Documentary Review: Vinylmania – When Life Runs at 33 Revolutions per Minute (2012)

Release Date: May 7th, 2012 (Finland)
Directed by: Jason Blackmore

Django Productions, Stefilm International, 75 Minutes


Being a vinyl collector myself, I figured that I would check out Vinylmania – When Life Runs at 33 Revolutions per Minute – especially since it was streaming for free with my Amazon Prime account.

The film was well put together and well edited. It expresses the filmmaker’s love of vinyl records and it paints a very romantic picture of these old school music discs.

Vinylmania tells the history of vinyl throughout the ages and how it has stood the test of time, even though CDs came along and inspired people to update their collections and dispose of their old records. Of course, it shows how things have come full circle and how many regret tossing out their old albums, as vinyl’s popularity is growing once again.

The documentary interviews a lot of collectors, musicians and just general vinyl record aficionados. It is an intimate picture and even if vinyl records aren’t your thing, although I have no idea why they wouldn’t be, the film at least makes you appreciate them.

Overall, its a decent, quick documentary and it was fun listening to other people’s love of the no longer dead format.

Rating: 6/10