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Man Is Creating Blockbuster Video Store Inside Own Home With Massive VHS Collection

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Man Is Creating Blockbuster Video Store Inside Own Home With Massive VHS Collection

A man with a habit for buying VHS now has so many tapes that he's running out of space in his house, which is like his very own private Blockbuster video.

The collector - mysteriously known only as 'The Mayor' - has managed to lay his hands on more than 10,000 tapes, including a number of extremely rare ones, and ones from the very beginning of the VHS era.

In fact, some of them are so old and rare that they're 'pre-cert', meaning that they actually pre-date the mandatory certification of videos.

The Mayor has several copies of some films. Credit: Liverpool Echo
The Mayor has several copies of some films. Credit: Liverpool Echo
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The Mayor's particularly impressive collection - which includes an old Blockbuster sign he acquired from the old store on Edge Lane in Fairfield, Liverpool - has now been photographed by fellow VHS enthusiast John Lunt.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "When I first saw it, I was shocked.

"It's mind blowing. It's not just the collection, but the way it's presented to make it look like a real video store."

The Mayor himself, who is a resident of Liverpool, now wants to turn the impressive collection into a museum to film, as well as somewhere he can host events and screenings.

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That is a LOT of tapes. Credit: Liverpool Echo
That is a LOT of tapes. Credit: Liverpool Echo

He said: "These things are collector's items. I had 10,000 in 2017, but I'm always getting job lots in - including another 2,000 this month alone.

"I'm always building it and building it. It's a full time occupation and I travel all over the country to get video collections."

The biggest haul, as well as the character of his museum, came from Imran Video in Walsall.

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When they closed, he managed to get nearly everything from there, not just videos, but also racks and other stock.

However, he's also turned up some gold from stranger places.

He only buys rental copies as they last longer. Credit: Liverpool Echo
He only buys rental copies as they last longer. Credit: Liverpool Echo

He explained: "I've also found some in a skip in Watford. There will always be a gem in there, a catalogue filler.

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"I first started collecting in 1993 when I went to a car boot sale. I wanted to own my video shop one day but then DVDs came out and ruined that idea.

"I always buy ex-rental tapes because they were built to last longer on high-grade tape and the quality doesn't degrade, unlike sell-thru retail videos. They only last around 10 plays and the quality in picture and sound would degrade, and they aren't worth anything.

"They are arranged by date in catalogue order number. Even though there are so many, I can find any title pretty much instantly."

John Lunt with The Mayor's collection. Credit: Liverpool Echo
John Lunt with The Mayor's collection. Credit: Liverpool Echo
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He went on: "The collection as a whole is irreplaceable, and must be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

"I'm so glad that I never replaced my collection with DVDs because they're worth nothing these days and yet again another format came out to replace DVD anyway.

"Everybody had VHS back in the day and it's made a huge comeback. My collection has grown massively in recent years, through buying various job lots on eBay and other sources.

"I have no idea how many I actually own as it would be very hard to count, but there are absolutely thousands here and it must be one of the biggest in the country.

"But now I'm running out of room. I need to get my museum off the ground.

"Ideally the old Wavertree cinema would be a perfect location as it's a film related venue and nobody seems to know what to do with it."

Look at all that VHS. Credit: Liverpool Echo
Look at all that VHS. Credit: Liverpool Echo

He's certainly committed, and plans to continue respecting his collection by only selling videos he has more than one copy of.

The Mayor concluded: "If you're thinking of collecting tapes then be sure to only buy ex-rental as the retail tapes will near enough be unwatchable over time.

"If you have a collection of tapes make sure they're not stored in a damp place as they can become mouldy, so avoid the garage or garden shed."

Featured Image Credit: Liverpool Echo

Topics: UK News, Interesting, Technology, Weird

Tom Wood
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