Our first VCR cost over $1000.00 in the late 70s. All it did was record over the air. No pre-recorded tapes such as movies were available. It took a drive to the state Capitol to buy a blank tape. It cost $30.00 for one blank tape. There was no wireless remote, but it came witH a 25' cable that plugged into the unit and allowed you to record, stop, pause, and play. I don't remember if there were volume controls such as up, down, mute.