Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary once recommended VHS tapes to customers at Video Archives, a store in Manhattan Beach. On “The Video Archives Podcast with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary,” the hosts and announcer Gala Avary are reliving their time in the shop, reviewing old classics, and finding new favorites from the store’s actual VHS archive. They’ll get into James Bond movies, exploitation films, and shed light on new films you might be hearing about for the first time.
On episodes, Quentin and Roger dole awards out to their favorites and comment on the quality of each video transfer on VHS tapes. When the store went out of business, the duo got ahold of all video cassettes. Start the series in any order, with episodes running less than 2 hours.
The hosts will chat about films like Dark Star, Moonraker, Demonoid: Messenger of Death, Piranha, The Illustrated Man, and more. They’re also watching the original trailers that came with the VHS tapes.
Episode 1 focused on one of Roger’s faves, 1974’s Dark Star, that originated from John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon’s student film. Hop on for galactic adventures and join scientists’ mission to axe unstable stellar bodies. The hosts shared changing opinions, the film’s impact on future movies, and talked about the beach ball alien (?).
On deck, Quentin and Roger will revisit Ulli Lommel’s Cocaine Cowboys. Released in 1979, the film became a cult classic and followed a rock band about to break. The characters’ problem is a $2 million bag of lost cocaine. Cocaine Cowboys starred Jack Palance, Tom Sullivan, Suzanna Love, and Andy Warhol. The hosts unpack the scenes’ truths, Warhol’s influences, Pierre Trudeau’s link, and how this film was adapted from a true story.
This podcast is presented by Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary, and Stitcher. It’s awesome to hear Quentin and Roger’s backstory, all about the video store that launched their careers, and how their best friendship’s evolved over time.
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