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Old 01-07-2011, 12:28 AM
Am I the only one who misses video stores like Suncoast Video?

Suncoast Video meant everything to me. So did Ma & Pop video stores from the past that Blockbusters gobbled up. Ma & Pop stores had a lot old movies that were hard to come by, that in fact never made it to DVD. Suncoast was the perfect video store. It had an excellent selection of old and new movies. It even continued holding VHS movies for an extended period of time, which I appreciated.

To get a little personal, my school life sucked. Other than a good home life with my family, the availablility of video stores is something that helped get through a lot of the everyday BS. I will admit, I’m a twenty-something guy who still feels lost in his direction, and the serious lack of video stories has created a lot of emptiness. It’s like, the very thing that helped me through school has been taken away from me. In 2006, it was Suncoast Video that went away. And in 2007, the last Ma & Pop store I would ever know of went away. I never thought that the newer technology and online businesses would officially gobble up these precious heavens. It turns out I took these places for granted. There were a lot of movies I kept putting off and now I may never get to see them.

I understand now why newer technology has made it “easier” for people to get movies over the internet. It doesn’t mean I have to like it, but I understand what has transpired. It is just a shame that video stores and online businesses couldn’t co-exist. I looked up the demise of Suncoast Video and Sam Goody. After several years, the sales went down. People found online movies “easier,” and others got fed up with the prices and the extra discs thrown in for extra $. It’s partially changing times that’s responsible, as well as studios taking too much advantage of movie fans.

I know that Best Buy, Target and other stores are still around and sell DVD’s. As well as second hand stores that carry used movies. And that the studios are or may still taking advantage of movie fans with overpriced/overstuffed DVD’s and blu-ray. But they don’t compare to the service Suncoast and Sam Goody provided – old and new movies; excellent selection of both. I don’t know if it’s where I live, but there certainly appears to be far less specialty stores like Suncoast around me and everywhere in the US, and I really miss it.

I’ve always been a loner, but even I know that you have get out the house sometimes. You don’t have to directly talk to someone you know about philosophy, but it was always a change of pace to go to a video story where other human beings existed and physyically hold a VHS/DVD in your hand. That one magical thing has been forever taken away from me, and places like Best Buy don’t replace it. The experience of going out and buying movies has changed and it’s depressing.

I’ve considered this other thought. I’ve reached the age where I feel like I’ve seen everything and nothing is original. I hardly go to the movies anymore. I imagine others reach this point as well. So, who knews if I would still be going to Suncoast nowadays? Well, even if a current Suncoast carried the new, generic movies, I’ve wondered about relics from the past. I have primarily focused on films from the `70’s and up. There must be hidden gems from every year and decade before the 1970’s, and without specialty stores, it isn’t easy to come across those movies.

I would be behind the newer technology and online businesses if more, or all, older films were made available. Regardless of the lack of demand for them. I’m talking about the classics to cult classics to the craptacular. There is an audience for all of them. If there’s anything the online businesses should be focusing on, it’s this – the preservation of all older films.

This seems like the perfect rant for this board. I'm no longer enraged by these changing times, but I have been placed in an empty and depressing position by it. All of us adore movies, and yet they are harder to come by. Anyone also feel the same way?

Last edited by Duke Nukem; 01-07-2011 at 01:19 AM..
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