It’s been over a year since the last Blockbuster Video shuttered its doors — and at least a few weeks since an open-miker closed with a “VCR always flashing 12:00” joke — so it’s safe to say that we’re living in a post-VHS world. But folks who endured years of “Be kind, rewind” and “Betamax is for cinephiles!” will always hold a special place in their hearts for clamshell cases and tracking adjustments. And fortunately, this trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron modified to look as if it was dubbed directly from a 1995 videocassette is right up their analog alley.
Edited together by YouTuber Louis Plamondon, the clip features the video and audio glitches of a well-worn rental, as well as the high-octane voiceover doing a perfect impression of the late movie trailer voice guru Don LaFontaine. All that plus giant cast titles straight out of ’90s blockbusters like True Lies or The Fugitive. So take a gander at a trailer 20 years in the making without paying any mind to the advances of digital compression.