Video Store Memories

James / December 5th, 2012


  • corey

    December 5, 2012 at 1:17 am

    being in shenzhen, china and trying to watch cinemassacre dont work anymore… sucks

  • hammerhorrortexas

    December 5, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Awesome! I miss the good old days of my youth when grocery stores had movie and game rental sections. great video!

    • karel1

      March 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Jeez, We didn’t have ANYTHING like that around me growing up. One Stop Shopping! 🙂

    • pyoobez

      March 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      While not straight up grocery, I had two general stores in our area that carried VHS tapes and basically what your average convience store carries as well as a food area where you could get hoagies, ice cream, pizza, etc. When we moved when I was 14, the one was within walking distance and I could rent older movies for 99 cents so it was great. I spent a lot of weekends buying bottles of Moxie soda and renting 99 cent Miramax movies. I still remember renting Pulp Fiction when I was 14. Noone in there seemed to care about renting me Rated R movies compared to Blockbuster.

      • Uncle Sporkums

        November 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        I remember the rental shelf of my local Circle K growing up, as well as grocery stores like Albertson’s having a rental section. There was also a Movie Gallery chain in my local Wal-Mart.

  • GameDudeMat

    December 5, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Alright 1st Comment! First off great video, 2ndly I have a mixed opinion. I have to say that I agree with Mike, while it is easier to use netflix and not have to worry about getting off your butt to get a movie or get it back in time for fear of late fees I definately do miss the video stores. It really was an event in it’s own, my personal favorite would be renting Super Nintendo games! Though a few times when I would be on the last level my mom would tell me it was time to return it… Well keep up the good work James!

    And here’s a little nastalgia I hope you like!

  • GameDudeMat

    December 5, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Take it back not the first comment! lol!

  • hammerhorrortexas

    December 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

    and I love all the Hammer films in your collection. I have almost everything available in Hammers existence, even all the tv shows.

  • JoeShmoe

    December 5, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I feel old,I miss the old video stores.

  • NightOfTheLivingNES

    December 5, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Coven man!

  • darksideofdonny

    December 5, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Thanks for taking us back to the past James, I appreciate it.

  • LordJason1986

    December 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

    awesome job james. it really is sad because I remember going to the video store when I was young and renting either a movie or a snes game. the video store was also the frst time I laid eye on vhs cover of Godzilla Vs Biollante. beyond Blockbster Video , there was also Hollywood Video and Wonder Book & Video. what’s even more sad for me at least was that Blockbuster Video was the last job I had before was laid off. they couldnt keep me because they were loosing business. I would come in on the days where I worked , and it would be completely empty for long periods of time. months after I was laid off , tha very same Blockbuster closd their doors forever. and after I was laid off from Blockbuster before they offically closed permanently , I have been unemployed ever since for almost officially 4 years. a sad example where a dying old school experience became a dying buiness. the life as we once knew and loved from our youth , will never be the same again.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    December 5, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I was just getting fine with it, now you reminded me that Blockbuster has closed, i’m not much in for VHS, i’m much of a DVD guy, but you can’t even rent DVD now.
    There is also a few “techonology all around” stores that sell them but still, doing a trip to the mall to buy a single dvd? Nah.

  • Renz

    December 5, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Thanks for this video. Really made me think back to those days.
    I gotta say that I hate the new way of watching everything online now. I think it’s really annoying. Think about it. You can’t ask anyone to recommend something for you and I agree with Kyle that I want to have a physical copy of whatever it is I own. But we have to live with it I guess.
    Thanks for the video again.

  • December 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Thanks James, Mike, and Kyle for taking me back to our childhood. I too am an 80s child, born in 1983 to be exact. I remember when I was a little kid we’d go to movie rental stores like Premier Video where they’d have these gigantic displays for upcoming films. I remember seeing a huge display for E.T. and for ALF; as well as there being one for Back To The Future, Die Hard, and Batman. I find it a little weird that that there was an E.T. display when I was about three or four because that movie was released to theaters before I was born. I’m guessing your parents were like mine where you got away with seeing a lot of different “adult” films, meaning films that had an R rating like RoboCop, Rambo II, The Terminator and so on.

    I think the thing I mist most is the personal connection to the local video rental store owner because they’d help you to find videos that were hard to find elsewhere. Blockbuster was the big killer in local video rental stores. I also used to rent video games from Blockbuster, but mine were for the Sega Genesis. Thanks again for the trip through memory lane. This is one I would love to watch again on another DVD release for Cinemassacre. : )

  • NESessity

    December 5, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Corpse Fucking Art was a docmentary released in1991 on a controversial 1987 West German horror film directid by Jörg Buttgereit titled NEKRomantik.

  • bongbadabongbadabong

    December 5, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Deathstalker and the warriors from hell was my favorite MST3K

  • Eltanin

    December 5, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Freakin’ loved this video, I miss the video stores so much. It was like a weekend ritual for me and my brother to go there and rent a video game or a movie to watch.

    I remember when we got our first VHS player, I was so happy and felt like a boss because now I could rent any movie I wanted and not be limited to Betamax.

    It was great to see Kyle again, I hope he appears more often in your next videos (I loved his entrance too!). Anyhow thanks for sharing, you guys are the best.

  • December 5, 2012 at 3:40 am

    You know I just noticed most of those are cardboard boxes, over here in the UK it was mostly the clam shell type boxes and you hardly ever saw the cardboard type. Just thought that was kinda weird!

    I also hate you because now I know I’ll want to start collecting VHS 😉

    Where did all those shelves come from anyway? I can’t imagine it’s easy to find VHS shelves anywhere now!

  • Boldelar

    December 5, 2012 at 3:42 am

    This is just REALLY weird. Literally 30 minutes before turning my computer on, I collected some dust from all of my old VHS casettes. Then this clip of your memories turned up out of nowhere

    Sadly, all of my casettes barely work. 🙁

  • Michel_Angelo

    December 5, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I remember owing about $50 in fees from tapes that weren’t rewound and weren’t returned on time.

  • RetroMusicBox

    December 5, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Awesome seeing Kyle again! Great video. I own all of my VHS tapes still as well.

    ♪♪♪ Check out my channel if you are into retro video game music! ♪♪♪

  • Nintendomaniac

    December 5, 2012 at 4:22 am

    It’s sad to think how fast video rental stores disappeared. Just 5 years ago, all of our local Blockbuster and Hollywood Videos were still open. The last one closed up earlier this year, and now they are all gone for good.

    Of course, the video rental stores that bring back the most fond memories for me were the mom and pop stores. I remember always heading straight to the video game sections. I would rent a game almost every Friday after school to play over the weekend.

  • FNHot

    December 5, 2012 at 4:33 am

    1991, my mother flies to england for a month, my father is left in change, 8 year old me has an agenda, rent R rated movies! I already know what I want, we go, I act casual, look at the cartoons first, work my way over …. there is it …. TERMINATOR 2…. ask father, “hell ya, it’s a great movie!”

    watch it with my 6 year old brother…. most amazing movie of our lives. When mother returns, mention nothing, question every decision she makes after, for if her movie choices are THAT WRONG, what else has she messed up?

  • Sycsa

    December 5, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I just can’t stand to watch these unscripted videos, because all I can hear is “like like like like like like like like”, especially with Mike.

  • December 5, 2012 at 5:20 am

    my first and only experience with Laser Disc was in Elementary School.. Some of our classes had the Interactive Learning LDs.. or Just school material related stuff.

    Never actually knew Laser Discs were for home and had movies until I was probably until the 2000s, but by then i was out of High School and of course DVDs were starting to be in most homes and VHS obsolete.

    I never even seen a single LD inside of a Video Store.. the video stores I remember as a kid only had VHS and Video Games (mostly Nintendo NES & Sega Genesis) and the larger chains also had an Arcade Machine or two (usually PacMan or Centipede, possibly Street Fighter II).

  • December 5, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Middle School*

  • SlasherJackson17

    December 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

    The Video store I always went to is still open and I still go there 😀

  • z_thompson

    December 5, 2012 at 6:07 am

    The town I grew up in only had population 850, so there was no video store. We had to rent movies and videogames at the gas station and grocery store, where you would take the card up to the desk and they would find the tape behind the counter.
    Then when i worked at the gas station, they just started renting DVDs, so there were 2 spots, 1 for DVD and 1 for VHS. Very few movies even had a DVD option at the time, because most people in our town didn’t have one anyways!

    People started getting mad when we phased out the VHS’s completely, but they took up too much damn space.

    My friends and I would rent a Nintendo 64 and Goleneye for the weekend, too. You could get the system and 1 game for $10!

  • adam loewen

    December 5, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I was just grinning through this whole video. What a treat! About as casual as they come, and the three funniest guys from cinemassacre just hanging out and shooting the shit. I really liked it. They made a video store out of the nerd lair lol.

  • FearTheLiving

    December 5, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Growing up I rented at Blockbuster, then we moved onto Hollywood Video, which was awesome cause it had the GameCrazy connected to it. Sadly there is no place around me to rent game or movies anymore.

  • xdeathknightx

    December 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Ah man to be a kid of the 80s (I was born in 81). I still remember how special it was to go to the videostore and how hard it was to choose from all those movies. And how the place seemed horrible and empty when you just went there to return your video or the NES you rented.

    And when I think about it I can still faintly smell the smell of VHS tapes. It always had a certain type of smell that was in there. I miss that smell.

    For me the rental places lost their charm with the advent of the DVD. I am really careful with movies, especially if they aren’t mine, but some of the DVDs in rental stores looked like they had been used as a coaster they were so scratched. And if your DVD player was a bit finicky it would just ruin your movie experience. So after a while we just stopped renting DVDs. I now pretty much have my own videorental with DVDs so I can grab a movie if I want and of course with the internet you can quickly be watching a movie.

    I changed out many of my VHS tapes for DVD versions purely for space. I only have limited space sadly. And when my VCR broke I pretty much made the decision to move over to DVD.

    But yeah I miss going to the video store with my parents and looking for movies and later with friends pretty much exhausting the horror section of a local video store.

    And like Mike said you were really relying on the front and back covers. Now you can quickly look up reviews on the fly or see what score it has on imdb, back then you were hoping the movie you picked was any good. I still remember being a child and picking a movie about bunny rabbits. This turned out to be Watership Down where they are pretty much all killed off in horrible ways. These days this could never happen but back then all you saw were some rabbits and it seemed ok as a little kid.

    But yeah it is sadly an era that has passed, I still miss the specialised video stores with a movie geek behind the counter that could tell you exactly what movie you were thinking of by the mention of a single scene. Or knew what you were in to and could tell you to rent a movie because it is really good. Same with record stores, I still sometimes go to one because the people there know what I like and can give me suggestions. And real suggestions instead of the “well other people who listened to this band also listened to this and this so it might be for you” that a lot of programs use online. It was/is a fun way to discover new things. So yeah I do miss it.

    So thanks James, Mike and Kyle (welcome back by the way, I missed you man!) for taking me back for about 17 minutes.

  • milkyway

    December 5, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I loved this video. Annything movie related from Cinemassacre I love so much. keep up to great work guys!!!

  • JackBurton

    December 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Great vid. I can relate to this BIG TIME. There was something magical about these places, seeing the wide variety of video boxes, the covers and back covers(Army of Darkness BLEW MY MIND as a kid, the cover alone, holy shit!). The chain stores like Blockbuster and Hollywood couldn’t compare to the mom and pop video stores when it came to variety and overrall atmosphere. The obscure titles, the B movies, the one i grew up with had a selection that the likes of netflix still cant beat. They were like art museums really, for those of us who love movies(especially the type of off the wall titles you see in monster madness, cult hit type stuff). Monuments to the greatness and magic of movies.

    I remember my mom and pop rental store, Accent Video, having a curtained off back closet of a room. I didn’t find out what was back there for YEARS. Always creepy seeing dudes coming in and out of that room once you know what was back there as a kid. My family got to know the owner of the store and found out that a HUGE percentage of his business and profits were a result of that tiny back room.

    The store went under of course, but it was the chain stores, blockbuster and hollywood video that did it in(and lookin back, i’m sure the rise of the internet put a serious damper on the back room profits). It could only afford 2-3 copies of new movies, while the chain stores had like 10. People don’t wanna have to wait to see new releases, and sadly those of us who are huge fans of the more obscure, unique, or classic aren’t numerous enough to keep a place in business. Sad to think about when Accent closed its doors.

    A lot of dvd releases of classic 80s scifi/monster movies have updated the original cover art. That magic of the video store has been stripped away even beyond the stores themselves closing. Compare hte original artwork on the great “From Beyond” or the classic Alligator fo example to the dvd treatment they’re getting today. The recent dvd releases have ridden themselves of the original artwork for some bizarre reason, replacing it with some soulless, cheap looking, computer designed imagery. Could open a whole different can of worms with this though, as movie posters and dvd releases of new movies as a whole can’t compare to the charm and talent that existed years ago.

  • JackBurton

    December 5, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Holy shit i wrote a lot. This tiny comment box is deceiving, my bad for rambling like an idiot.

    BTW, what’s up with that dude up above who is going on 4 years without finding a new gig after his blockbuster job fell through. Get a grip guy, join the army or something, shit.

  • TheRedComet

    December 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I remember my favorite video store was a place called Video Town back in the 90’s that used a futuristic city for it’s logo. I always used to rent NES and SNES games there. It eventually became a Blockbuster so I’m sure it’s closed now. There was another place called Colony Video II that was MUCH closer to my house but they sucked. Never had anything in stock and cost more money to rent for less time than Video Town.

    I never really thought of Netflix has a bad idea, mainly because I’ve only used streaming, but when I first heard of Red Box I thought it was the stupidest thing ever. But now there’s one of those things in almost every grocery store, pharmacy or convenience store you go to. Whoever invented that shit is laughing all the way to the bank.

    I always liked seeing the posters for new movies at the video store. I actually have one on my wall now, Street Fighter the movie. Not only that but it advertises both VHS and Laserdisc. I bought the special edition of Street Fighter on DVD when it came out a couple years ago along with Street Fighter IV and the director commentary is actually taken from the LD and the director actually mentions how you’re watching a Laserdisc a couple times and that you’ll have to flip it soon.

  • taykel

    December 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I’m almost 20 years old now and I remember going to a local video store renting tapes. It was my favorite thing in the world during my young childhood. Now it doesn’t exist anymore. By the way, kick ass tape room here. I love it.

  • ajesterhead

    December 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Until august this year i did work at a video store, Hemmakväll (Home Evening) is it call here in Sweden. Sadly the story went bankrupt. But those two year i was there was the best time i had in work, many things you describe in the video fits to those two years. And now i starting too miss it. Hemmakväll are still around, but i did work at the smallest one in whole Sweden so it had its charm. Loyal Customers that could talk with you about movies, Customers that gladly take your advise and so an. Now we have Netflix here in Sweden scenes one month ago and i think “hemmakväll” will have hard time now.

  • seishinbyou

    December 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

    This video is so surreal for me. I remember renting videos with my parents in the 80s and how it was a special event.

    Although I am sad to hear these things went away, it might be interesting for you to know these video stores are still alive and well here in Japan (well, kind of “well”; some chains do better than others). They all rent DVDs and Blu-Ray but they are still there. No game rentals, though. If you are interested maybe I could take a few photos to share with you.

  • Michael Syrigos

    December 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Awesome to see Kyle after so long and…James, you have Specterman videos? Where the fuck were you in the 80’s? I loved that shit and there was no one around who knew about it!!! Damn!!!

  • December 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I wonder if Duran Duran got there name after a video store rental.

  • Haseo

    December 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I can remember there was a video shop called Ritz when I was a kid not 5 mins walk from me. They got bought out by Blockbuster (England) the store lasted a few more years before they shut it down and left the one in the center of town. When I stopped going to video shops since it was a longer walk to get there. Shame they were nice times

  • fanboyfilms

    December 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Ah, the video store. My earliest memories were my brother renting Tron for his birthday party and I rented a He-Man cartoon for my birthday. We lived about 10 miles outside of town so if we could get to the video store once a week or every two weeks it was a treat. So you would spend a few days before thinking about what movie you wanted and then when you got there your mind was blown by all the available choices. Or likewise the heartbreak when the one movie you wanted was checked out by someone else. I remember having to phone the video store ahead of time and make a reservation on a movie or NES game just to be sure you’d get it. I think there might have been a $3 fee to do that. So I think the choice of video was much more important than now, where you can just click something on and click it off again in an instant.

    Strangely I never had a Blockbuster in any town I lived in until at least the late ’90s. My town had 2 or 3 mom and pop stores and there was the local mini mart. I remember one summer vacation my best friend and I would walk down to the mini mart and buy penny candies and rent an NES game. The big chain that eventually opened up was Hollywood Video. Blockbuster didn’t seem to penetrate our west coast towns until later.

    We have streaming Netflix now, and it’s okay, but our wifi isn’t always fast enough to stream it seamlessly, it will pause a lot. We’ve gotten much more mileage out of Redbox. There are a lot of Redboxes around and the big plus is that you can return any movie to any Redbox, not just the one you rented it from. There’s one a few blocks from my house at 7 Eleven so it’s convenient.

    We still have a Blockbuster in our town, still hanging in there. Our local grocery store also has a DVD rental section. I guess they’ll hang on as long as they can. God bless ’em.

  • December 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    When I was young my Parents owned a Corner store that had a small video store in it. When it closed we got all the VHS tapes and NES games that we used to Rent out we still have all of them. It is funny because RC Pro Am was one of the games and it was in your mock Rental Store. I really miss the Video store, it was a great place to be introduced to something you never heard. I mean I didn’t know every movie but at the video store you got to see so many that you never even heard of. I still have images as a video walking in the store and being scared of some of the box art and to this day I still remember those movies. Every Friday was movie night and we would all get to pick a VHS or a video game. It is where I learned about so many Games and movies. Some of the Stores we had besides Blockbuster were Family Video, Video King, Wegman’s Home Video. Family Video is still around and I am lucky to have one down the street from my house.

  • S3ntinel2001

    December 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

    This really took my back to good o days when i was a kid, thanks a James,mike,kyle!!!

  • Barry the Nomad

    December 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    In Minnesota the big ones for me were: Mr. Movies, Hollywood Video, Blockbuster

    In Philly, pretty much TLA, but then they all closed. Tried to buy some DVDs from them when they were closing and they were basing prices off of how much they were going for on ebay. Total ripoff. I did manage to get some VHS tapes though for $1 each.

  • December 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I was 5 or 6 years old I want to the video store all I seen so many VHS Movie’s but one the Love like about it is Video games look Nintendo 64 games and later In 2000s to 2005 I did rent Nintendo Game cube games but now in days I can just buy games. And movies like VHS, DVD I rent like one or two movies.

  • December 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Watership Down! Holy crap, I remember that. That traumatized me as a kid. Just like you said, the cover was deceiving. Looked like a children’s movie, but it’s all about cute bunnies getting MURDERED!

  • dansims

    December 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    We still have those small video store in Québec, and some are very specialize, like Asian movie for example. I don’t really like movie on demand, first the quality isn’t the same, 1080i instead of 1080p, second there’s no extras, and third there’s no choice. Last week I rent Audition at my club, impossible to find it on netflix or my cable provider. And other thing that is cool about independent video store is that they are owned , and operate sometime,by movie fan, not young kids who don’t know who is Bela Lugosi. Movie on demand is only convenient because sometime you don’t what to go out, or the one you rent doesn’t need to be seen in HD.

  • dansims

    December 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Oh and James, about Watership Down, did you read the book ? It’s even better than the movie.

  • Agentti_Kolme

    December 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Somehow I like this better than the “Angry video game nerd”. Maybe I’m just not into those lame “shit fuck” jokes as I’m now a adult and the AVGN merely stopped when the movie started.

    I’m more interested of these clip’s and remember to keep posting these more, please! 🙂

  • Bobby1001

    December 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I enjoyed this video. Thanks for sharing your memories. Kyle Justin should make more appearances.

  • GrahamKoreski

    December 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    More Kyle Justin Please!

  • challenger1980

    December 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    My first job was at Planet Video here in WI. A chain I heard that was poorly managed and went bankrupt in the late 90’s. It was bought out by Blockbuster, which I worked for also when the PV stores were all converted. The thing I miss most, is being able to find and get old rare or out of print titles. My favorite were the old NFL film videos.

    Now that everything went digital almost, those old videos are just about obsolete.

    One HUGE disadvantage about a video store is the availability of a tilte you were looking for. God forbid if you were trying to get a new popular tilte, that a store for some reason has a low stock of. I remember having to call other blockbusters around the city trying to find a customer’s said title.

    It sucked when it happened to me, you have the weekend to play that one game or see that one movie that you waited all week for. Only to find out that it was all rented out, and you had to settle for some mistake. Once in a blue moon, I discovered a gem by this happening. My best sucess story is when I was able to rent Street Fighter II for the SNES. However, We found it hidden behind a NES box. LOL

    This also brings up how customers would HIDE a video so they could come back at a later time.. Memories…

  • LordJason1986

    December 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    speaking of things being lost with time , does anyone else also notice how so many mall stores like Spencer Gifts & Hot Topics has stopped selling horror movie toys? I remember in the late 90’s how Spencer Gifts had those Rest In Pieces doll sets with 18 inch plush dolls of freddy krueger , michael myers , jason voorhees , and leatherface. even McFarlane has since stopped making the old movie maniacs figurines that neca and mezco seem to make no a days. I also miss old classic stores that seem to no longer be around like Suncoast. Suncoast was always my most favorite store of all time. they use to sell vhs tapes , figurines , and movie posters. I also truly miss the old name for Gamestop which was known as Funcoland. man. is it just me , or does today’s age suck donkey balls when comparred to the days of yesteryear? everything is either too digital and just overly complicated. it hasent really been that long when we went from vhs to dvd to blu ray , and now we have ultra violet all of a sudden.

    it’s like what dr grant said in jurassic park : “the world has just changed so radically , and we’re all running to catch up.”

  • TiltDogg

    December 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Ok, one of you two need to fess up. What was kyle doing behind the bookcase to make you laugh, James?? I KNOW it wasn’t Mike’s amazing synopsis of “Zapped,” and you were barely holding it together.


    Great Video BTW… as always!

    • Lukas Sprehn

      May 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Huh? What’s your point? What do you mean when you say he’s making him laugh ? O.o

  • LukeBK

    December 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Now we need a tour of the updated Nerd Room.

  • LordJason1986

    December 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    batman has the batcave…

    heman has castle greyskull…

    the teenage mutant ninaj turtles has the sewers…

    and james has the nerd room…

    layer of the nerd…the bad games slayer…

    “it’s the nerd phone. a bad game needs to be reviewed. quick motherfucker mike! TO THE NERDCAVE!!!”

  • LordJason1986

    December 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    or , one way to look at it is that he’s actually building the death star. it’s fully functional , but it’s not completely opperational.

  • stalepie

    December 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    There was a great rental store where I lived as a child called Home Video off Satelite Blvd in GA. It had two stories, a large basement with a big horror and martial arts section. Strangely the **** section was in the middle of the upper floor and I’d wander in there sometimes. One thing about video stores is that you always knew which movie was the most popular by how many they had in stock. I guess now you know on online services by how many user ratings there are. Also small-time video stores almost always had carpeting and darker lighting like James’ basement in this video. There’s a good VHS gallery of covers here at Horror movies had some of the best.

  • stalepie

    December 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm


  • marc_lawson

    December 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    “I’ll have two copies of Corspe Fucking Art, please. One for me and one for my gal!”


    Best line ever, Mike. Why your buddies didn’t laugh at that, I dunno.

    Great to see Kyle back! And it was funny to see him rib James about his collectophile habits and the blockbuster card.

  • Belligeron

    December 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    With as many movies as James has seen, I am surprised he has never seen Zapped! before. He’s a child of the 80’s!

  • Wien

    December 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Yet another reason why Austin is awesome.

  • Anthony33

    December 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Wow, talk about taking us back to the past. NOTHING will ever take the place of the experience of walking into a video store and renting something.

  • December 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Ranting a VHS tape in a video store was great memories back then.
    Does everyone remember the Nickelodeon VHS tapes! 🙂

  • Squall85

    December 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    The shot at 8:30 reminded me what I liked about our local video store beside the unique atmosphere. Every time we went in the girl who was in the counter (who was really pretty) always had a movie running, I don’t know if she had to watch as many as she could to be more informed or it was there to set the mood. But it was really neat. And when a new movie came out on VHS and they had new posters, some time after they took it off we could get it for free. That was some treasure! 😀

  • December 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This was great guys! I worked at Blockbuster back in 2001 when there were only 2 rows of DVDs and the rest of the store was VHS. Those were the days! We also had Take 2 Video in town which was Blockbusters competition. I am not sure if that was local or a chain (this was Fargo, ND). I had a massive collection of VHS a year ago that I treasured. Most were generic videos, but I had many rare VHS tapes which I kept after I moved. I still pick them up from time to time if they’re rare. I still go to Blockbuster to rent videos to this day just because I love the experience of renting movies, of course now I rent DVDs. I just rented that video called ‘The Day’ which I actually saw the trailer for on Cinemassacre! It was grrrreat! Can’t wait for the AVGN movie! Keep up the excellent work!

  • December 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Great Video! I miss the video stores, you could talk to other people about movies, and just look through to find those weird random trashy gems you’d never heard of!

    Hollywood Video was a big chain in the Midwest (if not elsewhere), it was by the best around here (KC), they had so many foreign and cult classic movies!

  • sdbrown84

    December 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    11/10, I hope you guys realize the positive impact you have on the nostalgia community. Keep up the great work.

    The movie store used to be something we all looked forward to at the end of the week. A video game made up for a week of crappy homework, and 3 day weekends actually meant you could finish the game you rented.

    Bring on more of these videos, people will watch and remember.

  • nobledrake

    December 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Haha, this reminds me of the summer between 10th and 11th grade during high school when I worked at Blockbuster. The corporate training video explaining how to properly stack new releases was so corny.
    That was also where I learned to love the digital age where you can just buy most things online rather than go into a Blockbuster or Gamestop and get hassled a million times by their employees to sign up for their offers and rewards programs. That was the worst part of the job, they kept trying to get us to push all this stupid crap on people (like going up to people, interrupting them while they were browsing) when they just came in to try to have a quiet, solitary movie browsing experience. Having worked at Blockbuster and been on both sides of that makes me really enjoy the streaming movie convenience.
    Also, despite how crappy Netflix titles can be, Netflix streaming has exposed me to a lot of more obscure titles I otherwise probably would have passed up had I only had the choice to rent 1 or 2 titles a week. Blockbuster also didn’t carry a lot of those obscure titles, you usually had to go into the now defunct mom and pop or artsy shops…hmm, makes me think of a few indie video stores from college, wonder if they’re still around or not…

  • Ninjasuperk

    December 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Kyle Justin!!!!!!! welcome back!!
    Nice video… greetings from Perú

  • Jack Burton

    December 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    What about MOOVIES & HOLLYWOOD VIDEO, I bought a bunch of VHS movies from a video store that was clearing out about 10years ago.

  • GiovanniRomano

    December 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Also for info, Corpsefucking Art is also an Italian death metal band!

  • nobledrake

    December 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Also…how could you forget Hollywood Video?! The funny thing about that chain was that they had their own customized little buildings built across america. But when the digital age came around and Hollywood Video went out of business, there were all these random, empty customized HV buildings…and they would just sit there, empty because there was literally no way they could use the buildings for anything except a video store. Instead you would just see these ugly old Hollywood Video skeletons peppered through pretty much every town you would come along. Man, their CEO really banked on the future of VHS and DVD…talk about not being the most far sighted person in the world.

  • Omi-san

    December 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    When I started renting movies, videostore had both Beta and VHS on the shelves. It was a mess. The boxes had different sizes, sometimes the cover were different for the same movies.

  • potato

    December 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Corpse Fu***** Art
    There it is! Looks good!

  • e_honda_civic

    December 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    We had a place two blocks down that my friends older brother worked at. I’d go rent a game for the nintendo and if it sucked i’d just bring it back and he’d switch it out. Then it got bought out by video joe. Then, it turned into an empty video joe lot when netflix came out. Too bad its a pizza hut now. Speaking of big boxes, you remember the box for Earthbound?

  • Chrono

    December 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    You can still go to a blockbuster and rent a dvd or wii/ps3/xbox360 game the old way. They even do the “put the same movie in a whole wall” thing lol

  • VariXx

    December 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’d agree with everything in the video but 15 minutes of comments would get boring so I’ll just say hell yes. Thanks for the memories as usual.

  • The Count Otaku

    December 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    The reason I actually stopped renting videos was because I started going to Suncoast or FYE and purchasing DVDs. I must have at least 1500 dvds in my collection today. I’ve always prefered to own physical copies of movies. Sadly, The Suncoasts and FYEs are all closing down now and I have no choice but to buy my DVDs and Blurays from internet sites. I really miss being able to go into a store to buy my movies. Although I should be happy that I am at least able to still buy physical copies from online stores. I horribly dread this supposed ” All Digital Era ” when all physical copies of movies and video games become obsolete! I’m hoping it will never happen, but I also never thought I would lose my favorite video stores!

  • NoisyPanther

    December 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    The only big chain we had here was BlockBusters. We also had a local chain called Bianco’s, which, miraculously, is still open for business. In fact, I’m going to go to Bianco’s this weekend and rent a movie, for shits and giggles.

    Other than that, it you wanted movies and games where I was, convenience stores were the place to go.

    I miss renting games so much. It’s so much cheaper than having to buy new games all the time. You get to have your cake and eat it too, because you can still play the hot new games, but at a fraction of the price that it would cost to buy it new. I also found that each store had their own obscure games that no other store in the area had.

    Thanks for the video, James!

  • Grizly

    December 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    all three of you are great at taking us back to the past thank you to everyone in cinemassacre this was a great video!

  • Radelta

    December 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    my local video store, virginia hills video, became a fuckin starbucks eventually. great place growing up they used to give out free movie posters they had excess of and the staff seemed like movie buffs. what james said i really remembered was the specialty sections they would have, i used to cruise the arnold swarzenneger wall they had. and its where i got introduced to some great games

  • December 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Ah man, I was born in 86 and I still remember that small local videostore,,, I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to rent Army of Darkness but my mom wouldn’t allow it 😀 That red euro cover has Ashe with his arms raised up and I always thought he looked like He-Man haha…

    Then in the late 90s me n friends, we had this routine where we hung out and combed through the old 80s underground horror tapes to watch them together that evening. Movies like Creature, Demon Seed, Star Crystal, Slythis, Pulse, Deepstar Six, .. yeah you get the picture and I remember I really wanted to stay close to the girl I liked so she could grab me when she was scared hahah… Fun times man, you certainly do not know what you got until it’s gone.

    Thanks for taking me back 😉

  • HeadBangerAust

    December 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    There’s only one Blockbuster left in my town, but it’s on the other side of where I live. a Family Video is just down the road, but it’s not my favorite place. I still buy VHS (used of course), but I wish that there was a local store that still rented out VHS and NES. you should open a old school video store James! sure there’d hardly be any customers, but I would rent one if I was in your area

  • Thomas Duke

    December 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve actually seen Corpse F&%*ing Art. It’s a behind the scenes doc about German director Jorg Buttgereit making Nekromantik 1 & 2 and Der Todesking. Nekromantik had some notoriety and mild success as a midnight movie in the late 80’s, despite being shot on super 8 (it might actually be the most successful super 8 movie ever made in terms of a theatrical release).

  • likalaruku

    December 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I miss going to the store & grabbing an armfull of movies I’ve never heard of before. That kind of went away when all the VHS tapes were phased out.

  • lunalicrichard

    December 6, 2012 at 1:40 am

    In the Netherlands we stil have ” video stores ” but now with blu ray and dvd’s of course . But they will be gone here pretty soon too .
    What i loved about the vhs tapes was the previews you got when you rented a movie , that has gone out of style mostly . If you buy a dvd ,they almost never put on previews of upcomming movies anymore .
    I used to wat ch every one when i rented videos .
    The rental VCR’s where called ” Moviebox ” over here . And they where smaler then a regular VCR . And they dissabled the record button .
    I used to get a VCR and a bunch of movies for the weekend and do nothing else but watch movies until the early hours of the morning, sleep and watch more movies . I used to watch the most horrible horror movies with my kid sister,who at the time must have been like 4 or 5 years old when i did this . And she loved them ! she would rather sit on my lap and watch Hellraiser , then Scooby Doo or some other cartoon show . That went on for years and years …. and she turned out better then i did ! Go figure ……

  • lunalicrichard

    December 6, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Oh , i forgot to add on the Moviebox story ; They stopped renting them out in the late 1990’s , because people stopped returning the VCR’s to the store and sell them to others . And the police couldn’t do much because they would claim they returned the thing and the store could not prove that they didn’t . After a while they tried to have you pay a fee to rent a VCR , but that didn’t work and so they stopped renting out VCR’s. The same happend with the4 Nes,Snes and sega console’s .
    pretty sad if you think about it .
    Sorry for the double guy’s !

  • December 6, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Yeah you guys didn’t talk about going to the video store and they don’t have what you want and you have to basically become a stalker in order to get the movie/video game and you go bat shit crazy waiting and waiting and missing the rental by an hour or ten minutes or some a hole jumps in front of you and snags it right out of your grasp… BAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Madness!

  • 8thCircle

    December 6, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Great video guys! Brought back a lot of memories. Not to mention I worked in a mom and pop video store in my small town. Very fun when my friends parents would come in and try to rent adult films!

  • Fibox

    December 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Yeah kyle is back good thing. What great video dudes like normal. I really hope that i can see your movie soon james.

  • Apparition

    December 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Kyle, I missed you man! I sent you an email, but it’s an old email address and I’m not sure if it’s one you check anymore.

  • December 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Our blockbuster (back in the early 90’s) actually got bought out by Turtles record and video ('s_Records_%26_Tapes), we all thought for sure this was the next big thing, but lasted only a year or so.

    I got a laserdisc player for Christmas in the mid 90’s with just a few movies, all of which had two discs, but Desperado had one, so naturally I wound up watching that most, what a pain in the ass to have to get up and put in another disc half-way through a movie! That whole concept was like re-inventing the 8-track, only the size of a friggin record, OH, and not double sided like an 8-track, you need TWO records!

  • Mick

    December 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Dude I totally miss going to the video store to rent movies! When I first started going they still had a section for BETA tapes! We also had to rent our 1st VCR, Kyle. I remember they were in these HUGE cases (I guess so you couldn’t mess with them) and there was only a hole in the top of the case for the movie to go in (top loaders, anyone remember those?) and a little hole in the front for 3 buttons, stop, play, and rewind, or something. And most of the NES games I first played were rentals as well. Great memories! First R rated movie? Probably Silent Night Deadly Night. This was also in the day of trying to make out a boob on the scrambled Playboy channel LOL!

    Hey James, I’d love to see you do a review of the Wilhelm Scream! Definite movie staple!

  • James Cobra

    December 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    We still have video stores here in Canada, I rent movies every week.
    Netflix doesn’t have all movies available so renting them is more convenient for someone like me who watches around 5 movies per week

  • stoney_1

    December 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    That was awesome! I was smiling the entire time through it 🙂 Who here remembers Jumbo Video? They had free popcorn!! Best video store ever!

  • Uberdemon

    December 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I really miss rental stores also! This was a great look back! As for the Corpse F—ing Art it was the making of Nekromantik a German film that deals with Necrophilia. I even talk about it, and it’s sequel, on my YouTube Channel. It’s hard to find at brick and mortar stores. I found my copies at one of the last rental places that I know of being open around 2005 called Lazer’s Edge. This store had mostly DVDs but some laser discs. They rented DVDs and sold new and used DVDs. I really miss that place. This video is a great early Christmas gift to movie buffs that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s.

  • December 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    How long did it take you to set this up? Is the nerd room getting a makeover?

  • oshio

    December 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    It was all good until you let someone rent tapes or games on your account and they’d rack-up late charges. Then you’d go in to rent something and be told, “You have late fees on your account.” That sucked meerkat balls…

  • oshio

    December 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I also recall trying to ‘put my name on’ or ‘reserve’ cool new movie displays…

  • tequiua

    December 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Here in Mexico renting movies and video games was a big deal. There were a couple of big chains until Blockbuster came and pretty much made them go bankrupt.

    You could spend a lot of time trying to decide what movie to take. I remember going with my parents and normally pickup up one of the “commerical” or “just released” movies and another sort of obscure one.

    After blockbuster the local stores carried on as they had cheaper prices and longer renting periods. But the most “convenient” thing with Blockbuster was the “delivery box” for after hours and the “drive-thru” delivery box.

  • DarkSouske

    December 7, 2012 at 12:03 am

    The whole time I was watching this I was going “Had that one. Had that one. Had that one. Had that one…” I also about shit my pants when I saw Sword in the Stone on Laser Disc. I don’t know why but that just made my jaw drop.

  • Jarnor23

    December 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Take 2 Video? Holy shit, fellow ex-Fargonian! I rented my first Genesis + games from there. Great movie store.

    Also won the local Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 NES competition the year they had that. Lost to that Canadian they brought down for the “International” competition though.

    Once you mastered the two button jump swing, it was easy mode from there out…

  • Geo_Seven

    December 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Me and my friend James talk about this thing quite a bit. Now that the internet is so prevalent anything you ever wanted to own or any information you ever wanted to know is practically at your fingertips which is much more convenient but what has really been lost is the adventure.

    Going to the video store was almost always an adventure. Getting out of the house, never knowing what you were going to find, or who you were going to meet along the way. It was a lot of fun.

    I remember as a kid, before the internet, there was really no way for me to know how many movies a certain director had made or a certain actor had been in and sometimes the video store was the only way to find out. In fact the video store was how I first learned about Anime. I had seen Voltron and Speed Racer on Television but had no idea they belonged to an entire genre of animation. Also there were a lot of video games I never heard of that were really good but slipped past the radar like Shadowrun for Sega Genesis or Starflight. And I can’t think of anything more awesome than running into friends at the video store and spending hours browsing around commenting on games and movies.

    Going to the video store was a grand adventure and I think it will always be missed by those of us who made the journey.

  • Strazdas

    December 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Video stores are stupid.
    In age where digital distribution is available, there is abosolutely no need for physical copies.
    this is probably the place where i disagree with you the most james, going to store was an awful waste of time.

  • December 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    It’s funny that Kyle mentioned Palmer Video. That was the first thing I thought of before I even watched this video. I lived literally a block away form my Palmer Video in Central Jersey. While it obviously more convenient now, there was something to be said about discovering new movies just wandering around a store, browsing the crazy covers of crappy horror movies like “Ticks” and “Scanners”. And it does remind me checking out video games I’d never played due to their cover art (Megaman 2 comes to mind). I do miss Blockbuster due to their cheap used DVD’s, but it’s blatant that the rental store is no longer fiscally feasible with Nexflix, Hulu, and now Redbox machines at every mall & grocery store.

  • shitfoo

    December 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Who’s awesome Vhs collection is used in the video?? and where is this filmed in James Basement?? interesting video!

  • retrogamegirl

    December 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Do you have Frankenstein General Hospital on VHS?

  • retrogamegirl

    December 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Nice to see you got Filmation’s Ghostbusters though :)…one of my favorite shows.

    Some videostores had a cool section for sodas and snacks too. Nothing like grabbing some sour gummi worms and a Sprite while renting a movie.I worked at a videostore myself in the late 90’s in Daly City,CA… was alot of fun actually looking back. We rented out Super NES and Genesis games too.

  • Dark Omega

    December 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I remember the video store when I was a kid, but I ended up renting the same stuff every weekend. There was that fee for not rewinding lol. I didn’t start going to Blockbuster until I got my N64. Too bad I was too young to have a job (and wasn’t into collecting) or I would have tried to buy all the games when they closed.

    I do prefer digital for movies (I really don’t see how it will work for games until we are all running 50+ meg lines). But I do like to have physical copes as well. Something about seeing them on my shelves…

    (Why does this stupid thing anyways call me a spambot !!)

  • WillyBeamin39

    December 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    you guys are from NJ how about hollywood video

  • Anthony33

    December 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Love this, it really brought back a lot of memories.

  • Geekyswede

    December 9, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Oh i remember the local video store, it was a candy shop that also rented out NES games and videos which was very common in the 80’s and 90’s in sweden. So i always did buy a ton of candy and The Goonies for nes 😀

    Oh btw Corpse Fucking Art is a documentary by Jörg Buttgereit about the making of the movies Der Todesking and Nekromantik 2

  • Xen11

    December 9, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I remember the video store. I rarely got to go to it. I was young and helpless. My mother single and penniless. I’d only go to see my youngest aunt rent whatever she wanted and we’d watch that. Usually it was something pretty good.

    I remember when we started to rent horror movies. We got Jason Goes To Hell. It had the most badass fucking awesome cover ever. Also the scariest. I’d only seen a tv edit of Friday the 13th The Final Chapter. But I had never truly seen an uncut Jason film or Freddy film. We got the tape and I was scared shitless; too scared to watch. My aunt just brought the tape back and got a family movie. I had to have been about 8 years old.

    Weeks go by and I mustered up the courage to watch the movie and we got it again. It was the greatest movie experience of my life up to that point. So fucking awesome and inventive.

    Yea, the movie doesn’t hold up today, but back then… let me explain how I felt about Jason and Freddy. Freddy was so incomprehensible to me. I had never really seen one of his movies, so I was beyond scared shitless. I would only hear stories about him. He would get you in your sleep. That’s the scariest shit ever.
    With Jason and all other horror monsters, I thought that (for example) Jason would hold the entire movie crew hostage and make them shoot this movie or else he would kill them. And that’s how we would be able to see these movies and these people really dying.

    So to open a movie with Jason getting blown the fuck up, being set up by a SWAT team, it felt like they turned the tables on Jason and I was fucking floored. And all I could think was. . . “what are they going to do next? Jason can’t come back from that.” Then that black coroner eats that heart out of nowhere and all hell breaks loose. So much fun. And that slicing of that girl through the tent was the most talked about kill.
    The surprise ending actually was more talked about. Holy fucking shit.

    Then another time, I was at my aunt’s sleepover birthday party and it was just a bunch of girls and me ( I had to dress like a girl to have access ). We watched Candyman. Scariest fucking movie experience ever. His voice. I would not go to the bathroom that whole night even though I had to really bad because I didn’t want Candyman to get me via the mirror.
    I didn’t go to the bathroom at night for weeks.

    It’s funny now, because there’s no way in hell I’d be scared of Candyman because I love Tony Todd.

    Another time, we rented the sequel Farewell To The Flesh well after it was released. And we happened to rent it on Mardi Gras, which we didn’t know beforehand, the day the movie takes place. We live in Louisiana, so it took place in New Orleans and it was just a perfect timing creepy atmosphere.

    I also remember renting Tales From The Crypt’s Demon Knight and being too scared to finish it at night.

    Probably my last video rental experience was much later on (a full circle story) when my too-be (but not to be) stepdad had rented Jason Goes To Hell at my prodding. I told him it was the best in the series. I hadn’t seen it since I was 8 and now I was about 11 (very huge difference in intellect and individuality). I was embarrassed and sad that it wasn’t awesome like I remembered it. But I was excited for him to see the greatest surprise ending ever. Right when that moment that the hand would come through the ground, the tape totally went into static and came back into picture as the mask had disappeared. We rented it from a black video store; and we all know how black people love their horror movies, I certainly don’t blame them. But they totally rewound the fuck out of that scene to where there was absolutely no image left.

    Nowadays, I can’t understand how anyone over the age of 13 could be scared of a “horror” movie. But I also can’t understand how anyone could believe in gods and false story books constructed to rule the weak-minded. So I think there is a correlation there.

    Hope you enjoyed the memories. Thanks for reading.

  • Vault Boy

    December 9, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I actually still work at a video rental store, we’ve even got VHS tapes in stock, it’s an independently owned business that I’ve been shopping at, and later on working at, for a big chunk of my whole life!

  • urrutiap

    December 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    When I was a little kid in the early mid 1980s, movies for rent for VHS in video stores were a new big thing back then and it was amazing to me to see all kinds of stuff on VHS for rent at video rental stores such as tons of horror movies besides the usual Elm Street and Friday the 13th and Phantasm 1 movies. There were other stuff such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Stuff and Critters. Even raunchy comedy such as Porkys and Revenge of the Nerds. I wish there were video rental stores that would rent out VHS movies all over again.

  • Esau

    December 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I can still remember renting games and movies as a kid. When friends had sleepovers we’d head down to a nearby Blockbuster and check out whatever hyper-violent anime or horror movie we could find. I still recall watching Ghost in the Shell and Akira for the first time just because it had an adults rating on it. It’s a shame that stores like these went the way of the dinosaur.

  • Belligeron

    December 11, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I grew up in El Cajon, CA which is a town in San Diego. For a while my mom worked at a local video store called Video Adventure, until Couch Potato Video bought them out. Some days I would have to hang out with my mom in the store after I got out of school, which I didn’t mind because I love movies and I could pretty much watch whatever I wanted if it was reasonable. The best part about her working there was that I got to rent all the movies and video games I wanted for free. My buddies would always have me rent the games we wanted to play and we’d hang out on the weekends trying to beat them. My mom made sure I didn’t sneak into the adult section, but I quickly learned that there were a bunch of empty movie boxes up on one of the shelves in the bathroom. The internet wasn’t around yet, and I was only 11 and didn’t have any magazines yet so that was the first form of smut I ever had my hands on lol…

  • December 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I remember when I was 3, going to the store with my dad to pick up our first VCR. The first movies I remember watching on it are Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ghostbusters, which is pretty awesome.

    When I lived in this small town, there were only 2 video stores. The better one (selection-wise) was run by this white-trash French family. They were total pricks, so we went to the other instead after a year or so of frequenting that one.

    It’s funny how renting stuff seemed like a pretty big deal when I was little, be it movies or games. For the past 10 years, I think I probably rented less than a dozen things. Part of the problem was the shift to DVD, which (around here anyways) killed the smaller stores. They decided to get one whole copy of the new releases, while placed like Blockbuster had 30 copies.

    The whole video store thing was on its way out, but making people pay $12 to rent something for 3 days was a joke. That’s fine if you want it that long, but they should have given you the option to rent it for only one day. For games it makes sense, but movies?!

  • Autumn Storm

    December 11, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Like Cigar, I too remember Palmer Video. There were two stores. One in Neptune, NJ and the other in Old Bridge, NJ. In Palmer’s place near me now is a Central Jersey Bank and the location where they moved into is now a Rent-A-Center (how is that place still in business).

    My most common rentals were “The Wizard” and Pac-Man 2: New Adventures. Palmer went bankrupt in 2000 and I bought Ultima: Exodus from them. I also remember a place called Local Video which was open until the early 2000s, a video store in the Middlebrook Shopping Center that also developed photos also open until around 2001 or so, and a very small video store in Ocean Grove that sold old Wrestlemanias that was open until around 2002.

    I never liked Blockbuster. They wouldn’t let me rent a South Park game when I was 12 even though my dad allowed me to. I had been been playing Mortal Kombat since I was 6. I rarely rented from there and honestly am glad they closed.

  • sixtyfps

    December 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    James/Mike, it seemed you were grasping for terminology like:


    Thanks for taking us back to the past. You really do deliver.

  • tri0xinn

    December 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Almost too soon , but a good retrospective.. We still in fact have our Blockbuster in Eugene, Oregon… as well as a few mom and pop stores that rend vid’s.. even vhs! Fantastic memories with the fam or a girlfriend.. browsing a store on a Friday night.. grabbing some grub or a take and bake pizza on the way home. ..
    probably mentioned.. but Hollywood Video was huge here on the West Coast.. almost as big as blockbuster.
    .. oh yeah I remember having a favorite store cuz it would rent the “unrated” versions of horror movies… and some other genre’s..hehe

  • xalgolx

    December 14, 2012 at 5:11 am

    When I was younger, there was a video store called Video Park that my family would go to all the time after I got off school. I always liked going there because the movies were sorted by theme into different settings.. classic movies were in what looked like an old time theater, music videos were inside of a yellow submarine, etc. My favorite though was the horror movies were inside of a haunted house with Freddy Krueger in the window and stairs that would rattle when you went up to them. Inside had dim lighting and they were all on what looked like old book shelves.

    That used to be fun to go too and I miss that.. but eventually it got taken over and then all the video stores just seemed soulless after that. I don’t really miss the newer ones any more, only have maybe 3 Blockbusters out here anyway.

  • avgnfan370

    December 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    It’s funny they say this because I still have a movie rental store in my town and I loved going to this place when I was younger. What my mom and I used to do is go to a pizza joint, order the pizza, then go to the video store rent a DVD and a video game for me, and a movie for my parents.Then get the pizza, some soda and go home. I really miss that but luckily it’s still open so I can still get DVDs from the movie rental store.

    Also I dont really like netflix all that much because when I’m looking for a movie they almost never have it instantly.They either don’t have it, or you have to get it in the mail which is a pain in the ass. So what I do is I rent movies from the movie rental store and just get TV shows from netflix. Also redbox sucks because it only has new releases which is a dumb idea.

  • Mr X

    December 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, though I now live in California. I’m not sure if it was something just in my area growing up, but does anyone else remember going to the grocery store and renting movies and nes games. I remember as a kid gowing to the grocery store with my mother or grandmother and always begging them to rent games and movies. And they’re right, there was something special about roaming through the horror section of a movie rental place for me. Great Times.

  • kadaverik

    December 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Just for information, you americans are soooo lucky to have the right to RENT video games.
    Here in europe, at least in france where i live, it is forbidden for a store to propose video games rental. We are forced to buy every game we want to play, and that’s a shame. Of course, we rely heavily on previously saled games we buy, from another person or in special stores that sell “not brand new” games.
    And to finish this, here all our vcr tapes were in these big plastic cases, we hardly ever saw your cardboard cases.
    Anyway, great video, brought me a lot of rental store memories 🙂

  • TheAutomaton

    December 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Mr X – It wasn’t just Boston! I think most grocery stores did that. It was great, because your mom wanted peace and quiet to look for her groceries so you could just roam around in there without having to get dragged all over the store. But I have the best memories of Blockbuster. There was one within walking distance of my house and I used to spend hours there, renting all these weird horror movies.

  • Neil Patterson

    December 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Interesting video guys, btw Corpse fucking art is a documentary for a German movie called Nekromantik.

  • Hypoxic

    December 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Mike, you don’t lose your music purchased on iTunes if your hard drive crashes. Everything you buy on iTunes is stored in your ‘purchases’ on your iTunes/Apple account. It’s like buying apps for an iPad: if your iPad fucks up and deletes your apps, those apps are stored in your account and can be reinstalled on any iOS device with your log-in details.

  • devohat

    December 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    You forgot the weird smell that local video stores always had and the card board cut out characters that all of them seemed to have that were there for years.

  • johncarlo marin

    January 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    i kinda miss goin to blockbuster and renting movies, it was very nostalgic. especially talking to the movie gurus. my uncle actually owns a video store.

  • MrOrbitz

    January 8, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Awesome! I remember going to places like 5-Star Video and Video Station in my home town when I was a kid.. good times. Then Blockbuster came along and wiped out all those independent stores.. then came Netflix streaming which killed Blockbuster in my town. lol, Circle of life.

  • erik37

    January 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    great movie collection, nice video brings back some good memories

  • Senna4ever

    January 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I miss video stores.
    While the digital age has made things “easier”, they have also made them much more dull.
    When I was a kid, going to the video store was a weekly event, something to look forward to. I recall getting in from school on Friday and having to do my homework, then eat dinner…then it’ll be a visit to the video store to rent out a movie or three for the weekend.
    We could spend hours just walking around the store looking at cases/art and reading the synopsis. You’d pre-plan as you were only allowed to rent one film. So you’d pick one, but make a mental note of what you wanted to rent next week.
    It was a fun trip, something to look forward to. Then back in school on Monday, you’d talk to your friends about the film(s) you watched…all the time excited for Friday again when you get to go back to the video store to see what’s new.
    It was just a great experience, it helped my love for film as a kid and even growing up. You just do not get that with the digital age. As I said, yeah it’s easier. You just click a button and you have a film to watch…but no where near as much fun.
    I now have kids of my own and I’d love to let them have the same experience I did with video stores, but they just do not exist anymore. It’s a shame.

  • Xavier Bonato

    January 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I’m in canada

  • Katnip Packington

    January 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I live near a video store

  • January 14, 2013 at 2:45 am

    aww man you have the special editions of star wars on laserdisc. my dad has the original version on laserdisc. crazy

  • January 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Hey James!

    You need to make a trip out to Mokena, IL. Mokena Video is the best store that exists today. Movies and games are wall to wall and there is always that moment when you go far to the back of the store and find some rare treasure.

    Mokena Video Top 10 List

  • BloodRedNitrate

    February 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I did frequent several video stores when I was younger, but no longer have any near me, just Redbox kiosks which I have rarely used. I’ve used Netflix off and on but canceled repeatedly due to scratched discs and limited streaming content. It could be a great experience back in the day walking into a store and taking a look at the great VHS art and having that influence your decision, but I love the convenience and access of today’s landscape, forget Netflix, pretty much EVERYTHING your old local Blockbuster or mom and pop once had is sitting on the net just waiting to be grabbed, if you know where to look. The internet has become one big video store.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 17, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Great video store… video! I remember going to them. It was fun times. I can’t remember how many times I rented the Star Wars movies as a kid. Now, Hollywood isn’t even around, and it took Gamecrazy with it, and Blockbuster is a shell of its former self. 🙁

    Still, it was great to look back on those times, and great to see Kyle Justin again!

  • February 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    “Corpse Fucking Art” was a documentary or something lol. Here’s a wiki page on it I found. Hope this helps guys. =)

    Thank you for all your videos James, you’re awesome. They helped me get through some very tough times laughing, so I am forever in your debt.

  • Sean Petrusha

    March 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    great video

  • nviso209

    March 15, 2013 at 2:00 am

    GREAT VIDEO w/ the three of ya! I remember CineMagic Hollywood Video & Blockbuster here in the south… We would always retreat back to the Anime & rent stuff like Guyver, Fist of the Northstar, Dirty Pair etc… Post Genesis & SNES ganders.

  • March 16, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Cinemassacre 400… nice!

  • karel1

    March 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I remember when you could also rent Super Nintendo’s, Nintendo’s, N64’s and Playstations!

  • Vontux

    April 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Netflix mail in discs are great for old parents, old folks like to stay home.

  • relapse808

    May 17, 2013 at 12:45 am

    from reading a bit, corpse fucking art actually sounds like a documentary film you may like on how a german director did the effects and whatnot in some of his horror films.

  • Gator1987

    June 2, 2013 at 6:45 am

    At least there is still F.Y.E.

    I can’t stand how everything has become digital, especially with music. I actually saw an album that costs more digitally then it does physically, which I still don’t get.

    Thanks for the vid, James.

    • Gator1987

      May 12, 2014 at 2:26 am

      nevermind, apparently they don’t sell vhs as I thought

  • Max Handlen

    August 9, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Jesus!! I have six shelves and a cardboard box of DVDs and I though I had a big bundle.

  • BladeRunner

    August 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Hammer Horror films are the best, also VHS tapes are the best me and my friends still collect them.

  • November 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

    The last blockbuster in my area just announced today that they are closing down. I guess they lasted pretty long in this age of streaming.

  • lance2011

    January 12, 2014 at 9:09 am

    For me hid the hardest was The Blockbuster by mail shunt down. 1st of all I loved that their 4 to 5 DVDs plans costs less the Netficks and Gamefly and 2nd I loved getting movies 28 Days faster.

  • pyoobez

    March 28, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I still have a West Coast Video in my town, I believe there are three in this area that are still operating. I’m not positive since a few stores still have the sign out front and shelves but are closed with no movies when you get off the road and into the strip mall.

    I still stop in from time to time, just to buy as they have good to great prices on used DVDs and video games as they buy and resell.

  • nammm3

    March 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Totally did not expect Kyle in this but man, great video you guys! I’m glad you guys touched base on basically every aspect about video stores

  • Raul Aguilar

    July 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I didn’t miss the late fees.

  • wolfrider

    October 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    The first time I ever watched a laserdisc was The Abyss, which was the extended cut, back in 1991. That was the first time I saw the extended cut of that film too.

  • October 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Man I sure do miss those days I loved walking to Blockbuster renting some NES or SNES games and VHS tapes then later DVDs.
    I never got into Netflix do mostly for wanting the DVD or Blu-ray versions. Netficks, YouTube and Hulu are badly in need of help do to the newer 4K videos could only be passes on read only BD-XL disks do thing’s like 1GB per minute of video. Bad if like me if had AT&T’s funking 150GB Internet cap.

  • October 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Never been to an TLA but I wound fell an as hole asking for an PBJ and fish gumbo to rent an movie rented below R.

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