It's in PAL format, a non-US standard that requires a special player.
At 10:29 AM 6/21/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>A patron called today and asked about a video a friend purchased in France
>while on vacation. She called the library for help when she could not
>play the video in her VCR and described the video and what is wrong.
>When she plays the tape the screen is black with "snow" and there is
>sound, in English, but he is speaking a little faster then on US
>tapes. The video is from Montopomasse Productions, labeled VHS PAL
>English, Hi-Fi Stereo, Reunion DES.
>Any ideas? Thanks.
>Duluth Public Library
>520 W. Superior St.
>Duluth MN 55806
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