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Remember when you used to just go to blockbusters...

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SmiledWithTheRisingSun Wed 07-Feb-18 18:10:56

I want to browse through films and just pick one to watch.
Not on Netflix.
Where would you look?

Want2bSupermum Wed 07-Feb-18 18:13:07

Go online and have them mail it to you.

TheQueenOfWands Wed 07-Feb-18 18:13:38


But I recommend Netflix. I pay about £7 a month. Blockbusters was at least £3 per DVD plus the extra charge when you inevitably have to work late and forget to take it back.

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Wed 07-Feb-18 18:14:22


martellandginger Wed 07-Feb-18 18:16:19

I remember Blockbusters where i'd walk in choose my snacks first then 2 films. Usually a serious one and a funny one.

Now I scroll through sky cinema and spend so long looking for something to watch that I hardly bother and go to bed instead..

Vitalogy Wed 07-Feb-18 18:21:59

Used to love going to Blockbuster, Häagen Dazs treat too.
I look on Youtube now.

UnimaginativeUsername Wed 07-Feb-18 18:22:27

I find the Netflix experience quite reminiscent of the ages my friends and I used to spend in video shops trying to decide what to watch.

Want2bSupermum Wed 07-Feb-18 18:24:04

Go online and have them mail it to you.

iklboo Wed 07-Feb-18 18:24:12

Now TV

We had to stop my mum choosing the film at Blockbusters. She just used to pick one where she liked the picture on the front. I've sat through some shite in my life.

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Sat 10-Feb-18 10:07:00

We have Netflix and I find what's in there to be quite limited.

Tried Amazon.

There just doesn't seem to be that much on there that I want to watch.

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Sat 10-Feb-18 10:07:21

Any really good film suggestions?

ASDismynormality Sat 10-Feb-18 10:10:08

Library. That’s where I go when I want to browse and feels less overwhelming than looking on Netflix.

Elementtree Sat 10-Feb-18 10:10:38

Yes, and the people who worked there would save you from the most terrible mistakes. "Starship Troopers 2, Elementtree? It's nowhere near as good as the first. Look what we just got back in..."

Ah, the good old days.

JenniferYellowHat1980 Sat 10-Feb-18 10:17:18

We never had a Blockbusters (small town), just a small video shop where my dad had no 1 membership! It was hard to ignore the soft porn titles on the top shelf and made me uncomfortable. Give me Prime any day.

Vitalogy Sat 10-Feb-18 17:10:56

What type of films do you like OP?

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Sat 10-Feb-18 17:49:47

Oooh I'm quite eclectic in my tastes..., The last few films I've seen at the cinema were:

3 Billboards

Liked all of them!

LOVE Almodovar films
Watched the Sex & The City film the other day (without DH) and liked it.

Not really into sci-fi or action movies....

user1471596238 Sat 10-Feb-18 17:55:09

I miss the video shop. Ok, choosing a video was hit and miss but getting a pizza and video was an occasion in itself.

allegretto Sat 10-Feb-18 17:57:57

I still go to our local video shop for our weekly DVD! blush

Bluntness100 Sat 10-Feb-18 18:01:03

Yeah, i remember that, you'd go get your dvd and some shite to eat and have to then remember to return it. Oh and get in early to get a copy of a new release. Kind of made more of a night of it than "shall we watch this one then".click.

Graphista Sat 10-Feb-18 18:02:06

Bear in mind not everything on Netflix shows up on the scrolling pages too.

Sometimes it's better to search and you can search by title, actor, director, decade...

Cherrypi Sat 10-Feb-18 18:03:37

I miss video shops. Loved three for a fiver when I lived on my own. Our village had this amazing cavernous video shop and going over to pick one on a Saturday as kids was a real event.

VioletCharlotte Sat 10-Feb-18 18:05:28

I miss Blockbuster too. Getting a film and some treats seemed like much more of an occasion. Everything's on tap now so you appreciate it less.

CakeOfThePan Sat 10-Feb-18 18:13:25

I like a lot of old 80’s and 90’s films none of the online services seem to cater for them so I have to buy them which is annoying.

CakeOfThePan Sat 10-Feb-18 18:14:40

I walked past our old blockbuster last night it made me sad actually, it’s still got the sign and quick drop

Fekko Sat 10-Feb-18 18:16:56

I loved our old video shop. They would recommend films and save them for you in case you dropped in. All the staff were film mad and very knowledgeable.

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