I guess another reason I wanted to document these old VHS cover boxes is that it has become something of a lost art. Ever since Scream, it seems that often times, all the cover really does is sell who's in it. I know that sounds silly because selling is obviously what a cover is supposed to do, but nowadays it's just 'let's put everyone in the cast in a semi circle and call it a day'. I could probably find half a dozen examples easily and post them up here, but not only am I a blogging noob, but I'm also extremely lazy.
The old VHS boxes from the seventies and eighties had actual art. And the real rub is that when they finally get around to re-releasing these old movies on DVD, they often CHANGE it. No, no, no, that won't do at all. I mean, take My Bloody Valentine for instance. Can you really argue that the newer DVD cover art (below left) is better than its predecessor?
So, consider it a public service. I'm helping to preserve the history of the VHS cover box.