Watch: Buzzfeed's Fun Short Film About the Demise of Video Stores
"If someone had already rented the movie that you wanted, you just couldn't watch it." Remember video stores? Those places where you could go, rent copies of movies, browse racks of thousands of obscure titles, meet new friends. If you're a reader of this site, you probably grew up with video stores like all of us did. We all watched as Blockbuster slowly began to die at the hands of the digital revolution, with iPads, iPhones & iTunes taking over, not to mention the power of Netflix. Well, for a fun trip down memory lane, BuzzFeed (via SlashFilm) put together a short video titled "Video Stores Explained to Modern Kids" recapping the experience and, frankly, what was so cool (believe it!) about the classic video store. Check this out below.
Love this line from the video: "Now video stores have gone the way of the American Buffalo - there's barely any left." There's also a hilarious tag on YouTube. "WARNING: Depending on your age, this will probably make you ache for your childhood." So true. I miss the days when my brother and I would wander to the back of the local VHS video store and find some obscure title that we just had to watch. Where else would we have seen Robot Jox and Ski Patrol? Nowadays it's impossible to just "stumble upon" something obscure unless you're specifically seeking it out. How times have changed. The two video stores featured in this are Cinefile Video in Los Angeles or Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee in North Hollywood. Good times?