JonTron Visits the Video Store

Mike Matei / May 20th, 2015

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  • May 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Awesome video and Jontron!. Also, on random note, Super Double Dragon for J&MM!

  • geddon

    May 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Revenge of the Sith is my favorite of all six.

  • May 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Awesome, you should do one where he goes through the nerd room!

  • buggyglint

    May 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Great video, I really enjoyed the conversation you guys had.

  • Dusty Benjamin

    May 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I really miss the old rental stores, it’s such a shame they aren’t around anymore.

  • Kane_Magus

    May 20, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    They can make whatever movies they want in the future, I guess, but “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” is already the de facto “Ghostbusters 3” as far as I am concerned.

  • mac_guffin

    May 20, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I actually kind of agree with Jon. There is a lot that sucks about it, namely Jar Jar, the child acting, some bad CGi, etc., but it has a great variety of action and had some interesting ideas. Though, I don’t hate the other prequels as much as most either. They’re bad, but there is stuff to enjoy.

    • Highwing

      May 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Exactly. I said something very similar in the comments for the Earthworm Jim video. I find the plot to be much more interesting in the prequels, for one thing.

  • AllMightyMasterBaiter

    May 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm


  • Thifurious

    May 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    This was a great video! The conversations you guys had were really interesting. It’s cool to see James in his element, discussing movies.

  • May 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    fantastic video !!!! really honest and insightful towards the end.

  • Satnav

    May 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    As a note–you can get the unaltered Star Wars originals as laserdisc rips, basically advertised as bonus features on official DVDs from like 2006. I got Empire Strikes Back with that not too long ago for free.

  • Joe

    May 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Im sorry, but JonTron is soooooo annoying! The guy talks over James all the time, doesn’t listen to what James or Mike has to say. Please James, get rid of this guy.

  • May 20, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Dude… not trying to disrespect his opinion.. but the point he tried to make with Darth Maul killing Qui-Gon and going on to be main villian for next two and giving motivation for Obi-Wan is actually a pretty good idea the more I think about it.

    • Highwing

      May 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Obi-Wan had other motivations, though. One was to train Anakin in Qui-Gon’s place. Jedi aren’t supposed to seek revenge anyway. Darth Maul would in no way be necessary for Obi-Wan to have motivation. The prequels aren’t focused on Obi-Wan’s struggles anyway, so it’s not like there needed to be a “main villain” for him. The focus is Anakin and Palpatine’s influence on him.

  • Andrew

    May 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    JONTRON!!!!!!! Two of my favorite nostalgia reviewers right here. Thanks for making these videos guys I enjoyed them. ITS JUST CAAAAAAAAANS lol.

  • just_a_friend

    May 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I need friends like these.


    May 21, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Wtf is this dewd talking about. Phantom Menace sucked ass. It was a horrible obomination. This guy pisses me off.

  • May 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

    jantran using tropic thunder logic for Beta Max

  • May 21, 2015 at 2:38 am

    James do you have the very limited HD-VHS format? Fox I think was the only people to support the HD-VHS and released about 13 movies in total, the last one I think was I, Robot. Anyway I saw one of these back in the day, was wondering if you have one.

  • Rennie Page

    May 21, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Im sorry, but to all the Avgn “fans” that were hating on Doug Walker aka the nostalgia critic, just ha. Seriously, ha. This guy is the fucking worst. So annoying, like what the fuck. Somebody shut him up. Damn. It was near unbearable. I just want to hear James. If rather hear mike talk over james than this guy. I’d rather stick a spaghetti fork in my eye and fill my ear holes up with armadillo diarrhea while shaving my balls with a rusty NES pin connector.

  • rafelll

    May 21, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I agree with Jontron. Phantom Menace is the best because it was not recorded with digital cams and the cgi effects looks more realistic AND the fight scenes with obi-wan are better the all other fights in the series because they were real, a real fight with actors and a real style of fighting and a real fighter(actor of Darth maul). episodes 2 and 3 were all cgi fights and if you watch ep 2/3 now they look like an outdated game, but not phantom.

  • bud

    May 21, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Jon is an idiot. Or maybe it’s just a generational thing. I’m on team James and Mike when it comes to movies.

    • semontrax

      May 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      I also felt the same way dude. I think I must be getting old. You’d think he’d just been teleported from a different dimension by the way he was talking about films I assumed were pretty well-known cheesy/great classics.

  • Psychojaws

    May 21, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Hands down, this is my favorite video. I love the way you have your tapes displayed. I had actually emailed Mr. Rolfe about how he inspired me to dust off my old VHS tapes and set up part of my (future) basement as an old “video store.” It really is great that you guys preserve the memory of the VHS format. Again, watching you guys talk about your old video stores brings back a lot of memories for me. It reminds me of how much I used to love going to mine as a kid. I used to hate going shopping in general, but when I went to my local “mom and pop” video store or Blockbuster, I could probably spend up to two hours walking around looking at the same VHS boxes over and over and not realizing two hours had passed. These nostalgia videos you make really help me appreciate my childhood. Thanks, guys!

  • May 21, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I wish we got to see the porn room someday lol. Oh well guess we just know it’s there.

    • goodpenisbadpenis

      May 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thats where the video games are. Its a joke. Get it?

  • May 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I’m happy their never was an TLA in home town only Blockbusters since I wound fell very dum asking for Ice Cream sandwich with an side of celees list celees pizza.

  • May 21, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Discussion Time. I think anyone who was not born before 2000, would not understand all these formats nowadays. I was born in 1998, I was introduced to movies through the VHS and briefly watching films on actual film projectors. I still remember Blockbuster as a kid not far away from were I’ve lived, however because it was shut down two years ago, it got replace by another supermarket. As if so many wasn’t enough. Always preferred VHS then DVD’s because in the U.K, the speed of the frame-rate is increased and the music sounds awful. Blu-Rays have been taken advantage in the U.K by companies by Arrow Films and The Masters of Cinema (U.K version of The Criterion Collection) and they are awesome. Last year, Masters of Cinema released a version of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari which I was introduced by you on Monster Maddness and the problem in the U.K is how certains films that are released in the USA and China/Japan aren’t here. Dr Caligari had one VHS and one low quality DVD. Only four Gozilla films (Original, Zilla, Final Wars and last year’s film). I do think it’s frustrating when companies get lazy with Blu-ray release mainly when Universal with Richard LinkLater’s Boyhood, only ONE trailer and ONE rushed featurette. For a film spent over 12 years, you think that it would have tonnes of commentaries, interviews and documentaries. Nope. That’s a huge shame because Universal have released their Monster Series on Blu-ray and it’s one of the best box-sets ever. The only thing it irritates me more is how they keep releasing Jurassic Park Box-sets over and over again.

    • May 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Many of the local 5 blockbusters in may home town have been or well be picked up Gamestop since 3 of them ware next dour to Gamestop stores. 2 of the 5 closed only because of their location. 1 closed form it workers laving, and 1 was set on fire by Arason.

  • Rick

    May 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

    THANK you Jontron. “Have you SEEN Attack of the Clones?!” It’s SUCH the worst Star Wars.

    • ToadRoad

      May 23, 2015 at 4:02 am

      Agreed. That movie doesn’t even have fun or excitement in small doses to balance out the dreadfulness.

  • May 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

    wheres the curtain to the porn room? every 90s video store needed a porn section

  • huhhuhhuh

    May 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Have you guys seen the documentary by Penn and Teller called Tim’s Vemeer?

  • greedo

    May 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Pretty good vid. How do I get into the video store? ๐Ÿ™‚ As for JonTron’s comments on Episode I, I don’t agree. It is easily the weakest of the three prequels, and while(as JT said) it has a self-contained story… I don’t see how Darth Maul could have survived. Really, I can’t.

    As much as I would have loved to have seen him survive into the next film, there is no sensible way that he could have. It wouldn’t have served the plot well. Maybe if Lucas had 4 prequels planned instead of 3, it might have been possible. But it is what it is. I think both Episodes I and II could have used another re-write, or two. II was better than one, but the balance between action and romance was a bit uneven. And that dialogue… ugh! Both films could have used better plot… and better co-writers, too.

    III was the best film out of all the SW films, IMHO. The prequels aren’t the worst films out there, but they could have been much, much better. As for Jar Jar, I never had a problem with him, per se. Like JT, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about, there. He was an okay character. The only problem is… he just wasn’t funny.

  • goodpenisbadpenis

    May 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Jon Tron sucks. Fukin lumberjack with yer flannel shirt.

  • goodpenisbadpenis

    May 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    VHS the ultimate format.

  • Browntown

    May 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Hey, I was just wondering. What is the deal with that NES game up on the top shelf in the corner by the laser discs above that little tv?

  • May 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    If you have one near you, Family Video, it’s still holding strong. We have one in the Midwest. We also have a small time video store that popped up called Zombie Video (awesome name).

    • Rennie Page

      May 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Doug walker would have been a better choice for this video, seeing as this is his forte. He owns the movie reviews. But that being said, I still like James’ movie reviews better.

      • Rennie Page

        May 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

        Whoops, did not mean to Reply to above comment.

  • May 22, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Why do so many people hate on Jontron? Most of his videos are really funny, and he obviously looks up to James a lot. You can tell he’s a bit nervous in these videos, so it’s normal he kinda rants about stuff. I didn’t ever watch Jontron til I saw the J&MM but he’s a real funny guy. No need to hate on the guy.

    • Michael Holmes

      May 22, 2015 at 4:23 am

      I totally agree. After seeing Jontron in these videos, I think he seems like a good guy and I’m going to be checking out some of his videos.

  • Michael Holmes

    May 22, 2015 at 4:10 am

    BOMB video! I loved your guys’s entire discussion!

  • May 22, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Great collection.

  • Eelco

    May 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Nice video! Brings back a lot of memories.
    And…finally someone who thinks mostly the same as me about the Star Wars prequel trilogy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like Jontron, I find Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones to be the worst part of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

    Although AotC’s final 40 minutes or so contain some very memorable scenes (the Geonosis arena battle, the droid factory, the battle that starts The Clone Wars, Obi Wan Kenobi & Anakin vs. Count Dooku, Yoda vs. Count Dooku) and before that final 40 minutes the nice scenes on Kamino, it also has some of the most crappy dialogue I’ve ever heard in a movie.
    The scenes between Padmรฉ and Anakin and other scenes involving Anakin really gave me goosebumps at the movies!

    Ok, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace has a lot of flaws. But like Jontron, Jar Jar Binks didn’t really bother me that much. Personally, I had more problems with the young Anakin!

    Wow…the podrace sequence (especially the extended one on blu-ray) is just so awesome!
    To me, the final battle between Obi Wan Kenobi, Qui Gon Jinn and Darth Maul was the best light sabre duel of the whole prequel trilogy.
    And I just love the character Wattoo ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t really agree with Jontron on Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Think that was really the best part of the prequel trilogy. Especially loved Ian McDiarmid’s scenes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Highwing

      May 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      The dialogue in Episode II was by far the worst part of it. Other than that and some poor CGI, the movie wasn’t too bad. I agree with what you said are the positive elements. But I also liked the Coruscant chase scene, and Coruscant overall looked amazing in my opinion. The story was interesting too (much more cryptic and a bit more complex than anything in the original trilogy). Overall, I just think people are way too hard on the prequels and sometimes just have very black and white arguments pertaining to them.

  • Joe

    May 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    “Jar Jar never bothered me…I don’t know why?” – JonTron……..Yes he never bothered you because….you’re just like JarJar!!!! Your opinions suck!!! GO AWAY!!!!

    • goodpenisbadpenis

      May 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      hahaha so true

    • Eelco

      May 23, 2015 at 4:31 am

      Yes…Jontron is a very busy person.
      So that automatically explaines why Jar Jar Binks didn’t really bother him?! Right ๐Ÿ™
      Ok, I myself am not a busy person and Jar Jar Binks didn’t really bother me that much as young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd).
      Ow…and let’s not forget about the very bad acting of Natalie Portman as Padmรฉ.
      I have to admit that there was too much of Jar Jar Binks onscreen and a lot of his so-called comical antics fell very flat or were quite annoying.

  • May 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Hahah why does JON TRON sound like John Travolta when hes doing rocky? lol

  • Andrew Beaman

    May 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I dont think my last post posted, anyways, long time fan, love what you do and what you represent! Your basement looks like the inside of my local video store when i was growing up, brings back a lot of great memories like Terminator 2 and Sleepaway Camp. Your video shows the great generational divide between our generation and Jontrons. You are unique in your appreciation for a time without cell phones and internet. Keep doing what you do, you make this world a better place!

  • Doopliss

    May 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    my 2 favorite internets friends in one room

  • May 22, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Someone please explain the appeal of this Jontron. He seems like a fucking douche.

    • Smokingspoon

      May 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      He’s alright.. A bit too excited for me, but alright.

    • Joe

      May 27, 2015 at 3:22 am

      Exactly what I’ve been posting. Just look at the screen shot before you press play to watch the video, this guy is a T – O – O – L

      He’s terrible, maybe if we don’t watch the videos he’s in they’ll stop doing videos with him. Please James and Mike, make this guy disappear.

    • Andrew

      June 3, 2015 at 12:44 am

      I’m a Jontron fan, you’ve gotta watch his channel. His video’s are pretty funny/entertaining. I gotta admit though he’s acting a little awkward in this video.

  • May 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  • Night-X

    May 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Weird having this weird ass box with really small words that can’t barely read popping up when watching this video. Any ideas what this is about?

  • May 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I thought it said In Memories of Kyle Justin.

  • Smokingspoon

    May 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    How can he not know Barbarella?? James show that weird cd version thing to put him in awe but he was clueless xD

    • Smokingspoon

      May 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Episode 2 is the worst. God… I just skipped over those pathetically written love scenes. Star trek had a lot of loved eras, it’s never been homogeneous so it’s easier to reboot. Star wars though…. I think episode 7 will be blah..

  • Kent Gissing

    May 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Wow… Can not BELIEVE how much I disagree with Jon ๐Ÿ˜€ .. nuff said. I am soooo envious of James’ videostore and game collection. XD me wantee!!! Most of all, just the neatness impress me, like how everything is so tidy and ordered. ^^ that appeals to me so much. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Thomas Casson

    May 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Does anyone else just click these videos for background/company? I am sure lots of people will make fun of me for posting this but i love these types of videos because its just so comforting when all alone in my bedroom.. which is erm a lot!

    • June 8, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Well usually I do, but I haven’t used this video as a background noise. I’ve watched this countless times though.

    • Smokingspoon

      June 9, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Yeah, we’re a lot actually to enjoy some background chat like that. But I like J&M before bed time or breakfast, too.

  • May 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

    you have a daughter james?

  • June 4, 2015 at 5:51 am

    I always phantom menace was the best one too. The other ones are just wierd, just like john says

  • Mark Knight

    June 5, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Worst question ever!!! “Why does everyone like Bill Murray the best in Ghostbusters”?

    • Smokingspoon

      June 9, 2015 at 7:25 am

      He’s got such a funny and awkward body language lol

  • Smokingspoon

    June 9, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Jon’s Rocky joke was pretty hilarious, but yeah.. I have to agree he’s a tad annoying.

  • nammm3

    August 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Good conversation between each other with the Star Wars prequels. Hopefully J.J. Abrams will make a spectacular Episode 7, it is definitely a movie i’m going to watch as early as I can.

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