The turn-of-the-century story might just be right around the corner thanks to the renewed popularity of VHS (Video Home System) tapes. Aussies are said to be gobbling VHS in record numbers, so is it only a matter of time before we’re all back to our local Blockbuster video on a Friday night? Let’s investigate.
According to Kodak, VHS technology was first made available to moviegoers in 1976. Through various iterations to improve sound, picture and color, VHS has become the go-to option for people wanting watch everything from Disney movies to King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Unfortunately for VHS, it simply couldn’t match the prowess of the mystical new technology. The DVD hit the shelves in the 1990s and led to the gradual removal of the VHS player from people’s IKEA cabinets.
However, more than 50 years after its original invention, VHS tapes are on the way to becoming fashionable again. Sales are doubling every year in Australia according to the ABC.
This is compared to an 11% increase in DVD and Blu-ray sales according to eBay Australia Sophie Onikul.
Sophie also notes that even though new movies haven’t been produced on VHS for 15 years, some movies are making a lot of money for sellers.
Disney’s Aladdin Black Diamond recently sold for $1,500, which is worth at least 1 magic carpet. Another copy is currently on the market for $2,350.
When you think about it, a VHS revival makes a lot of sense.
A similar pattern occurred in the music industry when vinyl began to regain huge popularity. Artists like The Veronicas radio stations like Triple J and even games like Zelda are releasing tracks on Vinyl.
Nostalgia is arguably the main factor behind this resurgence.
In the age of streaming, it’s hard to imagine at first why you would willingly spend the extra money for something you can get online at a fair price.
However, when you factor in that with a VHS you get the cover art, the physical copy, and something awesome to collect, you can see why people are bypassing it again.
It is true that VHS tapes are no longer mass produced for new releases. Indeed, they simply cannot support the high definition picture quality that viewers have come to expect.
However, it can certainly not be ruled out that exchanges, VHS outlets and collection may start to pick up a lot of speed in the near future.
Who knows, it might be worth having a suss in your mom’s attic for a cheeky copy of Aladdin?
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