Wednesday, December 31, 2014

REWIND THIS! (2013)

Promising, but overall just "Meh!" beginner grade documentary about the history of the VHS tape movement and it's cultural impact on the film industry and young nerds.  Things start out interesting enough with some actual history of the VHS and it's battles with Beta (not much, if anything, was said about LaserDisc or Videodisc), this is followed up by some geeks talking fondly about their childhoods and showing off their modern day collections.  I liked that part a lot (I myself being a low-level VHS collector nerd) and wished they had delved further into it, but instead things get off track with a rundown of homemade straight-to-video garbage like CONRAD BROOKS VS. THE WEREWOLF, RAIDERS OF THE THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION and BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL.  I found that part to be very boring.  Mainly because I've actually sat through a lot of these type of movies and would like to forget about it.  I would have much rather heard a more in-depth analysis of the format wars and/or more about the collectors. 

But the biggest disappointment was how they barely even touched on the subject of the incalculable amount of movies that never even made it onto the VHS format and are now pretty much lost forever.  I would love to see an entire documentary about that subject alone...hell, I'd love to see an entire serious television program dedicated to people searching out "lost films".  Also there are a ton of films that did make it onto VHS (and maybe LaserDisc), but nothing after that.  It's heartbreaking to think about.

As it is though, REWIND THIS! is a enjoyable watch, but not really what I was hoping for.  I did enjoy the VHS elitist dorks talking about "boo-ray" and the such.  I'm sure it was all in jest, but it was still funny.  Worth a watch.