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Rewind This! (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 27 August 2013 (USA)
Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape.

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Josh Johnson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Jousan Ben Jousan ... Self - VHS Collector
David Gregory David Gregory ... Self - Severin Films
Micah Matthews Micah Matthews ... Self - ReeDistraction.com
Mike Vraney Mike Vraney ... Self - Something Weird Video
Don May Jr. ... Self - Synapse Films
Brian Kelley Brian Kelley ... Self - Home Video Aficionado
Kelly-sue Calderon Kelly-sue Calderon ... Self - VHS Collector
Joey Gravis Joey Gravis ... Self - VHS Collector
Heather Hankamer Heather Hankamer ... Self - Manager, Premiere Video
Tommy Swenson Tommy Swenson ... Self - Video Editor, Alamo Drafthouse
Frank Henenlotter ... Self - Writer & Director, Basket Case
Shôko Nakahara Shôko Nakahara ... Self - Actor, Visitor Q (as Showko Nakahara)
Tom Mes Tom Mes ... Self - MidnightEye.com
Dimitri Simakis Dimitri Simakis ... Self - Video Alchemist, Everything is Terrible
Zack Carlson Zack Carlson ... Self - Author, Destroy All Movies
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In the 1980s, few pieces of home electronics did more to redefine popular culture than the videocassette recorder. With it, the film and television media were never the same as the former gained a valuable new revenue stream and popular penetration while the latter's business model was forever disrupted. This film covers the history of the device with its popular acceptance opening a new venue for independent filmmakers and entrepreneurs. In addition, various collectors of the now obsolete medium and its nostalgically esoteric fringe content are profiled as well. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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David 'The Rock' Nelson - Outsider Artist: I got ideas comin' outta my head, man, I'm 55! What's wrong with you guys sayin' you're old, when you're like my age, or younger! You're not old! Don't tell me, "Oh, I'm 48, I'm gettin' too old fer this." Man, you're just a kid! Get motivated! You know, some of you will say, "Oh, you gotta do it digitally." Yeah, digital schmidgital! I don't need a computer to make a movie, I never have! I just shoot the dang thing. If you got a video camera, stick a blank tape in that machine, and film the ...
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Good Old Days...
14 September 2014 | by victukiSee all my reviews

A documentary about VHS tapes is a must. Our generation lived that moment, and we know what we are talking about. My dad had a two piece set VCR, and a fantastic remote controller...with a cable!! I still remember the tracking system and some other features from those happy days. It is a bad, fragile format but it had something, and in a way we miss it somehow. Relive the moment and learn a couple of things about the good old format we grew up with.

The testimony of some distributors, filmmakers and VHS freaks will bring us back to that universe, the format that ruled the last stage of 20th century. We will find out why VHS was the victor in that format battle against BETAMAX, what it meant to some filmmakers and much more.

I confess I expected a nostalgic journey alongside some VHS geeks, but it turned out to be more than that. VHS, just like vinyl in civilized countries (Spain not one of them) is still alive and kicking, and in these days of fleeting formats, is nice to remember how a format popped up, established itself in the market and became the standard for so long. So buckle up, enjoy the ride and recall those days of white noise, crappy image and b-movies. Call it nostalgia, vintage or whatever, but remember to be kind and rewind!


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