As you know, this blog was originally formed to archive horror VHS box art, but I'll be focusing on something of a similar ilk this week. In the early nineties, before Cockbuster shifted their focus away from B.S.I. (basic standard inventory) to new releases and used-sell-thru, they actually had a decent stock of older titles. Not only that, but before their VHS cases started adourning cookie cutter quotes like, “be sure to ask about our Rewards Program” or “we have the most New Releases around. Guaranteed!”, they actually had some personality. Before their short-sightedness caught up with them, BBV carried cases that featured synopses, trivia and even recommendations. For instance;
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I used to wonder who wrote these. Was it someone (or perhaps a team of people) at head-office? Was it outsourced? Was it some crazy computer program? I always thought that writing those things would be the most amazing job.
For this latest set of archives posts, I'll be putting up these old sleeves for your perusal. I'm not really sure why I took these at the time. When we “rearranged things” (no doubt to make more room for new releases) I do recall carrying garbage bag upon garbage bag of these inserts out to the dumpster. However, I was attached to my horror section as much then as I am now, so I guess it's not really all that surprising that I snagged some keepsakes for myself. So, here's the first batch. Enjoy!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part 2.