MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,472 this week

BBS: The Documentary (2005)

Video  -  Documentary  -  21 May 2005 (USA)
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 217 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

Through eight episodes, director Jason Scott covers the 25 year history of the Dial-Up Bulletin Board System... See full synopsis »

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 53 titles
created 27 Sep 2011
 
a list of 108 titles
created 29 Dec 2011
 
war
a list of 57 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
 
a list of 149 titles
created 18 May 2012
 
a list of 2315 titles
created 07 Apr 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: BBS: The Documentary (Video 2005)

BBS: The Documentary (Video 2005) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of BBS: The Documentary.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

DEFCON is the world's largest hacking conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2012 it was held for the 20th time. The conference has strict no-filming policies, but for DEFCON 20, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Scott Sadofsky
Stars: Dead Addict, Brian Baskin, Ryan Clarke
Revolution OS (2001)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products, or their way of doing business. While Microsoft's Windows became the ... See full summary »

Director: J.T.S. Moore
Stars: Linus Torvalds, Richard M. Stallman, Eric Raymond
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Three part documentary that shows the insight look at the history of computers, from its rise in the 1970s to the beginning of the Dot-com boom of the late 1990s.

Stars: Robert X. Cringely, Douglas Adams, Sam Albert
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.

Director: Simon Klose
Stars: Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij
E-Dreams (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An in-depth look at the highs and lows of a dot com. The movie follows the founders of Kozmo.com as they raise money and file for IPO. But no one has predicted the market crash in April 2000.

Director: Wonsuk Chin
Stars: Joseph Park, Yong Kang, Thoeger Hansen
Hackers Are People Too (Video 2008)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hackers do laundry. Hackers like movies. Hackers are people and could be your neighbors, your brother, your friends. Presenting a portrait of the hacking community, created by the community... See full summary »

Director: Ashley Schwartau
Stars: Chris Darbro, Scott Davidson, Flea
Documentary | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A feature length documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world.

Director: Emmanuel Goldstein
Stars: Mark Abene, Ed Cummings, Robert Darlington
Code 2600 (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

CODE 2600 documents the Info-Tech Age, told by the events and people who helped build and manipulate it. It explores the impact this new connectivity has on our ability to remain human while maintaining our personal privacy and security.

Director: Jeremy Zerechak
Stars: Julia Concolino, Lorrie Cranor, Jennifer Granick
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Stars: Will Lyman
Code Rush (TV Movie 2000)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Code Rush follows the people of Netscape Communications during an intense period in 1998, when it was all but certain that Microsoft had already won control of the Internet user's desktop. ... See full summary »

Director: David Winton
Stars: Scott Collins, Stuart Parmenter, Jamie Zawinski
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Ralph Lee
Stars: John Draper, Kevin Mitnick, Denny Teresi
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Eddie Schmidt, Jay Cheel
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kerri Adams ...
Herself
Christopher Allen ...
Himself
Jay Andrews ...
Himself
Alan Aspuru-Guzik ...
Himself
Ben Baker ...
Himself
Cliff Barber ...
Himself
Ted Beatie ...
Himself
Phil Becker ...
Himself
B.W. Behling ...
Himself
Wayne Bell ...
Himself
Brian J. Bernstein ...
Himself
Loyd Blankenship ...
Leif Bloomquist ...
Himself
Bootleg ...
Himself
John Brandt ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Through eight episodes, director Jason Scott covers the 25 year history of the Dial-Up Bulletin Board System... See full synopsis »

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 May 2005 (USA)  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Over 250 hours of interviews were recorded. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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

BUSY...

Redialing...

Connected:

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.


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great Documentary BlahBlahBlahBlahBlahBlah
Is he a BBS? arre_87
Discuss BBS: The Documentary (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page