An avid VHS ex-rental collector opened the doors of his Liverpool home to share his stunning collection.
The collector, known only as 'The Mayor', has amassed well over 10,000 tapes stretching back to the very dawn of the home video era in the late 1970s.
They are displayed from floor to ceiling on video shelves at his home - with one room recreating an old Blockbusters rental store, complete with sign.
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Many of the titles are extremely rare after they were withdrawn because of copyright issues.
They include highly sought-after "pre-certs" - referring to the period in the early days of VHS tape when they did not require a certificate from the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification).
This all changed following the "video nasty" moral panic of the early 1980s, when the market was flooded by cheaply made, gory horror films which anyone could buy or rent. Later, videos had to be given a certificate in the same way that cinema releases were.
The shrine to VHS was discovered by local historian and fellow video enthusiast John Lunt, who said: "When I first saw it, I was shocked. It's mind blowing. It's not just the collection, but the way it's presented to make it look like a real video store."
The Mayor is now hoping to create a film museum where he can display his collection to the public, and also organise film screenings and events.
He said: "These things are collector's items. I had 10,000 in 2017, but I'm always getting job lots in - including another 2,000 this month alone.
"I'm always building it and building it. It's a a full time occupation and I travel all over the country to get video collections."
One of the largest came from a video store in the West Midlands town of Walsall called Imran Video, which was closing down. The store has now been recreated in one room, complete with its stock on the original blue rack displays.
But The Mayor has also dug out videos from some more unusual places.
He said: "I've also found some in a skip in Watford. There will always be a gem in there, a catalogue filler.
"I first started collecting in 1993 when I went to a car boot sale. I wanted to own my video shop one day but then DVDs came out and ruined that idea.
"I always buy ex-rental tapes because they were built to last longer on high-grade tape and the quality doesn't degrade, unlike sell-thru retail videos. They only last around 10 plays and the quality in picture and sound would degrade, and they aren't worth anything.
"When videos were dying out I still continued to collect ex-rental VHS tapes. I couldn't see the point in buying films on DVD that I already owned and have to pay yet more money.
"They are arranged by date in catalogue order number. Even though there are so many, I can find any title pretty much instantly."
He has multiple copies of particular titles - such as Alien and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - as the packaging was different each time it was released, depending on whether it was a 'pre-cert' or 'post-cert' copy.
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There is also a whole wall dedicated to video nasties from before they were banned by the BBFC in the 1980s, including titles such as Cannibal Holocaust and The Last House on the Left.
The Mayor said: "The collection as a whole is irreplaceable, and must be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
"I'm so glad that I never replaced my collection with DVDs because they're worth nothing these days and yet again another format came out to replace DVD anyway.
"What gets me is how people still keep replacing their films with so called better formats and keep wasting money, then a new format will come out of the same film they upgraded and off they go upgrading again. Absolutely mind boggling!
"Everybody had VHS back in the day and it's made a huge comeback. My collection has grown massively in recent years, through buying various job lots on eBay and other sources.
"I have no idea how many I actually own as it would be very hard to count, but there are absolutely thousands here and it must be one of the biggest in the country.
"But now I'm running out of room. I need to get my museum off the ground.
"Ideally the old Wavertree cinema would be a perfect location as it's a film related venue and nobody seems to know what to do with it."
Such is the demand for certain VHS titles that bidding wars have now broken out for them.
The Mayor added: "It's a fun passion, keeps me entertained and I don't think I could ever sell them. I only sell my swaps but that's it. Every tape that I've not got that comes in goes straight into the collection.
"If you're thinking of collecting tapes then be sure to only buy ex-rental as the retail tapes will near enough be unwatchable over time.
"If you have a collection of tapes make sure they're not stored in a damp place as they can become mouldy, so avoid the garage or garden shed."
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