I remember my parents spending $800 on a one of the first VCR with stereo sound and had super fast rewind. Too bad our TV only had one speaker. I remember the click-click-click when we changed the channel. No remote on it.
I never really had any of those problems with my old vcr. as a kid I never really noticed the transition between vcr and dvd either on my old crt in terms of video quality. mustve been a good vcr if people have more memories of crap tearing quality than clear image.
Analog TV and giant VHS tapes and distorted pictures from both... people in the digital 500 channel DVR / DVD / Netflix era will never know about all this stuff... kinda sad really. There is something special about finally getting a good picture after fighting with an antenna for 10 minutes, and then recording something which you may not be able to see again otherwise for years.