If you’re a fan of the golden age of VHS video games and movies, you might just want to look for a new podcast by Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary. The Podcast of video files will be released through SiriusXM’s Stitcher platform July 19 and find the couple reminiscing about their days working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California while watching VHS cult movies.
Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary were both working at Video Archives at the time, and when the store closed in 1995, Tarantino bought his entire library. In a joint statement, Tarantino and Avari said:
We never imagined that 30 years after working together behind the scenes at Video Archives, we would be together again doing exactly the same thing we did then: talking passionately about VHS movies. Watching movies was what initially united us and made us friends, and our love for movies is what unites us even today. So we’re surrounded by the original Video Archives collection, where we both worked before we became famous filmmakers and traveled back in time to the golden age of VHS. We love to discuss movies and we want to welcome you to the Video Archives Podcast to join us and the Gala of the new Archives employee and discover the hidden VHS gems on our shelves.
Each episode of the podcast will find Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary and Avary’s daughter, Gala, watching and discussing a movie from the VHS Video Archives collection. Some of the films that will cover include Moonraker, Dark star, Demonoid: Messenger of Deathand Piranha, but if it does not have a VHS version, they will not watch it. “We watch the videotapes,“, Said Tarantino. “We do not watch Blu-ray. And if they do not have a videotape, they can not be measured as a movie. Must be from the collection.“
As video stores are rather rare these days, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in one. But I still fondly remember walking up and down the aisles when I was young, trying in vain to decide which movie I could rent that week. I now spend an hour scrolling through streaming services before just watching Good friends for the hundredth time.
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