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Welcome to Rare Videos
 

NOTES: Canadian Customers | Availability/Broken Links | Video Standards/DVD Region Codes | Aspect Ratios

 

If you are looking for videos that are decidedly out of the ordinary, and not always easy to find, you have come to the right place!

Before you start browsing through our listings of unusual movies, we suggest you bookmark this page now, and invite you to return often. Our site is constantly "under construction" as we track down and add even more hard-to-find movies on VHS, DVD, and, as they become available, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.

 

 

 

A glance at our menu bar (at left) will give you an idea of the kinds of movies we have found for you. And these are not merely lists--they are links enabling you to purchase any of these videos to add to your own collection. Yes, every movie listed is available for safe, secure online purchase using your credit card, and prompt delivery right to your door!

We are particularly proud of our Hollywood Stars Naked category, where you will find big-budget theatrical movies featuring nude or topless appearances by hundreds of celebrity actresses, including such unlikely ones as Sandra Bullock, Kirstie Alley, Blythe Danner, Meg Ryan, Joan Hackett, Deborah Kerr, and Julie Andrews! There are sites offering lists of such movies, and many others (usually pay sites) displaying photos and video clips. But here you will have the opportunity to purchase the actual movies, on VHS or DVD, for your personal video collection. We still have many additions to make to this category. If you would like to suggest an actress we have not yet included in our lists, please email us at rarevideostore@yahoo.ca.

While this is not a porn site, some of the listings and accompanying thumbnail photos do describe or show nudity and sexual situations. 
For that reason, this site is not suitable for persons under 18 years of age.

We invite you to browse through our listings, and come back to our site often to check for new additions.


Important information for Canadian customers:

Everything at this site is available for purchase by and delivery to Canadian customers. Products shipped from the U.S.A. may be subject to taxes and service charges collected by Canadian customs. Normally these amount to only a small sum of money, but it can be a nuisance having to go to the post office to pay these fees. 

Many of the videos and other items (indicated with the icon) offered at our site are available for shipment from within Canada.

Click on the icon to purchase a product which will be delivered to you from within Canada, with no customs fee and no trip to the post office. (Of course, you will still be charged GST and PST, if applicable; there's no way around that.)


Availability / Broken Links

All of the videos and DVDs described at our site were available for purchase at the time we created the listings. Some out of print products are in very short supply. In some cases, only one copy was available. As a result, you may find that in some cases when you click on a movie you are served a page saying the item is unavailable. If that happens, try searching for the title (see Search Boxes on this page) and you may find it in another version.

If you do find that an item we have listed is no longer available, we would be grateful if you would help us keep our site up to date by sending us an email with the title and format (DVD or VHS) of the unavailable item.

(We will not keep your email address, use it to send you solicitations, or sell it.)


Video Standards and Regional Coding

VHS videos and DVDs sold in North America are recorded in the NTSC standard and can be played in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, and some other countries. Videos and DVDs recorded in the PAL standard, used in the United Kingdom and some European countries, cannot be played on North American equipment (unless you have a multi-standard VCR or DVD player). If you are not sure which video standard is used in your country, please click here for further information.

To further complicate matters, DVDs have regional encoding. Region 1 encoded DVDs will play only on North American DVD players. Region 2 DVDs will play only on British and European players. "Region-free" DVD players are available, which are supposed to be able to play any DVD regardless of its regional encoding. Also, some DVDs (usually low-priced lines) have no regional encoding. These are sometimes labelled as "Region 0." 


Aspect Ratios

"Aspect ratio" refers to the shape of the movie image. All screen formats are wider than they are high, so the aspect ratio tells what the width is relative to the height; for example, an aspect ratio of 1.33 to 1 means the image is 1.33 times as wide as it is high.

From the earliest days of the silent movies to 1953, all movies (with only a handful of exceptions) were released in the Academy Standard format of 1.33:1. (Actually, with the advent of sound on film in the late '20s, the Academy Standard was changed to 1.37:1, but the difference is insignificant, and sound movies until 1953 are commonly referred to as being 1.33:1.) The 1.33:1 format is sometimes referred to as "4:3"—meaning the image is 4 units wide and 3 units high.

1.33:1 (or 4:3) is also the aspect ratio of a standard TV screen.

In 1953, in an effort to compete more effectively with television, the studios started releasing movies in a variety of "widescreen" formats, usually with multi-channel sound. The first of these was CinemaScope, with an image width 2.55 times its height. After the first few releases, this was changed to 2.35:1. Numerous other widescreen processes were used, with aspect ratios ranging from 1.66:1 all the way to 2.76:1. All of these fell by the wayside, leaving 2.35:1 as the only present-day widescreen aspect ratio (most often Panavision).

Also during the '50s, the Academy Standard was changed from 1.33:1 to 1.85:1. This is also approximately the aspect ratio of today's widescreen TVs.

1.33:1

1.85:1

2.35:1

What does all of this mean for VHS videocassettes and DVDs?

Initially all videocassettes were issued in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio, the same as the screen of a standard TV set. If the original movie had been made before 1953, then it looked the same on the TV screen as it had in the theater. But if the movie had been made in one of the widescreen formats, only part of the frame would be visible in the video. This was known as "pan and scan," because different areas of the original film frame might be scanned to make the video; for example, if the original movie included a shot of two characters talking to each other from opposite sides of the CinemaScope screen, the "pan and scan" video would break that shot up into a series of shots of first the left, then the right, side of the screen, to show each of the characters.

Recognizing the deficiencies of the "pan and scan" method, studios began releasing videos with the full widescreen image. Of course, this meant that the image would be the wrong shape to fill the screen of a standard TV set. These videos were known as "letterboxed," because the image occupied a narrow strip, like a letterbox, across the middle of the screen, with black bars above and below.

1.85:1 letterboxed

2.35:1 letterboxed

"Pan and scan" videos and DVDs are still being made. Some DVDs have pan and scan on one side and widescreen on the other, but most DVDs are issued in two separate versions. The term "pan and scan" is no longer used, being replaced with either "standard" (conforming to the old Academy Standard of 1.33:1) or "full screen" (because the image fills a standard TV screen).

Widescreen TVs have an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (often expressed as 16:9), so a letterboxed 1.85:1 image will almost exactly fill the screen of a widescreen TV, while an older, 1.33:1 movie will have black bars at the sides of a widescreen TV. Letterboxed 2.35:1 movies will fill the width of a widescreen TV leaving narrow black bars at the top and bottom.

Finally, most widescreen DVDs state on the packaging that they are "enhanced for 16:9 televisions." What this means is that the image has been electronically "squeezed" in the horizontal dimension to use the full screen height for the image, resulting in better resolution. On playback, the image is electronically "stretched" back to its normal shape.


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