Those Were The Days
Later on I did buy a few factory made tapes, but that was when you could find a lot more discounted at Blockbuster near the end days of the VHS industry. Of course, I eventually had to dump them all as my Beta machine stopped working and Betamax was taken over by VHS.
I remember going into video stores back in those days, and the stores would be set up or divided with VHS tapes and then Beta. Sometimes you'd have a rack with Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Beta and VHS displayed more or less side by side. I should have been tipped off then that VHS was going to take over as there were always more VHS tapes available. The reason I chose Beta was that I'd read it was a bit wider tape so they got better picture and sound quality, and that's basically true. By the way, I also bought into Quadraphonic as well back in the day. (If any of you are old enough to remember that audiophile phenomena.) You had to buy a Quadraphonic amp, which I bought, then a turntable with a Quadraphonic stylus, check. Then you'd buy the Quadraphonic albums which were more expensive, AND have an extra set of speakers. Check, check, boom--that craze went belly up pretty quickly. (Oddly enough with the home movie sound systems, the craze came back, just in a different reconfigured style.)
I remember the first time I was introduced to DVDs. I had a friend named David, and he was really into collecting things of all sorts: comics, African mask, books, walking canes, and eventually movies among other things. I think that's one of the things that solidified our friendship, the collector mentality. I enjoyed comics as well among books, music, and what have you. At any rate, he gotten a large screen TV, this was before digital flat screens, and a DVD player. He invited me over to his apartment and we watched the movie, Trainspotting. Aside from it being a good movie, I was amazed at the picture quality. It was unbelievable. I didn't run out and buy a DVD player immediately, but in the back of my mind it was on the agenda.
Eventually I did buy a DVD player. I can't even remember the first DVD I bought. It may have been some Woody Allen or maybe something like 2001: A Space Odyssey. You'd think I would remember something like that, but it's just too far back in history for me, and I've bought countless more DVDs since that day. I've not yet bought into Blu-ray. It's probably on the horizon for sure. My current machine is a Sony, one of those combo VHS-DVD player things. The DVD player in it still works good, but the VHS works a bit wonky, and really since Suddenlink (our cable provider here) switched over to this new bogus system, heck I can't tape anything anyway. Sometimes technological advancement suck in that way, but I'm not going back to Betamax anytime soon.