6 thoughts on “What’s Wrong with Home Video and How It Might Be Improved, 1988

  • October 6, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    This episode has been justifiably famous for their campaign for letterboxed editions of movies on video. But nobody seems to point out how correct Roger is on how Hollywood’s blockbuster mentality affects video stores and video collectors. Thankfully, we do have streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. But are people really gonna bother watching offbeat films? It’s part of the reason why Roger keeps writing his books and creating his own website.

      • December 1, 2020 at 7:21 am

        Yes I do. What I was saying is that the hit mentality in video stores is what partially led to Roger writing his books and creating his website. Still a shame that Roger died though.

  • April 25, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Two of those movie companies mentioned at the end are still in business. (Movies Unlimited & Facets Multimedia)

  • April 26, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I think I know the roots behind the hit mentality they were talking about. Back when movies on video were blossoming, they were very expensive to but or rent. Then Top Gun hit videos stores with a price of $26.95, showing signs that video companies are lowering their prices of their products. Once the prices were lowered on video versions of big blockbusters, the big video chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood video began to pander. As a result, the big chains seem to be interested in selling big hits, giving customers limited variety on what tapes or discs to buy.

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