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PostPosted: 28 Jun 2017, 09:56 
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I think this website since it involves all extinct media needs to include Beta Max I would be more than happy to help build a database on here I have tons of Beta movies.
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PostPosted: 28 Jun 2017, 10:27 
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niceguy1283 wrote:
I think this website since it involves all extinct media needs to include Beta Max I would be more than happy to help build a database on here I have tons of Beta movies.


Hello!

Just like VCD or VHS, this would be a huge task and since the tapes could be recorded, the market for pirate/bootleg releases can be daunting.

I try to keep the database for discs at the exception of D-VHS, I'm quite sure the collector's market for Betamax is also quite small.

I'd rather focus on LaserDiscs whenever possible.

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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2017, 11:07 
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niceguy1283 wrote:
I think this website since it involves all extinct media needs to include Beta Max I would be more than happy to help build a database on here I have tons of Beta movies.


Hello!

Just like VCD or VHS, this would be a huge task and since the tapes could be recorded, the market for pirate/bootleg releases can be daunting.

I try to keep the database for discs at the exception of D-VHS, I'm quite sure the collector's market for Betamax is also quite small.

I'd rather focus on LaserDiscs whenever possible.

Julien


I know and I love this website - as I have been getting into a lot of Laserdisc and even have some HD-DVD. But maybe someday - I know he market isn't great but I love all things retro.
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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2017, 16:12 
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What about pre-recorded SVHS, Julien?

Very few were made and there are very few collectors, but it would be nice to have them memorialized in the database. The number is extremely small. I believe less than 20 pre-recorded Hollywood movies were sold on SVHS.
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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 28 Oct 2020, 16:41 
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Honestly, out of all the old commercial tape formats I'd even consider adding to the database, Video 2000 might probably be the only one. It was short-lived enough and only sold in Europe, leading to what I would imagine is a very small number of retail releases.
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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 28 Oct 2020, 19:51 
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First, this site is not devoted to all dead media. It’s the Laserdisc Database. It has some other formats, things that are like LD like CED and VHD...things with D in them usually.

Also, it took a lot of work to make this site. A decade at least. It’s more accurate than most database sites and it never goes down. It was done for free. Money was spent, sleep was lost. You have two posts.
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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2020, 03:51 
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I try to keep the database for discs at the exception of D-VHS, I'm quite sure the collector's market for Betamax is also quite small.
I'd rather focus on LaserDiscs whenever possible.

Julien


BETA oddities such as this can be fun to collect, though;

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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2020, 03:59 
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"An enchanting tale where toys come to life and talk"? What a unique premise, I'm sure Disney never did anything like that again. :mrgreen:

Also I'm with you tasuke, oddities are the most fun to collect. I have one of those big old clamshell Disney VHS tapes I picked up someplace and never got around to watching, I forget the title, "A Day in the Magic Kingdom" I think.

Also I just realized I resurrected a three year old thread, sorry zeta :oops:
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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2020, 13:56 
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Beta tapes rarely turn up at work but if they do they're usually in very good cosmetic condition overall (unlike 90% of VHS tapes).
I think the last few Beta's sold for around $20 each but I can't recall the titles.

Most VHS tapes are gutted for the cases (if they're clear hard type), the ladies use them for storing small items out back.
The actual tapes and cover slips get binned. Although the odd clam shell in really good condition will be sold complete (Disney etc).

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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2020, 15:07 
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HAHAHA I think it was due to the laserdisk spam posts that we had, made all of these topics living zombies again :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2020, 15:49 
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I was always astounded that people actually LIKE those crappy white poofy Disney Boxes.
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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2020, 18:04 
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well, these older, early/mid-80's-era examples are a great deal sturdier and better designed overall
than the flimsy DISNEY-standard 1990's thin-vacuform clamshells everyone knows and despises...
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signofzeta wrote:
I was always astounded that people actually LIKE those crappy white poofy Disney Boxes.

At least over here, they're way more common on older tapes, and definitely not just Disney ones. The cardboard sleeves that are so common in the US in the other hand are way more uncommon, so I tend to associate those poofy clamshell cases with old releases in general. Personally, I just like the way they feel to handle.

Also I was supposed to bid on some tapes last night but I completely forgot. :x
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 Post subject: Re: Beta Movies
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2020, 15:03 
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tasuke wrote:
well, these older, early/mid-80's-era examples are a great deal sturdier and better designed overall
than the flimsy DISNEY-standard 1990's thin-vacuform clamshells everyone knows and despises...


That’s true. I used to work at a video store and we had nearly every Disney VHS release from the beginning. The best VHS case by a mile is the plastic clamshell Amaray case, sans pegs for the spools. The art and the tape are both protected by something MORE durable than they are, which is the point of a case. Sadly I’d estimate not even %10 of US releases are in these cases but most JP releases seem to have them. (I’m not a VHS collector). The cardboard sleeve looks nice but gets f-ed up as almost as easily as a record jacket. The vacuum formed stuff is just total crap. Much better for shipping than for ownership. The edges are sharp, little holes show up. Presumably they yellow also?

Btw, I still have $70,000 if anyone will sell me their Diamond Edition Beauty and the Beast. PM me!
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