VHS box/case formats

One attribute the VHS has over the DVD is the packaging. There’s only one way to package a DVD. But for the VHS, there’s a variety of options.

The classic big box. Reminds me of that part of the video store shrouded by a curtain. Adults Only. The original big box is a beautiful thing. It has a top and a bottom flap. The inside shell for the video cassette can be pulled out. It is made of cheap plastic. Not very durable, but still very beautiful.

The big box flip. It’s made of cardboard. The cover flips open to one side exposing the perfectly nested plastic shell. The video cassette rests inside.

The big box clamshell. The clamshell flips open to one side. The video cassette rests inside. The video cassette sleeve is removable.

The cardboard slide box. I didn’t even know these existed until I went searching for an early release of Porky’s. I was all amounts of excited at this one. Not sure how many titles were released with this case format. It’s a standard cardboard case with a slightly larger width. The side slides out completely to expose the nested cassette. Rather difficult to remove the tape.

The cardboard flip. Much like the big box flip, only standard size. The video cassette slides out of the left side. This is a nice format.

The cardboard shell. Standard size in cardboard sleeve. The cassette is enclosed completely. There is no top or bottom flap. The flap opens on one side.

The cardboard standard. There are no flaps. The bottom is open ended so the cassette simply slides out. If the sleeve is loose and you don’t have a firm grip on the box, the tape will fall out and hit the floor. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done it.

The cardboard standard twin. Rarely used. Seen here are the Anne Of Green Gables and Anne Of Avonlea television epics. This format was also used for the video cassette release of Short Cuts. Pretty much anything that was released with two video cassettes came in this format. Sometimes there was a seperator between each video cassette slot. Sometimes not.

For a more detailed and informative look at video cassette box formats, direct your attention to Slasher Index. This guy knows his business and has answered alot of my questions with this page. Excellent.

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