Movie previews on VHS

(re-posted from my blog: )

As I’ve gotten older, those movie previews that are always added to the beginning of most movies on VHS tape turned out to be not as bad as they once were. When I was a young collector of movies on VHS, I used to detest having to fast-forward through all of those movie previews in order to get to the movie that I wanted to see. I wasn’t interested in any of it; I wanted to watch my movie NOW!

Not having to deal with those pesky previews was one of the selling points of going to LaserDisc; put the disk in, press Play and the movie just played with no fast-forwarding through previews!

These days, however, I’ve been finding myself letting the VCR run through the previews, as I get prepared to watch a movie. In the last several months, I’ve actually sat and watched the previews; something I’ve never thought I do. Why? I have no idea, but it actually is a kind of a homage for me, back to the hey-day of renting movies on VHS.

Now, when I’m watching the previews, I’m thinking to myself, “hey, I don’t have that movie in my collection!” and it gives me ideas as to what to look out for the next time I go looking for VHS tape for the collection.

So, I’m very surprised to say that movie previews at the beginning of movies on VHS were actually a pretty good idea! Go figure.