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Rewind This! (2013)

Atom Egoyan , Frank Henenlotter , Josh Johnson  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Atom Egoyan, Frank Henenlotter
  • Directors: Josh Johnson
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FUABK36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An exploding industry without rules! Direct to-video madness! VHS vs. Beta! In the 1980s, videotape changed the world and laid the foundation for modern media culture. REWIND THIS! traces the rise and fall of VHS from its heyday as the mainstream home video format to its current status as a nostalgic relic and prize to collectors who still cherish it. Featuring interviews with both filmmakers and enthusiasts from the VHS era, including Troma legend Lloyd Kaufman, indie auteur Atom Egoyan, and Hobo with a Shotgun filmmaker Jason Eisener, REWIND THIS! is the definitive story of the format that came to be synonymous with the home video revolution. So gather up your friends and start the pizza party just make sure to have your tapes back on time. 

Special Features:
Packed with extras, including commentary, original animations, a special music video, and over an hour of bonus interview footage on laserdisc, remix culture, video panic and more!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love VHS? This is the documentary for you November 15, 2013
By Max
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I love VHS, and you should too. This documentary details why - and will leave you wanting to start your own collection (or build on the one you already have)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Film On The VCR/VHS Movement September 24, 2013
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This movie definitely succeeds in the nostalgia factor. It's nice to see that there are still serious collectors out there and why not? So many movies on VHS never made the transition to DVD, so hold onto those tapes! I guess the tragedy is they do wear out eventually. I recently had a home video from 1986 literally crumble away in my VCR before I could digitize it. That's the first time that's ever happened.

I enjoyed learning about the history of the VHS tape, especially from the Japanese market perspective. Kind of wish the movie touched on "Akira." That must have been a HUGE best seller. I feel like every serious collector picked that one up sooner or later. Rewind This covers a lot for it's running time though and there are some amusing clips from those very strange shot-on-video flicks that found its audience through colorful box art. Frank Henenlotter's (Basket Case, Brain Damage) contributions to the subject are entertaining, and I loved his disdain for Criterion's cover art- he's right! What the hell happened to good cover art? There was really cool box art with buttons that light up the monster's eyes, or that triggered a sound effect. There were holograms. Video stores in the 80's were awesome. There were cardboard ads all over the place. Lot of stuff in those stores would give you nightmares- the atmosphere was fantastic.

Back to the movie, we get good interviews with Elvira and Lloyd Kaufman too. As a kid, I was very intrigued by Surf Nazis Must Die! or ANY Elvira video...man it makes me sad that video stores are pretty much gone. On the other hand, I'll never miss Blockbuster- good riddance!

This movie also introduced me to an amazing phenomenon. A guy who likes the pan-and-scan format. Say WHAT?

Much like the pinball doc "Special When Lit," this movie left me a little sad about the serious decline of a successful business, but also very glad that they're not completely extinct. Definitely worth a look!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VHS Forever January 14, 2014
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Growing up as a child of the 1980′s. VHS was my life. Every Friday night I would hop on my bike after school and head down to the local video store with the largest selection of horror movies. I’d run to the back of the store where the “really good” horror movies were and enjoy the bloody feast of gory eye candy. It was a rush of adrenaline that every horror fan should experience regularly. The painted covers, the delicious puns, the bonanza of blood! Ohhh, they were some good times.

Watching the new documentary Rewind This! brought back these incredible memories with a glorious gory grin on my face through the entire 92 minute running time. Directed by Josh Johnson, Rewind This! tells the story of the 80′s VHS boom, the collectors today that are still holding on to their VHS collection, and the future for the medium. Filled with interviews from collectors as well as filmmakers from the era, the documentary has a lot of fun showing the power VHS has over fans even today. Want some vintage VCR commercials? Oh, believe me, they are all here. I especially loved the commercials that feature the state of the art “cordless remote feature” as well as the cutting edge “rewind option.” It’s a nostalgia lovers wet dream as is some of the rare VHS tapes featured.

As the doc moves on to the world of today’s cinema and the advent of streaming video, it plays as a bit of a heartbreak for horror fans. One film professor mentions how her students have no desire today to start a video collection as anything they could ever want to see is available on streaming. How sad is that? Early VHS was an artform in and of itself and film lovers of the new generation are surely missing something with the lack of a physical medium. This film understands that and celebrates the great years with great enthusiasm. This is a fantastic documentary for the film lover in all of us. Check it out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Documentary December 26, 2013
By Davis
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My husband has been getting back into the excitement of VHS recently so he rented this documentary. It's great and we watched it at least 3 times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative, nostalgic, and entertaining September 30, 2013
By Emmezo
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Fast paced light documentary is a must see for any film buff or anyone old enough to remember videostores. Made me want to go shopping for some tapes!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Well Done Indie Film. November 19, 2013
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As a video store owner for over 24 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. This flick captures many wonderful memories and I will most certainly bring it in my store when it is released on DVD. I recommend it to anyone in the film industry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Engaging, and Entertaining Documentary November 4, 2013
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Like many entertaining documentaries, Rewind This! explores a familiar, almost mundane topic with a narrative that includes a perfect balance of quirky characters, anecdotes, history, and basic facts. The thing that made this documentary so entertaining is the level of enthusiasm that the VHS collectors shared. Their love of the medium had an infectious quality. However, this film was much more than a gallery of interesting people; the history of VHS is documented from a technological, social, and cultural aspect. As a kid of the 80's, so many of the topics touched upon in this film brought waves of nostalgia over me. Even aspects of the medium that were a drag (like mangled tape, degradation over time, and other shortcomings) were presented with a "warts and all" attitude which serves the story arc well.

One item to consider with this documentary is that it contains numerous samples of adult-oriented material - don't be surprised to see the inclusion of pornography and gore. However, it is easy to keep objective about these inclusions as they are presented as a facet of the history and pervasiveness of VHS. It made the adult-oriented inclusions easy to appreciate.

Without spoiling anything about this documentary, the film ends on an emotionally ambiguous note that asks the viewer what exactly was lost when home video formats moved on from VHS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Enjoyable flick about the rise and decline of the home movie industry. If you're into how things got started back in the 70's/80's, can't go wrong with this
Published 11 days ago by Karl S. Bechthold
5.0 out of 5 stars This documentary has saved my life
Frank "The Rock" Nelson has made me want to live again. His energy, his passion, and everyone's love for VHS. Come on everyone, where's the T-Shirt? I'm an XL. Read more
Published 29 days ago by duspan
3.0 out of 5 stars A Look inside to the VHS world..
One of a kind movie, I really enjoy this documentary about the VHS world and how people still believe and use there vhs..
Published 1 month ago by duron.d
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Pizza? Where Are the Friends?
As a child of the 70s who grew up watching movies on VHS as well, I watched the trailer for this film. I was blown away by the last fella's comment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gobot90@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tour down memory lane
Rewind This! is a perfect documentary; an amazing blend of historical information and personal passion, with a set of well-chosen clips that will entice newcomers and enthrall the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DVD Verdict
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
I must admit that I was one of the original kids in the late 70's/ early 80's, who was obsessed with everything to do with VHS, video stores and movies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Reagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fast paced blast through the past
This is a fun little documentary on the history of the VHS tape format and the people who still obsessively love it, despite it's apparent obsolescence.
Published 5 months ago by J. H. Roberts
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