This is something that I have been meaning to discuss for quite some time now…
As a VHS lover, I love nothing more than to rummage through the odd charity shop and car boot sale looking for classic VHS tapes in their original boxes.
After each weekly haul I would have a good sort through and clean up my purchases, and every once in a while I would come across a tape (mostly ex-rental) that had an alternative cover on the reverse. To non-VHS loving people out there, this would be the equivalent of finding a crisp £50 note inside your weekly payslip.
Medusa were probably the biggest players in this reversible market, but other labels such as Guild and CBS/FOX were also in on the act. I must own a hundred or so with double sided sleeves.
I love the fact that distributors were concerned about their release reaching the target audience, so they slapped a totally different print on the back of the cover, just in case it wasn’t renting well enough. A lovely thing.
I would like to know if this strange phenomena happened on US or European releases. On my recent visit to the States, it seemed to be a common thing that all tapes were lovingly wrapped in cartons, with only a select few given a safe bedding of a plastic clamshell. None had reversible sleeves.