The Joys of Scavenging…

…feeding off the rotting corpse of obsolete technology, buying five movies for twenty bucks down at Hollywood Video – VHS is on its way out, and I’m happy to pick the bones.
The latest haul: Tron, Master and Commander, The Lavender Hill Mob, Waiting for Guffman, and for the kids, a Pokemon collection.
I had forgotten the religious element in Tron – the bad programs trying to break the peons of their belief in users – grand intellects operating outside the system, to which one could even appeal for help.
The kids loved it, too.


  1. AnotherCoward says

    It’s not for the kids, but you should go see Serenity if you’ve got any kind of sci-fi bug. It’s in theaters right now, but it’s hands down the best sci-fi flick I’ve seen in a while.

    And Tron rocks … I’ve got the 20th anniversary special edition dvd … with deleted scenes and all (didya know there was originally an innuendo-ed love scene between tron and his girlfriend? … it was actually kinda cool)

  2. Notrelatedtoted says

    Tron! I don’t remember much about the movie itself. Afterwards, though, me and my friend were so amped we played a round of “deadly disks.” It was all fun and games until he took a frisbee to the eye right in front of his mom. Guess he hadn’t mastered that cool blocking move yet…Good times, good times…

    Matt – you’re not one of those vinyl retro-grouch’s are you?!?

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    No, not a vinyl retro-grouch. Though I did like Ghost World. It’s not like I’m going to argue the superiority of VHS to DVD – the copy of Tron has buzzing throughout – the tape’s breaking down. But for two-fifty, I’m all about retro.

  4. It’s time you were “born again” into the 21st century.

  5. Matthew Lickona says

    Meaning what, exactly? I own a DVD player, too, and enjoy it immensely. But I was also happy to score a bargain here.
    Cheer up! Why so negative?

  6. Notrelatedtoted says

    Sorry, I was trying to provoke some real or imagined vinylites that may be lurking in the shadows….yes, Neil Diamond may sound better on vinyl, but then, we’re talking about Neil Diamond, right?

    The price is indeed right, and I’ve been tempted myself. But I just can’t bring myself to go back. I’m not sure I even know how to use our VCR anymore.

  7. Ah, Beta vs. VHS, Digital vs. HDTV, Game vs. Player, Good vs. Evil, Pokemon vs. ? Ah, the religious element in all the above… and government creeping into everything!

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