Rewind This!

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Josh Johnson
Production: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

If it grabs me

then we'll get it.

That's, uh, that's the

name of the game.

I don't have any

hard, fast rules.

I just kind of...

I just kind of look, you know.

Obviously, I'm gonna be

looking for some-some trash.

Some cheese.

We're lookin' for Chuck.

We're lookin' for

Charles Bronson.

We're lookin' for

Dolph Lundgren.

That kind of thing.


I've seen a lot of...

door handles.

They got, uh... doorknobs.

And, uh... lotion.

I- I never expected to see

a whole table full of...

lotions and... shave gel.

We've got socks here.

All the socks

you could possibly want.

Still waiting on some tapes.

Still hoping

for some tapes here.

Doll heads... doll heads.

It's the same old stuff.

I'm surprised to not

already have seen Titanic.

That's, like, the most...

most common tape I see.

The two disc.. er...

two tape Titanic... um...

Oh, what do you know?

It's the-the

two tape Titanic.

I'm gonna have to

go with Shakedown.

We're gonna have action.

You can see it right here.

There's explosions.

And there's Peter Weller.

What else do you need?

- A dollar.

- A dollar?

We've got five for two.

Got some kids clamshells.

But we also got some other ones

we're gonna go through.

No, definitely not.

Clarissa... can't explain that.

The Adventures

of Timmy the Tooth

is something very creepy

that I have

personal nostalgia for.

It's been a long time.

- Thank you.

- Thank you.

Something about dental movies,

animated things that they make

for-about, uh-dental hygiene,

always seem to be really creepy.

Frank Gorshin is in this movie.


Frank Gorshin was, of course,

The Riddler,

on the original Batman.

So, I hate to say it, but...

We're gonna have to buy

Game Day,

starring Richard Lewis.

Uh, the Gorsh factor just hit.

It just sunk in.

Titanic. Two tape

Titanic set, again. Always.

You know you're gonna

have to rewind it.

Why not just go ahead

and buy a rewinder?

And there was this thing

in the corner,

next to the TV, that...

my parents said,

"It's for playing

and recording movies".

I saw this thing and I thought,

"Well, How does it work?

This sounds like heaven".

VHS tapes were so widespread,

and they were so common,

and so prevalent... that...

I think for most people...

they were just sort of part of

the everyday, you know,

background of your life,

growing up.

Or, if you were an adult

during that time frame,

they're just something

that you had.

It wasn't until a little,

you know,

maybe by '84 or 5,

where everybody and

their mother had the machine.

Because we'd had

just enough Christmases

to get the machines

in everybody's home.

Videocassette got me, you know,

hooked on movies.

I loved going to movies

as a kid,

but the VHS tapes,

bringing those movies home,

I could watch them

any time I wanted.

Getting us all together to go

to the theater was a big deal,

and it didn't happen very often.

We had to get there, pay,

get popcorn, all that.

So, home video was the standard

for me.

They opened,

in our neighborhood,

this, uh, video store.

And it was called Pop N' Go.

And my mom is from Mexico,

and she would call it


So she would alway say,

"Oh, Let's go to Po-Ping-O."

And the popcorn was so good.

I remember going,

and the giant, like,

cardboard cut-outs

of, like, movies coming soon.

And that's the first time

I ever saw The Toxic Avenger,

in the giant cut-out.

And I was a little kid,

and I was like,

"I've gotta watch this."

Back then it was huge.

It was like

the Friday night thing to do.

And it was, you know, I mean,

you really

took your time thinking

'cause you-it was $29 to join.

You know, so it wasn't

free to join.

So I'd spend my Saturdays,

get on my little bicycle,

my Ninja Turtles bicycle,

and go from one store

to the next,

like, looking for this title.

Whatever it might be.

And I remember specifically,

I really wanted to see

Basket Case.

And none of the video stores

had it.

And so, for like, months,

I would go to every one,

and be like, "Did you's guys

get Basket Case yet?

I wanna see Basket Case."

I saw Apocalypse Now is out,

and I went "Oh, I need that."

And then I saw

Blood Feast was out.

And I went, "Oh my God,

I need that."

And I saw Beyond the Valley

of the Dolls was out.

"Oh my God, I need that."

So, I bought my first Betamax,

you know, with the top loader,

with the big piano keys,

and the remote

was attached to a wire.

You know, so it

really wasn't even a remote.

Well, video took cinema

out of the movie theater.

So, you know,

it takes a lot of money

to build a movie theater.

It takes a lot of seats.

You put the seats in,

you have to get all the people

to sit in the seats

to make it profitable.

And so I think, If you-

If you say worldwide,

yeah, I think it was

kind of like a democratization.

It was a form of wider exposure.

It's Friday night,

you're with your friends,

you're having a sleepover,

you're at the video store.

You wanna make each other laugh

by finding

the dumbest thing possible.

I think that was a huge, huge

part of it, really.

Sitting around

with your friends, laughing,

eating pizza...

What is better than that?

It was a very special time,

where you could,

all of a sudden,

be introduced to all of

this stuff that never...

never would have been available.

Never would have shown on TV.

Um, never would have been

in your movie theater.

Certainly in a place

like Nottingham,

which is kind of a small city

in England.

I grew up on 42nd Street.

So I had access to movies...

the average person

normally wouldn't have, unless,

I guess, you lived next door

to a drive-in or something.

So I loved the fact that

I was seeing crap

that no one had even heard of.

What surprised me was

how much of that crap

came out on VHS.

I'm very proud to say

that I have 82 movies

that start with "dead",

"death" and "deadly".

82. So, I've really made it.

I'm really a great

success in life.

Above you can see that I have

my big boxes,

my oversize clamshells.

Things like that.

Um... I have things


to keep things simple.

The way I've done it, is color.

Because to me it looks the most

aesthetically pleasing.

I just tried doing it

in a Roy G Biv kind of way.

And just came all the way down

to black and white.

I also do my books that way.

And for me it's a system

that totally works.

You can ask me any video

and I can be like,

"Okay, that one's green."

and pick it out.

And it's really easy for me,

and I think it looks

really nice.

This is one of my

all time favorites, though.

Corey Haim:
Me, Myself and I.

So good.

I know Corey passed, ya know.

And I love Corey.

I'm not really even

making fun of him,

but this is

the awesomest thing ever.

The direction in my life

right now

I guess proceed with, um...

in the business, is...

gradually, um,

from being the little boy,

from a younger,

you know, brother,

trying to get to be

the older brother,

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