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Adjust Your Tracking2013

The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

  • 3.9
Over one hundred collectors, filmmakers, producers and video store owners express how VHS changed their lives. 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. 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.

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"...sheds light on the immeasurable wealth of movies that are currently out there floating around in oblivion." - Lacey Paige, Cinesploitation


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The loss of video stores isn't the greatest loss in history, but it is a loss. It's not a tragedy, but it is a little like losing a color from the palette. Something's different. Most of the VHS collectors who confess to their hobby in this entertaining documentary are the right age to remember renting tapes over the counter in independent shops with personality and vast horror sections (exploitation film companies took to VHS fiercely in the early days) and see no reason to let those memories fade. Unlike vinyl collectors, nobody here argues for VHS as the top quality format. Its draw is the tactile object, that whiff from the past, that artifact of movie history in the form of a plastic box with a spool of tape inside.In 2014, VHS is weird again. It's cool only to a cult, which is cool with me. Small printings of VHS tapes come out today, all by independents and all aimed at lovers of the lowdown genres. It's an underground worth documenting. See this for a look at what some of the weirdos are up to.

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The loss of video stores isn't the greatest loss in history, but it is a loss. It's not a tragedy, but it is a little like losing a color from the palette. Something's different. Most of the VHS collectors who confess to their hobby in this entertaining documentary are the right age to remember renting tapes over the counter in independent shops with personality and vast horror sections (exploitation film companies took to VHS fiercely in the early days) and see no reason to let those memories fade. Unlike vinyl collectors, nobody here argues for VHS as the top quality format. Its draw is the tactile object, that whiff from the past, that artifact of movie history in the form of a plastic box with a spool of tape inside.In 2014, VHS is weird again. It's cool only to a cult, which is cool with me. Small printings of VHS tapes come out today, all by independents and all aimed at lovers of the lowdown genres. It's an underground worth documenting. See this for a look at what some of the weirdos are up to.

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The Mom and Pop video shop in my town is where I first rented "I Spit on Your Grave," and "Necromantics" and the Richard Kern "Hardcore" short film collections. If it was not for VHS and that shop, my teen years would be different. This is the impact that VHS had on society; the ability for everyone to watch movies in their homes. It is astounding that 45% of movies released on VHS is not available on any other format, and it makes sense as to why there are rabid collectors. The preservation of film counts on it. Good documentary that makes me want to dig my VHS tapes out of the attic.

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This bittersweet, pathetic/heroic doc looks like it was made on an old VHS camera and edited on VHS machines. But there is something wonderful about the forgotten world of VHS tapes. There's an old record store in my town that has 20,000 VHS tapes for sale for 50 cents each. Often I find boxes full of good VHS tapes out on the street. Pristine copies of Big Lebowski or Dog Say Afternoon and I just stare at them...I got rid of my VCR, but still can't bear to throw out my tape of Mouchette!

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Great film! Being a child of the 80's, this really brings you back. All the folks interviewed remember exactly what it was like to enter a video store and live in that moment. The excitement, the choices. This really captures the essence of what it was like to search out VHS videos!!!!!

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This is a fascinating story of people who are avid collectors of VHS video tapes. VHS format films may be 'dead' due to the advent of DVDs and, these days, video streaming services. How ironic that I am watching this film via a streaming service. But, as these diehard collectors testify, many films that would never be exhibited at your local Showcase cinema plex are only available on VCS cassettes. One such film, a horror flick that would get no stars in a respectable newspaper, was sold for over $600 at an Ebay auction! Such are the passions for these collectors. Will VHS make a comeback just as vinyl records are doing so these days? That remains to be seen. So far, I have yet to see a new VHS video cassette player/recorxder. But be prepared to make some high bids on an Ebay auction if you should want to join a special group of VHS cassette collectors!

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This is a mostly charming little doc but there are problems. Many of the interviews are poorly edited. They could have been considerably tightened up. More importantly, the film is almost exclusively concerned with shlocky horror movies on VHS, not VHS generally. A couple of the interviewees make mocking reference to "boring 70s European movies," but those are exactly the movies I care about. For instance, as far as I know Rivette's Celine and Julie Go Boating was never released on R1 DVD so VHS was its only available format. I suppose my preference for that over a cheesy horror movie means I am not this documentary's intended audience.

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"Dude! 'Tales of the Quadead Zone.!'"

Raise the freak flags high and have fun!

I loved everything about this documentary!

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Obsessives being obsessed never gets old. Highly entertaining ride through the video store aisles and minds of fanboys.

Hilarious. What does it say that I actually recognize many of the more obscure titles presented here? If you experienced the birth and death of VHS first-hand (as I did) or only vaguely recognize that there was a format before DVD and streaming...this is worth spending time on.

A film about nostalgia and film subculture. My boyfriend remembers most of this, but I am a little younger and from another country--so I don't. However, I simply agree with the lady when she was talking about how mesmerizing the colors and imperfections were of the vhs. Those color palettes contain a certain hypnotic quality that never fail at drawing me in. I need to watch more B-Movies!

Fond memories of bygone days... makes me think twice about getting rid of my vhs tapes... yet one more thing to hoard!

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I hate to say it but I was cringing alot, because I know and identify with alot of the celebs here. I guess I have a problem but at least I don't need an intervention since I stream almost everything.

so cool, important ..