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R.I.P. Blockbuster Video 1985-2014

Nov. 6, 2013by: Alex Maidy

As technology changes faster and faster than ever before, things we have gotten used to being a part of our daily lives are gone forever: rotary phones, tube televisions, rabbit ears, and now the video store. Blockbuster Video, the biggest chain of movie rental stores in America, will be closing it's final 300 physical locations as well as it's Netflix style mail service at the beginning of 2014. DISH Network, who owns Blockbuster, made the announcement that it will retain the Blockbuster name and logo but the stores will be no more. As VHS tapes have disappeared and consumers have turned away from physical DVDs and Blu-rays in favor of on demand entertainment, the need for such a company has become irrelevant.

DISH CEO Joseph Clayton issued this statement:

"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment. Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings."

Movies were a big part of my childhood and there was nothing better than going to the video store on a rainy day and picking out something new from the shelves. I remember pre-ordering MICHAEL JACKSON: MOONWALKER as a kid as well as STAR WARS when it hit VHS. I remember the days when you had to wait for a previously viewed copy of a movie to go on sale because movies were priced for rental and not purchase. It wasn't until DVDs were priced to own on the day of release that things changed.

I worked for years in high school and college as a manager of a local Blockbuster and related to Randall in CLERKS with the stupid questions customers with no taste in film would ask. I saw my first horror movies from video store rentals. This was a part of my life and I am sure a big part of all of yours. The next generation will have no clue what a video store means or what impact it had on sleepovers, date nights, and snow days.

I will miss Blockbuster and what it meant to venture out to decide on a film and not have it queued in the cloud at a moment's notice. Things change and that is okay and I cannot complain about the access to so many more titles, but it feels like something is being lost by not having a physical place to browse, like a book store, and stumble across something new that could change your outlook on movies forever.

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1:50AM on 11/12/2013

Change is Natural, But feel sad.

To be honest I feel sad about this. Good to know you have been manager of those great stores. I used to be a regular basis customer in those store and I have two bags of DVDs. thanks Please visit my site recommandedmovies.com
To be honest I feel sad about this. Good to know you have been manager of those great stores. I used to be a regular basis customer in those store and I have two bags of DVDs. thanks Please visit my site recommandedmovies.com
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2:10AM on 11/09/2013
RIP indeed. Here in Canada they closed shop in 2012. My wife was a manager at a location. She could totally relate to Randall and the stupid *you know the movie with that guy and the thing he does?* questions. But like the writer notes, future generations won't know what it's like on a Thursday night going out with your parents to rent a few movies for Friday's sleepover before the rentals get scooped up by other people on Fridays. Or what it was like to roam the aisles and picking up a random
RIP indeed. Here in Canada they closed shop in 2012. My wife was a manager at a location. She could totally relate to Randall and the stupid *you know the movie with that guy and the thing he does?* questions. But like the writer notes, future generations won't know what it's like on a Thursday night going out with your parents to rent a few movies for Friday's sleepover before the rentals get scooped up by other people on Fridays. Or what it was like to roam the aisles and picking up a random movie you've never heard of and had no access to IMDB to check whether or not someone else thought it sucked or was good. I recall the review books they had at video stores. And the $1 charge for not rewinding. How old am I? 30. Sad eh.
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10:47AM on 11/08/2013

I can relate

I'll never forget begging my parents to take me to the video store so I could rent an N64 game for my newly received game console, and when I had all the Pokemon games and wanted something new for my Game Boy Color. I'll never forget tricking my mom into thinking the horror movies I'd picked up were PG-13 so that she would rent them for me, and sometimes being busted by the clerk when he alerted my mom to the rating. I'll never forget walking into the video store and browsing new movies and
I'll never forget begging my parents to take me to the video store so I could rent an N64 game for my newly received game console, and when I had all the Pokemon games and wanted something new for my Game Boy Color. I'll never forget tricking my mom into thinking the horror movies I'd picked up were PG-13 so that she would rent them for me, and sometimes being busted by the clerk when he alerted my mom to the rating. I'll never forget walking into the video store and browsing new movies and thinking "damn I should have been here on Tuesday. Now I have to wait another week to check out Jurassic Park: The Lost World. I hate my life." I'll also never forget working for the company, from which half of my DVD collection is based through previously rented movies to discounted movies with employee status. Like the writer of the article, it's easy to relate to stupid video questions from people who just had poor taste in movies, but I'll also remember all of the times I recommended my personal favorite films, and people would come back to the store and say "man, oh man! I loved that movie you recommended me! What else do you like? I never would have picked that up without you." I can still recommend movies to friends, but it's just not the same as imparting film wisdom upon random customers in a video store full of people who wanted some of the dumbest movies more than anything else. And when they appreciated it? It was even more gratifying.

Let's just say, Blockbuster and similar stores played an important role in my life and I don't ever think that VHS case size spot in my heart will ever be lost. I think it is time for them to go, even though I do miss them and recall the golden days of media rentals. I enjoy Netflix a lot, and they just so happened to stumble upon the next big idea before Blockbuster could get any traction in the digital world. It was great while it lasted Blockbuster, and I'll tell my grandchildren about how I used to drive less than a mile down the road to rent a single video that I had to watch in 2 days or my ass was paying double. And then they'll be sure to tell me about the next best thing...
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3:55PM on 11/07/2013
I'm not that sad, I remember before the Blockbuster closed in my town I think they were charging $7.49 to rent a DVD, that's crap! I remember thinking, you know I can download this movie for free and you're charging me this shit!
I'm not that sad, I remember before the Blockbuster closed in my town I think they were charging $7.49 to rent a DVD, that's crap! I remember thinking, you know I can download this movie for free and you're charging me this shit!
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2:13AM on 11/09/2013
And you are the type of people who brought the demise of the rental store. Why? Because you choose to download a movie for free instead of paying for it. You have no business commenting here.
And you are the type of people who brought the demise of the rental store. Why? Because you choose to download a movie for free instead of paying for it. You have no business commenting here.
2:04PM on 11/07/2013

RIP Blockbuster

The day physical media dies is the day I stop buying movies
The day physical media dies is the day I stop buying movies
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1:09PM on 11/07/2013

Bullshit

I don't care for Netflix or digital downloads. I rather keep something tangible on hand when I want it. To see my physical library, display the Special Editions. Fuck the cloud and crappy downloads.
I don't care for Netflix or digital downloads. I rather keep something tangible on hand when I want it. To see my physical library, display the Special Editions. Fuck the cloud and crappy downloads.
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2:14AM on 11/09/2013
Notice no one ever mentions quality... Compare a physical bluray to that of a digital download from that half eaten apple. Better yet... why not pay $0.99 for a song in MP3/AAC format? The half apple is doing it non stop. People seem to equate digital with quality. That is not always the case.
Notice no one ever mentions quality... Compare a physical bluray to that of a digital download from that half eaten apple. Better yet... why not pay $0.99 for a song in MP3/AAC format? The half apple is doing it non stop. People seem to equate digital with quality. That is not always the case.
12:41PM on 11/07/2013
This news hurts so much. The video store was my second home. It was sad enough watching the two BB stores, one only 3 blocks away and other under a mile away, close up shop. Now the only store in my entire city is closing as well? As I type this I even have a Blockbuster rental dvd seating in my living room. This news hurts.
This news hurts so much. The video store was my second home. It was sad enough watching the two BB stores, one only 3 blocks away and other under a mile away, close up shop. Now the only store in my entire city is closing as well? As I type this I even have a Blockbuster rental dvd seating in my living room. This news hurts.
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12:23PM on 11/07/2013

Some Areas Video Stores Are Still Required

I require the locale video store for rentals as I live out in the sticks where the internet is still crappy. It doesn't take long to use up what little downloading you're allowed, especially when you have to share it with roommates. Not that my town was ever big enough for Blockbuster anyway.
I require the locale video store for rentals as I live out in the sticks where the internet is still crappy. It doesn't take long to use up what little downloading you're allowed, especially when you have to share it with roommates. Not that my town was ever big enough for Blockbuster anyway.
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11:03AM on 11/07/2013
At least, where I am, this is where the mom and pop video stores have the last laugh. There's two here that have thrived since Blockbuster and Hollywood went under and good for them. They were here before and looks like well after.
At least, where I am, this is where the mom and pop video stores have the last laugh. There's two here that have thrived since Blockbuster and Hollywood went under and good for them. They were here before and looks like well after.
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8:08AM on 11/07/2013
I worked at a local video store for 3 years when I was a teenager. The BEST job a teenager movie guy could have. I will never forget that. And it makes me sad that when my kids ask what my first job was and I say a "video store," they'll reply, "What's that?" Also, I saw that video the other day, it's very good, but man does it bum me out.
I worked at a local video store for 3 years when I was a teenager. The BEST job a teenager movie guy could have. I will never forget that. And it makes me sad that when my kids ask what my first job was and I say a "video store," they'll reply, "What's that?" Also, I saw that video the other day, it's very good, but man does it bum me out.
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8:02AM on 11/07/2013

Fond memories, but all things change...

I also worked at Blockbuster for a bit over 2 years back in high school. The questions asked of me and the arguments I had... I especially remember all the people complaining when we were transitioning to DVDs about the widescreen format. The black bars did and still do not cut off peoples heads! I will miss that store and my five free rentals a week. R.I.P. indeed...
I also worked at Blockbuster for a bit over 2 years back in high school. The questions asked of me and the arguments I had... I especially remember all the people complaining when we were transitioning to DVDs about the widescreen format. The black bars did and still do not cut off peoples heads! I will miss that store and my five free rentals a week. R.I.P. indeed...
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7:08AM on 11/07/2013
I haven't been to a video rental store in years (the only one in my area shut down almost a decade ago), but I have kind of been missing them lately as I don't have cable or satellite for on demand. Guess it's time for me to renew my Netflix subscription... still, as everyone is saying, this is quite sad. I have good memories of going to Blockbuster when I was a kid.
I haven't been to a video rental store in years (the only one in my area shut down almost a decade ago), but I have kind of been missing them lately as I don't have cable or satellite for on demand. Guess it's time for me to renew my Netflix subscription... still, as everyone is saying, this is quite sad. I have good memories of going to Blockbuster when I was a kid.
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7:08AM on 11/07/2013

Bullshit...

This quote is bullshit "As VHS tapes have disappeared and consumers have turned away from physical DVDs and Blu-rays in favor of on demand entertainment, the need for such a company has become irrelevant."

This smacks of something a 15 year old Google-generation would say. There are lots and LOTS of people who still prefer renting a physical disk. Redbox proves that such a company *is* relevant.
This quote is bullshit "As VHS tapes have disappeared and consumers have turned away from physical DVDs and Blu-rays in favor of on demand entertainment, the need for such a company has become irrelevant."

This smacks of something a 15 year old Google-generation would say. There are lots and LOTS of people who still prefer renting a physical disk. Redbox proves that such a company *is* relevant.
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5:53AM on 11/07/2013

End of an era.

This is really sad. I loved Blockbuster. I remember going there as a kid, picking out a NES game and movie to rent for the weekend with my parents. I even worked at one for a year when I was a teen. There was no greater place than Blockbuster (or even Hollywood Video) during the late 80s and throughout the 90s. I will surely miss it.
This is really sad. I loved Blockbuster. I remember going there as a kid, picking out a NES game and movie to rent for the weekend with my parents. I even worked at one for a year when I was a teen. There was no greater place than Blockbuster (or even Hollywood Video) during the late 80s and throughout the 90s. I will surely miss it.
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4:38AM on 11/07/2013

Sad!

I have to return some videotapes.
I have to return some videotapes.
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2:45AM on 11/07/2013
I haven't rented in years. I used to love to.go to Blockbuster to buy the previously uses flicks. I'll miss that.
I haven't rented in years. I used to love to.go to Blockbuster to buy the previously uses flicks. I'll miss that.
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1:51AM on 11/07/2013
This is kinda a bummer, but I must admit I haven't been in a Blockbuster in years. I wonder if this goes for all Blockbusters. I live in Alaska, and up here the Blockbusters are a little different. They actually have almost like a mini gas station set up inside them, with drinks and snacks and stuff. Are all Blockbusters corporately owned, or are some privately owned?
This is kinda a bummer, but I must admit I haven't been in a Blockbuster in years. I wonder if this goes for all Blockbusters. I live in Alaska, and up here the Blockbusters are a little different. They actually have almost like a mini gas station set up inside them, with drinks and snacks and stuff. Are all Blockbusters corporately owned, or are some privately owned?
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12:50AM on 11/07/2013

R.I.P.

Another part of my childhood gone. I remember going from the 3 for 99 cents VHS rentals at Phar-Mor, to renting at Hollywood Video, to my high school friend whose parents owned a National Home Video store, where we would watch screener copies of movies, to finally... Blockbuster. Of course there was the video game rentals as well, sometimes it would be (just for the hell of it) the Disney games on NES, other times... Contra. But I'll never forget the "talking" VHS box of Frankenhooker at
Another part of my childhood gone. I remember going from the 3 for 99 cents VHS rentals at Phar-Mor, to renting at Hollywood Video, to my high school friend whose parents owned a National Home Video store, where we would watch screener copies of movies, to finally... Blockbuster. Of course there was the video game rentals as well, sometimes it would be (just for the hell of it) the Disney games on NES, other times... Contra. But I'll never forget the "talking" VHS box of Frankenhooker at Hollywood video. Don't get me wrong, Netflix is great, but there is something to be said about physically walking through the store and picking out a movie. Kind of like reading a paperback/hardcover book versus reading it on a Kindle/Ipad/Nook. It's just not the same.
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9:14PM on 11/06/2013

Not a fan of direction society is taking our access of films..

Im not a fan of the direction of where all this is going, i still go to a local store thats busier then ever now that all its competition has closed down. I enjoy renting movies, i don't enjoy all this digital download stuff, or movies going to theatres, and pay purview options now, even when you buy Blu Rays now, all the extra content that we all want and love is only available by download.. . I think its a dam shame, but I'm probably a minority here..
Im not a fan of the direction of where all this is going, i still go to a local store thats busier then ever now that all its competition has closed down. I enjoy renting movies, i don't enjoy all this digital download stuff, or movies going to theatres, and pay purview options now, even when you buy Blu Rays now, all the extra content that we all want and love is only available by download.. . I think its a dam shame, but I'm probably a minority here..
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11:52PM on 11/06/2013
i agree
i agree
12:33AM on 11/07/2013
Great! While your at the video store don't forget to stop at 7-11 to get batteries for your disk-man and Zack Morris cell phone :0
Great! While your at the video store don't forget to stop at 7-11 to get batteries for your disk-man and Zack Morris cell phone :0
2:20AM on 11/09/2013
Mr Kurtz, its discman, not diskman, and its not a Zack Morris cell phone, its a Motorola. But since you brought those up, I'd like to ask what decade you are picturing when the original poster noted blurays, digital downloads... you must be talking 80's right? 90's? Choose a decade man... A decade is a 10yr span... so pick one... should be easy.
Mr Kurtz, its discman, not diskman, and its not a Zack Morris cell phone, its a Motorola. But since you brought those up, I'd like to ask what decade you are picturing when the original poster noted blurays, digital downloads... you must be talking 80's right? 90's? Choose a decade man... A decade is a 10yr span... so pick one... should be easy.
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7:49PM on 11/06/2013
I can still remember back in junior high when i used to rent all my favorite games from here, goldeneye, zelda, starfox, and the list goes on. I used to get pizza from the papa johns next door and stay up late playing nintendo 64 and watching horror films. Good times!
I can still remember back in junior high when i used to rent all my favorite games from here, goldeneye, zelda, starfox, and the list goes on. I used to get pizza from the papa johns next door and stay up late playing nintendo 64 and watching horror films. Good times!
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7:30PM on 11/06/2013
Incidentally, one of the perks of working at Blockbusters was the free movies. However, as result of too much movie intake in a short space of time, for the first ever time (and only time) I took a movie out and could not finish it. I took out and watched in one day (in order), Blown Away, Clear and Present Danger...and....wait for it....Hellbound. Godmy head hurt. Still not sure if it was a case of too many moviesor justit was so bad.
Incidentally, one of the perks of working at Blockbusters was the free movies. However, as result of too much movie intake in a short space of time, for the first ever time (and only time) I took a movie out and could not finish it. I took out and watched in one day (in order), Blown Away, Clear and Present Danger...and....wait for it....Hellbound. Godmy head hurt. Still not sure if it was a case of too many moviesor justit was so bad.
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7:24PM on 11/06/2013

For all the Nostalgia...Some things run their course

Before I understood the concept of buying a movie, I'd make my parents let me rent the same movies every weekend from various video rental stores. Movies like Undercover Blues and Last Action Hero. Probably too violent to justify buying me, but for some reason I could re-rent them to my heart's content, taking sick joy in the scratches on the tape that became synonymous with that particular copy of the movie.

Once I got a bit older and could buy my own movies, I still went to Blockbuster. I,
Before I understood the concept of buying a movie, I'd make my parents let me rent the same movies every weekend from various video rental stores. Movies like Undercover Blues and Last Action Hero. Probably too violent to justify buying me, but for some reason I could re-rent them to my heart's content, taking sick joy in the scratches on the tape that became synonymous with that particular copy of the movie.

Once I got a bit older and could buy my own movies, I still went to Blockbuster. I, too, recall the myriad of days I'd beg and plead my parents into letting me run to Blockbuster. Eventually they just assumed that part of the Friday night protocol was a blockbuster run. My aunts and uncles heard about this when I came to visit them. They thought I'd pick one movie. Uh-uh. Three. I loved going through and selecting my two or three movies each weekend. My father was a film enthusiast and eventually tracked down a speciality rental store in Berkeley, where we lived, called Reel Videos. This was right before DVD's exploded onto the scene via the Matrix, etc. We watched every conceivable classic, B-movie, Foreign film and avant garde POS we could get our hands on. It was like Netflix before Netflix. Then my dad found Netflix, again, before anybody else, and we were done with the video stores (unless Netflix wasn't yet carrying a title) from about 2001 on. RIP video stores...
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7:24PM on 11/06/2013
I worked the Friday and Saturday night shifts there during my uni days. God...I had some horrible experiences there with customers...and the job taught me to kind to store assistants the world over whenever I was a customer. Weirdest experience was when I was explaining to a foreign lady (with a heavy accent) the way membership works...just before storing closing time (11 or 12pm)... when a, clearly agitated, very big black guy (who was the only customer waiting) says....I know I am
I worked the Friday and Saturday night shifts there during my uni days. God...I had some horrible experiences there with customers...and the job taught me to kind to store assistants the world over whenever I was a customer. Weirdest experience was when I was explaining to a foreign lady (with a heavy accent) the way membership works...just before storing closing time (11 or 12pm)... when a, clearly agitated, very big black guy (who was the only customer waiting) says....I know I am black...but is there any reason you feel the need to keep me waiting. In the ensuing argument between the foreign lady and said black man...I calmly said (I was quitting the following night - I'd had enough), please madam, let me serve the gentleman, I'll be with you in a sec. I'm a pretty nervous guy in such situations (a chicken, some might say)....but Blockbuster toughened me up...made me strong :o) Not sure if the UK Blockbusters are owned by the same people...but I also recently picked up the Blu ray Amazing Spiderman for 3.55....so it had/has it's good points :o)
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7:03PM on 11/06/2013
I guess it was inevitable, but still, kind of a sad news item. I saw it coming years ago when I was working at a Blockbuster-like chain video store (a Canadian one), and would have to listen to people complain about the $1 late fee, and subsequently announce to me that they were just going to start downloading movies from then on (as if they were expecting me to leap over the counter to beg and plead for them to stay). Having said that, the "educational video" above brought back fond memories
I guess it was inevitable, but still, kind of a sad news item. I saw it coming years ago when I was working at a Blockbuster-like chain video store (a Canadian one), and would have to listen to people complain about the $1 late fee, and subsequently announce to me that they were just going to start downloading movies from then on (as if they were expecting me to leap over the counter to beg and plead for them to stay). Having said that, the "educational video" above brought back fond memories of seeing the look on peoples faces when I found them a recently-returned copy of a new release that they were hoping to watch. The frightening thing is that kids today will find that video hilarious, and they didn't even have to make it overly sarcastic or ironic.

Still, I'm only going to be worried if they start getting rid of physical copies of films altogether; like renting movies or buying records, it's nice to browse around a real store for awhile and find titles you didn't know you were looking for.
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7:03PM on 11/06/2013
not everyone is embracing the dumb idea of having all your movies digital. what if whatever you have storing all your movies crash? yep, all your movies are gone. fuck that. give me my physical blu rays.
not everyone is embracing the dumb idea of having all your movies digital. what if whatever you have storing all your movies crash? yep, all your movies are gone. fuck that. give me my physical blu rays.
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8:52PM on 11/06/2013
That's why you have a back-up HD. Not too difficult...
That's why you have a back-up HD. Not too difficult...
6:47PM on 11/06/2013

Sad

This makes me sad as I could spend hours wondering through a Blockbuster. I understand that the brick and mortar model isn't feasible but there were good parts about it. Namely renting games the day they came out...Redbox has no selection and it takes forever for new games to be in stock with Gamefly. The other thing was the outstanding selection of cheap used DVD's and eventually Blu Ray's you could get...I built up my pretty big collection of movies from 4 for $20 deals on used Blockbuster
This makes me sad as I could spend hours wondering through a Blockbuster. I understand that the brick and mortar model isn't feasible but there were good parts about it. Namely renting games the day they came out...Redbox has no selection and it takes forever for new games to be in stock with Gamefly. The other thing was the outstanding selection of cheap used DVD's and eventually Blu Ray's you could get...I built up my pretty big collection of movies from 4 for $20 deals on used Blockbuster movies. Netflix really surpassed Blockbuster in the independent and foreign film selection which eventually forced me to rent from Netflix and turn my back on renting from BB. R.I.P. Blockbuster...I will never forget you!
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6:15PM on 11/06/2013
My childhood were filled with movie watching at places like Blockbuster but places like this are irrelevant. My fondest memory of such was to walk among Horror aisles and look at those horror movies' covers as I was too young to rent them. Good time. Rest in peace, Blockbuster.
My childhood were filled with movie watching at places like Blockbuster but places like this are irrelevant. My fondest memory of such was to walk among Horror aisles and look at those horror movies' covers as I was too young to rent them. Good time. Rest in peace, Blockbuster.
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6:13PM on 11/06/2013
RIP Blockbuster, but at least where I live Family Video is still going strong.
RIP Blockbuster, but at least where I live Family Video is still going strong.
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1:55AM on 11/07/2013
hey yeah I know Family Video. You live in Michigan? That's where I used to live. North Carolina has Video Hut.
hey yeah I know Family Video. You live in Michigan? That's where I used to live. North Carolina has Video Hut.
5:41PM on 11/06/2013

When movies were a more social event...!

Watching this video did bring a little lump in my throat. Not because I miss VHS tapes or late fees per se but because it hearkened back to a time when watching movies was a more respected social event. To a certain degree technology, for how easy it makes everything, has removed the sociability that came with movie watching. Sure watching a movie on your phone is cool and space age-y but its not the same as everyone having to gather around the TV set as family or friends to experience it
Watching this video did bring a little lump in my throat. Not because I miss VHS tapes or late fees per se but because it hearkened back to a time when watching movies was a more respected social event. To a certain degree technology, for how easy it makes everything, has removed the sociability that came with movie watching. Sure watching a movie on your phone is cool and space age-y but its not the same as everyone having to gather around the TV set as family or friends to experience it together. People can say that's waxing poetic about something insignificant and I should catch up to the times but I wear that phase of my life with a badge of honor. Good memories!
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5:32PM on 11/06/2013
When I was younger Blockbuster and places like it were awesome. But as I got order you realize how big of a rip off they truly were. They never adapted to the times either. While I'll remember some great times there I'm glad there days of ripping people off are over.
When I was younger Blockbuster and places like it were awesome. But as I got order you realize how big of a rip off they truly were. They never adapted to the times either. While I'll remember some great times there I'm glad there days of ripping people off are over.
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5:29PM on 11/06/2013
Damn, I worked for Blockbuster when I was in high school. Still one of the coolest jobs i've ever had! And that wasn't too long ago, 10 years.

It's weird to think how much the world has changed since then. There is absolutely no room for this type of store at all. Hopefully they'll be able to reintroduce the Blockbuster brand as a digital distributer like Netflix. It would be cool to have a company that gives them a run for their money.
Damn, I worked for Blockbuster when I was in high school. Still one of the coolest jobs i've ever had! And that wasn't too long ago, 10 years.

It's weird to think how much the world has changed since then. There is absolutely no room for this type of store at all. Hopefully they'll be able to reintroduce the Blockbuster brand as a digital distributer like Netflix. It would be cool to have a company that gives them a run for their money.
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5:05PM on 11/06/2013
Every school break, went down, got pizza, PlayStation games and action movies.
Every school break, went down, got pizza, PlayStation games and action movies.
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4:52PM on 11/06/2013
Sad days, I will never forget my dad taking me and my buddies to pick up a pizza and then to Tony's video to rent a movie and some NES games on a Saturday night. The kids now have no idea what they missed out on. R. I. P video stores!
Sad days, I will never forget my dad taking me and my buddies to pick up a pizza and then to Tony's video to rent a movie and some NES games on a Saturday night. The kids now have no idea what they missed out on. R. I. P video stores!
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4:51PM on 11/06/2013

Noah's Video...

Local independent video store going strong for 30 years now (of course being a head shop doesn't hurt it either)!

We don't have corporate retail chains where I live, they're not allowed into our community. Banks, grocery stores, and gas stations are the only exception.
Local independent video store going strong for 30 years now (of course being a head shop doesn't hurt it either)!

We don't have corporate retail chains where I live, they're not allowed into our community. Banks, grocery stores, and gas stations are the only exception.
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4:26PM on 11/06/2013
i like netflix dont get me wrong but there was something about goin to a video store and just browsing and talking to ppl just seems yes things are more convenient but just seems were cutting ourselves off from one another shit ya really dont have to leave your house anymore ok rant over lol
i like netflix dont get me wrong but there was something about goin to a video store and just browsing and talking to ppl just seems yes things are more convenient but just seems were cutting ourselves off from one another shit ya really dont have to leave your house anymore ok rant over lol
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4:14PM on 11/06/2013
My first job at 16!
My first job at 16!
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4:12PM on 11/06/2013

Every filmmaker I know has been invoking their favorite Mom & Pop video rental place that was put out of business by Blockbuster.

So, for Sunset Video (also a tanning salon), this is for you.
So, for Sunset Video (also a tanning salon), this is for you.
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4:19PM on 11/06/2013
rent a video AND get a killer tan??!?! what an novel idea! I guess that way us movie nerds can cheat and at least look like we've stepped outside.
rent a video AND get a killer tan??!?! what an novel idea! I guess that way us movie nerds can cheat and at least look like we've stepped outside.
4:28PM on 11/06/2013
It's still the most baffling combination business I've seen. And it hung around for a good 10 years.
It was so weird, I can still picture the jar with goggles in disinfectant - right next to the gumball machine on the counter.
It's still the most baffling combination business I've seen. And it hung around for a good 10 years.
It was so weird, I can still picture the jar with goggles in disinfectant - right next to the gumball machine on the counter.
3:58PM on 11/06/2013

RIP indeed...

I remember renting movies my mom would never let me watch when I stayed at my buddies house on weekends. Robocop, Return of the Living Dead, An American Werewolf in London, etc. I haven't rented from a video store in years and probably never would've again, but I still can't help but feel like something is irrevocably lost. Thanks for the good times Blockbuster.

Oh and as for the late fees, well you can still go fuck yourself for those.
I remember renting movies my mom would never let me watch when I stayed at my buddies house on weekends. Robocop, Return of the Living Dead, An American Werewolf in London, etc. I haven't rented from a video store in years and probably never would've again, but I still can't help but feel like something is irrevocably lost. Thanks for the good times Blockbuster.

Oh and as for the late fees, well you can still go fuck yourself for those.
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3:55PM on 11/06/2013
A large part of my youth has died. I miss physical rental stores. I miss going into the store with friends and grabbing a large stack of old movies, and then arguing about which ones to get. I miss picking up girls by suggesting a movie for her to rent.

I hate how the social aspect of movie culture is just being sucked dry.
A large part of my youth has died. I miss physical rental stores. I miss going into the store with friends and grabbing a large stack of old movies, and then arguing about which ones to get. I miss picking up girls by suggesting a movie for her to rent.

I hate how the social aspect of movie culture is just being sucked dry.
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3:53PM on 11/06/2013

Video got me choked up!

Of course it's inevitable, but it's sad that the next generation won't get to walk into a building that's filled wall to wall of physical movies. Maybe someday there will be a museum...
Of course it's inevitable, but it's sad that the next generation won't get to walk into a building that's filled wall to wall of physical movies. Maybe someday there will be a museum...
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5:03PM on 11/06/2013
I got misty eyed seeing that video also, you don't know how much you miss something till its all gone
I got misty eyed seeing that video also, you don't know how much you miss something till its all gone
12:46PM on 11/07/2013
I bawled like a little girl. ....Video was almost perfect.
I bawled like a little girl. ....Video was almost perfect.
3:45PM on 11/06/2013

will be missed

i found a Blockbuster when visiting a friend in Minneapolis. It was like stepping in a time machine. I mostly watch my movies in digital form, but i am rather impressed by my dvd collection of a few hundred. As long as i will be a movie fan, i will love having the physical copy of my favorite movies. From film reel to Blu-ray. Blockbuster was one of my favorite places to pick up dvds. I remember when the place around the corner from my went out of business, i spent about $100 on used dvds to
i found a Blockbuster when visiting a friend in Minneapolis. It was like stepping in a time machine. I mostly watch my movies in digital form, but i am rather impressed by my dvd collection of a few hundred. As long as i will be a movie fan, i will love having the physical copy of my favorite movies. From film reel to Blu-ray. Blockbuster was one of my favorite places to pick up dvds. I remember when the place around the corner from my went out of business, i spent about $100 on used dvds to add to my collection.

While Blockbuster may disappear from the block, lets hope the video store will never be done away for good. It'll be a rare treat to wonder the aisles of our favorite movies.
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3:34PM on 11/06/2013
Good! Blockbuster helped destroy the small video rental stores so I am glad they are closing down. As a company I disliked Blockbuster a lot so their doom makes me smile...but the company are not the people that worked there so I feel bad for them. That's the ONLY thing I feel bad about.
Good! Blockbuster helped destroy the small video rental stores so I am glad they are closing down. As a company I disliked Blockbuster a lot so their doom makes me smile...but the company are not the people that worked there so I feel bad for them. That's the ONLY thing I feel bad about.
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5:01PM on 11/06/2013
Couldn't agree with you more. Unfortunately it's not just Blockbuster, all kinds of corporate retail chains, have destroyed independent locally owned business'.
Couldn't agree with you more. Unfortunately it's not just Blockbuster, all kinds of corporate retail chains, have destroyed independent locally owned business'.
3:30PM on 11/06/2013
I thought they were already out of business? All the Blockbusters in my city closed about 2 years ago?
I thought they were already out of business? All the Blockbusters in my city closed about 2 years ago?
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3:27PM on 11/06/2013
Sad about this. I know the people that work at the Blockbuster down the street from where I live. Man, this sucks. This was always my favorite way of renting movies.
Sad about this. I know the people that work at the Blockbuster down the street from where I live. Man, this sucks. This was always my favorite way of renting movies.
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3:24PM on 11/06/2013
I do miss the days of going to grab a movie, with my borther and sister, from blockbuster and then spending the next hour trying to find a good film to watch cause we could never agree on what to get. I actually still carry my blockbuster card in my wallet for no reason haha
I do miss the days of going to grab a movie, with my borther and sister, from blockbuster and then spending the next hour trying to find a good film to watch cause we could never agree on what to get. I actually still carry my blockbuster card in my wallet for no reason haha
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3:28PM on 11/06/2013
Me too!
Me too!
3:15PM on 11/06/2013

Feel the same overall feeling here that everyone is typing

Our grand kids will look at us like we are crazy when we tell them there was a time that it was possible that a movie you wanted wasn't going to be there and you had to WAIT. R.I.P Blockbuster...you are part of the reason for my movie geekness
Our grand kids will look at us like we are crazy when we tell them there was a time that it was possible that a movie you wanted wasn't going to be there and you had to WAIT. R.I.P Blockbuster...you are part of the reason for my movie geekness
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3:09PM on 11/06/2013

Sad

It's a sad, sad day. I can't tell you how many DVDs in my collection were previously owned from a Blockbuster. A lot of the smaller name comedies, indies, that didn't need to be special edition or blurays. I miss the "event" of going to Blockbuster with family or friends, searching for 30 minutes and laughing at the random movies that people made, and then grabbing snacks before you booked it home for two movies together.
It's a sad, sad day. I can't tell you how many DVDs in my collection were previously owned from a Blockbuster. A lot of the smaller name comedies, indies, that didn't need to be special edition or blurays. I miss the "event" of going to Blockbuster with family or friends, searching for 30 minutes and laughing at the random movies that people made, and then grabbing snacks before you booked it home for two movies together.
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3:01PM on 11/06/2013

Sad, but inevitable

When digital downloads and Netflix happened, that was the death knell of Blockbuster and Rogers video/DVD stores. I guess the kids will have to make new memories with the technology we have now. ;)
When digital downloads and Netflix happened, that was the death knell of Blockbuster and Rogers video/DVD stores. I guess the kids will have to make new memories with the technology we have now. ;)
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2:54PM on 11/06/2013

Not surprising

When a store charges $5.00+ for new releases and $1.00 for older movies; it's only a matter of time before you get defeated by the likes of Netflix and Redbox.
When a store charges $5.00+ for new releases and $1.00 for older movies; it's only a matter of time before you get defeated by the likes of Netflix and Redbox.
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2:53PM on 11/06/2013
Definitely a sad day indeed [link]
Definitely a sad day indeed [link]
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2:53PM on 11/06/2013

Sad

Sad day in my life for sure! Not only am I one of the few that truely enjoys that Tuesday 6pm stroll through the new release section but DVD by Mail is my only way to afford movies for my family. $20 a month and i watch anywhere from 5-15 movies a month. Blockbuster... you will be missed!
Sad day in my life for sure! Not only am I one of the few that truely enjoys that Tuesday 6pm stroll through the new release section but DVD by Mail is my only way to afford movies for my family. $20 a month and i watch anywhere from 5-15 movies a month. Blockbuster... you will be missed!
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2:51PM on 11/06/2013

O:

I wish the mom and pop home video stores would pop up again.
I wish the mom and pop home video stores would pop up again.
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4:29PM on 11/06/2013
ya i miss my old mom and pop store quicksilver ahhh memories
ya i miss my old mom and pop store quicksilver ahhh memories
4:52PM on 11/06/2013
They still exist in the communities that supported them.
They still exist in the communities that supported them.
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