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Recent events on eBay have solidified the notion that VHS fandom and collecting have been kicked up to an entirely new level. For the past few years, prices of tapes have been sending shocks and awes throughout the VHS collector community, undoubtedly inspiring grunts of chagrin and disbelief to some of the avid aficionados of video. Tapes such as The People Who Own the Dark, Last House on Dead End Street,(both on the Sun Video label), Screams of a Winter Night, Snuff and a slew of other obscure gems demand sums that boggle one’s mind, consistently passing the $100 mark...

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FILM NOIR, BROOKLYN NY 5/19/11, 8:45pm In a small storefront in Greenpoint NY, squeezed into a row of stores off Manhattan Ave (one of the busiest blocks in Brooklyn), sits Film Noir -- a small hometown rental hub for obscure cinema, exploitation, & horror rarities. One of very few "mom & pop" video stores left in the city, Film Noir is still going strong in a struggling economy where big rental chains are throwing in the towel. Lunchmeat sat down with owner, film connoisseur, and movie collector, Will Malitek, to discuss how he keeps the store alive & why he...

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You ever wonder who would have the cojones to tackle twenty-three movies in forty-eight hours? Well, that would be Matt Farley, Charles Roxburgh and Thomas Scalzo: three ardent cinephiles with a penchant for low-budget glory on the VHS format. And not only did they survive this decidedly adventurous and potentially hazardous feat, but they also managed to write a book about the entire experience. First, a little history on this clan of awesome videovores: ShockMarathons was created by these three fine gentlemen after meeting at Providence College and deciding to begin what has become an intense movie marathon tradition. Since...

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Any voracious Videovore will be quick to recognize the fact that VHS is one durable format. If taken care of properly, tapes can last upwards of 30 years (this proven by tapes from the early 80s that are still kickin’). And when juxtaposed with CDs, DVD, and digital media, its longevity and stability rank only with the other physical media greats: vinyl records and the printed word. So in order to reciprocate that long life span, it’s good practice to keep your playback machine in top form. This would be the idea behind the creation and distribution of VCR cleaning...

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Let’s face it . . . most of us collect old horror flicks on VHS because the cover art kicks major ass. The movies themselves are, for the most part, pretty terrible & very much a product of their time. But looking at VHS box art is like time travel – we instantly remember the time & place on the shelf where we first laid eyes on them. The tag lines, the dripping fonts, the gore that graces the front & back of each box – all of these elements (unfortunately overlooked as strategies to entice the viewer in today’s...

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