Double Vision In the Den

A tiny U.S. company battles to market a dual-deck VCR

Any entrepreneur knows that thinking up a good idea for a product is the easy part. Seven years ago, Terren Dunlap, a lawyer in Scottsdale, Ariz., started a company called Go-Video to produce programs for corporate meetings and family occasions. He soon discovered that making cassette copies by wiring machines together was unwieldy and produced poor results, so he decided to develop a double-deck VCR. Since then, Dunlap has battled opponents ranging from Hollywood movie studios to Tokyo electronics giants. Starting this month, videophiles will finally be able to buy Dunlap's VCR-2 (price: $1,095).

Dunlap's machine, the first dual-deck VCR in...