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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 ... Himself - VHS Collector
David Gregory David Gregory ... Himself - Severin Films
Micah Matthews Micah Matthews ... Himself - ReeDistraction.com
Mike Vraney Mike Vraney ... Himself - Something Weird Video
Don May Jr. Don May Jr. ... Himself - Synapse Films
Brian Kelley Brian Kelley ... Himself - Home Video Aficionado
Kelly-sue Calderon Kelly-sue Calderon ... Herself - VHS Collector
Joey Gravis Joey Gravis ... Himself - VHS Collector
Heather Hankamer Heather Hankamer ... Herself - Manager, Premiere Video
Tommy Swenson ... Himself - Video Editor, Alamo Drafthouse
Frank Henenlotter ... Himself - Writer & Director, Basket Case
Shôko Nakahara Shôko Nakahara ... Herself - Actor, Visitor Q (as Showko Nakahara)
Tom Mes Tom Mes ... Himself - MidnightEye.com
Dimitri Simakis Dimitri Simakis ... Himself - Video Alchemist, Everything is Terrible
Zack Carlson Zack Carlson ... Himself - 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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27 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Parakalo gyriste tin tainia stin arhi See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Himself - Troma Entertainment: Look, if idiots like Troma can make a movie that sells millions and millions of dollars of videocassettes, well then anybody can do it.
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The History of Videotapes, Entertainingly Told
3 August 2013 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

"Rewind This!" is a documentary about VCRs, VHS tapes and the people who collect them. The story begins with the war between the Betamax and VCR formats, which of course the latter won despite the fact that Betamax was a far superior technology – but it could only play tapes of an hour or less, so any movie would need to be on more than one tape, a design flaw that killed it fairly quickly. Once VCR had won, people started discovering the joys of being able to watch movies at home, at the time of one's choosing – or at least they did once the price of the machine and the tapes (originally priced at $99!) came down. The film interviews a plethora of modern-day fans of the format (my personal favourite was a woman who organizes her tapes by the dominant colour of the box) as they describe falling in love with video, making home movies themselves and searching for old tapes at flea markets and the like – some collectors have over 100,000 of the clunky boxes! And, of course, the film includes a variety of scenes from videotapes, especially that genre of straight-to-video creations, which are a hoot to see. Definitely made me want to hunt up our old VHS tapes that are slowly rotting somewhere in the basement!


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