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,

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