Aside from classic movies it may also be helpful to those of you trying to transfer your old family VHS movies to DVD. You can noticeably improve the quality before you record it onto a computer.
Providing you are gentle.(Not much pressure is needed at all) There are no worries of damaging your original VHS tape. Though you cannot SEE allot of dirt on the final cleaning swap, it is there. This process made a huge difference in picture quality.
Movie tape to be cleaned
an old VCR machine
A hair elastic
2 inch square piece of soft non lint material
2 Q tips / cotton swabs
Screwdrivers to work with
2) Hold two Q-tips together and secure them in the middle with two pieces of scotch tape approximately an inch and half long each.
The Q-tips should fit together in such a way as to press the top part and bottom part of the VHS tape at the same time.
They should be together but one slightly lower than the other as shown.
6) Find the spot indicated in the picture where you will be applying gentle pressure with your Cleaning SWAB. If you are looking at the front of the VCR it should be on your LEFT between where it leaves the cassette case, and the VCR HEAD
(the large silver round thing)