Reclaim Video’s The Weekly Watch 002

Getting back into that bava blog groove, and oh it feels so good! I blogged my weekly watch at Reclaim Video a few weeks ago, so this is more catch-up. Once I get settled a bit I’ll pick this up again, but better to have blogged from behind then to never have blogged at all! Words of wisdom, Jimmy, words. of. wisdom.

Reclaim Video's not so digital signage

Reclaim Video’s not so digital signage
So once I got back from Lansing (more about that trip to come) I locked in for a solid week of Reclaim Video clerkmanship. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. To be clear, we currently have two clerks working at Reclaim Video who actually do the work, so I’m more like the eccentric old man shuffling around with random outbursts about this movie is awesome or this one sucks, etc. I’m not sure how the rest of the Reclaim crew feels (and I may not want to know), but I might be even less productive than usual when I’m on-site at Reclaim’s headquarters. I blame the fast approaching senility. 

But in the end productivity is little more than a neoliberal myth used to extract value out of my virtual labor. So, what would any self-respecting person do to resist? That’s right, go to the movies! And what did we watch, you ask, well, let’s go to the tale of the tapes….

Tim and I watched Killing Zoe together, which was directed by Roger Avery who worked with Tarantino on Pulp Fiction that same year,1994, so it was kind o a moment for him. I do love the opening taxi ride through Paris, but the film seemed pretty dated 25 years later. I realized watching this one that Eric Stoltz can’t real carry a lead role all that well, and  Jean Hughes-Anglade gives Al Pacino’s ridiculously over-acted performance in Scent of a Woman a run for its money in this one—-ooooh rah! Nonetheless, the laserdisc was in prime condition and Julie Delpy did what she could—I always find her convincing—but the prostitute with a heart of gold working her way through school is already such a cliche role it can be a hard role escape its gravitational pull of predictability.

Fort Apache, the Bronx on Selectavision, there is something so 80s about that formula I can’t even express it. It’s kinda like Mikey from the Life cereal commercials dying of an exploded stomach while chasing pop rocks with Coca Cola. Anyway, this is movie belongs to what Frederic Jameson described as gang war films visualizing  the ‘near future’ through the lens of internal civil war.* He includes other late 70s and early 80s films like The Warriors (1979) and Escape Form New York (1981) with Fort Apache, and the idea of near future urban civil war movies would make an interesting film festival. In fact, you could also in Neil Smith’s ideas around the revanchist city to see how the myths of the “new urban frontier” also inspired a wide range of films during the 70s and 80s from Death Wish to Crocodile Dundee.  And the whole vision of The Bronx as the inner city frontier from which civilization has fled is almost the essence of Fort Apache, the Bronx, it is literally re-positioning the frontier in NYC, and invoking a more contemporary vision of conquest through gentrification. I mean the film opens up with Pam Grier executing two of NYC’s finest at point blank , which is an odd, retrograde hat tip to her thriving career just a few years earlier as an ass-kicking action star. The scene later in the movie where she cuts a john with a razor blade hidden in her mouth was akin to the Alien popping out of John Hurt’s stomach for me. She steals the film in her bit scenes, and while I am a fan of Paul Newman, this is not his finest hour. He tries his damnedest, but the film’s heavy-handed approach is far too tedious for him to transcend. That said, the shots of NYC in the early 80s is stunning, and the documentation of the South Bronx during a moment when hip hop and rap are emerging from this urban “frontier” make for an interesting counterpoint to the general longing for law and order through colonization. Anyway, that was a longwinded way of saying I went to grad school once….next!

I pulled out John Coltrane: the Coltrane Legacy to get a sense of the laserdisc sound quality, which was one of the real revolutions of  this medium. The laserdisc was an early taste of the CD revolution that would explode in the 90s, and this Pioneer laserdisc was part of the stash of nearly 2000 we bought in January from Fat Kat Records. The audio was awesome, but even better was the music. I know next to nothing about Jazz, but I had heard A Love Supreme by Coltrane and was moved. So, I put this on, and his rendition of “My Favorite Things” was magic. But I know little about Jazz, so I can’t really speak to the music, but what gripped me about this documentary was that it had a series of recorded sessions peppered with interviews, and Elvin Jones, the drummer of the Coltrane quartet, were wild. He spoke of Coltrane as if he were truly an emissary of god, and there was this sense of awe and adoration he exuded about Coltrane that made him almost Christ-like. Come to find out there is a church in San Francisco dedicated to Coltrane called the St. John Coltrane Church—what else is there to say?

Possibly the most forgettable of the movies I watched was The Andromeda Strain (1971). I was surprised given it was directed by Robert Wise, but it was perhaps overly faithful to the novel and left for a ridiculously slow and boring paced film. I had not seen it previously, so was expecting more, but the opening was like an overly long  Twilight Zone episode without a twist. It was definitely a letdown, but I can report the laserdisc is in fine shape, and played beautifully, at least the parts I watched.

Ranking right up there on the turkey scale with Andromeda Strain was Parents (1989)—though less to my surprise. The best thing about this movie is the VHS box, and the tape was in pretty poor shape, which effected the experience. Nonetheless, as much as I enjoy Randy Quaid sometimes, this was predictable and boring. Suburban patina hiding a cannibalistic urge that is fairly pointless. I wasn’t even that taken with the period elements, which are usually an easy win. I subjected Reclaim Video clerk Xander to this one given it was my first time, but I’m afraid I may have wasted his time. The VHS tape was interesting because it was recorded on SLP, the lowest possible quality setting. It’s almost like it was a transfer, and you could tell because there was significantly less tape that on other VHS movies we have. How bad the picture and sound quality was may have been the most remarkable part of the experience, and a reminder that VHS by and large was not a pretty format when compared to laserdisc. 

I also watched Rosemary’s Baby (1968)on Selectavision, which was pretty impressive quality wise. The film is one I have seen many times, but I have never seen it videodisc format, and it was well preserved and the quality was easily as good, if not better, than VHS. I love the Selectavision just cause it is so wild, and here is a video of me demonstrating how you insert a videodisc into the Selectavision player:

I also had a bit of fun playing Morricone Youth’s Mad Max album in concert with the VHS tape scene of arguably the best opening to any movie. I don’t think I had the right son, but it works all the same. Morricone Youth pretty much rules, and I am trying to secure Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (1968) on VHS or Laserdisc so I can play Morricone Youth’s take on that soundtrack to the film. Stay tuned!

I also went on a bit of a mini Corey Haim marathon, even if unexpectedly. I remain a huge fan of Stephen King novel adaptations from the 1980s. In fact, the list is impressive when you thing about it: The Shining, Dead Zone, Christine, Salem’s Lot, Firestarter, Cat’s Eye, Creepshow, and the list goes on. Silver Bullet (1985) is probably a lesser known film, but it was a favorite for me back in the day. I loved the whole idea of some crazy uncle (Garey Busey) giving his disabled nephew a souped-up wheelchair called Silver Bullet for fighting a werewolf who turns out to be the local chaplain. Good stuff, and I was pretty impressed with Corey Haim, I did not remember him in this one, but he was convincing, and I enjoyed it on re-watch.

But probably the most powerful film experience for me on a personal level was First Born (1984), Corey Haim’s very first film, although he played the younger brother to protagonist Christopher Collet of Manhattan Project (1986) and Sleepaway Camp (1984) fame. The film has an insane cast featuring Terri Gar, Peter Weller, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Robert Downey Jr., to name a few highlights.

But beyond that, the film centers around separated, but soon to be divorced parents (as so many 80s films do), and the effects on the kids. In particular, when the absent dad is gone how mom (Teri Gar) takes in a freeloading drug dealer (Peter Weller), and the effects on the kids. The sense of tension and deep seated horror of a split family is real, and the way in which the brothers try and cope struck me. What’s more, it was all filmed in new Jersey, so they are playing lacrosse (which as a Long Islander was a regional signifier) and the brothers would fight over who stole whose batteries for their hand help video game or walkman—talk about 80s! I don’t know, this film just struck me on a level that is hard to define, it is far from a great film cinematically, but one of those artifacts of time that say some much about moment. In many ways the opposite of timeless, but almost as important as a result. If I ever catch up on my blogging I’ll write more about this one cause it hit a nerve.

I am missing a few films I watched, but saving them for update 3 because I will catch my groove here soon and make this far more regular, but for now it’s just another brick in the bava wall!


*This is taken from a footnote in The Geopolitical Aesthetic, and you can read it here.

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Make Trax

We are adding a seventh early 80s video game cabinet to the ever-growing Reclaim Arcade. The games is a bit niche, I first knew it as Crush Roller (which is odd given that was its name in Japan), but it is most popularly known in the US as Make Trax (1981). The game is pretty trippy, you are basically a paint brush that tries to paint the entire maze without being killed by two fish (I had no idea they were fish, I always thought they were paint drips in the shape of a tear drop) who patrol the area. What’s more, if one of several animals/objects are released and leave prints or tracks you have to repaint the effected area. It’s obviously inspired by Pac-man, with the fish like ghosts and the various animals/objects akin to fruit. The power-ups are basically paint rollers that give you enough speed and power to catch and crush the fish. The non-sensical nature of the whole enterprise is part of its appeal, and you can see the game play in the video above.

It’s our third Williams cabinet (the other two being Joust and Defender), so that makes a Williams trifecta for Reclaim Arcade, and we have our eye out for a fourth, namely Robotron—which may be Tim’s Total Reclaim restore project 🙂 Interestingly enough, I saw a Make Trax machine last year in New Hampshire on Ebay right around the same time we started this insanity with the purchase of  Centipede, but that one was sold given we thought we would have to go all the way to New Hampshire to pick it up—this was before Tim discovered the magic of Fastenal Express.* In fact, I’m kinda glad cause as of now this one does not have sound and a is a bit beat up in terms of cigarette burns and a few cracks on the control panel overlay, but the cabinet is original and the art was fairly simply so it’s solid. The sound issue should be fairly simple to fix thanks to Tim’s new interest, and if we need another original control panel overlay we can grab one pretty easy it seems.

I guess an obvious question is still to arise for me, how many stand-up 1980s video game cabinets make an actual arcade? 


*As a side note here, it is crazy how expensive U-haul has become for traveling to retrieve a video game like this. We spent close to $500 renting a truck for one day and traveling roughly 250-300 miles to Maryland to pick-up four machine. Luckily it was a wash given we got several machines, but that price point makes picking up one machine a n0n-starter, where as Fastenal will deliver it within 30 miles for around $100. 

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Reclaim Hosting Merch

It’s been almost 3 years since Reclaim Hosting’s first t-shirt featuring Bryan Mathers original vinyl logo.

And given we have moved into the VHS era of Reclaim last year, we figured it was high time to push out a new t-shirts featuring our new logo, which if you look closely still has the old logo in tact (pretty sneaky, sis). 

So Friday, thanks to the lightning fast microsite development that Lauren Brumfield is quickly becoming famous for at Reclaim, we introduced out latest shirt designs:

and

We had a third color we were hoping to push out, but that is currently on hold given what we saw was not exactly what we got—so we’re re-thinking that design. You can find either of these shirts over at the Reclaim Hosting store, and if you are attending OER19 in Galway we would be happy to hand deliver any merch given the cost for international shipping can get steep.

We also added some of our OG merch such as the Reclaim Video shirts, the original  logo Reclaim Hosting shirts, and Domains17 shirts. What’s more,  we also have added some stickers into the mix. So as our newest tagline “Be Kind, Reclaim”

Or the Reclaim Hosting VHS tape:

Or the Reclaim Video TV:

It’s pretty fun to see a storefront that provides a peek into the archaeology of how we have imagined the aesthetic around Reclaim. I say it again and again on this blog, but exploring creative ways to frame Reclaim has been some of the funnest and most rewarding work I’ve been a part of, and unfortunately it is shamefully undervalued by most groups and organizations in edtech. I believe the role of framing your mission and the principles you represent should be as much visual as rhetorical, and more and more I find the former even more compelling than the latter. Anyway, Reclaim is #4life, and if you find anything that catches your fancy head on over to the store and and reclaim some merch 🙂

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Excluding files from a Zip Archive

I am in catch-up mode on some blog posts, and this one belongs to what D’Arcy Norman termed the outboard brain genre of post. I was migrating a WordPress site from another hosting service a couple of weeks back, and it was a beefy 10 GBS (which was more storage then the new account on Reclaim even had). The fact it was so big raised a flag for me, so I looked around in wp-content, and it turns out the backup plugin Updraft had stored a couple of years worth of regular backup files. If the hosting service had anything resembling File Manager in cPanel I could have moved them out temporarily, and then zipped up the files and moved it over, but turns out I was doing this via command line so I need to exclude the Updraft directory from a zip archive. 

A quick search brought me to this post on OSXDaily and I was able to exclude the backups directory and transfer a 350MB file versus wrestling with a 10GB monster , which saved me a tremendous amount of time and frustration, as well as back and forth tickets with the lient:

Now that I had a manageable zip archive, I was able to use the scp command, which is very useful, to transfer the zip archive between servers almost instantly:

So, now I have the process more formally documented then an open tab in a browser I would eventually lose to time and memory.  I could have just deleted the backups folder, I guess, but when you have gotten called on the carpet for deleting anything as much as we have, that become the absolute last resort.

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Joust: Thy Game has Just Begun!

Joust is a comin'

While I was back in the States Tim surprised me with a recent purchase for Reclaim Video’s growing arcade. One of my very favorite stand-up arcade games of the early 80s: Joust (1982). It’s SO BEAUTIFUL!!! And despite what Downes says, video arcade games are closer to God than pinball—and always will be! Pinball did not influence the future of gaming as we know it, 80s arcade video games, on the other hand, are ground zero for our current cultural moment of virtual entertainment. Gauntlet thrown, Stephen 🙂  I would prefer Atari 2600’s Video Pinball to the real thing any day of the week.

I have yet to play Joust, but the fact we now have Joust and Galaxian means we’ve reproduced the video game setup in the back corner of The Incredible Pulp during the mid-80s. The Incredible Pulp was a comic book store in Baldwin, NY around the block from where I grew up in Baldwin, Long Island. It was filled with Frank Franzetta posters, Dungeons and Dragons figurines, boxes of comics, AD&D dungeon guides, adventure modules and much more. I want to believe they had models there too of the classic horror scenes with characters such as Dracula, the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc., but I may be letting my imagination take over at this point.

Anyway, it was a powerful environment for the imagination of a 12 or 13 year old, and it has stuck with me. I want to think Reclaim Video is morphing into not only a VHS and Laserdisc store/archive of ever growing import, but also an 80s video game arcade to boot—and who knows, there may be room for some toys 🙂

But the arrival of Joust has also fast forwarded another amazing development neither Tim or I really anticipated, the fact that Tim would get deep into actually tinkering with these machines (although i am surprised we didn’t see this coming 🙂 ). He wrote a post yesterday about the repair work he has done on them so far, and it is really cool to think of these machines as kinda like old cars that you could actually work on—unlike the more complex systems that would follow. What’s more, there’s a thriving community of folks doing it, and we may be able to move from buying refurbished machines to piece-meal fixer-uppers for a fraction of the cost. All this to say, as Tim noted in his post, the video game machines have provided a welcome frame and focus for the vision of the maker space we’ve be creating in the backroom of Reclaim Video, while also fueling some extravagant nostalgia! But we are not simply looking backward at Reclaim, we are having some fun making sure what was is not entirely lost in the promise of what could be.

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Reclaim Video’s The Weekly Watch 001

I got bak into town late Thursday, and rolled into Reclaim Video after a morning of meetings to find the great Xander watching Alice in Wonderland on laserdisc. I appreciate how seriously he takes his job, and he only has one: watch awesome movies while working at Reclaim Video. He excels! He even alphabetized the over 900 laserdiscs he cataloged thus far 🙂

Friday afternoon we hung out with Ryan and went out later to get some dinner, but in the downtime i was able to pop in a laserdisc of Drugstore Cowboy (1989) I bought in Portland, Oregon in 2016 when Tim, Lauren, and I went there for the cPanel conference. Damn that movie holds up well, and Matt Dillon is so far away from his persona in The Flamingo Kid (1984) just four or five years earlier. I appreciate Matt Dillon’s peripatetic acting career—but this is arguably his greatest performance. I absolutely love the character of Bob in this movie, and no god damned hats on the bed!

After Drugstore Cowboy I switched medium from laserdisc to VHS, and watched a fairly recent film on VHS: Sexy Beast (2000). I saw this with Antonella in the theaters when we were living in NYC in 2001, and it blew my mind. Ben Kingsley is so insane in this film you simply need to watch it, but even beyond his brilliant performance the idea of a being pulled back into a life of crime married with a pretty gripping heist scene and you got yourself a formula for success. Plus the whole idea of calling the film Sexy Beast and starting it with a middle-aged Brit in a speedo is brilliant.

From there I woke up around 5 Am on Sunday morning and had no chance of going back to sleep, so I went to Reclaim Video and explored some early morning cartoons. I sat through an episode of the Hanna Barbera produced The Greatest Adventures: Stories from the Bible. It was pretty boring, I saw the episode titled “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” from 1986, and it made me long for the days of Davey and Goliath. I switched gears quickly and reached for the nearest VHS tape featuring Bugs Bunny, which was kindly donated by Alan Levine. That was much better, and even allowed for a bit of  social media fun given the “tell me again about my eyes” bit in the spoof of the Goldie Locks episode is a line we like to throw at Tim after he does something awesome—which is on the regular.

Finally, I finished out my watching with Repo Man, an evergreen classic from the 1980s that for me epitomizes the magic of VHS culture. This is not a movie we would have caught in the theaters as a suburban Long Island kid, but it became a staple in our house, as did Clockwork Orange, Basketcase, Faces of Death, Suburbia, I Spit on Your Grave, Decline of Western Civilization, Dawn of the Dead, The Thing, Escape from New York, endless skateboard videos (homemade and local skate store bought), and much more. VHS was an opening to all kinds of strange narrative worlds—some better left unseen—but all the more an education for it. Repo Man occupies a special place in that it represented something else that what I had been watching before then, something a bit more cognizant and playful of the form, yet equally compelling and funny.

And that was it so far, what did you watch this week? And what format did you watch it on you Netflix zombies?! 🙂

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The Art of #Domains19

There was a fairly short turnaround between trips as Antonella came back from successfully defending her dissertation in NYC, I was on my way back to the US. Reclaim Video really does make for a soft landing 🙂 We were pretty busy last week closing down submissions for Domains19 (it’s gonna be pretty awesome) and sealing up details of our fourth and final keynote to be announced shortly. And speaking of featured speakers, given Ryan Seslow will not be at Domains19 (but his art will), we organized for a visit this past weekend so we could brainstorm on-the-ground approaches to his art installation for the conference focused on accessibility. When he arrived Friday afternoon we brought him to the office and talked to him ad nauseam about the evolution of Reclaim Hosting, as well as the development of the office space.

Ryan’s mock-up of CoWork post-Seslow art invasion 🙂

Given CoWork/Reclaim Video/Reclaim HQ, etc. is as close to done as it ever has been, it was a lot of fun to talk about the molting of the space. I find I don’t ever want to leave it once I get there these days. And the video games and laser discs have only made it harder to extract myself. We are considering more substantial art for the space (mural, digital triptychs, etc.), and that was also part of our discussion with Ryan. After that we got some dinner and called it a night.*

On Saturday morning we were up early and got some breakfast, then Tim, Ryan, and I headed back to Reclaim HQ and talked at length about what the installation was going to look like. We nailed down at least five possibilities, and figured we would try and do as many as we can. As luck and Tim Owens would have it, we already figured out the stacked monitors with animations piece, which can also feed into the Projection of the inner ear piece—which would take 3 or 4 LED TV screens in portrait mode. Tim figured out how to project the animations using a Raspberry pi and the Video Looper software (use version 4) Michael Branson Smith turned us on to for UMW Console. We are planning on printing custom designed holders for the RaspberryPi and RF modulators for older TVs, which will give us a series of multiple, varied monitors to display many of Ryan’s animation. Below is a couple of examples:

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Make art with @ryanseslow, dammit

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It was amazing, but after an hour or so discussing everything with Ryan it all made sense and I felt like the centerpiece installation was well in hand. We still have to figure out details around the hooded hologram like figure (not really a hologram); we will be getting some mock-ups of the art cubes; and we need to collect some more old monitors, TVs, and the like—fun, fun, fun. It looks like Domains 19 is going to fill up fast, and given we have almost 15  installation submissions, it’s going to really live up to its aspirations of an edtech art exhibit.

The rest of the day was spent tooling around the office, ordering RaspberryPis, RF modulators, RCA component wires, and more . It’s cool to feel like the conference is coming into sharper focus, and it really is going to be something both different and special—I’m getting fired up!

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*I have been struggling with jet lag something fierce on this trip so far, so I am up and ready to go at 4 or 5 AM—which has gotten me in the office at 6 AM on Saturday, Sunday, and a later 7 AM today.

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So I Married a PhD

This post is to mark a bit of family history, yesterday Antonella successfully defended her dissertation exploring 15th century Venetian merchant travel narratives and their various cultural tributaries effectively making her a Doctor of Comparative Literature. That is pretty damn awesome! 

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Views from the vaporetto

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We met at the CUNY Grad Center in late 2000, and the intervening 19 years have seen us create a life, family, and history together. And that long, beautiful history started with us as Ph.D. candidates. As things go, when we got married and then had kids both of us hung up the pursuit of cap and gown for a while (in fact, I retired mine for good). But 4 years ago when the family dust started to settle Antonella decided to go back to work on her dissertation, and yesterday realized the culmination of 4 years of hard work and a steel resolve to finish what she started and return to the academic world. It’s a pretty awesome day for our family, we have our first official doctorate in the form of a truly remarkable, international scholar. Now if only she would blog 🙂

Congrats Anto, we love you!

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Domains19: Martin Hawksey’s Minority Report

And the hits for Domains19 just keep on coming….and this one comes all the way from Scotland with none other than Martin Hawksey, who is both creating a surveillance installation for the conference as well as speaking to how he built it using services anyone can sign-up for and a Raspberry Pi while extrapolating the broader implications of this brave new world of ubiquitous surveillance. Here is the abstract:

Welcome to my world of good and bad, right and wrong, a neo-noir landscape where technology simultaneously creates possibilities to empower and reclaim part of the web, but also quickly reveals the extent of our data traces, the ease in which we can be surveilled, the dangers of walking through a world where ‘individual consent’ is replaced with ‘social consent’ where privacy has to asked for rather than assumed.

In this talk we’ll look at privacy and surveillance, data ownership and accessibility. As part of this we will cast a light on the shadowy world of face recognition, passive wifi tracking and more. As part of this we’ll look at issues such as personal rights as well as gender and racial bias. My plan is to ultimately make you all join #TeamLuddite – not against technology or inept at using it, not against “the future” but ready to interrogate the moral and ethical implications of the choices we make.  

The idea for having Martin speak at Domains was a happy accident while speaking with both Maren Deepwell and Martin about ideas for OER19. He had done something wild with a Raspberry Pi and facial recognition at DevFest London in 2017, and when I was talking about the conference themes around Domains19 he linked me to his post on the talk. I was immediately sold, this kind of Minorty Report-esque installation that explores the ethical boundaries of the tech we have come to take for granted is exactly what we were hoping Domains19 would manifest, and Martin was soon after signed-on for the third, of what will be four, featured presentations/installation.

Stay tuned for more, and if you haven’t already, be sure to submit a presentation and/or installation. What’s more, registration is open as well—so run, don’t walk, over to Domains19 and join the party.

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Reclaim Video’s 1900 Laserdiscs

Reclaim Video Laserdisc Motherload

As soon as I got back into town on this last trip Tim and I immediately headed down to Ruther Glen, Virginia to pickup 1900 laserdiscs thanks to Fat Kat Records & Books. I first discovered this gem in 2015 when working on the UMW Console. We bought some vinyl as well as a SelectaVision player and over 75 videodiscs. They since moved from Fredericksburg to Ruther Glen, which was only 20 minutes south. There laserdisc collection is impressive, and Tim and I have probably bought 200-300 over the last year. A couple of months back the proprietor reached out letting us know the physical location is closing and they are going entirely online, and were wondering if we wanted to buy the entire 1900 laserdisic collection. And it did not take long for us to respond: “Why yes, yes we would!”

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It’s massive, and our Reclaim Video employees Matt and Zander have already inventoried everything and we have gotten most of them them out of boxes and onto shelves.

That’s just one of two shelves full of laserdiscs that are bookmarking our recent acquisition of four classic arcade games, making this my single favorite room in the world.

And another one….

I’ll try and get a picture when everything is done, but it is coming together beautifully. There are a ton of films to go through, and so far I watched The Fan (1981) and The Flamingo Kid (1984) from this lot. The audio was not perfect on The Flamingo Kid, which also happened with Magic (1978) —a laserdisc I bought earlier this year. You can almost see the disc rot on the screen:

The Fan was perfect though, and Lauren Bacall was pretty amazing in this film. While not a great film, it is an awesome look at early 80s NYC, and it was released soon after John Lennon was shot my a crazy fan, making it timely in a tragic way.

There are so many more to watch, world enough and time! Like Moon of the Wold:

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Or the Tom Selleck bomb Runaway:

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And quite a few music laserdiscs, like Queen’s Greatest Flix:

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And all this and more can be right at you fingertips at your local Reclaim Video store—coming soon! 🙂

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