Kids these days just don’t understand what we had to go through decades ago. When “Be Kind, Please Rewind” should have been a law enforced to the highest degree. When adjusting tracking was just as important to at-home movie viewing as popping the biggest bowl of popcorn beforehand. When fast-forward meant that you still had to WATCH the trailers, just sped up, instead of skipping to the next chapter in a millisecond. VHS wasn’t just a movie format – it was a lifestyle. But, even with the quirks, we’re glad we lived through it. To honor movies that were released in the heyday of videotapes, we’ve put together 7 movie boxes featuring blockbusters of today, but in the unique vintage art style of decades past. And now, our feature presentation.
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Imagine a movie where Rick Moranis was responsible for the safety of Paul Rudd, but, oh no! Now he got shrunk to the size of an ant! Hijinks! That would be a film for the ages. We’ll totally day-one Ant-Man if there's a chance Paul will be running away from a lawn mower while chomping on some giant Oreoes.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Daydreaming about the Avengers movie series taking place in the golden era of VHS brings to mind the comic book films of that time - more specifically, Tim Burton’s Batman releases. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch a version of these Marvel heroes saving the world with a little less CGI and a little more Michael Keaton?
3. Jurassic World
Let’s take a moment to think about The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Keeeeeeep thinking. Okay, NOW: think about The Lost World: Jurassic Park starring America’s sweetheart Chris Pratt. Time for a reboot, Universal! Actually, the more we think about it, a Pratt/Goldblum buddy flick would be pretty amazing.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
Now this is some classic Warner Home Video action right here. This Fury Road cover totally fits in with the previous releases from the franchise. Plus, that little silver sticker on the side of the box is clutch. Can’t you picture this in a clunky, old clamshell box? What a lovely day.
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
How the Paul Blart films weren’t a pair of screwball comedies from the 80s is beyond us; the most famous mall cop of all fits a little too perfectly on this retro VHS box. However, even though Paul is right at home tending to malls of days gone by, filled with vintage clothing and state-of-the-art technologies, the tagline still applies today: Always Bet on Blart.
6. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
If you were a Star Wars fan in the 1995, you 100% had the original trilogy box set that was done in the style of this VHS cover. You know, the ones where Hayden Christensen doesn’t show up at the end of Jedi (Sorry, Sebastian Shaw!) and where the Gungans don’t steal precious celebration time after the second Death Star’s explosion (Sorry, humans of Earth!). These videotapes were a staple on everyone’s movie display shelf, and, to be honest, should still be today.
7. Fantastic Four
The Fantastic Four reboot doesn’t seem like a movie you’d run out and buy from Suncoast, but it definitely is a movie that you’d tape over some Star Trek reruns for when it plays on TNT. This bootleg also pays homage to Roger Corman’s infamous-yet-unreleased Fantastic Four movie from 1994.
What other movies would you want to see as an old school VHS cover? Maybe even some TV show box sets, like Game of Thrones or Teen Mom! While you’re pondering the options, take time to check out our vintage t-shirts. Sorry, no Blart shirts. YET!
Design Credit: Jacob Kuddes