There’s been a lot of talk recently about new forms of technology and film presentation. A variety of options now exist from 48 fps, Digital 3D, IMAX, and 70 mm. The conversion over the years to these new formats from the previous standard option of 35 mm has been the focus of many heated debates. Recently there was a documentary released covering this very topic entitled Side By Side. But what about the format that revolutionized the movie industry long before we saw Batman fight criminals on larger than life screens and Hobbits trek across mountains in crystal clear detail? What format brought filmmakers and fans together from around the world to celebrate original stories no matter what the budget or subject may be? The answer is home video. Long before Blu-ray, DVD, and even Laser Disc, film fans flocked to video stores to rent new arrivals every weekend (or just the same twenty to thirty tapes over and over again). The VHS boom revolutionized the film industry and a new documentary is here to remind us of this. Rewind This! is being presented as a VHS love story. One look at the trailer and you can see why. An assortment of film critics, fans, and filmmakers are interviewed discussing their love of the often looked down upon format. Director of Beyond the Black Rainbow – one of DTB’s favorite films of 2012 – Panos Cosmatos is serving as Executive Producer on the film. Just watching this trailer for the doc that premieres at this year’s SXSW makes me want to dust off my VCR and throw in one of my old “mixed tapes” – my favorite being the one that had Full Metal Jacket and Wild at Heart back to back.
You can read more about the film by checking out the website for Rewind This! by clicking HERE. Check out the trailer below.