Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector (2013)

Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

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Some see VHS as worthless plastic, but Adjust Your Tracking shows a vibrant world of collectors and movie fans who are keeping the format, and the movies, alive. Over 100 collectors, filmmakers, producers, and video store owners express how VHS changed their lives. Travel back to the days of video rental stores with those who still buy, sell, rent and trade the format that will not die - VHS. (c) VHSh*tfest

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dan M. Kinem, Tim May, Levi Peretic
On DVD: Jun 17, 2014
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Kinem and Peretic have taken great pains to emphasize that this is endeavor is for collectors, by collectors, making the proceedings feel especially personal and authentic.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
L.A. Weekly
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An honest and brutally entertaining look at the VHS revival and how it's helped fuel the film community.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Cinema Crazed

It's hard not to think these dudes are crazy, or maybe just contrarian poseurs, but that doesn't mean their personal insanity isn't interesting.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Oregonian

An entertaining documentary ... Directors Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic have managed to snag some colorful subjects to showcase on camera.

Full Review… | August 6, 2013
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

I finally got to check this one out and really enjoyed this look into another side of fandom that I wasn't all that aware of, save for the VHS fans I intermingle with on the Interwebs.

Great little documentary, and well worth checking out.

Even as an executive producer (well, one of 200!) I can look at this from a distance, somewhat. It's entertaining, sometimes very funny, but also a bit unfocused. I wish it had a little more about the change from VHS to DVD and how now DVD is becoming "dead" due to VOD. But the collections are fun to look at, the Quadead Zone story is epic, and you can tell they all either love what they are collecting, or are, at worst, the kind of people you might WANT to watch on Hoarders.

The highlight though for me is the gentleman who has such a collection in his basement that it has become a video store, complete with a crappy old computer, magazine from twenty years ago to tell you what is good or not, and sections delineating this or that film (surprise, he doesn't like drama). On a personal level it bugged me just slightly that the film doesn't have any other video collectors except the horror-hounds (or maybe some collect porn, though I'm sure they hide that - or maybe not, I dunno, I'd need to look through the film again with a fine-tape comb). Are there other collectors out there than JUST horror? Or maybe horror and sci-fi and genre stuff is just where the fun collections are at. Why just have stuff like Ingmar Bergman films when you can have basically home movies that have cool covers? Some of these folks love movies that are featured I'm sure. Others? A stamp collection might be the same thing.

But I say these criticisms with affection. I too am a collector, not to THIS extent that we see with these subjects - one of whom, I must admit, is to the point of possible madness as to pay over 1,000 for a single tape. I will want to watch this again though to soak up some of the titles and the anecdotes. I'd be curious to see what folks who aren't in the "Know" think of all of this; the screening I saw the film was loaded with fellow VHS collector-geeks, some of whom wanted to trade and buy tapes right there. A collector never sleeps, really. Whether someone will actually WATCH Tales from the Quadead zone after they plunk down a month's rent, I am sure I still don't know. As a look at a handful of people holding on to and praising a supposedly "dead" format, it's charming, mostly harmless, and has some bite. If it had a little more about the format itself, not just about the collectors, then it would be truly great.

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