VHS Lives: A Schlockumentary (2017) (DVD REVIEW)

VHS Lives: A Schlockumentary (2017) (DVD REVIEW)

VHS Lives: A Schlockumentary (2017) (DVD REVIEW)

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VHS Lives: A Schlockumentary (2017) (DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Tony Newton
STARRING: Phil Anselmo, James Balsamo, Glenn Berggoetz

The VHS era was like none other in the history of cinema. This new format rose quickly in the early ’70s when there was a Block Buster on every street corner only to die off with the advent of the DVD in the early 2000s. But VHS is rising from the ashes like a Phoenix, being relived and retooled by the most dedicated and rabid fan-base of its kind. VHS Lives. goes deep into the psyche of VHS collectors, showing just why VHS is coming back into the public eye and why VHS is the hottest cult collector craze since the full beard and the boom in vinyl record sales. You may think you’re hip, but unless you own cult horror big box video nasties, with the faint whiff of mold and the smell of old video stores, you are very wrong. Directed and Produced by Tony Newton Producer of “60 Seconds to Die”

VHS Lives isn’t just another documentary about the rise and fall of VHS. I am also pretty happy about that since we’ve seen that movie already more than once. What this one offers up is just more or less a series of conversations with people who love VHS as they go over their history with VHS. Sure, we get some recaps and such about the history of the format, but it’s brief. What we really dive into is the person talking’s own personal story of their love for the darn things and if you are a fellow fan of the format like myself you will more than likely find it to be a very interesting watch. We got such names here as Tim Ritter, Shawn Phillips, and even rock legend and fellow horror fan Phil Anselmo here with lots more people being our “talking heads” for the running time of the film. Could you argue that it feels more like an extended DVD extra of some sort rather than a movie? Yeah, I’m sure you could, but I still enjoyed it all the same.

If you don’t like VHS tapes and shot on video movies, you might not be as into this one as most people probably will be. This is totally one of those types of movies that won’t be for everybody, but I do think that the people who “get it” will be very happy with the results. It’s a little long in the tooth and a little uneven but all things considered, it’s about like sitting down with some fellow fans who are into the stuff you like and having a conversation. This one seems to be more about the collector than the brand and I can live with that and I accept it as nice companion with other VHS documentaries that you will find out there like Re-Wind This and Adjust Your Tracking. If you are into all of that sort of stuff, then you will be into this one to a degree as well.


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