In the age of modern tech, VHS to DVD conversion has become more popular. Sadly, this means that some VHS tapes have been left to languish or disposed of, despite their condition.
A movie buff in Liverpool, Andy Johnson, set to out to save as many VHS tapes as he could, which is why he opened his VHS store recently, VideOdyssey. He traveled 300 miles from Liverpool to Brighton in order to save 2000 tapes, or so he thought. He came back to his store with about 4000 tapes, with some rare finds in the stash.
VideOdyssey is an oddity, a VHS store opened in the days of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Netflix and VHS to DVD conversions, but it’s managed to grow. The shop recently expanded, after acquiring thousands of tapes from people across the country, with the recent donation from Marcia Hudson being the largest.
According to Video dyssey owner Andy, the tapes were inherited by Ms. Hudson following the death of her friend, Roy Somerset. She contacted the VHS store owner to see if he could take the tapes and stop them from going to a landfill somewhere.
Andy says that he tried to talk himself out of getting the tapes, but he simply couldn’t after seeing the collection. A lot of the tapes, he says, are mint condition, with some tapes being rarities that are virtually impossible to find anywhere else.
VideOdyssey, located in Toxteth, Liverpool, has transformed into a nostalgia trip to the late 80s and 90s, attracting both old and young people in their 20s, looking for a way to watch their favorite classics. On top of the thousands of new tapes available, the store also has a collection of movie memorabilia and old-school arcade games.
Andy expresses excitement at how people crave the retro style of entertainment with a curated experience, instead of impersonally looking through lists of content to stream. He believes that VHS is making a comeback similar to vinyl, where people look for that physical connection to their collections, rather than the impersonal feel of getting something from the cloud.
Andy states that he hopes to get some financial backing for VideOdyssey, to turn it into a national archive for tapes. There’s a lot of great films that never saw a digital release, which means that they’re in danger of being lost forever.