Saturday, December 31, 2005

120 Nights, 100 VHS

All love affairs must eventually come to an end. As such, my torrid four-month-long entanglement with the fading format known as VHS must also come to a close.

Let us not forget that she too was a once classic beauty in her day, the days before the new video vixens like TiVo and the HD-DVD hit the scene. And surely these formats will see their looks fade with time to be replaced by other home video vixens with the latest in sound and image, all gussied up for our mass consumption.

But, before I say adieu, allow me to reminisce about days gone by with my former love, both the good and the bad, her vices and her virtues. Here's how the tapes stacked up…
(Classics Only)
SEVEN SAMURAI
THE DAY OF THE JACKAL
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
OUT OF THE PAST
(Excellent)
JOINT SECURITY AREA
NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
HOPSCOTCH
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
(Very Good)
BREWSTER MC CLOUD
THRONE OF BLOOD
THE BAD SLEEP WELL
HELL IN THE PACIFIC
THE GENERAL (John Boorman version)
COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
ELMER GANTRY
THE HIRED HAND
THE LADY VANISHES
MICKEY ONE
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY?
THE HOSPITAL
COMING HOME
THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY
PATTON

(Good)
SECRET HONOR
BUFFALO BILL & THE INDIANS: OR SITTING BULL’S HISTORY LESSON
SATURN 3
THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET
MURDER BY DEATH
THE LADYKILLERS (1955)
CASINO ROYALE
HELL IS FOR HEROES
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
FUDOH: THE NEXT GENERATION
METROPOLIS
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
MY NAME IS NOBODY
LIFEBOAT
TORN CURTAIN
ONE, TWO, THREE
THE YOUNG SAVAGES
DON’T MAKE WAVES
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT
MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE
SIMON OF THE DESERT
THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE
THE SET-UP
(Slightly Better Than Average)
FOOL FOR LOVE
I LIVE IN FEAR
SOYLENT GREEN
LOGAN’S RUN
ROLLERBALL (1975)
A BOY AND HIS DOG
DARK STAR
BABY, IT’S YOU
AFTER THE FOX
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS
THE BIG STEAL
MADIGAN
TATTOOED LIFE
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS
RED DESERT
THUNDER ROAD
THE MACKINTOSH MAN
THE IPCRESS FILE
SHADOW OF A DOUBT
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
DIAL H FOR HITCHCOCK: THE GENIUS BEHIND THE SHOWMAN
REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE
JOE
INSERTS
CUTTER'S WAY
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE
TOUGH GUYS DON’T DANCE
VIRIDIANA
KELLY'S HEROES
SUDDENLY
(Fair)
KANSAS CITY
IMAGES
MAD MAX
THE PARTY
SHAOLIN SOCCER
DEAD OR ALIVE: FINAL
CHATTAHOOCHEE

HANG 'EM HIGH
THE TALL T
DJANGO STRIKES AGAIN
STAGE FRIGHT
SMILE
WINTER KILLS
DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID

(Slightly Better Than Complete Shit)
TELEFON 
KANTO WANDERER
WHITE LINE FEVER
STAY HUNGRY

(Slightly Worse Than Complete Shit)
THE ODESSA FILE 
(A Cinematic Stinkbomb...Stay Very Far Away!!!)
QUINTET

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