If you buy a combo unit and the VCR croaks, you're kind of screwed.
I already had a great VCR when my wife and I got married, so we ended up looking at just DVD players. Bought a Sony DVP-NS575P because my roomie had bought one and it played all the Ritek G04 discs I've burned perfectly. Does what I need without being super expensive (it runs around $79USD last I checked).
Intel Q9450 @3.2GHz, Gigabyte GA EP45-UD3P, 4 x 2GB G.Skill @4-4-4-12
Antec P160SW case (modded), Xigmatek 750w PSU
3x 500GB (RAID-5), , OptiArc 7200S, ASUS E818A3T
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer, Hauppauge HVR-1800, Radeon 4890