Dead Links #1

It's no secret that bootlegging is a viable option for film collectors. Certain tapes are simply impossible to snare. Even out-of-print DVD's can send cinephiles on a maddening inquest that often yields currish, unavailing results. Most people would prefer to own authentic copies of rare movies, but not everyone can afford to splurge on a mint Gorgon clamshell. That's where third parties step into the picture. Usually, procuring a bootleg is a last resort because of questionable audio/visual quality. The VHS Preservation Society compensates for these technical shortcomings by fostering nostalgia and...well, preserving (key word) the VHS experience that we all grew up with.

Every film comes equipped with its original VHS artwork. Additionally, you get whatever trailers and corny ads that appeared on the actual videocassette. In other words, it's a straight rip. Nothing is excised. If you're still not sold on the idea, each DVD is $10. I wasn't paid to write any of this, mind you; I'm genuinely agog. In fact, I'm a customer. I bought Hellroller and Fright Show from "the society" among a few others. Dig it!

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