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http://variety.com/2013/film/news/blockbuster-to-close-all-remaining-u-s-stores-1200802109/?_r=true

I'd be lying if I said Blockbuster wasn't a major part of my life in my teen and young adult years. I'd be lying if I said I didn't get there as soon as possible on days when a new release came out that I wanted to see. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't discover a lot of my now favorite movies through renting them at Blockbuster.

I'd also be lying if I said Netflix, even with its numerous flaws, isn't more convenient (I did rack up quite a few late fees at Blockbuster). I'd also be lying if I said it didn't annoy me that Blockbuster often didn't carry many independent and foreign films that are signifcant. The last time I was actually at my local Blockbuster I also noted the absence of Blue Velvet, JFK and Do The Right Thing, three era defining American films. I'd also be lying if I said it didn't sadden me that Blockbuster drove quite a few independent mom and pop video stores that offered more variety out of business.

So while I can't say I'm sad in some ways to see it go, it does feel like an era is ending even if it technically did end about 5-6 years ago.

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I didn't even know there were any stores left. But agreed, I do feel a tinge of nostalgia for those days every now and then. Future generations will never know the disappointment of wanting to rent something and seeing it all checked out by the time they get there. But no doubt we have more convenient services today.

One other thing that annoyed me about Blockbuster was its outright refusal of NC-17 rated films. I've seen some great ones in recent years including LUST CAUTION, SHAME, and BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. You wouldn't find the unedited versions of those at a Blockbuster, and indeed that company was entirely complicit in the outdated mentality of "NC-17= porn."

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I'd be lying if I said Blockbuster wasn't a major part of my life in my teen and young adult years. I'd be lying if I said I didn't get there as soon as possible on days when a new release came out that I wanted to see. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't discover a lot of my now favorite movies through renting them at Blockbuster.

I'd also be lying if I said Netflix, even with its numerous flaws, isn't more convenient (I did rack up quite a few late fees at Blockbuster). I'd also be lying if I said it didn't annoy me that Blockbuster often didn't carry many independent and foreign films that are signifcant. The last time I was actually at my local Blockbuster I also noted the absence of Blue Velvet, JFK and Do The Right Thing, three era defining American films. I'd also be lying if I said it didn't sadden me that Blockbuster drove quite a few independent mom and pop video stores that offered more variety out of business.

What if you're lying about all these things? Which is the lie and which is the truth? *BZZT*--DISCONNECT--*BZZT*--DISCONNECT

Truthfully, I think the only time I ever rented anything from Blockbuster was when I was living in this shitass Mormon town that had literally no other options. But I am sure as hell showing up with an empty gym bag when the big going-out-of-business DVD sale kicks off.

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Blockbuster had less appeal to me than every other rental house in my city. They typically charged 2-3x as much as a competitor that was less than a block away. Oh, but you could keep the movie for a week, they'd claim. The other guys would make you return the movie the next day... ('Cause it will take me 7 days to get through this movie?!)

BB has been dead in my town for awhile and they weren't missed. I miss the Chinese restaurant that moved into that location and failed more than I'll ever miss Blockbuster, and I never even went to that restaurant.

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Missed them when they closed up around here about 3 years ago. Joined Netflix and, although less than perfect, is better than going to the store. I do miss the interaction with customers and staff - the banter about which movie to see.


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I was hoping this say would never come, I loved going to Blockbuster and i'm deeply saddened to see them go. Thankfully I still have Family Video near me.


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I felt sadder when my local mom and pop closed up shop. Their employees really knew their stuff, and they were great to talk to. Blockbuster's employees, on the other hand, didn't know jack about movies and the selection was often poor. I can't say I'll miss them very much.

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I felt sadder when my local mom and pop closed up shop. Their employees really knew their stuff, and they were great to talk to. Blockbuster's employees, on the other hand, didn't know jack about movies and the selection was often poor. I can't say I'll miss them very much.

The Blockbuster employees at my local stories knew quite a bit about films, were great to talk to and they carried a lot of obscure direct to video stuff that interested me. According to the article some stores will remain open and continue operating under the Blockbuster name, which is rather unusual, so perhaps the sole remaning one near me will still be open.


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I love how convenient Netflix is, but I do miss the days of going to my local blockbuster video or West Coast Video and renting from them. But that was so long ago anyways.

Right now there is a Chick-Fil-A at the spot where Blockbuster use to be.


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ilovemovies wrote:
I love how convenient Netflix is, but I do miss the days of going to my local blockbuster video or West Coast Video and renting from them. But that was so long ago anyways.

Right now there is a Chick-Fil-A at the spot where Blockbuster use to be.

Right now there's a Pet Supplies Plus where one local BB store was, in another area there's now an Advance Auto Parts store. Apparently the one BB location near my house is still open, so i'm guessing they are not Dish owned.


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Appropriately enough, the last movie to be rented there is This is the End.


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Same. Except that the one near me had DVDs that were always scratched up and their blu ray broke my player.

But yeah when it liquidated I bought about 500 worth of DVDs. Now the rack I bought from them is jam packed and I don't have room for any more...

Not that that will stop me!

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Mine got replaced by a Mattress Firm. I have a lot of fond memories about Blockbuster, but ultimately, they did themselves in. Late fees, different prices for new releases vs. old, and their selection was always limited. They kind of over-thought their own business. They probably should have invested a little more in obtaining copies of niche classics. Then they would have maybe retained customers like myself. Stores which carry obscure classics, criterion releases, etc. are the ones that, as of now, are still open. And that's true both in LA and in my home state of Florida. I can remember so many times when I got pissed off at Blockbuster for refusing to cater to avid movie buffs. 300 copies of the latest Twilight installment, zero copies of anything not at the top of the charts. Many times even popular movies from the 90s, for instance, would not be in the catalog. I remember distinctly, maybe 8 years ago I wanted to rent Jurassic Park and Scream and they had neither. And the employees were always arrogantly nonchalant about the poor stock.

It was as if they assumed that customers would walk in never having heard of any movies in their life. "Just browse the shelves and pick based on whether the cover is good" seemed to be their motto. And Blockbuster Online was just absurd. In the 6 years for which I used Netflix, I never had a problem. First week trying Blockbuster Online, they start sending movies in completely random order instead of the ones i requested at the top of my queue. Ridiculous. I just think that when you run a business, you should cater to the people who are most passionate about the product you're selling. Blockbuster started out cool, but it wasn't long before it began to do the opposite of that.


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Post Re: Blockbuster Pronounced Dead.
we have a similar franchise called Xtra Vision.
It was in decline before the likes of netfix came around.
They were charging 4 - 5 pound for a one night film rental you could buy for 12 pound outright.
At one point their rental, was their main area, then gradually dvd sales took over more space.
Eventually once supermarkets like TESCOS started selling the same dvd's for a fair bit less their sales revenue was also affected.
Now they've had to satart selling mobile phones and crap that has nothing to do with movies just to keep going.
Now that we have netfix and the like , I doubt we will have them for much longer.


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p604 wrote:
we have a similar franchise called Xtra Vision.
It was in decline before the likes of netfix came around.
They were charging 4 - 5 pound for a one night film rental you could buy for 12 pound outright.
At one point their rental, was their main area, then gradually dvd sales took over more space.
Eventually once supermarkets like TESCOS started selling the same dvd's for a fair bit less their sales revenue was also affected.
Now they've had to satart selling mobile phones and crap that has nothing to do with movies just to keep going.
Now that we have netfix and the like , I doubt we will have them for much longer.


The biggest rental store in Santa Monica way overcharges too. Also about a third of what it would cost to just buy the thing in many cases. I guess it's one of those systems that works until it doesn't. But it took me a while to finally decide that buying movies would be more worthwhile than renting them in the long run. It also doesn't hurt to have Moviestop, a God-send which allows you to trade in your old blurays for new ones. And they have just about everything. Too bad they're only in the Southeast so far, but I guess that's just being smart.


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Mine got replaced by a Mattress Firm.


So did mine.

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Ridiculous. I just think that when you run a business, you should cater to the people who are most passionate about the product you're selling.


Actually, when you run a business, you want to cater to the lowest common denominator. Not that I would have liked it anymore than you, but guaranteed those 300 copies of Twilight circulated and stayed out much more than a copy of JP or Scream would have.


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MGamesCook wrote:
Mine got replaced by a Mattress Firm.


So did mine.


Me too. Was your Blockbuster in Clayton, MO per chance?


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Jeff Wilder wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
Mine got replaced by a Mattress Firm.


So did mine.


Me too. Was your Blockbuster in Clayton, MO per chance?


Way south of that. Plantation Florida.

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Jeff Wilder wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
Mine got replaced by a Mattress Firm.


So did mine.


Me too. Was your Blockbuster in Clayton, MO per chance?


Tampa, Florida.


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