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Inside Edition: Inside One of the Last VHS Rental Stores in America

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Really enjoyed watching that - nice one and cheers for posting.

Here’s to all the video stores still out there - and please remember… be kind, please rewind 😉
 

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?
And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Have I ever mentioned I once rented LD’s from Blockbuster that had those be kind rewind stickers on them? 😛

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Where were you in '77?

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It might have been a short lived experiment just in California. And the selection was fairly small. There were a few dedicated LD shops in the Los Angeles area back then. (New York had at least one LD shop I had a catalog from.) Dave’s Video The Laser Place in Studio City near Universal Studios had quite the rental library. I borrowed my Dad’s credit card just to rent the Japanese import of Star Wars so I could finally watch it in widescreen at home. 😉

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oojason said:

Really enjoyed watching that - nice one and cheers for posting.

Here’s to all the video stores still out there - and please remember… be kind, please rewind 😉
 

😃 You’ll love this one in that case, speaking of Blockbuster…

What the last Blockbuster has that Netflix doesn’t

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi8BwUh3XOk

Probably TLDR:

I remember when Blockbuster opened their first UK store 30 years ago and now, there’s only one left in existence on the entire planet. Renting videos lost my interest when the cost of purchasing them became identical or in many cases, cheaper than hiring them. I’d have a legal copy that I could watch as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted. (This is why, for me, VOD streaming represents another form of renting because there are similar problems in terms of owning a permanent copy.)

Nonetheless, it’s still good to see that video stores - especially independent ones, at that, are still operating and here’s a rental store in my local area that has remarkably succeeded in surviving the market changes. (They haven’t even bothered to update their phone number! 😄)

FYEO

“Logic is the battlefield of adulthood.”

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^ very ‘of it’s day’ mate - love it 😃 (enjoyed watching the video too - thanks)

and 3 films for £6? Not bad…
 

This article is 5 years old now…

‘The last video shop in Bristol makes an indie stand against the age of Netflix’…

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/oct/07/last-video-shop-bristol-20th-century-flicks-netflix-vhs
 

And they’re still going strong - https://www.20thcenturyflicks.co.uk
 

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Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?
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3,000 VHS tapes? 😮 Wow, there must be quite a few titles in their collection that deserve a preservation.

For years, Star Video was my “local”:

Star Video on Walworth Road

They had a banner outside that proudly declared their store to be the biggest video library in the country, that unlike the nearby Blockbuster, possessed every UK home video release. This boast was only slightly inaccurate. 😃 I really regret that when they closed down during the mid 2000s, I didn’t visit them and buy up the rarer VHS tapes but I wasn’t aware at the time about the extent to which home video is afflicted by alternate versions and out of print titles.

“Logic is the battlefield of adulthood.”

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Did they ever carry the infamous video nasties?

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😄 I actually remember the newscasts with footage of retailers throwing those objects of moral panic into the trash. I’m not sure if they did carry them - I never asked.

However, I was informed that another local video library definitely did have them and the advice was to become a member, rent a few “ordinary” titles and then, once established as a regular patron, request to view “the book”, within which they were listed.

The hoops we had to jump through before the rise of widespread internet shopping. 😃

“Logic is the battlefield of adulthood.”

  • Howard Berk