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Old November 7 2013, 03:38 AM   #31
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Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

Our local video stores had an "adult" section in a back room...this was in middle school and my friends and I wanted to check it out but were afraid of getting caught...don't think Blockbuster had that. LOL.
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Old November 7 2013, 03:44 AM   #32
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Every time I browsed the aisles, I'd see that Sean Connery flick, Outland staring me in the face. Gotta watch that sometime.

The Netflix menu is arranged like a shelf, so you can browse there too and find things you wouldn't necessarily be looking for. It's almost like the video store experience. And a lot of online services make movie suggestions which I've made use of. I've seen a few good movies I've never heard of that way. You're not confined to having to know exactly what you want and typing in the exact title.
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Old November 7 2013, 03:46 AM   #33
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I rented Nintendo games more than movies.
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Old November 7 2013, 03:47 AM   #34
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Every time I browsed the aisles, I'd see that Sean Connery flick, Outland staring me in the face. Gotta watch that sometime.

The Netflix menu is arranged like a shelf, so you can browse there too and find things you wouldn't necessarily be looking for. It's almost like the video store experience. And a lot of online services make movie suggestions which I've made use of. I've seen a few good movies I've never heard of that way. You're not confined to having to know exactly what you want and typing in the exact title.
Eh, maybe it's just something I need to get used to. I hear so many complaints about what is not streaming on netflix when I'm sure there are many great movies (Some you probably never heard of) that are and need to be discovered.
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Old November 7 2013, 04:18 AM   #35
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When I went to rent a movie, I wouldn't even rent a movie but just go browsing.
No wonder they went broke! You just browsed, but never rented? How's that going to put bread on their tables?!
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Old November 7 2013, 04:20 AM   #36
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When I went to rent a movie, I wouldn't even rent a movie but just go browsing.
No wonder they went broke! You just browsed, but never rented? How's that going to put bread on their tables?!
I rented a lot. Most of the times I would go in and browse while I was waiting for the bus. I don't think I personally drove them out of business.
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Old November 7 2013, 05:39 AM   #37
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Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

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Every time I browsed the aisles, I'd see that Sean Connery flick, Outland staring me in the face. Gotta watch that sometime.

The Netflix menu is arranged like a shelf, so you can browse there too and find things you wouldn't necessarily be looking for. It's almost like the video store experience. And a lot of online services make movie suggestions which I've made use of. I've seen a few good movies I've never heard of that way. You're not confined to having to know exactly what you want and typing in the exact title.
Eh, maybe it's just something I need to get used to. I hear so many complaints about what is not streaming on netflix when I'm sure there are many great movies (Some you probably never heard of) that are and need to be discovered.
Part of the problem is that you can't really filter their results. So you have to either know exactly what you want and search it directly or end up scrolling through hundreds of covers looking for something good squeezed in between Sharknado and yet another Korean soap opera.
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Old November 7 2013, 11:27 AM   #38
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Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

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Every time I browsed the aisles, I'd see that Sean Connery flick, Outland staring me in the face. Gotta watch that sometime.

The Netflix menu is arranged like a shelf, so you can browse there too and find things you wouldn't necessarily be looking for. It's almost like the video store experience. And a lot of online services make movie suggestions which I've made use of. I've seen a few good movies I've never heard of that way. You're not confined to having to know exactly what you want and typing in the exact title.
Eh, maybe it's just something I need to get used to. I hear so many complaints about what is not streaming on netflix when I'm sure there are many great movies (Some you probably never heard of) that are and need to be discovered.
Netflix's method of browsing such movies is awful, particularly when compared with the rest of the service. I'm a huge fan of Netflix, but I'd have better luck using a Ouija board to find movie titles I might like. Their recommendation system is poor, and their browsing interface is cumbersome and ill designed. Their search engine is pathetic. If you're not exact, the correct movie result might be a dozen pages in instead of at the top of the list. People have been complaining for a while, but Netflix is a "we know what you really want" company, and there's really no dissuading them from that mindset.
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Old November 7 2013, 02:40 PM   #39
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Part of the problem is that you can't really filter their results. So you have to either know exactly what you want and search it directly or end up scrolling through hundreds of covers looking for something good squeezed in between Sharknado and yet another Korean soap opera.
Well, Netflix's category pages do have options at the top that let you filter by things like age rating or subgenre, or sort from newer to older, or that sort of thing. It's not perfect, but there are some options.
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Old November 7 2013, 03:26 PM   #40
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Every time I browsed the aisles, I'd see that Sean Connery flick, Outland staring me in the face. Gotta watch that sometime.
For me, that was one of those "middle of the road" movies. Good, not great, but I liked it well enough. Although, the book was better. But then, it usually is.

I recommend it.

As for Blockbuster, Yet another piece of my youth is dead. That's happening FAR to frequently anymore for my taste. That being said though, It's loss really won't change my viewing habits much. If I want to see a movie, I can find it for a dollar or three on Amazon. Sure, it means having a used DVD, but I'd rather have that than bother with streaming services.
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Old November 7 2013, 04:11 PM   #41
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Aside from over charging and some really thoughtless public relation issues, I wonder what did they do to "bring it upon themselves". Surely they did not start as a company in that state.
I sent them a nasty letter after they sent a collection agency after me for a one-day two-movie late fee and then didn't go there for a decade or so. Every other store would just collect when you inevitably went to rent another movie.

That said, after all the video stores started closing up I reluctantly signed up again and they had a rent two out as long as you want games and movies plan with no late fees. All the clerks at my store were very friendly and knew me by name and would talk about what I thought of the movies I just watched and what they were watching and looking forward to and it was really fun and inviting to go rent there. Probably my favorite retail experience ever. Unfortunately, they didn't survive the initial wave of closings.

There is something about browsing at a video store and being able to see all the titles and reading the covers and all. I liked being able to rent whatever I was in the mood for that night. Though if Netflix could offer everything streaming that would alleviate a lot of it, there selection leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old November 7 2013, 05:49 PM   #42
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Our local video stores had an "adult" section in a back room...this was in middle school and my friends and I wanted to check it out but were afraid of getting caught...don't think Blockbuster had that. LOL.
The adult section was behind the "employees only" door in the far corner.
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Old November 7 2013, 05:53 PM   #43
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I remember watching Blockbuster coming intotown and putting all the independents out of business - the corner shops, the guys who came around with videos to rent in the back of their cars. Now something else has replaced it. Circle of life, I guess.
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Old November 7 2013, 05:57 PM   #44
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I don't see a Blockbuster since years ago. I thought they were already gone.
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Old November 7 2013, 06:23 PM   #45
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For the impatient, the relevant bit is at 3:49.
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