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Old 06-15-04, 03:53 AM
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Do you buy movies now before DVDs were invented?

Anyone here that bought the same number of VHS movies back in the day or did your movie buying passion start when DVDs came along?



I bought a couple of VHS tapes but I was much more conservative back then since you had to wait about 4 months after a video was released for the price to drop from $99 to $15.


Also the obvious reason is that VHS tapes were not the best quality.
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Old 06-15-04, 05:31 AM
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I was always addicted to movies. So buying VHS was really my thing. I also was a big time spender when it came to LD's.

Anime on VHS was suckekekekekekkekeke. one version dub and one version subbed. usually the sub would be 10 bucks more.

VHS may not have been the best quality but it was the format the public choose. that price of $99 was caused by the rental window pricing. Blockbuster and other stores cut a deal so that studios had that huge price on them so sell through was very rare. Thankfully we don't have to worry about that anymore.
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Old 06-15-04, 07:13 AM
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I bought a grand total of 2 dozen VHS movies. I own over 300 DVD's. 'Nuff said.
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I had a number of VHS tapes of movies I liked, but I never really felt like I had a "collection." Maybe because they didn't really last that long before deteriorating and, a number of mine were former rentals anyway.

I did have a laserdisc collection though. But they were so expensive compared to DVDs that I couldn't afford very many of them. I remember paying $70-$80s for some Criterion discs (and you had to turn them over after 30 mins or so since they were in CAV mode). Ah memories...

No, DVD is much more conducive to collecting if you ask me. They are cheaper, smaller, have better features and come out much sooner after the movie's theatrical run.
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I bought just a few. Most of my vhs collection was stuff recorded off hbo etc...
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Still selling off and giving away the bulk of my VHS collection .... only have about 1000 left (including probably about 100 or so titles of favorite movies that show no sign of a DVD release).
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Well, not before DVDs were invented, but I buys VCD before I only buy DVD. VHS isn't much of a big thing here in Asia, and I was too young to buy LD during the mid 90s (junior high school or so).
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My VHS. Beta and laserdisc collections were a fraction of what my DVD collection is.
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When I started buying DVD my VHS collection was about 50 tapes and a few copied TV shows. I also went to BBV every other week and to the movies once a week. My DVD collection however is over 1000 made over 6-7 years. I now go to the movies maybe 6 times a year. I also nolonger have cable.
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About a year before DVD "hit", I actually started REPLACING my VHS movies with the widescreen versions as they were re-released on VHS! Idiot....
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Do you buy movies now before DVDs were invented?
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Originally posted by SMB-IL
About a year before DVD "hit", I actually started REPLACING my VHS movies with the widescreen versions as they were re-released on VHS! Idiot....
Same here! There are actually a few movies that I bought originally on VHS, double-dipped for the widescreen version, bought on DVD, and double-dipped on a SE DVD.
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I never collected movies on VHS,i only owned like maybe 10.So my movie collecting started with my DVD habit.
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Originally posted by SMB-IL
About a year before DVD "hit", I actually started REPLACING my VHS movies with the widescreen versions as they were re-released on VHS! Idiot....
Don't feel bad...i did the exact same thing!
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i owned maybe 30 vhs movies, and 200 dvds..

but at the same time, i'm 23 now, and have been collecting dvds for 3 years... when vhs was huge i was just entering the workforce as a student... so possibly, i might have bought more if i was working as much as i do now
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I very rarely bought any VHS. I was a long time LaserDisc owner. But, I usually only bought discs that took full advantage both visually and sonically of the LD's( i.e. Star Wars, Terminator, Aliens). Some of the 3 discs special sets were very expensive, $100 and up. Even regular LD's were $40 and up. So my LD collection was relatively small, 150 over a 10 year span. Compared to almost 7 times that in DVD's, since 98.
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I had/have three movies on VHS (...a certain trilogy familiar to most...). Now I have rather more than that on DVD, to put it mildly. VHS just was never good enough to interest me in collecting movies.
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i owned probably about 20-30 VHS.... not counting Beta-video-casette when i was a kid (probably around 20).... my dad got around 60-70 of 'em

then moved up to LD... got around 100 or so....

now DVD, got around 550 or so...
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My VHS collection was very small, collecting only the films I could watch and hardly ever get tired of. Plus, I only wanted the letterboxed editions and there weren't too many of those (and I usually had to pay more for them). I was young then and never got a laserdisc collection going due to their price.
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I've always been addicted myself, but DVDs have prevailed as a better medium for me to buy.
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I never bought a single VHS movie nor an LD ever. I was waiting for a better medium to come along.. DVD and even then I started 3 years ago when prices were more reasonable.
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I always bought movies, but I had nowhere near as many tapes as I have DVDs. I've always been a movie lover but the really nice format and price of DVDs made me a collector.
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I'm just now getting to as many DVDs as I had on VHS. (350 since 1999)

I think age plays a part in this... VHS was all I had when I was in my 20's..when ya are done with college and start making a lil money and can afford stuff like movies. Ask this question in like 2016 and the 20 somethings will say "I had a few DVDs, but I have 400 HD-DVDs."
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I wasn't really into movies period until around the time DVDs started coming out. It was around that time that I became more interested in watching movies, and since I was watching more movies I decided that I wanted this new DVD thing, and that's pretty much how it all started.
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I've been collecting since I got my first VCR in 1985. I have thousands of VHS tapes and probably no more than 100 DVDs (not to mention a few hundred Beta tapes and aboug 30-50 CED VideoDiscs).

As far as buying VHS tapes though, yes, prices were higher then, but as we all know, sell-through didn't happen overnight. It was starting to catch on in my college days (late '80s-early '90s) and I did buy several VHS movies/TV shows and the like (I have almost all of the official Doctor Who VHSes, for example).

I didn't buy as many movies at the time, as you could always catch the very same pan-n-scan on cable and as a student, it was more economical to do it that way, but when widescreen VHSes became more common, I bought some of those and when I took the DVD plunge, I bought probably a few more titles than I would have if there'd only still been VHS, thanks to the addition of extras and things like that (laser was always a bit too expensive for me to justify the cost to myself. I am so glad I resisted the many temptations urging me to buy an LD player).
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