I tried to watch a couple of videotapes I’d recorded back about twenty years ago and found that two of them appeared to be frozen. One wouldn’t advance at all; the other played for about a minute, then also froze up. A third tape I’d made around the same time did play.
Is it possible to unstick them? Is that something a video specialist could do? There’s no way to get new copies of the tapes, as they’re a set of episodes from an obscure series that ran on an obscure channel on late-night TV.