Come with us now on a journey back through time and space…to the world of the format wars!
There’s not long left until the release of Shameless Screen Entertainment’s Pop Erotica Fest box set (containing such sleaze-tastic films as Venus In Furs, The Frightened Woman and Baba Yaga) which is designed as a throwback to the ‘good’ (?) old days of home video. So, what better time than now to take a look at the story behind the obsolete format that hinders on the edges of fading memories in a fleeting moment of time, never to be relived again; the V2000.
Back in a time not too long ago, when shoulder pads and big hair ruled the earth, there was a furious battle taking place across the land. A vicious combat that pited several teams against one another, fighting to the death. Very much like the recent DVD vs. Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD, a bloody battleground was fought, placing such formats as the VHS, Videodisc, BETA, VCR and the V2000 head to head. It was a very crowded scene!
Back in early 1980, two leaders of home entertainment, Phillips and Grundig joined together to create the ultimate movie recording machine…or so they thought. Also known as the Video 2000, VCC and, to give it it’s full name, Video Compact Cassette, the V2000 blew the other formats clean out of the water with its impressive recording space. Very much like an audio cassette, the V2000 boasted the ability of recording up to 4 hours on each side! Over the following years, this increased to a whopping 8 hours per side . This was a huge advantage over the (much more attractive) videodisc which could only hold up to an hour, meaning you’d have to manually turn it over half way through the film! Unfortunately, the V2000′s power quickly disappeared after being pummeled into the ground of no return by the popular VHS and Betamax which ruled the roost of 80s entertainment.
Although these are now a forgotten casualty of the great format wars of the 1980s, they are still fondly remembered off… in a rose-tinted and rather nerdy sort of way.
Check out this great advertisement for the V2000 below for a flashback in time -
“The time has come for a company to create a more sophisticated system. The time is now” Or maybe not….