Make it a Blockbuster Night

To celebrate the end of an unexpectedly long blogging hiatus, here is a collection of Blockbuster Video advertisements from what I assume to be the early to mid-1980s. As Matt Dentler points out, today’s world of streaming video, DVD-by-mail, and video-on-demand must look like science-fiction from this particular vantage point. I’d forgotten that Blockbuster had cassettes with just previews on them so that you could make more informed movie selections, but it’s fascinating to see how VHS rentals looked when they were relatively new. Here is the video:

By the way, in the days since my last blog entry, I got married here, went on a honeymoon to Costa Rica, and then spent the last few days revising and proofreading several articles, which all magically had the same deadlines (most of them should be coming out soon).


  1. alex Said,

    June 27, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Mazel Tov!

  2. Chuck Said,

    June 27, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    Thanks! It was a wonderful way to celebrate our happiness….

  3. Matt Said,

    June 28, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Congrats, Chuck!!

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