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Tron (1982)

Posted 2017-08-06. Permalink. Tagged 1980s, scifi, screenshot, vhs, video.

The TV announcer voice says: And now: Tron. Starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner.

Tron Title Title card indicating the film has been edited.
Fox49 KPDX notice at bottom of screen

Taped off TV - Fox 49 KPDX - some time in 1995. (There's an advertisement for the Jerky Boys movie during one of the commercial breaks, which conveniently dates the broadcast). The screenshots you see here are of an x264 (CRF 23) digital recording of an EP Mode VHS tape. I wonder how many generations down the line this is.

This is how I've always watched Tron. Low-res, 4:3 pan & scan, edited, with commercials.

Clu in tank Light glider Tron presents an identity disc

Odin Photon Space Sailer Starlight

Posted 2017-04-04. Permalink. Tagged 1980s, anime, scifi, screenshot, vhs, video.

Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight, 1985. Taped off the Sci-Fi channel some time in the '90s. Subsequently copied and recopied; screenshots below are from a digital recording of a beat up EP mode VHS tape.

Concert on the Bridge Feels Like A Typhoon
Odin Awaits You

An infamously bad movie with some beautiful visuals. Remembered as a boring rehash of ideas and imagery better presented in Space Battleship Yamato. Features a couple of songs ("Gotta Fight", "Odin") by Loudness.

See the Anime World Order podcast for a great discussion of this movie (and how terrible it is).

Lovely World D23 RR499
Mizzenmast

What's Your Pleasure?

Posted 2016-12-18. Permalink. Tagged 1980s, horror, screenshot, vhs, video.

Screengrab from the end of Hellraiser

Hellraiser, 1987, VHS. Second generation, dubbed onto a "Hollywood Video" branded tape. Subtitles from opensubtitles. The VCR used for playback during the dubbing process left a little gift you can see below. Fortunately it only happens once during the movie.

Second screengrab from Hellraiser