I was wandering through my local Goodwill yesterday and after finding a sweet toy from my childhood I ventured into the VHS section. Now it’s important to note that I don’t have a CRT TV or a VCR and haven’t for like six years. But, I’ve been wanting to get a little TV/VCR combo to put in my office so I can play old-school video games and watch random VHS tapes, so me getting all nostalgic isn’t totally unwarranted.
Anyway, I’m standing at this wall of VHS tapes reading the ends of the boxes upside down and trying to spot anything good, and I realize that I’m going to bring home a stack of VHS tapes that I’ll only be able to look at. I started to put them back, but my moment of sanity was sadly temporary.
Oh well, with box art like that, how can you blame me? Also, getting nostalgic about VHS tapes is as much about the previews, commercials, inserts, and art as much as it is about whatever’s on the tape.
I spammed Instagram all day yesterday with the VHS tapes I got, and I realized that I needed to spread the love to the site. Usually I prefer my VHS box art to be more painterly like the back of The Muppet Movie tape on the right, but there was something about that Power Rangers tape that caught my eye. The rainbow background combined with the fact that I loved the Green Ranger so much as a kid was made me snatch this up as if it was some highly valuable collectible.
Even though I haven’t written about it much here (yet), The Muppet Movie is literally one of my top 2 or 3 favorite movies ever, and I about wore out this VHS tape as a kid. Somewhere down the line it got lost or borrowed, I moved on to DVD, and I forgot how awesome the art on this VHS Clamshell case was. With The Muppet Movie coming to Blu-ray soon (thank the gods), I figured I’d better get the VHS again because reasons.
I also snagged a Day of the Dumpster Power Rangers tape, which is cool because of the painterly box art and the fact that it’s the first episode of the show. I obviously couldn’t pass up the only compilation of TMNT cartoon episodes in the whole matrix of tapes, but when I saw they had two copies of the Coming Out of Their Shells tour tape I about went into nostalgic shock. I loved that as a kid, and I even think I knew how horrible it was at the time. I can’t wait to find a VCR now to rewatch it.
I have a feeling I’ll be getting more tapes at thrift shops in the months to come. Also, someday when my (future) kids are used to having movies beamed directly into their brains I’m going to force them to sit down and watch some random Disney shorts compilation on a grainy, glorious VHS tape.