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Tom Clark
09-14-2018, 06:47 AM
Andre Blay, Who Put Movies on Videotape, Is Dead at 81 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/obituaries/andre-blay-who-put-movies-on-videotape-is-dead-at-81.html)


Andre Blay, whose innovative idea of marketing Hollywood movies on videocassettes sparked an entertainment industry bonanza and a revolution in television viewing, died on Aug. 24 in Bonita Springs, Fla. He was 81.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, his son, Robert, said.

Once Hollywood studios, moviegoers and couch potatoes began catching on to the phenomenon in the late 1970s, Mr. Blay’s merchandising breakthrough created a new revenue stream that helped revive the film industry.

It also created a vast market for goods ranging from video recorders to the obligatory popcorn that viewers could microwave at home.

The relatively high initial retail price of movies on videocassettes also prompted an unexpected proliferation of video rental stores, from neighborhood businesses to sprawling chains like Blockbuster.

Ian Jane
09-14-2018, 08:49 AM
Interesting. This is a guy who changed all of our lives in a big way, and yet the name didn't ring a bell. Sad in a way, but what a legacy to leave behind!

The Silly Swede
09-14-2018, 10:52 AM
Some sort of unsung hero.

But Hollywood movies are not what I think of when I think VHS, it is the flood of cheap shit which I love so much.

Jack J
09-14-2018, 10:54 AM
RIP Andre Blay. I hope you lived well and made a lot of money on your fantastic idea. You most likely changed everyone's life on this board. I still collect.

Jack J
09-14-2018, 10:57 AM
Some sort of unsung hero.

But Hollywood movies are not what I think of when I think VHS, it is the flood of cheap shit which I love so much.

Man, all that 70s and 80s shit that we love is Hollywood, The Exorcist, Rambo, Enter the Dragon, Cannonball Run, Halloween, etc etc etc. All Hollywood.

Scott
09-14-2018, 01:10 PM
RIP to this hero. He changed the way we consume entertainment. My life would be so much poorer without him.

agent999
09-14-2018, 04:08 PM
Plus he had a hand in producing some of John Carpenter's films.

The Silly Swede
09-14-2018, 04:27 PM
Man, all that 70s and 80s shit that we love is Hollywood, The Exorcist, Rambo, Enter the Dragon, Cannonball Run, Halloween, etc etc etc. All Hollywood.

Cannonball Run is Golden Harvest, but yeah, I see your point. Don't agree though, as my beloved italian sleaze is certainly not Hollywood :)

Tom Clark
09-14-2018, 05:56 PM
Interesting. This is a guy who changed all of our lives in a big way, and yet the name didn't ring a bell. Sad in a way, but what a legacy to leave behind!
That's what struck me when I first heard about this. It's pretty amazing how someone that changed the industry as much as he did managed to stay so low key throughout the years. Admittedly I didn't know the name, but you're bang on, if you're a film fan, he changed your life for the better.

Lorne Marshall
09-14-2018, 08:25 PM
Words can't do this innovator justice, so the letters RIP will have to suffice.

Mark C.
09-15-2018, 03:32 AM
without VHS I doubt I would have been a huge movie fan. I really fell in love with having a physical copy of something I love and VHS was the first to do it to me. As my love for movies grew so did my VHS collection which by the end was over 5000 tapes.

Dom D
09-15-2018, 03:48 AM
without VHS I doubt I would have been a huge movie fan. I really fell in love with having a physical copy of something I love and VHS was the first to do it to me. As my love for movies grew so did my VHS collection which by the end was over 5000 tapes.

Wow, my collection was in the hundreds and getting rid of them when the VHS era came to a close hurt. What did you do with them all?

Mark C.
09-15-2018, 05:53 PM
Wow, my collection was in the hundreds and getting rid of them when the VHS era came to a close hurt. What did you do with them all?

I sold them on ebay before the advent of dvd and made a bundle as I had many rare titles that were out of print for decades. I'm in Canada and sold them in USD and back then the exchange rate was 1.65 to every American dollar.