NEWS: The Last Blockbuster

Ste7en

Distinguished Member
I'll never get the love for Blockbuster. To me they were the scourge of the rental market.

Their pricing structure was ridiculous. Sometimes it was actually cheaper to go to the cinema than rent a DVD from them. The snacks were the same price.

Don't get me wrong. I grew up in video rental shops (pre-VRA was the heyday) and I love them dearly. I think the reason I buy so many movies is that I'm always trying to replicate a well-stocked independent video rental shop.

But Blockbuster, I used to hate them. Give me Global any day.
 

LicensedTaximan

Well-known Member
I never joined Blockbuster but I did join a rental shop eons ago, before DVD therefore VHS rental. I gave them my tenner for joining and never went back. :confused: So it was like going into a shop giving them a tenner for absolutely nothing walking out saying thank you very much never to be seen again, what a plonker. Plus because the shop was slightly cheaper than another rental shop to join which was considerably nearer and because I would be saving nunpence 'apeny on the joining fee I did not consider the fuel situation. Anyway it didn't make any difference because I never went back anyway.... double plonker then. :rolleyes: I still miss that tenner. :love:
 
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KALIMERA

Active Member
There is still one mail order dvd, blu-ray, 4k blu-ray rental service available in the UK, "Cinema Praradiso" I have been a member for several years & find their service excellent. I find watching blu-rays & 4k blu-rays from them far exceeds the picture & sound quality than can be expected from streaming outlets...& cheaper! They have a vast library, including many world cinema films.
 

1080 jawbreaker

Well-known Member
damn I miss the days of going to the local videoshop in the pouring rain only to find the sole copy of (insert movie here) was already booked out :)
 

Countjedi

Active Member
Nice write up and reminds me of the days like stated by 1080 above going to blockbusters or other video shop in the 80's for a video you wanted only for it to be rented out and then asking for any "under the counter" banned videos and the likes.
 

gadget man

Active Member
Nice write up and reminds me of the days like stated by 1080 above going to blockbusters or other video shop in the 80's for a video you wanted only for it to be rented out and then asking for any "under the counter" banned videos and the likes.

Haha under the counter that brings back memories our video shop had porn and i was a school kid and could rent them. Mind you he was a dodgy character who owned the shop.
 

Vila

Well-known Member
I was in Alaska for work about two years ago. Driving through Anchorage on the way to a meeting i saw a blockbuster and had to pull over and go in just to wander round. It was all DVD's and Blu Rays but it still created a real eerie feeling of days gone by that hung with me after.
 

Kailash

Well-known Member
wasn't the chain i grew up with but does remind me of the glory days of the independent video stores. loved the weekends as someone said, heading down in the pouring rain and bursting through the door into the warmth. ready to spend the next hr or so trying to pick something out. that was the days when there really was only one copy of each film. changed when DVDs appeared and there were 20 copies lining the shelves for rental, not as exciting :p
 

crashcris

Distinguished Member
Haha under the counter that brings back memories our video shop had porn and i was a school kid and could rent them. Mind you he was a dodgy character who owned the shop.

Our local petrol station used to hire out videos and once my brother and I asked for an "under the counter" blue movie... It was horrendous, an amateur, home made video, it was like watching members of your local bowling club going at it. It put me right off porn for many years, I'm cured now of course, what with pornhub, xtube, etc.
 

MacVee

Well-known Member
I'll never get the love for Blockbuster. To me they were the scourge of the rental market.

Their pricing structure was ridiculous. Sometimes it was actually cheaper to go to the cinema than rent a DVD from them. The snacks were the same price.

Don't get me wrong. I grew up in video rental shops (pre-VRA was the heyday) and I love them dearly. I think the reason I buy so many movies is that I'm always trying to replicate a well-stocked independent video rental shop.

But Blockbuster, I used to hate them. Give me Global any day.

The snacks were covered in dust as nobody picked them up to buy.
 

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