In the early 1980s, home video hit the UK, giving anyone who could afford to rent a giant video player the chance to watch movies from the comfort of their own home, regardless of what was on TV.

Remember your video rental store, and the video player in the living room? Those stunning video release posters, or the enticing covers of the seedier, cheaper releases? Recall the first video you watched, or the last one you bought? Christian Cawley, James McLean, and Gareth Kavanagh do, and they’re here to discuss the golden age of home video.


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James McLean and Gareth Kavanagh take an in-depth look at Dino De Laurentiis’ memorable 1980 movie Flash Gordon in this brand new BeyondKasterborous podcast. Considering the quality of the actors, the relationship between the movie and its forebears, and the soundtrack — not to mention some contentious issues with the direction and post-production — you’ve probably already hit play.

If not, you’re surely bored, and should consider destroying a planet…