I started collecting these because they're everywhere and pretty cheap. They also look pretty good on a shelf. I find it interesting how many different styles of slip covers there were as well.
I have an interesting idea to consider...separate the genuine RCA/Columbia red borders with the 1990s CTHV reprints...that would make for a fun comparison
Isnt the main difference between the original RCA releases and the reprints the fact that the boxes are 4 sided (aka open from the right side as opposed to the bottom)?
I've sold some on Ebay the past few years, they do have a nice look on a shelf, kind of like the CBS/FOX 2nd VHS releases with the simplicity of the side art text.
If I can get the image system to work for me I might some of the differences I've found.
The plus also with collecting a certain box art is that I get to see movies I didn't even know existed like the early Nicholson movies Five Easy Pieces and The Last Detail. It helped me understand why Jack is so well thought of.
Some later 1991 RCA/Columbias are also normal slipcases...I have a copy of Born Yesterday that is a 1991 reprint that is like that.
I have hundreds of these - still sealed. Looking to downsize pretty soon. Hit me up if you're buying or trading.
Are you selling here?
Yeah - I'll try and post a HAVE list on the forum.
Are you local to me Heartbreak kid? I'm in southern IN.
I don't know that I'm interested in making a bulk buy. I just enjoy the hunt. However seeled copies are an interesting proposition.
On the subject of different packaging, I have two movies, Stripes and The Bedford Incident, that are 81 and 82. The label only has the Columbia logo and the case has a flap that opens like a book with the cast printed on the inside. While open to remove the tape it slides towards the inside spine. After that is the case that opens from the side. There must have been some overlap with these and the normal slipcovers because I have side opening cases from 83-88 and normal slipcovers from 87-89. I suspect though that it's hard to pinpoint exactly when a tape was produced. The Bedford Incident has the older style cover but the tape itself has an RCA/C 1987 label. It could have gotten switched over the years or came from the factory like that. I know in the last days of CED, RCA would use anything in the factory trying to get rid of stock.
I haven't seen any red borders after '89 though.
I'm in Ohio - just 2 hours away from Indianapolis.
The flap boxes were used by Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment IIRC...
Yup those are early Columbia releases, I believe my copy of Going Ape is similar, I think they made them 1981-1983? I've only seen a few different movies with that odd packaging, the original release of Friday the 13th, Going Ape, and Elephant Man.
The spines are also different on those Columbia releases. The spine has the red border but the title font is like the front and the background color matches the color of the front.
I found four more today at the local traderbaker. The Professionals is the older RCA release. Pretty excited to find a couple Three Stooges as well.
I think they released 6 or 7 volumes of the 3 Stooges in the old RCA packaging. I have Volumes 6 and 7.
I think they have more than that. I've seen volume XII and these two here don't have volume numbers.
While RCA/Columbia is on the topic, I can't believe no one has submitted The Guns of Navarone on VHS yet...just sent scans of my 1985 RCA/Columbia side-open box to the site.
I found these at Goodwill and Traderbakers. The Goodwill had Karate Kid 1 but it wasn't an RCA release like the others. I was pretty excited to find my first musicvision VHS. I've read about them in old Billboards.