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Video Collection

We collect published video productions as a part of our preservation of the Danish cultural heritage.

Thomas Søndergaard

Our collection of published video and film productions on VHS, DVD, and Blue-Ray gives an insight, in particular to the films and TV-series that the Danish public has been able to purchase and watch at home since 1998. But it also represents an educated guess on what producers thought would suit the Danish market and become popular in Danish society.

A number of the publications can be found in two copies. You can take one of these to your home, but the other copy can only be viewed in our reading room on Victor Albecks Vej, Aarhus.

History of the collection

Since 1998 we have actively been collecting two copies of published films and TV-series with connection to Denmark or the Danish society. This may be publications available for purchase in Denmark or publications with Danish subtitles. The collection contains material that has been released on a range of different media types e.g. VHS, DVD, and Blue-Ray. Future publications on new types of media, if any, will also be included.

We collect the material as a part of the Danish copyright deposit, in order to preserve it.

We collect everything and do not distinguish by genre, relevance, or reviews. We preserve the full release, which may also include extra merchandise that came in the packaging e.g. toys, movie figures, and printed material. A few of the oldest VHS releases have been published prior to 1998 and have been donated to the library by private individuals or others.

We keep one of the copies for preservation purposes, while the other one is sent to the Danish Film Institute. To ensure long-term preservation of the content, we digitise the material and store the file in our IT systems for long-term preservation.

Content of the collection

The content consists primarily of feature films and TV-series for both children, youths, and adults. In addition, you can find subjects such as education, cooking, intro-films for municipalities, documentaries, porn, and travel reports.

Currently, the collection consists of the following:

  • VHS - approx 5.400 releases from 1980 onwards
  • DVD and Blue-Ray – approx 32.000 releases from 1999 onwards

New releases on DVD and Blue-Ray are still added to our collection, while the collection of VHS tapes has stopped. If an old publication is released on a new type of media e.g. DVD, this will also be added to our collection, as we consider it a new edition.

In order to provide the best service possible, we are cooperating with the Danish public libraries. Our cooperation means that before any public library discards e.g. a DVD, they will check if we need an extra copy of the publication. If this is the case, they will deliver it to us and we will record it in our collection as the copy allowed for home use.