trying to find a certain title or a brand-new release which was always taken.
There were many tedious moments like rewinding the tape afterwards coming from the cinema sanctuary or spending more than the renting date limit.
And what about when you try to design your own cover for those films you recorded from TV, if you were lucky you could add some video clips to your home tape.
Eventually many videoclubs died, being the closed down of BlockBuster in 2013 the most popular lost.
Films that change the industry like Star Wars or The Beauty and The Beast nowadays are authentic treasures for collectionist. So if you are one of those people who keep an original copy in good condition, you can benefit from it. I even knew some people who kept their VHS with aluminium foils to preserve their condition.
How many afternoons I spent with my friends exchanging films, a symbolic social act from my childhood.