Since “Stranger Things” debuted on Netflix in 2016, creators Matt and Ross Duffer have established themselves as some of Hollywood’s top purveyors of 1980s nostalgia. Each season of the show brings more ’80s pop culture relics back into the spotlight, a trend that does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.
Apparently reviving Kate Bush’s career wasn’t enough for the ambitious showrunners — now they want to bring back VHS tapes, too.
“Skip the VCR, hit it a couple of times, put it on Netflix,” Ross Duffer said. “At least the nerd in me loves it, the nostalgic factor. We had our colorist do the opening scene of Season 1 pan and scan for us.”
While the idea of watching a VHS version of the show will certainly excite some fans, the medium is an acquired taste. But if your memories of the antiquated media system evoke more frustration than nostalgia, there’s nothing to worry about. The showrunners made it clear that their VHS edit of “Stranger Things” would be an additional item on Netflix, and it would not replace the real thing.
“It wouldn’t be embedded, it’d be its own separate thing,” said Matt Duffer. “Like ‘Stranger Things VHS,’ whatever it is. I’m excited about it, we’ll see if it happens.”
If “Stranger Things VHS” eventually hits Netflix, it would not be the first time the Duffer brothers continued tinkering with their hit show after episodes were released. The showrunners recently admitted to “George Lucas-ing” certain moments on “Stranger Things” by digitally altering VFX scenes. Certain episodes of “Stranger Things 4” were even edited within a week of being released.
“It’s not, like, story, but you’re essentially patching in shots,” Ross Duffer said. “Netflix is — I don’t think they’ve ever allowed people to patch on opening week and even weekend. And we said, ‘Well, why not?’ And he said, ‘Well, it makes us nervous.’ And we’re like, ‘Well, maybe we try it this time.’ And it turned out fine.”
All episodes of “Stranger Things 4” are now streaming on Netflix.