Posted May 15, 2012 by Laura Douse in Movie Gems

Are video shops soon to be a thing of the past?

Remember back in the day when Love Film and Netflix did’t exist?  You had to go to your local video shop to rent the latest movie.  Well I miss that!  I know there are still a few dotted around the UK but I live in a town that doesn’t have a single video shop…how sad is that?

I have such fond memories from my childhood of going to Blockbusters with my Dad.  Me and my little Brother would always go for film’s that my dad didn’t like the look of and he would desperately try and convince us to get something else!  Looking back, I don’t blame him…..I think we must have rented the flop BIO-DOME about 6 times…

Say what you want about this piece of crap, I don’t care, I feel no shame!  If I watched this now, I would probably hate it……probably.  But back then, I thought it was the best movie EVER!  I was 12 when this was released.  The point is, whenever I think of this movie, even though its a bit rubbish, it just brings back all those great memories.

Another video that we rented was THE BIRDCAGE…

Like Bio-Dome, this film came out in 1996, so I was 12.  Unlike Bio-Dome, this was a movie that the whole family enjoyed!  Now, I still love this movie……but I prefer the original FRENCH version La Cage Aux Folles…..It’s soooooooooooooooooo funny.

Moving on now to 1999, I was 15.  My friend often used to invite me to her house for sleepovers and we would always go to Blockbusters to get some snacks and rent a DVD.  We used to rent some right rubbish, but it was great!  One film that really sticks out to me from this time is IDLE HANDS….

I LOVED this movie.  It is about a lazy slacker called Anton, who’s wakes up one Halloween morning to find his hand is possessed….with murderous intent!  He unwillingly murders his parents and his best friends so he cuts his hand off…but that just makes things worst!  Like Bio-Dome, if I watched it today, it would probably be cringe city!  But back then I loved it.

When I was 18, I got a job working for Blockbuster.  It was brilliant!  We used to get 10 free rentals a week, thats right, TEN FREE rentals per week!!!  This is when my love for cinema started and my movie taste started to mature!   I found some of my favorite directors during this time, like David Lynch and Pedro Almodovar.   It was such a laid back job and all the staff where happy.  I miss it.  We also had a Choices in Beverley but unfortunately, the demand for movie rentals in my home town, wasn’t big enough.  We started noticing a big decline in the amount of people coming in and we just weren’t making enough money.  Part of this was probably due to the rental prices, a new release cost 3.95 for just 1 night.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Love Film is great, I love the fact that you can watch pretty much any film at any time through you laptop or PS3, and not only movies, you can also rent loads of awesome documentaries like RELIGULOUS and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE …

Missed the latest TV series that everyone is talking about?  True Blood? Flight of the Conchords?  Game of Thrones?  You don’t have to miss out any longer, you can rent all these too!


I miss my local video shop.  Nothing beats going in to the store, browsing through the dusty, empty boxes to trying to find the perfect movie for that same night.  I would love to own my own video shop like on BE KIND REWIND…

I just don’t think they can compete any more with the likes of Love Film and Netflix.  Times are hard for everyone at the moment and these online places offer a great service at a great price.

I know there are still a few video shops dotted around..but for how long?  I have none in my town, how long until yours closes??  A world without video shops.