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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!
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!
Then, of course, there are the clips. Some of them will be familiar to many viewers. Of course, Jane Fonda helped sell VHS with her famous exercise video. Some, however, are pretty obscure. Before watching Rewind This!, I didn't know that Bubba Smith released his own workout video, and the excerpts seen here are pretty convincing. We also see parts of an independent shot-on-VHS Western, a ninja flick from the late eighties, and more obvious choices like Frankenhooker. There's a good mix of the obscure and the well-known, so VHS-lovers and those born after the format's demise will be satisfied.
The DVD itself is great. The 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer is solid—contemporary material is clean and bright, and all the glorious artifacts of VHS are there when the film turns to clips. The film isn't really a visual feast, but the presentation is watchable and serves the material well. The Dolby 5.1 Surround audio is similarly good for the film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this low budget documentary about the days when vhs tapes were king. Brought back some funny memories. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Charlie B
Fun nostalgic trip down memory lane. Having worked at a VHS rental store growing up I cherish those days of "Be Kind Rewind" more than most. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Akuma
If you loved collecting VHS tapes back in the 80's (or 90's) you will love this. If you have fond memories of perusing the sci-if of horror section in your local video store and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by William P. Newsham
Being a child of the 80s and spending my summers in video stores renting movies just off cover art alone.. I love watching the history and work it took to make it all happen.Published 17 days ago by Edward
Great video! A fun trip down memory lane for VHS collectors. I use to own VHS in the 80s. I know own DVDs and Blu-Rays. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jill Marie Young
I happened to "come of movie watching age" during the era of VHS tapes, so this wonderful documentary had some poignant nostalgia for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zachary Koenig
Good look at the VHS era. Although I disagree with this outlook that the only way to watch things only released on VHS is with an actual VHS. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott