A Canadian Family Is Pulling a 'The Village' and Limiting Their Life to Radios, VCRs and Other 1986 Technology

A Canadian Family Is Pulling a 'The Village' and Limiting Their Life to Radios, VCRs and Other 1986 Technology

Sep 09, 2013

We live in a world where it's rare to step foot outside the door without seeing someone clinging to their smartphone or tablet. Technology rules in 2013, but one Canadian family is bucking the system. They're living like it's 1986, the year Blair and his girlfriend Morgan were born. They have two small sons, ages five and two, who spend time playing with toys and running around outside instead of messing around with dad's iPad — something Blair's older son spent far too much time doing before, which prompted the year-long experiment. The family even looks like they stepped out of a time machine, with Blair's mullet and mustache making a bold statement. 

Of course, we were curious about the family's movie-watching habits since they locked up their Blu-rays and television. They do own an old TV and VCR but don't put stipulations on the release dates of the movies they watch. Apparently strangers leave them VHS tapes on their doorstep, which is pretty great. In 1986, VCRs and video stores were as popular as ever, leaving Betamax weeping in the dust. The home video market in 1986 offered a ridiculously amazing variety of films, many of them classics and cult favorites today. 

The children are still quite young, but we can see them settling down for an evening of Sleeping Beauty, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, or even Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies and Return of the Jedi, depending on their tolerance. Large Marge, Darth Vader and the "Om Namha Shivaye" scene all scare the pants off some kids. Other films released on video that year include:

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Rambo: First Blood Part II 
National Lampoon's European Vacation 
Teen Wolf
Weird Science
Better Off Dead 
Fright Night 
Alice in Wonderland (1951) 
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 
The Money Pit
Short Circuit

A few more fun facts about movies that year:

-- Back to the Future was the highest grossing film from the previous year, which meant the home video release was hotly anticipated.

-- Disney was promoting several of its titles as part of a million-dollar "Bring Disney Home for Good" campaign.

-- Christian Bale made his film debut in Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.

-- Lindsay Lohan, Armie Hammer, Shia LaBeouf and Robert Pattinson were all born that year. Public Enemy star James Cagney and Solaris director Andrei Tarkovsky both died.

-- Pretty in Pink, Labyrinth, The Karate Kid Part II, Hannah and Her Sisters, She's Gotta Have It, Manhunter and Platoon all had theatrical releases. 

-- Top Gun, "Crocodile" Dundee and Platoon were the top-grossing movies of the year.



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