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Rick wrote:Oh, no. I read the other day that the VCR was "invented" in 1975. Exactly what that means I don't know. There had been videotaping capabilities for two decades by that time. Maybe '75 was when they were first marketed to the general public.At any rate, I got my first VCR early in 1978 and for a couple of years, it seemed like I was the only person in the world to own one. I certainly didn't meet anyone else who owned one till 1980 or '81. I was an immensely popular person for a couple of years there.
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Rick wrote:It was years before I ever bought a movie on tape (never bought many), and I regularly paid $24-25 for blank tapes. Occasionally I'd find one on sale for $20 and felt like I'd hit the jackpot. The prime place at the time for me to buy blank tapes was one of those old Fotomat drive-throughs. Remember those?
I never bought very many pre-records until the late 1980s when Blockbuster started having blow-out sales with tapes priced at about $3.00. I also learned that they were willing to cut you a deal on a tape that hadn't rented even once in 6 months. Most of the time I tended to rent. My first video membership was with a chain called Federated. Laser disc and Selectavision disc players were out at that time, too.
Yes, blanks were pricey. Around 1980 I lucked into a deal where I could pick up Scotch brand videotapes for $10 a pop. I usually recorded in LP. Never liked SLP (EP).
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Rick wrote:First tapes I actually rented (1981) were the Tyburn twins of THE GHOUL and LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF. I had to put down a $250 deposit, and the one-day rental was $6 for each tape. Yikes!! The good old days!
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Tumak wrote:What's the story on all the JAWS documentaries? There's "The Making of JAWS", "JAWS: The Inside Story", "The Shark Is Still Working". Do they all cover the same ground? Do they utilize the same interview footage? Are they unique enough to merit tracking down all three?
I'll field that question, if I may!
All three mentioned are definitely worth seeing.
- THE MAKING OF JAWS (the long version) - This is the granddaddy of all the docs. If you can only see one, see this one. The longer version is on the Blu-ray and the 30th Anniversary DVD. An edited version can be found on the 25th Anniversary DVD and the most recent DVD (that came out at the same time as the Blu-ray a couple of years ago).
- JAWS: THE INSIDE STORY - The only duplicate interview footage to be found is with Spielberg from THE MAKING OF JAWS (and it's only a few clips here and there). The other 90% of it is different than THE MAKING OF JAWS. This also has different stories and archival footage. The only lame thing is they didn't have the licensing to use actual JAWS music, so there's non-JAWS music used throughout. A great doc, though.
- THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING - This is an all original film documentary with no duplicate interviews from the other docs. They also did not get licensing to use the John Williams JAWS music, so there's an original score throughout. The thing that really distinguishes this from the others is that it not only covers the making of the film, but the whole JAWS phenomena (the release, the merchandising, the fans, etc...). This is on the JAWS Blu-ray.
THREE MORE ~
- IN THE TEETH OF JAWS - This is a lesser known British-made documentary with it's own interviews with all the major players which can be found on Youtube. A lot of repeated stories, but told fresh and including some things unique to itself.
- JAWS - THE E TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY - This is worth seeing for some unique interviews not found in any of the other docs (Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfus are both in it). It's a rehash of some things but again, told in new interviews which are slightly different.
- FROM THE SET - An fascinating 9-minute piece filmed in 1974 by British television while JAWS was in production. Features interviews with Shaw, Scheider, Spielberg, and behind-the-scenes action. This is found on the 30th Anniversary DVD and the Blu-ray. A must see!
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
If you're really interested in JAWS, you should see all of these. Yes, some stories are repeated (how could they not be, really?), but always with a fresh tid-bit or two unique to that interview.
If you just have enough interest to last for one documentary, see the long version of THE MAKING OF JAWS.
09/13/14 11:24 AM
Rakshasa wrote:Tumak wrote:What's the story on all the JAWS documentaries? There's "The Making of JAWS", "JAWS: The Inside Story", "The Shark Is Still Working". Do they all cover the same ground? Do they utilize the same interview footage? Are they unique enough to merit tracking down all three?I'll field that question, if I may!
I'll field that question, if I may!
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