Oct 30, 2019

October 30th: Sure It'll cost you a fortune, but you can watch that VHS tape anytime you want

On October 30th, 1985, The blockbuster motion picture, Beverly Hills Cop, was released on Video Cassette for $29.95 by Paramount Pictures. The average cost of VHS releases that year was $79.95; and the majority of video releases were sold to movie rental stores, marking a change in the industry to begin targeting individual consumers as purchasers of home movies and not just renters.

30 years later, in 2015, the average cost of a new DVD release was $15.99, and 24.99 for Blue Ray.