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IRL (In Real Life)


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Product Details

  • Directors: Stephanie Tuszynski
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: CustomFlix
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TKENF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The first feature-length documentary to take on the subject of online relationships, "IRL (In Real Life)" chronicles the life, death and afterlife of an online community called "The Bronze," made up of fans from the official website for "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."

The documentary looks at what happens when online relationships move from the Internet into "real life." In their own words, Bronzers talk about what lead them to seek out the community, the prejudices and misconceptions they had to face from family and friends about their Internet activities, and the effect the experience had on their lives.

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Customer Reviews

This documentary has a specific focus and stays true to its original intent.
Megan Ebba
IRL shows the reality and the warmth that can spring from what starts out as "only" a "virtual" community.
Suzanne Galle
I'd recommend it for anyone interested in online fandom or for people who enjoyed Buffy.
dvdgirl

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 14, 2007
Format: DVD
This documentary brought back memeories, both good and bad of a place the likes of which will never be seen or experienced again on the internet. Anyone who has called themselves a Bronzer needs to purchase In Real Life. If you had friends or family who never understood why you flew thousands of miles to meet people you met on the internet, you need to show them this film. Stephanie Tuszynski presents a true and honest documentary of the rise and fall of the online community known as The Bronze. I was and still consider myself a Bronzer; and IRL made me realize again how much I and so many others were deeply impacted by the online community and friendships we made, because of a show called Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Being a member of this online community changed my life for the better, and Tuszynski's documentary is a tribute to that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HeatherS on January 11, 2008
Format: DVD
This documentary offers a somewhat poignant look at regular people with regular lives who found a second family online. Although a Buffy fan from day one of the show, I never joined the online community for fear it would make me seem odd and lonely. This film made me realize what I'd missed as a result of my decision--the chance to participate in a wide and incredibly interesting social circle. Although the people in this documentary came to the Bronze for a variety of reasons, they all had a regular life outside that world. Furthermore, they all continue to have lives after it. However, for a brief time, they were part of something that was important to them, something that brought them together. There's nothing odd about that--isn't it what we all want ultimately? Tuszynski did a great job of bringing this story together and putting it on film. I recommend this documentary to anyone interested in Buffy, fandom, or online communities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Galle on January 12, 2008
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This is a film that captures a moment in time. The Bronze was created as a fan site and internet community for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it became so much more. Friendships, fights, marriages, partnerships and more were spawned from what started as a simple online fan community. If you are a former Bronzer, this film will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane. If you were not a Bronzer, but have participated in other online communities, you will enjoy comparing and contrasting your own community experiences with the ones recounted here. If you have never participated in an online community and wondered what they are all about, this film offers insights and tales from the people who where there when it all unfolded. To the uninitiated, online interaction often seems scary and impersonal. IRL shows the reality and the warmth that can spring from what starts out as "only" a "virtual" community.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dvdgirl on December 31, 2007
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I was a late-coming to the buffyverse: I didn't start watching the show until its sixth season. I also wasn't a member of any Buffy fan community either online or off. That being said, I really enjoyed this documentary and got a lot out of it. Oftentimes we hear about the bad experiences associated with making friends and meeting people online but this film shows that sane, decent people spend time online. You really feel the sense of community and the impact that participating on the Buffy message boards had on everyone involved. The film seems pretty honest as well: there were arguments, hurt feelings, and it wasn't always nice and rosy. If you've ever read Henry Jenkins' Textual Poachers and want to see how participatory culture has evolved in the last fifteen years then this documentary is a great place to start. I'd recommend it for anyone interested in online fandom or for people who enjoyed Buffy.
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