V/H/S (2012) DVD/Blu-ray


Out Now.

Momentum Pictures.

Certificate: 18

When I was an undergraduate some ten years ago, Friday night was all about rootling. This is not some euphemism for date-rape or other libidinous activity, but rather a trawl through the basement of a rental store to pick up three videos of 80s horror for a fiver. Attempting to replicate this wondrous VHS grab-bag experience, producer Brad Miska came up with the concept of an anthology film based around footage found on the vinyl equivalent of home entertainment. The result is an inevitable mixture of quality, but in a supposed paean to retro format, the most successful segments are the ones that exploit advances in recording technology.