VHS Massacre Too Blu Ray Review (Troma)
VHS Massacre Too (aKa VHS Massacre 2) is a 2020 documentary produced and directed by Thomas Edward Seymour (VHS Massacre, Troma’s Monster Kill, and Mark of the Beast). It’s a sequel to 2016’s VHS Massacre. The last stand of the American exploitation film. In a post video store era, media consolidation has led to the censorship and near death of the independent and exploitation film industry. Joe Bob Briggs (Last Drive-in), Debbie Rochon (Terror Firmer), Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger), J.R. Bookwalter (The Dead Next Door), Lynn Lowry (The Crazies), and James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd) take us on an adventure that leads from the last Blockbuster video store in Bend Oregon to Troma Entertainment in New York, all in an effort to examine how history keeps repeating itself from the video store era to the modern streaming!!!!The original VHS Massacre was great and it’s one of the better horror documentaries in the last few years. This sequel picks up where that one left off and it covers today’s situations when it comes to home video releases. Several familiar faces come back for this one that were involved with the original. VHS Massacre Too returns to it’s VHS discussions and stories from the past but it adds more to this follow up. They go into great detail about smaller films getting distribution and what happens when things go wrong with it. There’s a few stories and situations discussed here that bring you closer to the behind the doors deals made for films. They chat about streaming and how it has changed everything when it comes to rental. They visit the last remaining Blockbuster and return a older release there to close things up on this spotlight on what happened to VHS and independent features. VHS Massacre Too is more about the aftermath of VHS rather than they heyday of it’s popularity. RECOMMENDED!!!!This 1080p (1.78:1) transfer looks really good on blu ray here. All the different segments and interviews come from various sources at times but it all matches great on here. The English: Dolby Digital 2.0 track is solid. It’s just what you would expect from a talking piece about the home video world. It has a hilarious “Intro” from Lloyd Kaufman that’s under a minute. “Audio Commentary” with director Thomas Edward Seymour and podcaster James Richardson. “Tom Gets Ripped Off” is almost 3 minutes. The director shares some situations as a struggling filmmaker. “Extended Family Video” is a little over 4 minutes and it’s a longer tour of the video store. “Interview” is an extended 20 minute chat with James Rolfe. It has a “Trailer” for this also. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!