In addition to wrapping a movie into a succinct mini-movie (which can hardly ever be longer than 150 seconds), trailers represent their release moment more fully than almost any other advertisement. Accordingly, they are a higher order nostalgic trip, the most random preview a compendium of faces, names, music, fonts that in decades there has been little reason to think about. Another experience is watching 35mm scans of the previews, filled as they are with cinematic grit, wear and tear, and a brightness reminiscent of actually being in the theater at the time of release.
So I felt like watching a preview for The perfect score, a largely forgotten teen movie I’ve never seen, never wanted to see, and probably never will. But the 35mm scan brought back so many memories of 2004 that, God help me, I was moved. (Just in case this gets too embarrassing, the record shows that I watched a standard upload and, nostalgia aside, was a night and day difference.) YouTube user Denis-Carl Robidoux has split into two playlists. , over a thousand videos uploaded—largely trailers of studio films from 2000-2007, but with the occasional rescue or advertisement from the trash can.
Robidoux’s project is handled with a Gugusse Roller, which he describes in this playlist. We encourage you to rummage through both trumps to your heart’s content; in the meantime, we’ve included some favorites below.