Rewind This!

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Short Term 12 Grace (Brie Larson) works at a home for troubled teens, but while she’s fantastic at her job, her empathy for the kids sees her bringing home their pains far too often. Her boyfriend (John Gallagher Jr.) works there too and hopes the two of them can grow as a couple, but he knows her past has led to too much of her heart being cordoned off for the kids. Their situation grows even more untenable when a new girl arrives at the facility. Writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s film is a small wonder. It’s essentially a character piece, a glimpse into the life and love of one woman and the people around her, but it’s crafted and performed so effortlessly that it feels like emotionally rich time spent laughing and crying with friends. There’s a slight misstep in the third act where the film loses sight of its characters in deference to a more conventional narrative, but it’s a minor trespass. Check out Allison’s full review here. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Deleted scenes, behind the scenes, featurettes, original short film]

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Rewind This! Movie

By all accounts, VHS will probably end up being the vinyl of the movie world. It wasn’t just a new way to watch movies, it was a revolutionary tool that profoundly changed the game. Major studios hated home video (and now rely on DVD/Blu-ray sales…), audiences relished discovering crazy stuff that had previously been out of reach, and the ease of it all was as simple as picking from a shelf-full of goodies. And a lot of crap. But if you picked something terrible, you’d usually just mock it with friends. So not a lot has changed since then. Except that VHS lives on only in the hearts of a smaller audience than it used to command. Fortunately, the folks at IPF Productions and everyone who contributed to their KickStarter campaign have made a celebration of the format that delivered movies to our homes. Rewind This! is playing at SXSW in March, and they’ve released a new trailer that’s an orgy of VHS-love:

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Rewind This!

If you love movies as much as we do and you were born sometime before 1990, you probably remember going to your local video store to rent these black plastic things called VHS tapes. You see kids, back in the days before torrents and Netflix, back even before those shiny Blu-ray’s and DVDs, movies came on VHS tapes. They were almost always in full frame to match the aspect ratio of those old bulky tube TVs, they had static and tracking problems and you had to rewind and fast forward to get to different scenes. But what a sight it was to walk into a video store and see shelves and racks filled to capacity with the bright, vibrant cover art of VHS tapes. There are still thousands and thousands of films that were released on VHS that have never seen the light of day in another format. VHS revolutionized the movie industry and three young filmmakers from Austin, TX have banded together to tell its story.

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