Do you remember VHS? It's what came after Beta - eons ago in technology time.
I was forced to remember VHS recently when we cleaned out a room and discovered quite a few of the old tapes. You can see where this is going - many of them were Sherlockian:
- Four tapes for kids: Chip 'n Dale SuperSleuths, Sherlock Undercover Dog, Wishbone's Hound of the Baskervilles, and an episode of the Japanese steampunk classic, Sherlock Hound.
- Without a Clue, the comedic masterpiece starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley.
- Ian Richardson's The Sign of Four.
- The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes, starring Arthur Wontner and Ian Fleming (not the author), based on The Valley of Fear.
- Four episodes of Ronald Howard's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes TV series from the 1950s.
- Four tapes of Basil Rathbone movies - three of which were the same one (Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon)!
- Elementary, My Dear Data, one of the two Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes in which the android goes into the Holodeck as Holmes.
I have to recall rather than revisit because I no longer have a VHS player. I do have about half the titles on that list in DVD form, but Elementary, My Dear Data isn't one of them.
The VHS format didn't last long. How many more years will DVDs be viable? I don't know what's going to happen to e-readers, either, but I'm confident that as long as my eyes and brain are in working order I will be able to read the books on my shelves. I take a lot of comfort in that.