Tuesday, June 17, 2014

REVIEW: Adjust Your Tracking - the Untold Story of the VHS Collector out now!

This is the story of the collector. Of this we must be certain because without that simple fact you might think that there are two distinct history of the VHS tape out there. While such a thing would not be a problem (it would be welcome) to understand the fundamental difference allows for a better appreciate of Adjust Your Tracking - The Untold Story of the VHS Collector. Last year we wrote up Rewind This! And that's a bit of a different tale altogether. Sure, some of the same people are interviewed but like any good narrative the fundamental tale is different. The information is unique to each picture. The cover art for each is brilliant and quite frankly I'm so happy that we have the chance to appreciate this format and those that love it from two different angles.Today we are going to talk about Adjust Your Tracking and how it is a concise tale of those that stockpile the Mylar released by VHSShitfest and Lunchmeat (both of which I am in love with) and also presented by the infamous and loved Horror Boobs (bless you!). It's probably best to think of this less as a review and more as a love letter. 

Synopsis from Horror Boobs, VHSShitfest and Lunchmeat:

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. Over 100 collectors, filmmakers, producers, and video store owners express how VHS changed their lives. 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.

I have loved and adore this movie since before I saw it. Since I first saw the cover art. I had the chance to view it during my position as a judge of the Killer Film Festival, and gave it high marks actually voting for it to win awards. I also wondered at the time what kind of extras we might see upon a physical media release. I had seen a digital screen for the festival. Today I have the full release in front of me and it absolutely jam-packed with goodies. As you may recall I was very curious about the full release as compared to Rewind This because Rewind This was like an explosion of extras. It was intimidating. The folks who made these movies have come to the same conclusion that fans of the the medium have come to, it's about love. It ain't about the money. It isn't about bragging rights (all the time). It's about a group of people with memories and the best way to share those memories and in what form those memories take today. That's what the VHS collecting movement is about. That's why you can put a laundry list of features on a two disc set and have them all be relevant and perfect. Major studios could take a lesson from Dan Kinem, Levi Peretic and crew. Seven hours of bonus features. They include:

Audio Commentaries with Directors & Producers
Behind teh Scenes Featurettes
Deleted Scenes featuring Scarecrow Video, Faces of Death and More!
Three all new Short Films
Extended Interviews. 

The content is fun and funny. You'll have memories that lurk back into your conscious mind. If you haven't bought a tape in years you'll begin seeing them again as if they were hidden all along. They'll show up in boxes in your basement. At garage sales and swap meets. Your eBay shopping cart may never look the same. There's a movement out there that's creating new VHS tapes, the collects older tapes and creates art for and from tapes. There are conventions dedicated to this aging format (aging like fine wine motherfuckers... or at least like magnetic tape which doesn't age very well but the boxes will always be rad). Prepare to remember more than you thought you could and have the entire world you knew as a movie watcher during the 80's and 90's be shaken up when you realize what might have been lurking on your shelf the whole damn time.

I collect the VHS tapes, so I'm biased but I am the audience for which Adjust Your Tracking was made. Mind you I'm not a quality hound. I love the feel of tape and the cover. I enjoy rewatching a classic tape from time to time on the older format. I still shop for them regularly. I'm always looking for those big box glories from Wizard Video (not the remakes). I hope to build a faux video store in my basement someday and would love it if I could have a lending library of sorts to share with all of you. I've collected tapes to that end, but we're far off. From the sights you see in Adjust Your Tracking, you'll feel like you can build up your collection. You'll feel like you can find every tape. You'll know every collector by heart and their collection and their name. Consider Adjust Your Tracking your visual handshake with a well established community of media lovers.

Remember that Adjust Your Tracking and Rewind This are perfect compliments to be appreciated in tandem. Pick 'em both up. 

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