My family’s first VCR was a JVC HR-7100U, which my father bought, back in 1984. Back then, watching a movie at home was a real privilege. Some of the first movies I can remember watching on our new VCR included, Tron, The Black Hole, Timerider, and Star Wars. I had acquired quite the collection of VHS tapes over the next thirty or so years. But, in 2014, my wife and I went through a pretty big life-style change, moving from a large house in the city, to a tiny house on the open prairie. We had to let go of a lot, and due to the space restraints, that included much of the VHS collection.
Our move out here, to live on the prairie, was the greatest decision we ever made. However, we do regret not working harder at finding a way to take our VHS tapes with us. I guess one way to look at it is, at least we get to enjoy hunting down replacements for the movies on VHS we used to own.
What's my VHS "white whale"? That would have to be "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann". We rented it once, when I was a kid and Dad bought our family's first VCR (a top loader JVC HR-7100U). I've never seen a physical copy of it since and always wanted one for the collection.