Viva VHS #5: 1983 VHS Catalog
I came across an old VHS catalog and, I must say, it was quite an eye opener. It brought back a lot of memories.... specifically, memories of how bad the VHS selection was back in 1983. Of course, nowadays I'd pay good money to see half these movies again, but they're mostly lost and forgotten.
Download the whole catalog if you're interested in perusing every page. If not, check out some selections from the catalog, like this one from the "family" section...
A modern DVD catalog family section has Pixar films, Spongebob, Disney, etc. This one has... Flush? Again, don't mistake me - I would pay cold hard cash to watch Flush. However, back in '83, I don't think we had an appreciation for junk.... back then it was just junk.
Here's the Action & Adventure section...
I've seen The Mack - it's an excellent movie with a great message. As for the rest, I can't say I remember them. Mad Mission 2? I don't recall there being a Mad Mission 1.
Hey, look what new "Drama" is coming soon to VHS... close your eyes, kids.
Remember, this is not an adult movie catalog - this is your standard VHS catalog. I was a teenager when VHS hit the shelves, so I guess I wouldn't have been traumatized, quite the contrary in fact.
Daddy can order Hell Penitentiary and Junior can pick from the wide selection of Mr. Magoo tapes. Oh, look. There's a VHS tape on dart throwing - just we've been looking for!
The horror section is actually pretty good. I remember liking Superstition - seems like there's a witch that comes out of a pond in their backyard. I'm fuzzy on this one.
For a second, I thought The Frighteners was referring to the Peter Jackson - Michael J. Fox film... but that wouldn't come out for several more years. The Frighteners is just a cheezy way this catalog refers to horror movies. I've seen all of the movies below except The Strangeness. I wonder if it was any good.
The Shape of Things to Come is actually their way of saying "science fiction". Looker was a pretty cool movie about plastic surgery in the future, but I don't recall ever seeing The Junk Man.
I hate to do this to you, folks, but I have to. From the final pages of the catalog comes this little gem - Aerobersize!