Sunday, June 22, 2014

Adjust Your Tracking - Review - #VHS / #Horror

Adjust Your Tracking (2013) **
D: Dan M. Kinem, Levi Peretic
Plot Synopsis: A documentary capturing the modern day VHS culture and VHS collectors. 

REVIEW: In Adjust Your Tracking, the prominence is put on various VHS collectors. Before diving into a review of this documentary, let me say this. I have a deep respect for these people. In there own unique way, they are the unsung heroes of film as they are helping to preserve a piece of film history that could have potentially been lost forever.

Now for the actual film itself, we meet various collectors. We get a little history into VHS. We meet the owners of some mom & pop stores. We get a glimpse into how big box stores such as Blockbuster killed them off. We see a little bit into the demise of VHS. We learn how these collectors have gone to great lengths to obtain some of the films that they own. Most of these collectors are then given a chance to show off their massive collections and talk about some of their childhood experiences with VHS. We even see how they have formed their own little communities as well.

As a former collector, I could understand where they were coming from in the various things that they discussed. I learned a thing or two along the way, but the film forgets to delve into what VHS meant to these people from an emotional standpoint, how it affected their own personal levels. Why did VHS have such a profound affect on their lives? 

With Adjust Your Tracking, we only get a partial portrait into the very people who are at the center of the film and as a result, the film never quite connects on an emotional level. [Not Rated] 84 mins. 

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