I’ve just finished watching the entire first (and waaaaaay too short) season of STRANGER THINGS on my new DVD. Yeah, I bought the DVD. I’m a “Collector,” see. Toys, figures, movies, posters, any and all kinds and sorts of pop culture ephemera. We Collectors don’t much go in for this “streaming” and “digital access” stuff. We like solid objects that can be held in the hand. Despite the advances in technology, we still want discs. They’re better than VHS tapes, more durable and easier to store, even if they do lack the personality. You’ll get our DVDs out of our hands when you pry open our stiff, blue, rigor-mortis-sed fingers!
Speaking of VHS tapes, though, there is one flub I’ve spotted in STRANGER THINGS. The series is set in 1983. Characters are depicted watching VHS tapes. There is a cabinet of VHS tapes in one of the living rooms. There is talk of “renting” videos. VCRs didn’t become common until the middle 80s at the earliest. I think my family got our first one in 86 or 87, around the time the first video rental stores were cropping up. I remember when you could rent both a VCR and some tapes to watch movies, as actually owning a VCR was still relatively rare. (We never did this, but I wanted to.) I remember the excitement of my first trip to the video store, of hooking up my first VCR, a Christmas present from my Dad, and seeing a movie start to play on the TV screen. (My first movies were a flick called XTRO, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 6: JASON LIVES.) Those VHS cabinets weren’t on the market till the late 80s, though. Oopsies! Anachronisms!