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Tape seems to be stuck to itself, I can't free it up

I have a video that was made in 1988 of my great uncle, and it is very important to me, he was telling history of the indians being shipped to a reservation, but the tape is stuck, I have a recorder to put it on a dvd, but it won't budge. I try to move it with my fingers, roll the tape, it isn't rewound all the way, but it won't move, would some sort of spray, wd 40 or such do any good, or would it finish it off?

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I think you are refering to the tape itself in the VHS cassette and it not being stuck inside the Video itself!
So if you are... don't use the spray... video cassettes have a brake system inside them. It sometimes breaks. If you turn the cassette upside down so you can see the white reels, inbetween them near the bottom (where the side label goes) you will see a small hole. If you put a pen inside it should release the reels so you can turn them with your finger. If they don't turn it may be broken. In which case... Get hold of a blank tape, the same length as yours. Carefully remove the screws (5) on the bottom. See how it's put together. Once you understand how the tape moves etc. Take out the reels with the tape, then dismantle your video and put the reels with the old tape into the new holder. It should work as good as new.
PS try not to touch with fingers the tape.

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