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An ode to abandoned technology with some admirably wide-ranging insights, Rewind This! is entertaining viewing even for those who didn't live through the VHS era.
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"Rewind This!" is both a history lesson and love letter to a format which should prove to be a must-see for all cinephiles that came of age during the VHS era.
Johnson's savvy authority ensures that "Rewind This!" will leave many film-and-video lovers begging for more.
There's nary a trace of ironic detachment or condescension here, which is exceedingly rare for any depiction of geek culture.
Lively history makes some good observations about video and the culture it enabled.
Austin-based filmmaker Josh Johnson pays sweet homage to a video format that shook up the film world and changed the way people watched movies - with total control.
Johnson has created a movie that mostly kept me riveted and highly entertained.
Rewind This! is somewhat lacking in big-name first-hand accounts. But where the film is on firmer territory is in championing those lovers of the format who have ignored DVD, Blu-ray and digital downloads in favour of keeping the VHS dream alive.
The real treat of Rewind This! is the geek-speak about VHS tapes telling uniquely distinct stories.
Though VHS' best days may have come and gone, Rewind This! certainly proves the case for the technology's enduring legacy by speaking with those who were there to live through it and with those who continue to collect and sell tapes even today.
A hilarious and utterly excellent look back at a time where movie collecting was more of a sport and treasure hunt than a matter of simple point and click.
It's affectionate and educational, with enough visual evidence to act as a time machine, bringing viewers back to an era of movie-watching exploration and physical media worship.
The film is elevated above the average 'these are a few of my favourite things' documentary by its willingness to take on larger narratives around the social, economic and literary significance of the genre, all in a fully accessible way.
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