Once the centerpiece of any home entertainment system, the antiquated Video Cassette Recorder is now a relic of times past, if not a laughingstock. Do you still have or use a VCR?
I have a habit of clinging to old technology. I still kept a VCR in my home theater system up until last year, and actually put it to use when I did my David Lynch marathon in 2012. (Honestly, that was the first time the device had been fired up in several years.) Nevertheless, when I moved to a new house and built my home theater room, I just couldn’t justify keeping the VCR connected. My last player is currently collecting dust in the attic. I don’t foresee needing to use it again anytime soon.
Shamefully, I must admit that the only completed copies of my film school senior project still exist only on VHS. Although I shot the film on 16mm, the picture and audio were never merged together except on tape. I’ve resisted transferring it to a digital format, even though I’m well aware that the tape copies will degrade (and may not even be playable anymore). Something about the impermanence of the format appeals to me, and it’s not like I ever plan to show the film to anyone ever again.
For as many drawbacks as the VHS format had and as terrible as its quality was, I have many fond memories from my youth of trolling the aisles of my local video store searching for movies to watch on a lazy weekend. That’s an experience my kids will never have, which is kind of a shame.