Thanks for the Mammaries!
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On this Thanksgiving Day, as I peruse the sale ads for the perfect Bluray player to shop for on Black Friday, I’d like to take a moment to remember and give thanks for VHS tapes. And more specifically, the beloved nude scenes from VHS tapes that left an indelible mark in my memory. I’m well aware that the movies from which these scenes originate have since been transferred to newer, better formats but on what Bluray disc can you fit 3, count them 3! feature-length feature films recorded in EP from HBO in the middle of the night? (Or, before the days of copy-protection dubbed from one VHS deck to another.) Who prefers the crystal-clear picture and sound of DVD to the blurry bliss of a desperately worn-out VHS copy of “Revenge of the Nerds”, with matching sun-faded box art?! And who needs chapter markers? When I was 13, I had every R-rated VHS tape in my collection queued up just seconds from the “good parts” and that served me just fine. So on this Turkey Day, I’d like to pay tribute to fond memories from a different era in home entertainment. Here are some of my favorite “SCinemax” moments from the VHS years:
The Random knockers from “Airplane!”
Beverly D’Angelo taking a shower in “National Lampoon’s Vacation”
And the gaggle of naked executioners scene from “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life”