SONY Trailer Epics – Volume 1

One of the most sought after series of tapes that we’re looking for is the Trailer Epics range, which started back in 1983. There are a few reasons we’re after these tapes so much, firstly the original releases can be up to 3-hours of pure trailers from multiple different distributors, so they’re a goldmine of rare finds. Secondly the early releases were hosted by Nick Wenham (editor of Video Trade Weekly and Popular Video), who would appear on screen and introduce the tapes and any extra features on there, these intros are a great glimpse back into the early days of VHS and are so fun to watch.

The first series of Trailer Epics releases was sponsored by TDK, but recently I found out that SONY became the sponsor from December 1986 when the second series of VHS compilations started up. The tape below turned up on ebay out of the blue, it’s the first new Trailer Epics tape I’ve found in years, sadly Nick isn’t featured on the tape anymore, but it’s still 90-minutes of trailer action and now we have a little bit more info about the series. Also the sleeve to Sony Trailer Epics Volume 2 also turned up on ebay around the same time, so we can get a glimpse of that here as well.

SONY Trailer Epics – Volume 1 – December 1986


Watch the tape in full right here:

The back cover to SONY Trailer Epics Volume 1


SONY Trailer Epics – Volume 2 – January 1987


An finally the four TDK Trailer Epics tapes we have in our collection:


If anyone has any of the Trailer Epics tapes, or if you know anything more about how these came about, then please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Starburst – The Video Screen VHS Sales

The Video Screen were a regular advertiser in Starburst, they promoted themselves as “The first science-fiction mail order firm” and sold VHS tapes of new releases at a time when more people were into renting them than being able to own them. Here’s a selection of their ads from the magazine. I’ll be picking up a tape of Hawk The Slayer for sure!

Starburst issue 39 – 1981 – The Video Screen 5A Rainsford Road, Chelsmford, Essex

Video Screen SB39 1981

Starburst issue 47 – 1982

Sci-Fi VHS SB47 1982

Starburst issue 63 – 1983

Video Screen SB63 1983


VHS Magazine Shows

Today here’s a look at a few recent uploads from our YouTube channel, it’s three VHS magazine shows from the 1980/90s, a format that’s been tried so many times and never seems to really work, even back in the 1980s when you only really had actual magazines to get info from. Take a look and watch the full videos below!

MOVIE Video Magazine – Issue One – 1982


MOVIE Video Magazine – Issue Two – 1983


PREVIEW – Video Magazine – Hosted by Chris Tarrant – Issue One – 1990


If anyone has MOVIE Video Magazine Issue Three please let us know, we’re never been able to find it!