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Movie review- Tilt: The Battle To Save Pinball

August 5, 2007


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It had been a long time since I had played a pinball machine until recently, which coincides perfectly with the film I am about to review. It is easy to forget what pinball feels like if you ignore it for a while. Unfortunately too many people fell into that category and it has been a long time since pinball’s heyday in the early 90’s. Many players will remember Williams pinball – the kings of the market for decades until they threw in the towel in late 1999. What is the history of pinball? What innovations came to pinball throughout these many years? How did pinball get to the point where it’s largest manufacturer left therevenge-from-mars-games-at.jpg market? What is it they did to try and change the market? These questions are answered with much more in the intriguing documentary TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball, a film which takes a look at Williams’ last ditch effort to save pinball with the innovative Pinball 2000 system.

This review will cover the special two-disc set of TILT that includes a second disc loaded with extras. Those will be covered at the end of the post. Tilt is presented in NTSC 4:3 ratio and I am doing the review using a Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player with upconversion resolution set to 1080i and with standard Dolby 2.0 sound (the disc does support Dolby 5.0 surround but I don’t happen to have a nice sound system yet). It also supports subtitles in English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch and Norwegian.

Tilt is a real treat for both pinball and video game fans from start to finish. It includes plethora of in-depth interviews featuring industry greats such as George Gomez, Larry george-gomez-and-pat-lawlor.jpgDeMar, Pat Lawlor, Roger Sharpe, Duncan Brown, Steve Kordek, Louis Koziarz, Jim Patla, Lyman Sheats, Cameron Silver and Tom Uban. Besides these personal interviews, the film is also spiced up with a number of pictures, animations and rarely seen videos that both inform and entertain the viewer during the hour long presentation. While I may be a larger video arcade fan than a pinball , it kept me intrigued the entire time and I learned a lot more about pinball then I had previously understood. While at first it may seem like that this is a story of only one pinball machine, it’s really about all of them as it recounts the rise of pins through popular titles such as High Speed and The Addams Family along with the downfall of pins that led to the development of Pinball 2000. (Hit the post break to continue reading)