Can I get a rewind! The lost art of the VHS cover

Any child of the 1980s or 90s could tell you the pivotal role the video shop played in their lives. Once a fixture of Britain’s high streets, they’ve since gone the way of Woolworths, Our Price and Wimpy, becoming virtually extinct with the advent of Netflix, Amazon and iTunes. But the new book VHS Video Cover Art, compiled by British poster artist and graphic designer Tom Hodge (who works under the name the Dude Designs), has recreated the experience of browsing dusty shelves filled with more Steven Seagal action movies and Porky’s knock-offs than anyone could possibly want. More to the point, the book makes a compelling case for re-evaluating the packaging of those films, known in the trade as “key art”.

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