DVD/ VHS/ Laserdisc Collection 2016

Mike Matei / April 22nd, 2016


  • bud

    April 22, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Looks like I’m going to put my evening aside for this. 😉

    • bud

      April 23, 2016 at 5:07 am

      I put aside my Friday night to watch this. I must concede, you have an AMAZING collection. About as good as I’ve ever seen. Even back in the days when I went to the video store, they didn’t have EVERYTHING I was looking for, but I noticed a lot of hidden gems I would have DIED for at the time. I remember my thing was that I would borrow a video compendium from the library (Leonard Maltin or Videohound) and I would make massive lists of movies I wanted to rent the next time I visited the video store. I was able to cross-reference by director/actor/genre, which really sharpened my film knowledge and that’s how I learned about all the greats. Nice to see a healthy collection of Troma and Full Moon there, too. Nowadays I’ve relegated myself to a digital movie collection because there is no way I would be able to afford a collection as massive as yours (let alone a space to host it). Instead of buying physical media, now I just invest in hard drives and fill it with content I download online (including your videos from YouTube). One day, I’m sure it will be worth something to someone, but for me it’s priceless. Anyway, thank you for giving us a trip down memory lane and sharing your great collection with us. It was a nice tribute to the memory of my 80s/90s childhood. 🙂

  • April 22, 2016 at 4:28 am

    I was so excited to remember the struggle. “I am looking for ‘The Chase’ with Charlie Sheen… Is that in Action or Comedy?” It is really difficult to explain that to someone that never went to a video store.

  • Schizima

    April 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Why is your most coveted section on the floor and within accidental kicking distance?

  • Jonathan Fitzgerald

    April 22, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Hey James do you happen to have any movies on umd?

    • August 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Yeah! You would think James would have a UMD collection.. I bet they are with the rest of his game collection actually.

  • April 22, 2016 at 6:24 am

    great work again I have a few vhs left tho nothing compared to what cha have, keep up Za great work

  • Psychojaws

    April 22, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Love, love, love these videos!!! I’ve been dying to see an updated movie collection; you DID NOT disappoint, as usual. I would love to do something similar in my own home, once I get one. Thank you for taking me back to the past, Mr. Rolfe.

  • April 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Out in Indiana we will have a video store going strong called Family Video. My wife and I still take our kids there every friday or every other friday to rent movies and get a pizza. Everytime I go there it’s packed with people so hopefully it’ll stay afloat for another 10 years. At least with my family, video store nights are still going!

    • April 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

      We still*

    • Vunjak

      May 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      I’m actually interviewing for a job at a Family Video where I live.

      It’s funny, when I was a kid we only went to a couple independent stores, some mom and pop shops, and we didn’t have Blockbuster but we had Movie Gallery and then later Video Update. I pretty much rented games and my dad would get movies. Good times.

  • April 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I give the video 4 bats ^^

  • Sokurah

    April 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Btw it would be very easy to code the kind of database program James talked about in some old Basic level language.

    • bud

      April 23, 2016 at 6:10 am

      Or he could adopt the Victorville VHS coding system from On Cinema’s Gregg Turkington (worlds collide!). 😀

  • Glorious Gerbil

    April 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This really made me feel like finding good old B movies, really weird sci-fi and horror and such. There is so much cool obscure movies out there one never gets to see.

  • Gippy

    April 22, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Brings back a lot of memories of renting movies. Thanks James!

    • Glorious Gerbil

      April 22, 2016 at 10:17 am

      It did, Seems so long ago now. Much have changed! Feels a bit nostalgic to see this video

  • Maoji Wang

    April 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I was born in the 90s, but I went to the video rental store a lot when I was a kid. And I did that once in a while until I went to high school. I remember the video store I went to had a secret door hiding its big rental collection because renting seemed to be illegal business or maybe the owner didn’t pay the tax. And then a day, the rental store couldn’t keep the business any more and was transformed to other store.

    • bud

      April 23, 2016 at 6:12 am

      I remember the secret doors at my local video stores…leading to another world of forbidden pleasures! Alas, I was only a kid so it always held a sense of wonder for me.

  • Erwinator

    April 22, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I cannot wait for new film reviews ^^

  • April 22, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Excellent collection, James. I used to have a big VHS collection but had to get rid of them because I just didn’t have the space. Still have a pretty big DVD and bluray collection, though. I also have that Abbott & Costello collection boxset which I had delivered from the US as it’s a lot nicer than our UK version. One of my favourite boxsets.

  • April 22, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I also love the look you’ve given this room; makes me feel very nostalgic. I love having stuff like Netflix, but there’s something about going to a video rental store that can’t be capture via video streaming apps/sites.

  • April 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    awesome i love these types of videos,id luv to do something like what you have done. excellent collection james, great video

  • skinnyluigi

    April 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    This is incredibly awesome. I’d love to just live there. In that room even. Oh man

  • PPerfect_CJ

    April 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Great video, James! Thanks for giving us an inside look on your awesome collection. I really enjoyed it!

  • John

    April 22, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I was thinking of this old movie right before I started the video, an old childhood monster movie and suddenly there it was at the bottom of your shelf, Munchies! Quite rare, did somebody enjoy it?? I did=)

    • bud

      April 23, 2016 at 6:14 am

      I remember the box art more than I remember the movie!

  • Mike Perron

    April 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Created this account just to send you this link for some video store software. Don’t know if it’s helpful to you but here it is

    Hope this helps you. Good luck in your future endeavors and thank you for the years of entertainment.

    • Mike Perron

      April 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Let me amend that.
      This is probably more what your looking for. The demo seems to have everything you would need from the program.

  • Weldin Dunn

    April 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Yes! Been waiting for this!

  • Weldin Dunn

    April 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Blu-ray owned by Sony? That should be a you know what’s bullshit episode.

  • April 22, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    have you ever given any thought to hiring someone else to do your move reviews (with the exception of Moster Madness), you could basically creat an angry video store clerk (or some other type of character) and have them do once or twice a month reviews and post it on your channel. That way you could focus more on running Cinemassacre and putting out Nerd videos.

    • bud

      April 23, 2016 at 6:16 am

      Angry Video Store Clerk! That’s genius. It could be like a type of Cryptkeeper character host to an anthology Cinemassacre series.

  • April 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    That system is called s2000 the federal government and the DMV still use it. Actually most car dealerships still use it too. you could also vm Qbasic for a similar effect. Or you could dig up an IBM PC II

    • April 22, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Also a few mom and pop shops still exist out my way… they found their audience by going into the weeds and adding niche films and really odd films to their shelves. It seems to be working considering they keep the lights on

  • DMM_poo

    April 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    This might be my favorite cinemassacre video yet. Awesome!

  • Paul Dower

    April 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Oh and to say something about your comment on how CDs are bare. Asian groups are getting really creative with their packaging in order for people to still buy them. A good example is an album in a plastic star case with a book and photos or a book/box with a poster and postcards and photos to go with the cd

  • klaus84

    April 22, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    one word.. HULU. more words.. entire criterion collection. cheers!

  • SpearedPage

    April 22, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    James–loved, loved, loved this. Pure nostalgia and happiness. You have put together a formidable collection, but best of all you did it with a style that is wholly your own. I used to work in a video store. Club Video International Film, in Quebec. Best job I ever had. Your video brought back many happy memories of a golden time.

    • bumbiqc

      April 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Club Video International etait awsome! Le notre est ferme depuis longtemps (derniere fois que je suis alle javais 16 ans) mais cetait tellement cool de just marcher dedans pis voir tout les VHS, je me souviens avoir vue le VHS de Starship Trooper pis juste etre comme ”J’veut voir sa!”

      • SpearedPage

        April 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        J’suis vraiment pas certain, mais c’est possible qu’il reste encore quelques succursales indépendantes. Quelqu’un le sait? Rien à avoir avec la popularité de cette chaîne il y a jadis! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu6y8rSHUHI

      • April 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Drôle. On a quelque québécois fan de James on dirait xD

  • erik37

    April 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    That was the most awesome thing I have seen, man do I love what you have done.
    I can say this James you are what most of want to have of our age an remember it an have but most of us have lost if that makes sense. your awesome man IM born in 76′ but right their with ya brotha 🙂

  • JayRam

    April 22, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Wish I could take a tour of that place. Very cool that you’ve built something like that in your own home.

    And, really–this video made me want it to be October already, so we could be watching Monster Madness.

  • April 23, 2016 at 1:31 am

    You should revie the movie Frankenhooker for the next Monster Madness, great movie.

    • J1a8son

      April 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Agreed. And it has the same director from Basket Case!

  • April 23, 2016 at 3:29 am

    HAIL George Lucas YA YA YA

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  • Anders Svensson

    April 23, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Just amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • April 23, 2016 at 11:02 am

    2 questions. What are you thoughts on redbox? And do u have a VHS of the AVGN the movie?

  • Bryce Neuner

    April 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I know what you mean, James. Having close to 500 DVD’s in their cases, it is a nightmare when you pick up a new title and have to put it in alphabetical order. It’s hard just keeping them in one location… maybe I’ll have to build a video store too!

  • MonkeeJuice

    April 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    If I had as many DVD’s as you had (I have over 400 DVDs) it would probably take a week to sort them out myself.

  • Pablo1989

    April 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Once agian great job :), Im not having big intrest in collecting films, but i frankly love video games 😀 maybe my VGs collection are not so big and only limited to PS2 games but when expand my room after my older brother leave i gonna place from other consoles

  • greedo

    April 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Never thought you’d make another one of these, but I’m glad you did. Thanks for the blast from the past!

  • April 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    You’re the greatest, James. That was a nice watch and it took me back.

  • Hanglyman

    April 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    It’s just like a miniature, cramped version of The Video Station, a local place I used to visit with my friends every Friday night for years in college. They had the creative signs, the subgenres within genres, the laserdiscs, the movie posters and promos, and a couple TVs playing stuff constantly. They has an amazing selection; you could find just about anything there, and it felt like an endless wonderland where you could come back again and again and again and always find something new and interesting to rent.

  • April 24, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Wonderful video James, I love to see people collections of passion. I think a lot of the general public doesn’t understand what it’s like to really have a love for something and try to do stuff like this, recreating the memories you have associated with it. I’m like you but with trains in stead of DVDs. Picture this video except instead of movies, its trains, I also love trying to recreate the places from my childhood but instead of the video store for me, it would be the hobby store, I own a ton of displays and stuff like that.

    My point is it takes someone with a passion of their own to understand a video like this completely, and it’s refreshing to see a likeminded person with constant interests like yourself in a ever growing world of trends and throwaway culture.

    I totally agree what you said towards the end about the old stuff not being accessible for the mainstream. The new tactic by any kind of media outlet is to not let people go back into the past. Notice on Facebook, Twitter, etc you’re not allowed to back past a certain point. It’s the same with Netflix. What’s current is what sells and they want to keep you as current as possible because that’s where the money is, not on old stuff that’s been around for years. Historical value is discarded to try and push new product.

  • Erwinator

    April 24, 2016 at 6:34 am

    do you have Arrow dvds or MoC(Eureka)/Criterion dvds too?

  • April 24, 2016 at 9:41 am

    You have an amazing collection and display! But I sure hope for you that you use some program like FileMaker to make sure you find yours movies easily, and not buy ones you already have!

  • laswastedyouth

    April 24, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    If y’all haven’t seen it yet ya gotta check out this documentary about the Universal Horror cycle. http://youtu.be/WCqR7n4N9HM

  • April 25, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Duck Tales.
    Knock knock.
    Anybody “Home”?
    woop woop

  • April 25, 2016 at 3:53 am

    WHY Goemon goes to HELL? FUCK YOU

  • April 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Blockbuster 90’s jingle: “Wow! What a difference..” is still stuck in my head to this day. They did have a good marketing team.

  • Paulballsftw

    April 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the video James. My family collected so many VHSs and then DVDs that if my sister, my parents and I put all of our movies together for get it. I can say we probably have more then you do or close too it but you I am sure have more horror. I think that is the biggest horror collection ever. My sister was wondering what she should do with her VHS movies and we joked about starting a video store because we probably could. My sister wants to just sell her VHS collection but don’t know how and how much she could get. She has probably close to 240-300. I had the least at 90 VHS tapes but both my sister and parents had like 300 each just VHS and like even more DVDs then that. I stoped collection VHS when DVDs came out and then when Blu Ray came out I started getting those. The thing with me is I only got ones I really liked and thought I would want to see more times or to show others. Then when Netflix came out I realized why did I waste so much money on these when I would of had a better car or even a house earlier. lol Thing you buy add up and do you really need it. I mean I stopped buying CDs too. I can live off watching what I have for collection and newer movies on Netflix. There gets to a point collection is more likely fun only to a period of time before it gets old just like everything does. I am sure back in the 1900s there was no collections cause people just bought stuff they needed for houses and lived doing what ever they did back then. Hmmm

  • April 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Fantastic James, all your missing now is that Blockbuster Pokemon snap machine that makes stickers for you.

  • Paulballsftw

    April 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    We had Hollywood Video and Blockbuster where we lived. We also had some mini marts that had a back room with videos that we would go to that was cheaper then Blockbuster. Like $1 a night even newer movies. I just seen a youtube video of someone saying there is still video stores out there. I think James should open one. I am sure he has the money for it and has movies. He probably will get more from fans and I am sure that place will be popular just because of James. I think it’s an idea that could work.

  • April 26, 2016 at 6:32 am

    That Kyle is a catch huh?

  • April 26, 2016 at 7:04 am

    The one VHS box that would always scare me as a kid in the video store was Ghoulies! I saw a year ago, freaking bad haha.. The box art didn’t have anything to do with the movie too.

  • Grandmasterp

    April 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite VHS box art was the original Nighmare on Elm Street. The dream glove claw over Nancy’s pretty face was creepy. I always looked at that in the video store and thought, “damn” now that’s a sick-ass cover.

  • April 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I remember the vhs box behind the movie box, but I remember video store replacing that with velcro badges, usually green or orange, that you would take to the counter.

  • April 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Thinking about it, your collection is missing a very important section… that one behind curtains where kids weren’t allowed in xD
    Porn and vhs were very linked together

  • diegowar

    April 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Monster Madness is fucking awesome, but some of your movie reviews outside of Monster Madness have a different kind of feel, and I’d be definitely love for you to make some new reviews if you get the time between all these things. Your Rocky and Star Wars Sagas reviews for instance, are some of your best videos in my opinion, I love to hear a passionate point of view.

    Really awesome installation by the way !

  • Anthony33

    April 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I love this. Usually videos this long don’t hold my interest, but this sure did. Look forward to any other videos like this, with any stuff either not covered here or any new acquisitions to the collection.

  • AnKun

    April 29, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Storing physical mediums on a shelf is so outdated. You could have a digital rips on a network storage, which would take just a fracture of the space used by those shelves. Then, you could create a simple database, so you could put multiple genre tags on all your videos and don’t bother with “where to place them” problem. Then, when you’re in the mood to watch, let’s say, a comedy movie, you just click the search in your database, and get a list sorted by release year, IMDB rating, or whatever you wish. And after one more click the movie of your chosing instantly begins to play. Just like this. Technology man. I know all those physical copies have material feel to them, their own “soul”, “smell”, and “atmosphere”, but these are all illusory subjective things, and have no practical value.

  • May 3, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Actually, Sony does NOT own Blu-Ray, at least not by themselves.
    They hold a seat on the board of the Blu-Ray Disc Association as one of the original 9 companies that developed the technology and licenses it.

    Sony was also one of the founding members of the DVD Forum, a similar consortium to the BRDA.

    Sony was also one of the founding members of the group which developed and licenses CD technology.

  • May 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Did you spend a lot of time in the Horror section of the video stores you went to as a kid? I did at my parents’ store.

  • fallout1312

    May 6, 2016 at 1:23 am

    I got to say James this is by far one of the coolest things ever. I mean who else but you would think to make a spare room into a freaking video store?! That is so amazing man. I would have thought to make like a theatre room in my house but it just never occurred to me to make a video store room out of your movies.thats so cool man. I bet whenever your in the mood to watch a movie it is so much fun to go in there and “browse the selections” just like the good old days. I too miss the days where going out to eat and heading to blockbuster was like the thing to do man.you were on cloud nine when your parents asked did you want to go rent a movie. I miss those days a lot too James. But now you pretty much recreated the experience in your own house. You are truly my hero James. I truly wish I grew up next to you and mike and bootsy. Thanks for sharing this James. It just goes to show that whatever is donated to you you don’t just throw it in a box in the closet. I mean look what James did. Made a video store and shared it with all of us. You know what would be nice James. Although I don’t know if you could do it because of copyright issues. But I would love to have a James and Mike blockbuster night. Where you film you going to your in home video store, you and mike pick out a movie just like the good old days. And you and mike sit down and watch the movie and share it with us like a let’s play for a game only instead of playing a game we all watch a movie together. That way it would be like we got to hang out with you and mike and we went to blockbuster picked out a movie and we all watched it together. And we could see your and mikes reactions and laugh along with you and just get to watch a movie with you and Mike. Plus it would be a good way to actually put your video collection to some good use and you could get around to watching a lot of the movies you might otherwise not have time for. I know you already have so much going on and adding anymore to your plate is probably unrealistic. But I really would enjoy getting the experience of watching a movie with you and Mike. I don’t really expect you to do it. And like I said I don’t even know if you can legally watch a movie like that broadcasting over the Internet. Probably not. But it would be great to go to the video store with James and Mike and watch a movie together. It would be like we were actually there with you. I just think that would be a lot of fun. But thanks so much as always sharing these things with us James. It’s so cool feeling like we’re hanging out with you James. Your the best man. Really are one of a kind and I’m so glad to call you a friend….even though I never met you. Haha…your still a great friend to me man. You Mike and Boosy an Kyle, just SOOO nice to know you guys. Thank you guys so much for just putting yourselfs out there. I wish we could switch places just so you could see just how enjoyable it actually is to be one of your fans….it truly is great man. Thanks James.

  • May 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    actually if some of the movies have a bar code you can get a program that saves them in a SQL database and check in the future but ofc not all old movies got those. :/

  • May 30, 2016 at 5:16 am

    u should release the avgn movie on vhs and put it in your store, that be trippy

  • May 30, 2016 at 5:25 am

    god I remember video stores like that, im only 20 and I even remember those vhs’ was my childhood. my mom would take me and my brother to either blockbuster or our local store hollywood video, it was an event gotng there. and me an my brother would go trait to the game section and pic out our games and then meet my mom somewhere in the store, it be like a scavenger hunt to find her. and then we walk around looking at movies, look at the boxes and the back, sometimes for hours and then we go to the counter to check out and of course we would get some candy, best part of the trip when we were kids and then we have a movie night, so much fun. we were so bad at returning them, my mom had like $100 late fee and at one point she forgot one for so long she asked to buy it and she did. I wonder if we still have it..

  • June 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Do you have a back room to yout video store…..

  • June 19, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I wonder how old those gumballs are. He should take one out and chew it on camera.

  • July 18, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Hi Mike, @48:33 friendly reminder: actually D.V.D. means “Digital Versatile Disc” not “Digital Video Disc”. All the best!

  • gow75

    September 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Video store near my house called Alamo video store rented Laser dics!

  • gow75

    September 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    also video stores used to have the tag system by where they put a hook on the shelf and used a different color tags like the size of a coin and you had to take that up to get a copy of the movie that came in plastic clear/shitty cover for vhs.

  • Nicholas Demos

    October 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Digital Versatile Disc.
    DVD 🙂

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