Many of us have very fond memories of our time inside video stores, spending a lengthy amount of time looking over various VHS or LaserDisc or DVD covers, reading the information on the back, and hanging on to one or two of them while continuing to browse just to make sure no one else swooped in and grabbed the last copy on you.
Then digital came along and has taken things over. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—being able to jump on Netflix, browse thousands of titles easily, and watch one or five or more whenever you desire with the simple push of a button is undeniably exciting—but there’s also something incredibly depressing about the death of video stores that we’ve known was inevitable for some time.
Now it’s all a little more official, with a “time of death” announcement from the longtime top dog among video stores, Blockbuster Video. The company has revealed a timetable for the closing of their last remaining retail stores and the end of their mail service. Continue reading for more, and to see a little video store nostalgia video.