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Can you believe...
...people used to go to a brick-and-mortar "store" and exchange money for a physical copy of a movie they wanted to watch? They then had to bring it back. Thanks to Meg for this historical documentary. (I love ONN.)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TrPwOrf4sM
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psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: May 15th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Almost makes me ant to go buy a dvd player...
trinnit From: trinnit Date: May 15th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember the pre-blockbuster days where every supermarket and convenience store had a rack of VHS tapes for rent. Usually only 1 copy of a title and the rental was for 1 night.

And if you lost or damaged the title the replacement fee was close to $100
femmeggie From: femmeggie Date: May 15th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for giving props to lil' Meg. :-)
catherinef From: catherinef Date: May 15th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
ive seen now-closed blockbusters everywhere.
keeyoo From: keeyoo Date: May 16th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
My cousin-the-hot-shot-Boston-lawyer still has a beta-max player.

trinnit From: trinnit Date: May 16th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
That weighs 400 lbs I bet.
keeyoo From: keeyoo Date: May 16th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Not quite, but close. The cool thing about it is he has old betas of my Grandma and Grandpa Eike and it's completely awesome to see them "alive" again...

gibbie69 From: gibbie69 Date: May 16th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
We have a Beta player as well. It works great! All of marco235's grandfather's old 8mm films were transfered to Beta way back. So we brought home the machine, hooked it to our VHS and copied them all over. Now I need to get them transfered to DVD. There are some amazing family moments on them.
mrliburyin From: mrliburyin Date: May 19th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
The problem with this video as an attempt at humor or insight is that it is way too obvious. I am not sure how far away it is yet, but it is not hard to imagine the demise of the video rental store. It is not like it is a library of something.
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