Rewound up

This is so familiar it hurts:

How many VHS tapes do you own? I stopped purchasing movies on VHS several years ago, but I still manage to own right around 100 of the tapes.

I kept them because at least half of them I don’t own in any other format. Of those, I can only purchase about one quarter of them on DVD and only about 3 of those are available on Blu-Ray.

And we all know how this story goes:

I am going to end up with five different types of media (Laser Disc, VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital) for my movies until everything can be converted into one. I am starting to think that the ONE is going to have to be digital. I don’t want to keep having to do this every few years.

Remind me not to mention the several dozen Beta tapes hanging around here.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 January 2009 · 8:48 am

    That is my major gripe with that kind of technology: the fact that the media become obsolete so fast, and if you have any kind of a “collection,” you either have to “upgrade” it or pray that your outdated player continues to work in the future (or that they begin manufacturing them again; several years ago my parents bought one of the newly-produced turntables because they own hundreds of vinyl records from the 60s and 70s, some of which are not available in any other medium).

  2. Flack »

    8 January 2009 · 9:24 am

    Going digital is one of my New Year’s Resolutions this year (in fact, it’s number 11). One of the projects I’m working on this week while the wife is out of town is ridding the house of VHS tapes. We’ve got at least a hundred, all of which can be broken down into four major categories: movies that aren’t available on DVD, kid’s movies (most of which are available on DVD, home movies, and television recordings. The television recordings are going in the trash and the kid’s movies are going to the thrift store. The home movies and tapes that aren’t available on DVD are being converted to DVD one at a time, thanks to one of those DVD/VHS combo machines from Wal-Mart. For less than $100 I can now preserve “Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction” digitally, forever.

  3. xarcadia »

    8 January 2009 · 11:30 am

    My sister found this amazing contraption (linked at home, but have no time to find it here). Its a cassette to mp3 converter for about 99 bucks, and she has a vhs to dvd recorder for about 149. Between the two of us we are digitizing everything. Unfortunatley I still have hundreds of records, but I made a concious decision years ago to keep those as is, since for me, theres just something about the sound of vinyl.

    But seriously, i think its taken me 8 years to update myself into the new millenium!

  4. Old Grouch »

    8 January 2009 · 10:09 pm

    Now if I can just figure out to do with all my 1/2″ EIA-J open reels…

  5. belhoste »

    8 January 2009 · 10:13 pm

    “Remind me not to mention the several dozen Beta tapes hanging around here.”

    I almost had to include beta tapes in my list, but thankfully I somehow avoided that whole media type.

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