However, there are a few appeal of the VHS, that the documentary does a great job highlighting:
(2) Amazing artwork covers. Studios were discovering that attractive and enticing artwork got people to rent or buy their product, the more ridiculous and bloody the artwork was, the more units they could move. For a time (particularly during the Video Nasty era), it wasn't uncommon to see very gory covers, leaving nothing to the imagination. There was also a boom in hand painted artwork, which pretty much died out in the 90s.
They also left off Laserdisc, which is understandable, but you have to know about Laserdisc and how it was tied to VHS.
As much as I miss those hey days of the VHS dominance and missing the video rental stores, I truly believe that the introduction to the DVD (which was, in my head, a 'smaller compact version of Laserdisc') was the best thing that could have happened to movie fans. There are many reasons for this, but it's mostly because the format is digital and, depending on the source, a much better image and sound quality.
While Rewind This! was enjoyable, I really don't understand the VHS culture. I'm all about moving forward, and VHS, although an interesting niche, is going backward, in my opinion. The only saving grace is that VHS are now super scarce and some movies never made that jump to DVD. Even if they digitalized the film, the original box artwork may not survive the transition. That artwork part of the movie culture can never be captured again, because movie retailers (the Best Buys and Targets of the world), will not purchase "offensive" cover artwork. Instead, in today's market, all DVD and Bluray covers are usually bland and boring.
Rewind This! is available on, ironically, DVD and digital, as well as VHS. Purchase information can be found on rewindthismovie.com.