Infested Island VHS Cover
Who woulda thunk that VHS collecting would become a thing? I guess I’m a little skeptical about it, seeing that I grew up with them. The big box and clamshell packages were the butt of jokes when my friends and I would see them still lingering on the shelves of Blockbuster and the like back in the 90s. Who knew then that someone in the future might sink a Benjamin on a copy of Three on a Meathook? But who am I to judge? I once bought a set of Star Wars film cel suspenders and tie. To each his own.
The early Sunbow GI Joe episodes were released in the large format VHS boxes, complete with some pretty nicely done comic book style art. It was a pretty brilliant way of describing the video beyond the usual copy on the back of the box. Of course, as time passed and the style of VHS packaging became more streamlined, the covers changed as well. The DIC episodes released in the format featured a common design element of bullet holes and scenes blasting through steel (I suppose that’s what it represents). The art is quite well done, and if the series had held up to this quality, it might have been more enjoyable. I’m not sure who that is running in the background, but it looks to be Ozone’s doppelganger. I think that also may be the Brawler in the back as well, which makes sense, as it features in the episode’s cold open.
By the way, you can watch the episode online via tubitv right here. Partake of your favorite mood-altering beverage, or put on your highest strength pair of nostalgia goggles, and check it out.