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Adjust Your Tracking is a feature-length documentary film directed by Levi "Dabeedo" Peretic and Dan Kinem. It's a passion project made by true lovers of the format hoping to capture why VHS holds such a special place in so many different people's hearts. The film features interviews with VHS collectors, video store owners, filmmakers, and distributors.Written by
A documentary capturing the modern day VHS culture and VHS collectors.
If you are not already interested in VHS and the culture of those who collect it, this is going to be a very strange film, possibly boring and altogether confusing. Not confusing in the sense that it is hard to follow, but it may leave you wondering, "Why do these guys do this and what sort of person spends their money on such things?"
Now, for those already interested, this will get you better acquainted with some of the more noteworthy collectors, provide you with some of the collecting motivations (not least of which is that many of these films have never been on DVD). And we even get a few bigger names like Lloyd Kaufman and Matt Moore, who is well-known as the HorrorHound columnist that popularized this craze.
Crazy or not, this is a group of passionate people. Perhaps it is crazy to spend $660 on a copy of "Tales From the Quadead Zone". But if they could turn around and sell it for more, maybe this is not so crazy. Many of us have our own collecting idiosyncrasies, our own investments. The question is: will this one continue to grow or will the bubble burst? (For many of these folks, that is not even the point.)
If there is anything missing here, it is Charles Band of Full Moon, Empire and Wizard Video fame. Band is not a hard man to track down, so getting him to talk about his years in the VHS world would be no huge undertaking. Even more to the point, however, is a huge controversy Band sparked in the VHS community by re-releasing Wizard "big boxes". He claims they are originals, while the collectors say they are fake. At $50 a piece, they ought to be real, or these folks should file a class action lawsuit against Band for deceptive practices.
Many, perhaps most, of the VHS collectors are particularly interested in horror. No one is collecting Fox or MGM tapes (finding "Speed" for fifty cents is easy), but the obscure films that no one has heard of. And horror fans are probably the ones who will most identify with this documentary, whether they are collectors or not. We all have films that we loved on VHS and took forever to come out on DVD (and some that still have not).
This might be worth checking out if you are a die-hard movie geek who misses the "old days" and the thrill of visiting the video store.
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