Too late. I already ditched mine.“It has gotten increasingly difficult to find stuff now that more people know there is a market for it, especially in Brooklyn."Another reason to hate hipsters.
We still have a working VCR because we have so many things we taped from tv that we haven't bought (or can't find) on DVD, including seasons-worth of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes. I know one of these days we'll have to bid them farewell, but for right now I'm keeping them.
And why Brooklyn? As the article notes, there are some older, second-tier products that Disney released on VHS in the '80s, mostly live-action shows and films that ran on the Disney TV show from the 1960s to '80s, like a 1985, filmed-in-Europe remake of THE BLACK ARROW with Oliver Reed. They've never made it to commercial DVD or Blu-ray, and probably never will. You can sometimes find them as gray market DVD-R discs on eBay or iOffer that someone burned at home from an old tape.
Sadly, most of my old Saturday Matinee serials are still on VHS tapes, though I've been buying some on DVD lately. I still have a working VCR, and I'm sure VCRs will remain available on the Internet, just like 8-Tracks (G).
I replaced the few VHS movies I had that are timeless with DVD's. The rest I was ready to let go of, and I cut all the family videos I shot over to DVD long ago. Nevertheless, I keep a VCR for one reason only - The Master. I have a collection of Hitchcock films on VHS I like to watch every couple of years which I haven't shelled out for on DVD (if they're all out there?). If the tapes hold up, I'll probably go to my grave owning a VCR, just for Hitch!
Old B&W movies shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio look fine on VHS.
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