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Anybody remember VHS video tapes? The grainy look, the "be kind, rewind" sticker, and the lack of annoying menus and unskippable ads? Well one YouTube user has taken his love for VHS to the next level. While Blu-Ray has certainly opened the door for gorgeous picture quality and several special features, it's still pretty darn cool to think of how movies today would be marketed and distributed back in the 80's and 90's. Here are a couple of them from YouTube user ChiefBrodyRules' channel.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This one combines footage from last April's Captain America: The Winter Soldier with footage from movies like Doomsday, Escape From LA and Robocop to give an authentic 1980s look to a contemporary film. It also works in a suspenseful synth-rock soundtrack to add to the trailer's retro feel.


Ah yes, the "special preview" introduction to many Disney VHS trailers brings back so many memories. This trailer to Frozen includes the grain and static many of us remember from our VHS tapes to induce nostalgic recollections. Moreover, its use of narration and brilliant editing could easily fool your friends into thinking this is a real VHS tape. Plus, the inclusion of Foreigner's I Want to Know What Love Is appropriately fits the film's theme of sisterly love on an epic scope. According to the creator though, he chose the song for a different reason:

I just made it for fun because I'm a Disney fan and I like the movie Frozen. I grew up with Disney on VHS and I miss the commercials. They're just as memorable as the movies themselves. I used the song 'I want to know what love is' because Olaf tells Anna 'Wow you really don't know what love is.'

ChiefBrodyRules has many other videos on his channel, including trailer mashups and remixes. It can be found here.


What are your favorite VHS memories?


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