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NEWS: Blockbuster to Shut Last U.S. Video Rental Stores, DVD-by-Mail


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Animeking1108



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:32 am Reply with quote
Good riddance. Blockbuster's online service was shit. They never had enough copies of movies. You would wait months for a new release, and just give up hope on getting any video games that were on "Long Wait." My BB list has thirty movies on it, and more than half of them are on wait.
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v1cious



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:08 am Reply with quote
RAmmsoldat wrote:
"Emily....Emily the war is over. lets go rent an movie at blockbuster. The hounds are calling Emily, lets rent something now"

http://www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=​Fd3zF1CCLmI


"Oh I get it! video stores are so old they have ghosts in them!"
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hojo 360



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:37 am Reply with quote
Blockbuster was still around?? jeez were have i been anyway i need to find one and rent out a bunch of crap and keep em Laughing
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:30 am Reply with quote
We used to have 2 big ones within 2 minutes of each other! With different schoolmates working part-time in and out, we could always get free rentals. And boy, was that a savior those pre-broadband times during family/relatives/friends gatherings late at night with nothing to do! Once we even did our Spanish class video project in one - we were acting stupid but en espanol. Laughing
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WeirDiE_InC



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:43 am Reply with quote
Didn't even realize Blockbuster still existed. Video rental stores have practically been extinct here for past few years.

Anyways, so long as public libraries keep carrying DVDs and Blurays, things'll be just fine.
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revolutionotaku



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:39 am Reply with quote
_V_ wrote:
It's religious fanatic leader insisted on *editing movies*, even R-rated movies. Thus it was physically impossible to get the full cut of certain movies which his personal beliefs deemed too graphic or controversial. That destroys many Horror, Action, but also drama movies. We're not talking porn here: I mean relatively "mainstream" movies, if R-rated stuff, they would edit in-house.

The Mormon-based DVD rental chain "CleanFlicks" in Utah was forced to shut down for violating federal copyright laws.
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Revolutionary



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:26 am Reply with quote
We actually have a chain of video/game rentals that has survived where I live - Family Video. Technically, the chain started up (or at least came here, I don't know if it's a national chain or not) after our local Blockbusters had closed.

I want to say that I'm sad, because I used to rent video games from Blockbuster all of the time. However, I don't really even have much of a want to rent video games anymore, so I suppose those times have passed in my life.
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FenixFiesta



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:19 am Reply with quote
Took long enough for the place to finally die off...
Blockbuster was fine when the physical media for movies was Tape, once Netflix began showing off the concept that literally you could rent by using the National postal service, it was the beginning of the end for BB because they were simply WAY too slow to catch up with the concept of modern media viewing at every turn after even though they had the capital to restructure and catch up, if not be ahead of the game, years ago.
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mdo7



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:51 pm Reply with quote
Sad to hear, had great memories of renting games and movie from Blockbuster. Sad to see the rest of the stores closing down.
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Chrno2



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:34 pm Reply with quote
Wow, I didn't know there were still any left. Man I remember when we had one across the street from my job. I used to rent some Megaman X games from them. There were still some in Manhattan but I think they all but shut down.
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RichardFromMarple



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:30 pm Reply with quote
In the UK Blockbuster seemed to buy a few video rental chains, which earlier on had bought up some independent shops.

I never really used my local one, but my parents did before they got cable.

Mostly I used to look through the bargin bin for any ex-rental tapes worth getting.

I used to rent from my local library occasionally.

Eventually I stopped doing that as I was too busy with college work to find time to watch videos.

When DVDs came along they prices seemed to drop low after a few years so it was as cheap to buy one as rent.
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Greed1914



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:34 pm Reply with quote
RAmmsoldat wrote:
"Emily....Emily the war is over. lets go rent an movie at blockbuster. The hounds are calling Emily, lets rent something now"



I was hoping someone else was thinking of this.
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DTJB



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:10 pm Reply with quote
The door is finally closed, there goes another part of my childhood.
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