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BBS: The Documentary (2005)

Not Rated  |  Video  |   |  Documentary  |  21 May 2005 (USA)
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Through eight episodes, director Jason Scott covers the 25 year history of the Dial-Up Bulletin Board System... See full synopsis »

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Jason Scott drove roughly 1,000 miles in a 24 hour period (Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah, and back) to record a single interview with two people for an hour and a half. See more »

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If you believe The Internet is the beginning and end of data communication - you're wrong.
8 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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I chanced upon this documentary very early in 2005, and thankfully Jason was taking pre-orders. I had barely read a few words of the description before I knew "I want this!! I have to have this!" - I was not really an old-school BBS user, my entrance was around the mid-90's and more of a witness to this communication phenomenon. For the first few months I admit I was something of a leecher but eventually came around to the rules of the game.

Phone line cut off and revived twice, massive debt to British Telecom paid off , I continued to log into to numerous boards, even calling international to try and find some specific doors for my own BBS. Eventually I fell into decent work, which not only paid me a healthy wage but killed some of the time I usually used to be online - an addiction finally under some control.

This box-set represents some of the finest points of the BBS scene - the interviews flow so smoothly as if everyone was bred to be in front of a camera, you feel like you're being talked too, not talked at. Ten minutes into first DVD you simply believe this is some high-level company production, the sheer technical achievement is astonishing - from the layout, to the transition effects, subtitles, addition of music, blending it all together - incredible, it's hard to believe that one man pieced all this information together. Granted, everyone involved deserves credit - and rightly so takes bold-text status on screen. You will appreciate every one of them...for their existence in your life.

If anyone has chanced upon this IMDb entry and believes a BBS is nothing more than a forum on a web-host, I urge you to study more of this subject, you will be pleasantly surprised.


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