So, I was going to start on an Indiana Jones viewing spree this week, gearing up to a review/defense of the fourth movie. Unfortunately, things have gotten just slightly derailed, as I have spontaneously found myself unable to play my copies of the first three films. My trusty old VCR has become rather less trusty, though no less old, and has become a tape-eater. Yes, I still have a VCR; or rather, I had one until this evening’s unfortunate occurrence. Though I’ve mostly moved on to DVDs, there are still a small number of films which I haven’t upgraded in my collection, not to mention the occasional instance where a VHS tape of a film was published but a DVD release is still pending. But with this old machine having decided it is more fun to eat tapes than play them, it is time to put it down, much like Old Yeller.
It was inevitable that it would happen sooner or later. There are kids in college who are younger than this machine. But it held up pretty well over the years; it’s outlasted two separate DVD players. Still, I would have liked for it to have held on a little while longer. It’s not like replacing a VCR is exactly easy nowadays, and I have to say there’s little reason for me to do so. But I haven’t managed to quite replace all of my few VHS movies with DVDs just yet; though I picked up the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy a few years back, I have yet to acquire the original Indiana Jones trilogy on DVD. So since I intend to watch all four in sequence to fully evaluate the fourth film, my write-up of Crystal Skull will have to wait until I’ve had the opportunity to plonk down a few dollars for the first three.