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sasazuka - 2017-09-03

I have a copy of that exact Terminator 2: Judgment Day VHS tape but I got it new. It was "priced to own", becoming more common in the early 1990s but hardly guaranteed in an era where the majority of movies, when released on VHS, were still "priced to rent" (usually in the ~$100-150 U.S. range IIRC).

I guess the frequently-pausing "Dad" doesn't care about wearing out his tape prematurely with all of the pausing and unpausing and short rewinds. Laserdisc did exist for people who wanted crystal clear freeze frames (at least if they bought the pricier CAV LD versions of films) without damaging their copy of the film but I guess this promo is selling mainly to smaller mom & pop video stores who may not have offered Laserdisc rentals so the existence of LD wasn't even brought up.

Crab Mentality - 2017-09-03

I remember being confused when I first saw an ad for a Sinbad comedy special. I forget the exact amounts, but it was like buy two copies and get a third free at a rate of like 75 bucks. There was a short, magical time in which I thought they were seriously trying to sell individuals three copies of the same thing.

Old_Zircon - 2017-09-04

For a long, long time Russ Meyer movies were ONLY available priced to rent, direct from the man himself, $80 each. I don't think they got on DVD until after he died, or maybe just a bit before.

sasazuka - 2017-09-03

Come to think of it, even though the box is identical as far as I can tell, maybe it's not *exactly* the same as the rental copy since, as far as I can remember, it didn't have the scene with the pausing father at the beginning as it's the priced-to-own version, although I haven't actually watched that VHS tape since the late 1990s due to having bought the movie again on DVD (twice) and then Blu-Ray.

The Mothership - 2017-09-04

Man, Robert Patrick really cuts a promo! Now that's a professional at work.

sasazuka - 2017-09-04

I agree, even back in 1991. I was under the impression that Robert Patrick was then fairly new to acting, having really only had a handful of lines in Terminator 2, but this promo makes it seem like it was already second nature to him.

Ugh - 2017-09-04

dian bachar always looked like robert patrick's little brother to me, now i want to see this done for orgazmo (they could still bundle drop dead fred im guessing)

infinite zest - 2017-09-04

Of anything I could've taken away from Brett Easton Ellis' apocryphal tale "Less Than Zero," it's that rich dicks have regular access to $100 VHS tapes that were always rented/stolen from the video store.

infinite zest - 2017-09-04

buy deep

cognitivedissonance - 2017-09-04

Drop Dead Fred is not a good movie, but it is an entertaining one.

Robin Kestrel - 2017-09-04

R.I.P. Rik Mayall

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