'World Speed Project' quickly collecting VHS copies of 1994's 'Speed'

Ryan Beitz wants every copy of the 1994 Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock film.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, Idaho, April 25 (UPI) -- Pop quiz, hotshot. If you really are into a movie about a bomb on a bus, what do you do? What do you do?

The goal of Idaho man Ryan Beitz’s World Speed Project is really quite simple -- but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.

“I'm trying to collect every single VHS copy of the hit 1994 action adventure film Speed,” Beitz told MyNorthwest.com.

When he was growing up, the only R-rated movie Beitz and his brother owned on video was Speed.

Now Beitz is trying to get every copy of the film he can get his hands on, and he’s at 550 so far.

So -- why exactly?

"If it had some sort of point, it would totally ruin it,” he said. "It only occurred to me in the sense that if you consider it's part of a capitalist mindset to believe that everything has to have a really specific use to be practical, or useful in some way. My project is totally not useful, it's useless in every way -- and then you could call it anti-capitalist."

The World Speed Project’s other initiative is turning its “bus into a small scale replica of the bus in the film Speed.” The WSP has created a KickStarter page to raise money for the project.

Beitz is hoping to have funds for the conversion raised by June 10, the 20th anniversary of the release of the film.

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