My Video Store

At one point I owned a video store back when they were first starting out.

Got in at the right time (goodbye Betamax) and out before a lot of video stores were hit by the Tracy Lords scandal (   see this 1986 article for an account of this and some of the fallout.).

This is not to say that I ran an X-rated video store.  Many stores in California had tapes of all ratings, the X-rated were usually kept in another room away from the G to R rated films.

The long and short of it was during this time I averaged watching a film a day – over 350 films a year, only to have a knowledge of what I was peddling!  (Triva time folks.  How much did “Star Wars” go for retail when it first appeared on VHS?  $99 and up.  No special features, just the movie.)

I like films in general, but remakes for the most part I can do without, and I really dislike* when they take an old movie and try to update it or make it “hip”, “contempory”, or “modern”.

*I’m trying not to use the word hate in these blogs of mine. But you should get the idea.

Currently, I have over 600 DVD/Blu-rays in my personal video collection, mainly movies, some TV series, some animation, a lot of Disney.  And James Bond. And Doctor Who.

I like to think of my taste as “ecletic”.

Hello world!

There’s a song that I’m singing, C’mon get happy!

Oh, wait.  That’s the Partridge Family.  Let’s try this again.

Hello World, and welcome to mine.  Here I will be commenting on movies, old and new, my likes and dislikes in general, and my travels, past, present, and future.

About me (feel free to skip) (or hop, dance around, jog, etc.)

I’m in my (gulp) late fifties and have been in Television and Video Production for over twenty years now.  I’ve worked on commercials, did grunt work on a couple of films, and been involved in “the arts” most of my life.  I like movies, travelling, the San Francisco Giants, writing, and misc TV series.  Some of which I know way too much about.  More about me at another time.

So on with the show!