While at the yard sales yesterday, I found a giant bin of videocassettes for a quarter each. Bought a ton of them, of course. The real stars were the boxed “official” copies (I’ll be posting about them on Dino Drac in a bit), but I couldn’t resist these, either. Movies and specials that were (potentially) taped off television, and will (potentially) be filled with ancient, glorious TV commercials.
Pay special attention to the 2nd tape. Monster Squad and the Witch Mountain movies!
The following can be attributed to E.A. Henson:
Tapes are the best.
I don’t mean that in any kind of technical sense, of course. But the physical act of recording something off the TV… That’s where the magic is.
If you were like me then you spent the commercial breaks not microwaving popcorn or running to the bathroom, but hovering over the record button. Being able to record an episode of The X-Files with all the commercials edited out was probably the closest I’ll ever get to perfection.
In my basement I still have a couple of milk crates full of VHS tapes just like this. I long ago lost the ability to play them when my secondhand VCR died. They have become little black monoliths of mystery.