Beta died a few years after this, largely due to porno choosing distribute exclusively on VHS. During dinner with guests tonight we discussed the topic of planned obsolescence, and how in most cases now old technology was far better than what we have in modern culture. Beta was far superior to VHS in quality, and this VCR served us well for many years. Every subsequent VCR I have owned in my life has had a life span barely longer than a housefly. I was tempted to buy this treasure on Ebay tonight, but it's pricey, and I really have no use for it. Only recently have I given in to the stark and horrifying realization that I will eventually begin collecting VHS tapes and vinyl records. I'm not even sure there are many Beta collectors out there.
I would love to have one of these, and just let it sit there on top of my television as if it were operational. Maybe even plug it in once in a while and pretend we had rented Day of the Dead, or Better Off Dead, from Cacciatore's Food Mart.
|That Olympic sticker itself sort of gives me goosebumps.|