Well, another independent video rental establishment has bitten the dust. Last weekend, I realized it had been quite some time since I checked out a “new release” on DVD…so I drove up to my local video store here in Longwood. The place changed their name from “Laser One” to “DVDz”, but even that couldn’t save it. Peering inside, I saw an empty store. Blockbuster claims another victim.

America loves Blockbuster, no doubt. Personally, the place scares the crap out of me. It’s been long-debated whether or not the movies they make available for rental are edited by an outside company that removes “objectionable” scenes. Most people just don’t seem to care. A lot of the movies I enjoy watching don’t even make it to the shelf at the family-friendly corporate video store.

I’m really glad that Stardust Video and Coffee seems to be alive and kicking. I haven’t been to College Park Video in quite some time, but when I drive by the place it seems to still be open for business. How long, though, until the mom-and-pops are gobbled up by the Blue and Yellow Monolith that is Blockbuster?

1 Comment so far

  1. FryGuy (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 10:17 pm

    You should Netflix or GreenCine. Way more economical and you get the best of both worlds, indies and foreigns as well as all the newest studio releases.

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