- Actors: Joe Bob Briggs, Lloyd Kaufman, Greg Sestero
- Format: Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Video Service Corp
- Release Date: May 16 2017
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- ASIN: B00T000BMS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,852 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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This brilliant, award winning documentary explores the rise and fall of physical media and its effect on Independent and cult films. Ranging from the origin of home movies through the video store era, it's sure to entertain. With icons like Joe Bob Briggs (MonsterVision), Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger), Greg Sestero (The Room), Debbie Rochon (Return to Nuke 'Em High), Deborah Reed (Troll 2), Mark Frazer (Samurai Cop), James Nguyen (Birdemic) and many others.
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But, to the film; when I was being led by the nose by an actor and a couple of officers on how to make and distribute a low budget film, the concept of making a direct to video production crossed our minds several times over. But, I wanted to make something of quality that could be shot on the cheap, and that didn't require gobs of money. It can be done, has been done, but , for some reason, few film makers take the time to master the craft to get well made films done. Ergo they shoot their stuff on the cheap, and let the chips fall where they may.
The mom and pop video store was the outlet in the 80s for a variety of product, most of it just plain bad. Workout videos, cheap gory horror and/or hack and slash flicks, softcore porn and lousy B-grade comedies (usually aimed at teens), and then there were the mid range to high budget offerings from the majors (Warner, Paramount, MGM, Disney, so forth). All of it was on VHS.
The film looks at all these facets, and interviews participants who were around in the 80s and making product. We hear their thoughts and feelings on what has happened to portable media and how its fairing against downloads and streaming. The issue of quality verse portability is never fully explored, and the so-called VHS comeback seems mainly for cult films or collectors and other aficionados of anachronistic media formats.
I guess to sum up my personal feelings is that this documentary could have been more. It's more or less a kind of (then at least) contemporary retrospective on what had become of VHS without really fully exploring the issues of content creation and distribution. They are looked at, don't get me wrong, but not with the kind of thoroughness that might have been done with a film that was a bit longer, less light hearted, and grabbed more mainstream players involved with feature films.
See it once.