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Rewind This! (2013)

Atom Egoyan , Frank Henenlotter , Josh Johnson  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Atom Egoyan, Frank Henenlotter
  • Directors: Josh Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FUABK36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,621 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. 

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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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11 of 11 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 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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8 of 8 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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8 of 9 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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6 of 6 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done, and informative doc. Reminds me of ...
Well done, and informative doc. Reminds me of my younger years, riding my bike to the video rental store to peruse the horror section!
Published 1 day ago by NetStab
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary! Both informative and nostalgic
Great documentary! Both informative and nostalgic. Highly recommend!
Published 1 day ago by ZXY
4.0 out of 5 stars I smiled so much!
I LOVED VHS! They were something special. And this documentary nailed the emotions attached to them on the head. Pick this up to relieve the glory days of videos
Published 20 days ago by Alex Thorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it. Brought back so many memories. I might even purchase it.
Published 1 month ago by A. Joseph Orlando
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love movies you will love this documentary.
So happy I came across this. I still have a few of my VHS tapes from when I was younger but made the mistake of getting rid of a lot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Kind
This documentary about the home video/VCR boom leaves no stone unturned. It's primarily gonna appeal to, not only people who lived through the era, but people who were really into... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stanley Runk
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in all regards
Does a great job of tracing the way that the emerging technology of home video players intersected with content firms' reactions and resulted in the preservation and elevation of a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BeeTee
4.0 out of 5 stars REWIND THIS!
A nice doc showing the impact, history, and collectors of VHS tapes. Personally I grew up going to video stores and I love cult films, so this one was a win win for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Birchett
5.0 out of 5 stars VHS and Video Stores!
This is a true flash back in time. Very fun to watch. I would recommend anyone who remembers those times to watch.
Published 6 months ago by JakeDog
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 6 months ago by Karl S. Bechthold
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