The following is an interesting video I came across about the VHS tapes showing what the quality was like on various movie titles. As the video mentions, VHS is a format that doesn’t seem to be doing as well as other retro formats:
Sure the picture quality was not that great, but VHS did have a few advantages over DVD and Blu-ray, not mentioned in that video:
[li]You could easily fast-forward straight to the movie, very useful when watching older titles for which the ads/trailers are obsolete.
[/li][li]They were robust, especially with kids handling them. Sure they may scratch or crack the outer case on a VHS tape, but that didn’t affect its playback. Try that with a disc.
[/li][li]They were easy to record on and most people knew how to record on VHS. While many people have DVD recorders, most haven’t a clue how to record to DVD, let how to about buying blank discs.
[/li][li]No artificial region code restriction. Most VHS players could play both NTSC and PAL tapes.
Then again, I can’t imagine most going back to that format. It was the one format where pretty much everyone could clearly see the superior image quality of moving to DVD. At this stage, DVD has done so well that many don’t even see Blu-ray as a worthwhile upgrade despite another significant leap in picture quality. As for 4K, I think that’s going to see a very slow adoption, if it doesn’t fail by then.