This Guy Is Trying to Collect Every Single Copy of the Movie ‘Speed’ on VHS
Ryan Beitz owns over 500 copies of the movie Speed on VHS. He also owns 26 laser discs of the film, but those aren’t part of the collection. He just holds onto them so he can use them as bargaining chips to get more on VHS. His goal is a simple one: To collect every copy of Speed on VHS ever made. His other goal? To trick out his 15-passenger van to look just like the bus in the movie.
In order to see the World Speed Project in action, I decided to visit him at his current residence in Moscow, Idaho, where he has scattered all his copies of Speed throughout the van in anticipation of my arrival, and lined the ceiling with them. As we talk, he drives me and a handful of his friends out through the woods via a restricted-access sheep farm on his college campus. As he drives, copies of Speed periodically fall from the ceiling onto the floor.
VICE: Are we allowed to be back here?
Ryan Beitz: Yeah, whatever. The signs just say “No Public Access.” We got official business. I don’t have car insurance now, but that’s OK because I only drive the van around for show. We’re going like 35, and I feel like we’re being respectful. We’re not trying to scare the sheep or like, steal them. Although we could put a sheep in here.
Why don’t you tell me what got you started collecting the Speeds?
I lived in Seattle and was super broke, and I had to come up with Christmas presents for my family. Usually I would just, like, dumpster-dive books or something and give them to them, but when I was at the pawn shop they had six copies of Speed, and I thought it would be really funny to get everybody in my family the same gift, even me. I wanted to watch them open them one at a time and go, “Oh, Speed. Don’t we already have this?” Somebody else would go, “Oh, Speed. Really funny, Ryan.” Then by the time you went around, everybody would have gotten the same gift from me. Then I could tell them that I love them all equally, you know? Just some bullshit.
Then when I bought all six it was, like, way too good. I realized it was really fascinating to have that many, like, same copies of a thing. What really cemented it was when I went to another pawn shop, and they had, like, 30 copies. I said, “I’ll take them all.” They sold them to me for 11 cents a copy.
How many copies do you have right now?
I don’t know, like 550 or something. I haven’t counted in a while ‘cause who really cares?
And you’re going to collect them all.
Yeah. People always go, “Dude how many of these things are you going to get?” And I’m like, “All of them, duh.”
Comedy is subjective, but not with Louis C.K. He’s the funniest man alive, and we don’t want any of your lip about it.
Jeff Winger, Basic Story
And in one line community sums up my entire generation (via scooty-mccall)
I am currently doing a giveaway on two sweaters. They are the Troy and Abed sweaters from this post. I did a giveaway on this previously, but since that is my most popular post, I thought why not!
So if you would like to enter like and/or reblog this post and follow my friend on twitter (she’s new), here is the link. I will check that both have been done. Please message me your twitter username. Also, I’m thinking about getting my own twitter for answering anyones’ questions so look out for that!
I will choose the winner randomly. The giveaway will end April 30th and the winner will be messaged May 1 and posted on the blog (unless the winner doesn’t want their username posted)
Currently the Reindeer Pullover is only available in size medium and xl - 4xl. The Black Santa Sweater is available in all sizes though! Sorry if this is inconvenient to anyone.
I apologize for being away and not really posting frequently. Unfortunately I’ve been super swamped. If you have already liked my previous post it is set on private so I can still see it and you don’t have to relike this post.
Chicago, Illinois (x)
One of the most common (and most misunderstood) aspects of the comics business is conventions. With any luck I’ll help you not only get the most out of your convention efforts, but also make it profitable.
Don’t believe the hype. Just because everyone says conventions are a monetary sinkhole that creators must toss money into to get noticed, doesn’t make it true. If you are willing to put in the work (and do a little math) you can almost always leave the convention hall with more money than you arrived with.
Looks like Bailey and I have found our summer plans!
My family went to visit some friends and they brought me a souvenir.
Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008. It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there. It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them. A larger work gets talked about from time to time. It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories. Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans. Thank you for taking the time to read it.