After reading yesterday's post about VHS tapes I foolishly threw away, my Bestest Friend dropped me a note about another movie not available on DVD. This would be the 1984 romantic drama Windy City, starring John Shea and Kate Capshaw.
Never heard of it? Not surprised. It was an obscure little movie even when released and only got the modest amount of attention it did because Ms. Capshaw had just made a splash starring in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Windy City belonged to the genre of mopey-yuppies-bonding films that were churned out by the gross in the 80s (thanks for that, The Big Chill). It was one of those films that did nothing at the box office and then "found an audience" on video.
This movie is a Very Big Deal to Bestest Friend. It has Associations. Like, working-at-a-video-store-and-meeting-your-first-love-there-and-watching-movies-together-and-then-later-that-movie-always-made-you-cry-but-you-still-watch-it-sometimes-and-it-still-makes-you-cry-but-only-because-it's-a-sad-movie-and-totally-not-because-you-first-saw-it-with-that-guy Associations. But I'm not going to go into details. It's very personal and stuff.
Anyway, Bestest Friend reminded me that she still has Windy City on tape, and that it's never been released on DVD. Also, that if I had bothered to tell her I was about to chuck all of my videotapes she would have talked me out of it, because that was kind of dumb. What can I say? She knows I'm an idiot and loves me anyway.
Two more things. First, she also reminded me that another of my discarded tapes, the adorably mediocre Paul McCartney movie Give My Regards to Broad Street, can be found on DVD. Once again, she has saved me from slitting my wrists.
Second, that first love, who broke my Bestest Friend's heart? She still has the videotape, but he no longer has his hair, his wife, or his youth. VHS for the win.