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    Once again another form of media bites the dust. The pre-recorded VHS cassette. BestBuy is informing customers that they will no longer sell pre-recorded video tapes (movies, concerts, soft-core porn, etc.) and will instead sell DVD's only. (You'll still be able to buy blank video-cassettes). (Have any of you tech-heads heard anything about a recordable DVD player coming out anytime soon or are we stuck with the VHS or digital recorders?)
    Which makes me wonder, when and where was the last time I've seen pre-recorded audio cassettes? They still sell new cars with cassette players and I don't think I've seen any stores (including Wal Mart) selling any.

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    FH, Best Buy still carries audio casettes, and they have had DVD recorder/players for several months now. The prices are STARTING to come down, but they are still quite high.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/Detail.asp?m=...at=&e=11101883
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    Thanks, Yerf! You're right, very pricey on the DVD-R! (I had thought only the pc DVD burners were available.)
    Maybe I just don't even bother to notice the audio tape section anymore. I've noticed how they've shrunk the VHS section down to one single aisle, but I figured VHS would out-sell standard (pre-recorded) audio tapes.

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    DVD MOVIES ARE A RIP OFF!!!! I've seen some movies for $40.00 Can on DVD! The extra scenes that I hear that people love in most of the movies I have on DVD are pathetic. [img]graemlins/sleep.gif[/img] I tape the same movie off of T.V. for a lot cheaper. I have a DVD player but I usually only buy concerts, I have a couple movies, but usually I order movies off of T.V. and tape them on VHS.

    That would suck if VHS disappear since I use my VHS a lot more than my DVD player.
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    There are devices you can buy to transfer your VHS tapes to the DVD format. That should make the transition less painful.
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    My mom just got me LOTR on VHS tape, so VHS ain't dead yet (but I think it was on sale for much cheaper than the DVD).

    But I remember seeing a combo VHS/DVD player one time at a retail store. (I can't remember if it was Target or Wal-Mart). It was on clearance and was pretty cheap, but I decided not to get it. I think this was about a year ago, and I had no idea then that VHS was on its last legs.

    I think I would like one now, but I haven't been able to find such a device. Is anyone here aware of where I might find one (either online or at a physical location)?

    My entertainment center has no more space, and if I must choose between VHS and DVD, I'd stick with VHS so I don't have to abandon my current collection of tapes.

    Although...

    Originally posted by Diver Down NJ:
    There are devices you can buy to transfer your VHS tapes to the DVD format. That should make the transition less painful.
    Where would I find one of these, and how much do they cost?

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    I saw one advertised on www.tigerdirect.com.
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    When DVD's first came out, I always thought they were destined for failure, much like the laser-discs of the early 90's and refused to change. Then, I would see particular movies that I wanted coming out pretty cheap, as opposed to the VHS movies coming out at $79.99. After buying a suitable player and tv set, it's very hard for me to watch anything on VHS anymore. Some of the DVD menus suck, but the picture and sound are amazing compared to VHS.

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    Originally posted by YankeeRose:
    DVD MOVIES ARE A RIP OFF!!!! I've seen some movies for $40.00 Can on DVD! The extra scenes that I hear that people love in most of the movies I have on DVD are pathetic. [img]graemlins/sleep.gif[/img] I tape the same movie off of T.V. for a lot cheaper. I have a DVD player but I usually only buy concerts, I have a couple movies, but usually I order movies off of T.V. and tape them on VHS.

    That would suck if VHS disappear since I use my VHS a lot more than my DVD player.
    My tv has a vcr built in to it - I play dvd's on my playstation2, and simply pop in a tape and record them - picture comes out perfect - sound has a little hiss - nothing major.

    I did it with the LOTR - and when all the extended versions eventually come out - I'll have them all on a 5 hour tape on longplay!!!!!

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    Originally posted by Master Joe:
    </font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by YankeeRose:
    DVD MOVIES ARE A RIP OFF!!!! I've seen some movies for $40.00 Can on DVD! The extra scenes that I hear that people love in most of the movies I have on DVD are pathetic. [img]graemlins/sleep.gif[/img] I tape the same movie off of T.V. for a lot cheaper. I have a DVD player but I usually only buy concerts, I have a couple movies, but usually I order movies off of T.V. and tape them on VHS.

    That would suck if VHS disappear since I use my VHS a lot more than my DVD player.
    My tv has a vcr built in to it - I play dvd's on my playstation2, and simply pop in a tape and record them - picture comes out perfect - sound has a little hiss - nothing major.

    I did it with the LOTR - and when all the extended versions eventually come out - I'll have them all on a 5 hour tape on longplay!!!!!
    </font>[/QUOTE]That's smart thinking. I don't have playstation 2 or a t.v. with a vcr in it though. I could probably tape DVD's onto VHS tapes, I never tried it though.
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    newer VCR's may not tape DVD's. most units recognize the Macrovision copy protection. one of those $30 video stabilizers may strip the copy protection from the signal, allowing the DVD to be taped...or just get a DVD drive in your computer, and download a DVD ripper program, then either watch the flick from your hard drive, or make a VCD to play in your DVD machine.
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    I was wondering something aboot DVD players...is there much of a range as far as quality goes, or are all DVD players pretty much the same?

    I mean, all they have to do is play one DVD, right? Seems like they would all function the same.
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    Originally posted by YankeeRose:
    DVD MOVIES ARE A RIP OFF!!!! I've seen some movies for $40.00 Can on DVD! The extra scenes that I hear that people love in most of the movies I have on DVD are pathetic. [img]graemlins/sleep.gif[/img] I tape the same movie off of T.V. for a lot cheaper. I have a DVD player but I usually only buy concerts, I have a couple movies, but usually I order movies off of T.V. and tape them on VHS.

    That would suck if VHS disappear since I use my VHS a lot more than my DVD player.
    DVDs are NOT a "rip off".

    For most movies the DVD version is only a few bucks more than the VHS version (comparable to how audio CDs and cassettes were priced). The $40 DVD package you saw probably was a 2-disc set.

    I admit that alternate/deleted scenes are often lame, but a lot of DVDs feature things like behind-the-scenes documentaries and director's commentaries; if I'm a big fan of a particular movie, I eat these things up because I'm fastinated by the movie-making process and they often give extra insight into the movie or the story behind it. The extra features disc in the Godfather trilogy alone (just to name one) is an absolute "must see" for all movie buffs.

    And with DVDs you NEVER have to rewound, and can go to almost any scene instantly without rewinding/fast-forwarding. That alone is worth the extra cost. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

    One last good thing about DVDs -- Netflix.com. You can rent all the DVDs you want for one low monthly price. Check it out.

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    No Scott, it wasn't a double disk DVD. It was the movie Bicentennial Man. Instead of paying forty bucks for it on DVD, I taped it off of T.V. on VHS for nothing. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

    I watched a few movies with my friends on the weekend, all of them were on VHS except for one and I didn't get any more enjoyment out of the DVD than the VHS movies. I like the fact that VHS tapes stay at one spot where you left them off, usually on movies like Enter The Dragon I just leave the tapes on the fight scenes.

    I prefer DVD's for sure for rock concerts, I love the sound they get, but for movies I don't care to spend all that extra money just so I can get slightly better picture and the usually lame "extra scenes".
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