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VHS vs. DVD


#1

Some movies just look better on VHS. While DVD has far superior sound and image, some movies just weren’t meant for that kind of “upgrade”. Exploitations look far superior on VHS as well. The movie seems to keep it’s original image and sound with the scratches and pops in the sound and image. And when watching it in surround sound, it feels just like watching it at an old grindhouse theatre. I’m even trading in some of my movies I have on DVD and replacing them with the VHS versions when I can. It’s just too bad you have to settle without any additional features on VHS.



Anyone else still watch movies on VHS?


#2

Fuck Yeah.



I have 8 Godzilla movies on VHS, love them to death. I also have the Indiana Jones trilogy on VHS, I love watching them on VHS. ALthough I’ll probably buy the DVDs sometime…



I hate watching Pulp Fiction on VHS shivers, while Jackie Brown ain’t that bad. It’s weird.


#3

There are way too many movies that I could never watch on VHS; just because I have to have Widescreen and DTS sound. In my opinion, the movie just wouldn’t work. Yes, Pulp Fiction is one of the many. I could probably deal with Jackie Brown, but Kill Bill I might like to try sometime.



I can’t wait to watch the Fistful of Dollars trilogy on VHS! :slight_smile:


#4

Well, there actually are DVDs out there (From flea-market companies like Diamond,Brentwood,Substance,and a few others) where the transfer IS taken from a VHS source. So I guess that means you can have the best of both worlds. :stuck_out_tongue:


#5

Texas Chainsaw Massacre is only meant to be watched on VHS - it is a sin to view it on DVD - the clarity removes the illusion of the graphic nature of the film. That goes for Cannibal Hollcaust as well.


#6

[quote=“Kilgore Trout”]
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is only meant to be watched on VHS - it is a sin to view it on DVD - the clarity removes the illusion of the graphic nature of the film. That goes for Cannibal Hollcaust as well.
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I have the same feelings towards Zombie. I own the Anchor Bay version (On DVD) and the print on that disc feels like it’s got a real “worn and grinded out” look to it. Just check out the screen comparisons for it’s other DVD releases.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare3/zombie.htm


#7

I watched Zombie for the first time on VHS last week. I don’t think I would ever be able to enjoy it as much on DVD.


#8

[quote=“ThaDuke”]
I can’t wait to watch the Fistful of Dollars trilogy on VHS! :slight_smile:
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Full Screen Leone…I dunno, I’ve seen Fistful of Dollars and it kinda ruins the cinematography. The when you watch the widescreen, its like whoa there’s a lot left out. <y closet video store has GBU on VHS, I should rent it sometime to see what it’s like.

[quote=“Kilgore Trout”]
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is only meant to be watched on VHS - it is a sin to view it on DVD - the clarity removes the illusion of the graphic nature of the film.
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Damn straight.


#9

[quote=“ThaDuke”]
There are way too many movies that I could never watch on VHS; just because I have to have Widescreen and DTS sound. In my opinion, the movie just wouldn’t work. Yes, Pulp Fiction is one of the many. I could probably deal with Jackie Brown, but Kill Bill I might like to try sometime.



I can’t wait to watch the Fistful of Dollars trilogy on VHS! :slight_smile:
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You mean the Dollars trilogy?!



With Westerns, I definitely want them to have that scratched up look. I mean watching things like The Searchers on DVD with the clean transfer just doesn’t look right. It’s not meant to look perfect, they represent old times, let them have the old look. But I wouldn’t like to watch something like Star Wars or Kill Bill on VHS, the visuals make those films.


#10

I find " Don’t Look Now " looks better on old VHS… and a lot of b movies i have, i probably wouldn’t get on DVD… but thats at least, in part, my cheapness… Id also like to get Evil Dead 2 on the released VHS that was at my old video store… so I can always enjoy the old previews for really bad horror films, that come before it… The most notable of which is the howling 3 I think… Hell funny…


#11

I sorta know what you fellas mean. While I love DVDs, I have seen some bad transfers with “halos” and such. I hate that shit. Mostly I would always choose DVD over VHS though. I do, however, like watching the golden age movies when they have those hiss and pops like when I saw them on the late, late movie when I was a kid. If you want the film to look blown out just play with the contrast and enjoy the shitty looking movie.


#12

I used to have The Naked and the Dead on VHS - the coolest thing about it was that the scan & pan technique wasn’t yet perfected and the soldiers looked like they were nine feet tall (3 meters). It was kind of cool. Here are the movies that I had on VHS that I feel should remain on VHS to get the full effect:


  1. Clash of the Titans
  2. First Blood
  3. Midnight Cowboy
  4. Star Wars (the first one)
  5. Delta Force
  6. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  7. Stir Crazy - Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder (the first movie where I saw real live tits)
  8. Porky’s - the second movie where I saw real live tits
  9. The Changeling

    10.Conan the Barbarian



    these are, of course, in no particular order as Conan the Barbarian is a great raw imagery flick to see on VHS.

#13

Well there’s nothing like watching a horror movie on vhs(take texas chainsaw massacre for an example) sometimes it makes the movie even more entertaining.


#14

i like vhs 100 time better but i like dvd for all the special features.


#15

Yeah, extras are always good.


#16

[quote=“Jack Rabbit Slim”]
Yeah, extras are always good.
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Yea but for some reason i just enjoy wathingi the pic quality of VHS tapes.


#17

[quote=“Jjp”]
Yea but for some reason i just enjoy wathingi the pic quality of VHS tapes.
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Yeah there is nothing like watching a tape that is over 20 years old and doesnt have the best quality plus some movies are not on dvd (rolling thunder,the burning)


#18

The only bad thing about VHS tapes is that they get old and start skipping. They get worn down to easily…but it’s still very enjoyable 8)


#19

[quote=“Kilgore Trout”]
…10.Conan the Barbarian



these are, of course, in no particular order as Conan the Barbarian is a great raw imagery flick to see on VHS.
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I would automatically have to agree with you. As I have not seen it on VHS, I bet it looks fantastic!


#20

i gotta buy the vhs for conan on ebay.