Death Of The Video Shop (Part 1) By Steven Monkey Mason
Before all of this touch of a button, lighting fast Sky TV, Netflix, and downloading movies; life was different for movie lovers.
In the 1970s, 80s and on into the late 90s if you wanted to watch a film you had to go your local video shop or cinema. There was no online buzz, no mob flash marketing campaigns or paid advertising infecting everything media. It was all down to word of mouth, the art of the perfect movie poster, and a well made film.
VHS was a massive part of my childhood. Perhaps, that’s the reason why
I never read a proper book until I was 30, but that’s a whole other story.
Going to the video shop was one of my most favorite things to do as a kid. I loved to find out what the new releases were and the video shop gave me my new movie fix. I know I’m not the only person who enjoyed the video shop for this reason.
Recently while reminiscing with friends about video shops, I found that my friend Mark (also known as Casper) used to look forward to visiting to the video shop to pick out films to watch every weekend. Today, Casper’s collection of DVDs and Blu-rays is a jaw dropping scene (even if i think they are catalogued in a strange way).