Many Australians over the age of 30 (pushing it at 25) will understand the annoyance of having to buy or rent a movie through the technology of VHS, and having to fast-forward through the trailers to get to the actual viewing footage at hand.
Depending on the era, the main feature had a combination of ratings advices and anti-piracy messages which would take up a minute of your time. But there was one anti-piracy message that would capture the viewer because of its effect:
- A readable message “Have You Got What You Paid For?” flashes when fast-forwarded
- An iconic voiceover
The message I refer to is this one, voiced by veteran Voiceover Artist Steve Britten.
While these messages are no longer on any modern home media distribution, this message still holds a soft spot in many Australians, as demonstrated by “Jenette”, a customer of DVD rental store Network Video Mt Hawthorn – which itself is amazing as stores like these are diminishing.
Well done “Jenette”! Now, play a guitar cover of the ‘Piracy It’s A Crime’.