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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
Chronicles the existence of the VHS tape from the late 1970's to the 2000's. It won out over Beta due to being a better product at a better price point. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by ellison
It makes for an interesting walk down memory lane for those of use who lived through the "sweet spot" in time when VHS was introduced, then became ubiquitous, then declined... Read morePublished 23 days ago by John S Harris
A fun, fascinating look at the VHS movie scene and the format wars in the 70's, 80's and beyond. Definitely worth the watch!Published 25 days ago by Bog Dog
I had a bedroom with shelves floor to ceiling filled with VHS tapes. When I first went out on my own, my loves were books, music and tapes. I spent my whole paycheck on them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by msac
I enjoyed this. It brought back a lot of memories. During that time there was a video store at the end of my street. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marcus L Mattingly