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Moscow Man Collecting Every VHS Copy of Speed
KREM ^ | April 23, 2014 | Bryan Bermensolo

Posted on 04/25/2014 6:49:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway

MOSCOW, Idaho--One local man said he dedicates his free time to collecting copies of the movie Speed. Ryan Beitz, of Moscow, wants to be the sole owner of every VHS copy of the 1994 thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

“One time I bought 30 copies from a store,” said Beitz.

What started as a joke, when Beitz bought six copies from a pawnshop seven years ago, turned into a campaign.

“We're running a Kick-Starter to get the van fixed up and painted like the bus from the movie Speed. It's so we can travel the country, come to your town and get copies of Speed,” said Beitz.

It's rare to come across VHS tapes today in a world of DVD's. Beitz had 550 VHS tapes of the movie as of April 23.

“A lot of people just donate them to me, they send them from all over. I've got a few from Japan,” said Beitz. “I would buy them all off of Amazon but the shipping costs $4 when the copy costs a penny. It's ridiculous.”

It could be Beitz’ enthusiasm that's driven this obsession to go viral.

Beitz started the World Speed Project in 2007. His one-man mission took off in April and was picked up by NPR, Good Morning America and a Japanese reality TV production company.

“No one ever really knows if the work they're doing is making the world a better place or not, but they don't give up. That's how Speed works. We just have to keep going no matter what,” said Beitz.

KREM 2 News asked Beitz if he could estimate how many copies of the movie he wanted to get his hands on before he would stop looking.

“No, I'm never giving up. I can't stop my whole life because I'll never know. So, I'll die looking for Speed,” said Beitz.


TOPICS: TV/Movies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: idaho; speed; vhs
Why?
1 posted on 04/25/2014 6:49:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A man has to have a hobby... no matter how gay it is.


2 posted on 04/25/2014 6:53:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nickcarraway

Send him to the Ukrainian front...


3 posted on 04/25/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: nickcarraway
Weird headline. I thought of Russian guy buying up 3D printouts of meth.
4 posted on 04/25/2014 6:55:38 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: nickcarraway

Some people have lives, others just collect VHS copies of Speed. To each his/her own.


5 posted on 04/25/2014 6:57:07 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Veto!

That would make a lot more sense.


6 posted on 04/25/2014 6:57:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It’s a low-tech alternative to Bitcoin.


7 posted on 04/25/2014 6:58:05 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Veto!

I first thought he was Russian too, but collecting the movie. Somehow that made it seem even stranger.


8 posted on 04/25/2014 6:59:16 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: nickcarraway

I take every copy of Speed in store.


9 posted on 04/25/2014 7:01:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

He is a Speed Freak.


10 posted on 04/25/2014 7:01:48 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Moscow Michigan was only about 10 miles from where I grew up. I have two sisters living there now.


11 posted on 04/25/2014 7:02:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Oliviaforever

He is a Speed Freak.

Lol!


12 posted on 04/25/2014 7:03:26 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: cripplecreek; Southside_Chicago_Republican; Veto!
In Soviet Russia, Speed watches you.
13 posted on 04/25/2014 7:04:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
If your going to collect something, I suppose picking something nobody else wants has a plus side to it.
14 posted on 04/25/2014 7:06:50 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: cripplecreek
Has anyone ever read Gogol's Dead Souls? This is kind of a bizarre modern version of it.
15 posted on 04/25/2014 7:07:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve got a copy that has been collecting dust. Maybe it will be worth something when this guy has every copy but mine.


16 posted on 04/25/2014 7:08:11 PM PDT by pallis
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To: right way right

I’d love to see the episode of Pawn Stars when he tries to sell them all.


17 posted on 04/25/2014 7:08:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: right way right

Someone should look into frontrunning. They can buy up copies of speed and sell it to him at a profit.


18 posted on 04/25/2014 7:08:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: pallis

Except somebody can always make one more copy.


19 posted on 04/25/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: fieldmarshaldj

This is on a par with collecting all the chicken bones from Eric Cartman’s diet.


20 posted on 04/25/2014 7:11:57 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: nickcarraway

he doesnt fit in In Moscow Idaho...or likely much of anywhere else Id bet!


21 posted on 04/25/2014 7:17:10 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: nickcarraway

So who cares...why post this? Speed? Send him to Nascar...


22 posted on 04/25/2014 7:17:34 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: nickcarraway
I will drive him mad with my Betamax copies of Speed.
23 posted on 04/25/2014 7:18:29 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I was thinking that Betamax no longer existed when that movie came out?


24 posted on 04/25/2014 7:21:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: KarlInOhio
I shall thwart this man's attempts to collect all VHS copies of Speed.

In my attic, collecting dust, is one of these tapes.

I was going to put it on Ebay but no! Instead, I will hold on to it and will taunt this man. He knows not my address but with this photo, he will know that I am not bluffing when I say I own a copy.

A copy he shall never have! He will never reach his goal now!


25 posted on 04/25/2014 7:25:50 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: nickcarraway
Ive found the perfect photo of the Collector,,

My guess is that when hes done collecting all the vhs copies of SPEED...he'll start collecting all available Saturday Night Fever videos....JUST A GUESS!


26 posted on 04/25/2014 7:26:59 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: nickcarraway

A man's gotta know his limitations.

27 posted on 04/25/2014 7:29:55 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: nickcarraway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaKxRN2LdEI


28 posted on 04/25/2014 7:32:14 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
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29 posted on 04/25/2014 7:33:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

DEWD.....HE STOLE JOHN BELUSHI’S HAIR!!! .../s


30 posted on 04/25/2014 7:35:11 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek

wow The Belushi Hair...and The Travolta Photos in one image...is really coincidentally odd find


31 posted on 04/25/2014 7:36:42 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Read my tag line. Pretty sure MY ‘hobbies’ might end up being a tad more realistic.

I admire his moxie, though. Everybody needs SOMETHING to believe in...and it’s not the WORST movie ever made, so there’s that. ;)


32 posted on 04/25/2014 7:58:29 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: cripplecreek

I owe my life to Moscow, ID. That’s where Mom & Dad met in college.


33 posted on 04/25/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: All

I love Idaho!


34 posted on 04/25/2014 8:50:43 PM PDT by adaven
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To: Oliviaforever

I feel the need, the need for Speed

35 posted on 04/25/2014 11:47:38 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: nickcarraway
Why?

So I can really cash in when my copy is the only one left that he doesn't own...

36 posted on 04/26/2014 3:23:41 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: nickcarraway

I have several tapes I like to buy when I find them. Speed is one of them but my favorite is Dances with Wolves.

Not because I like the movies but I tape over them. I can pay $.25 -$1 for an old movie tape or spend $13 for a 5 pack of new tapes at W-M that used to be about $5.

Some of the tapes I get are longer movies so when I tape over they go longer than 6 hours, some like DWW are almost 9 hours.

It is funny if I buy more then one copy of a movie at the same time and have had to explain that I tape over some of them. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought the 2 tape set of Titanic, which I have never even bothered to watch.


37 posted on 04/26/2014 1:09:32 PM PDT by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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