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8 technology revolutions that are now relics

VCR

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VHS and VCR

The advent of the VCR in 1976 was monumental. It revolutionized the film industry and brought movies home to the masses via the VHS tapes it played. The VCR hit its peak in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when the price tag — at first in the thousands — dropped into the low hundreds and became much more affordable. Its popularity declined in the late ’90s, however, as other electronic devices emerged — namely, the DVD player. In October 2005, "A History of Violence" was the last major Hollywood release to be made in the VHS format; three years later, JVC, the last manufacturer of VCRs, ceased production.