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VHS Massacre (Blu-ray)
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This brilliant, award-winning documentary explores the rise and fall of physical media and its effect on Independent and cult films. Ranging from the origin of home movies through the video store era, it's sure to entertain. With icons like Joe Bob Briggs (MonsterVision), Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger), Greg Sestero (The Room), Debbie Rochon (Return to Nuke 'Em High), Deborah Reed (Troll 2), Mark Frazer (Samurai Cop), James Nguyen (Birdemic) and many others.
- Intro by Lloyd Kaufman (President of Troma Entertainment and Creator of The Toxic Avenger) & VHS MASSACRE Directors
- Director's Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
- Troma Now! Extreme Edition
- Theatrical Trailer
- A Full Episode of Monster Kill: Merminators from Space (The New Web Series by Kenneth Powell and Thomas Edward Seymour)
- Radiation March
- Return to Nuke 'Em High: VOL.1 Trailer
- Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High AKA VOL.2 Fantasia Teaser
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Even the interview with Lloyd Kaufman is pretty bad. They don't even stop to show the interviews. It's just them waiting in the lobby waiting to do an interview and saying how nervous they are and that they need to set up the mic/camera before the interview, etc. This stuff shouldn't even be on camera. No wonder these filmmakers are failures. It's definitely not about the subject matter. They really wanted to just make it about them. And they are all so annoying.
It's such a hodgepodge of interviews with no real focus. Really don't know what this is supposed to be about. Like I said, it's more of an amateur youtube video. They interview themselves at a local Goodwill laughing at the VHS titles they have available, etc. Really boring stuff.
It's all about these three failed morons and its just a complete vanity project trying to promote themselves and their crappy movies. Don't waste your money.
But, to the film; when I was being led by the nose by an actor and a couple of officers on how to make and distribute a low budget film, the concept of making a direct to video production crossed our minds several times over. But, I wanted to make something of quality that could be shot on the cheap, and that didn't require gobs of money. It can be done, has been done, but , for some reason, few film makers take the time to master the craft to get well made films done. Ergo they shoot their stuff on the cheap, and let the chips fall where they may.
The mom and pop video store was the outlet in the 80s for a variety of product, most of it just plain bad. Workout videos, cheap gory horror and/or hack and slash flicks, softcore porn and lousy B-grade comedies (usually aimed at teens), and then there were the mid range to high budget offerings from the majors (Warner, Paramount, MGM, Disney, so forth). All of it was on VHS.
The film looks at all these facets, and interviews participants who were around in the 80s and making product. We hear their thoughts and feelings on what has happened to portable media and how its fairing against downloads and streaming. The issue of quality verse portability is never fully explored, and the so-called VHS comeback seems mainly for cult films or collectors and other aficionados of anachronistic media formats.
I guess to sum up my personal feelings is that this documentary could have been more. It's more or less a kind of (then at least) contemporary retrospective on what had become of VHS without really fully exploring the issues of content creation and distribution. They are looked at, don't get me wrong, but not with the kind of thoroughness that might have been done with a film that was a bit longer, less light hearted, and grabbed more mainstream players involved with feature films.
See it once.