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Some of your favorite movies get a much-needed retro-ization.

Like Nintendo 64 cartridges and 8-tracks, VHS tapes hold a unique place in our nostalgia banks, in that they are both fawned over for what they offered to us at the time and lamented as frustrating and unreliable relics in light of the home viewing technology that replaced them. But if there’s one thing that DVD’s and Blu-rays haven’t been able to capture that VHS did, it’s the artwork that adorns them.

Simply put, there’s no personality, no life to the covers of DVDs and Blu-rays nowadays. The grittiness, the wear and tear, the unique fonts and border designs…they’ve all been thrown to the wayside in favor of sheek, glossy covers that, while reflecting the increasingly higher-definition of the films themselves, rarely stand out from one another on a rack at your favorite movie store (which is now a Redbox because movie stores don’t exist, coincidentally). The same thing is happening to movie posters, save for some inventive exceptions.

Secondary movie art is dying a 1080p, plastic-wrapped death, essentially, which makes this Imgur user’s decision to retro-ize movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Ex Machina, and The Revenant with old school VHS covers so, so awesome. Check ’em out below.

Regardless of where you stand on the VHS vs. DVD Cover Wars, it’s hard not to admire the attention to detail presented in these retro covers. Head over to the Imgur post to check out the back covers, then head over to the abandoned minimall where your favorite movie store used to be and huck rocks at it just for fun. That’s what I’ll be doing, at least.

Source: Slash Film

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