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VHS History, Video Era History, video mailorder -

By Robert Freese   When I recently spoke to Greg Luce for a piece I wrote for The Phantom of the Movies’ Videoscope Magazine (Winter 2020, #113), he recalled the early days of home video, way before he started Sinister Cinema, and painted a picture of what it was like for film lovers turned film collectors in that era.   He reminisced about a time just prior to the home video explosion in the early ‘80s that saw Mom-and-Pop video rental stores appearing overnight on every street corner (surely the most fun and exciting time of the VHS/Betamax era) and...

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Audio/Video Plus, Audio/Video Plus Archive, AVP Archive, Video Sanctum -

By Josh Schafer / Benny Junko   Six-packs are a signature emblem of fun, Tapeheads. They’re the perfect equation for a premium personal party, and the ideal amount for sharing with a friend for a flow of merriment. Yeah, I’m talking about brews, dudes. But there’s another kind of six-pack that will be especially attractive to Videovores: The JVC Six-Pack of videocassettes, which is an obscure but awesome marketing move from the inventors of the VCR. Behold below, quite possibly the most party blank VHS package of all-time.      Image courtesy of Reddit.   JVC wasn’t done, either. Sometime...

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Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2 lost footage VHS, Lost footage -

By Ted Gilbert   Some rewind-radical news is circulating on the web, Tapeheads, and we wanted to VHShare it with you! You know those legendary lost scenes from Friday the 13th: Part II? Well, they've recently resurfaced, and we have VHS to thank! Here's an excerpt from the incredible story, as told by Edwin Samuelson of Samuelson Studios, quoted directly from the studio's Facebook page:   "The upcoming FRIDAY THE 13 boxed set from Scream Factory will include the uncut footage from Part 2. How it was found after being lost for almost 40 years is a great story!  As...

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By Greg Hanson   It all started a few months ago at a tape swap in NYC. Scanning over stacks of tapes, I noticed one - Time Barbarians, the Academy slip - and picked it up. It had been on my list and it was $3. I looked it over and noticed something was off. I have a lot of Academy slips and they all have a certain texture, a certain feel. When I slid the cover off and looked at the tape, I noticed it had a big, black square label. I have only ever seen Academy slips with...

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The fresh VHS train continues to roll on, Tapeheads, and there’s little else we love more than some homegrown home video insanity. Cue Brewce Longo and the new curation of his animation creations titled HEADLESS EYES CLAYMATION. Produced on videocassette by VIDEO ARENA, the elusive analog-only imprint that brought you MONSTER JUNGLE and other VHStrange mix-tape slabs. The HEC tape is limited to 50 copies exclusively on VHS, and is available and ready to invade your VCR by visiting HERE.         Here’s a little background on Longo’s journey through his self-taught artistry: “I started animating about 4...

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