VHS Massacre (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

VHS Massacre (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
VHS Massacre is a fascinating look at the decline of physical media through the eyes of independent cinema and filmmakers.  With some great interviews (Lloyd Kaufman is money as always) the film pitches a hopeful future where collectors and enthusiasts keep physical media alive – be it VHS or more recent variants.  If you grew up with VHS, with Troma or ever watched a no budget film then this is essential viewing.

Best Bit: I’ve seen that!  

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape, American Grindhouse, Not Quite Hollywood

 


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Ghost Stories (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ghost Stories (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ghost Stories is a pretty decent attempt at recreating the old school horror anthology that was pretty popular in the 1980’s.  Anchored around a myth busting TV presenter , it’s all pretty effective until you find out in the end that actually nothing is quite as it seems and the story folds in on itself.  Which is a shame because if it had stuck with its core premise there could have been a really interesting film here.  So overall it’s effective, even if it lacks a cohesive narrative and any real shocks.

Best Bit: The first story 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: VHS, Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Things Films fans born after 1990 will never Experience

Phil’s Top 5… Things Films fans born after 1990 will never Experience

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Things Films fans born after 1990 will never Experience…

 

Close but no cigar: Video Nasties, Independent Video Stores, VHS, Betamax, Adjusting The tracking

 

5 – Having to wait for the one copy of a film to be in stock.
I remember waiting a month to see The Living Daylights as the ONE copy Amazing Videos in Lewes had was booked out in advance. Yes these days on-demand and Netflix this isn’t even a concern. In other words: Imagine House OF Cards is released tomorrow but one can be watched by one person in a Town at a time. Yup.

 

4 – Pan & Scan
SO that film you spent millions to look good on the Cinema? Well TV’s weren’t the same shape so films ended up being cropped or adjusted so that the image would fit. This usually meant adding extra motion or cutting down the edges. It ruined the cinematography and often missed the action.  Thankfully those days are no more…

 

3 – TV Versions
“Forget you, Forget You’, ““Yippee-ki-yay, Mr. Falcon!”, “Go feel your mother”,’Yippie-kye-ay melon farmer!’ not to mention the TV cut of certain films running short with adverts to fit into two hour time slots.  It was the wild west out there but often (and Robocop being a prime example) these versions were so bad they were good. 

 

2 – “You Wouldn’t Steal A Television”
This advert that played before veer rental and purchased video back in the day. Must have seen that more than any film ever!

 

1 – Movie Posters & Standees
Days gone by my room was filled with film standees and movie posters back in the day all thanks to the local video store.  When the independents started to go so did the mass of press kits & movie posters that adorned many a bedroom wall back in the day.

 

 

 

Blog: Rewind This – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Rewind This – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
VHS was the moment that movies became available to everyone and the business of movies jumped up a gear.  Rewind This is an affectionate look back at those heady days of the dawn of the VHS era, an era which quite frankly changed the world forever.  Looking at the social, economic and personal impact, it’s a fascinating look back both for children of the 80’s and for those retro hounds that wish they were there but weren’t.

Best Bit: VHS!

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, Be Kind Rewind, The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys

 

Author: Phil Hobden