recommend good dvd rental shops?

 
Old 01-16-04, 08:03 PM
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recommend good dvd rental shops?

I haven't seriously rented in a long time, but I'd like to try it out again.

So, I thought it would be nice to have a list of decent dvd rental shops in the southern NH area where I live. Maybe I could maintain a list by state or something or all of us. What do you think?

Most importantly I am looking for good places to rent for decent prices with great selections. A selection with a lot of older titles and Criterions, etc. would be essential for me to even want to rent there. I don't care much about renting from BlockBuster or other commercial chains that just stock just the usual tinsletown drivel. I occasionally rent those from the supermarket when I shop for food.

So, where does eveyone rent from? And why?
Responses from NH would be most appreciated!
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Old 01-16-04, 08:09 PM
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Although I am not from NH (complete opposite coast, actually), I used to rent about a year ago, and then transitioned to buying only when I realized that I don't have the discipline to return on time, and the rental was costing as much as most purchases, so I gave it up.

I also had a major problem with damaged discs. I always rented from Hollywood Video (rarely, if ever, Blockbuster).

HV where I live has transitioned DVD to nearly all sheves, except for I believe two wall cases for VHS.

You migh consider the Netflix trend that I have been reading about. Supposedly, their not as bad as I thought (although I still would not use it).

Good luck!

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Old 01-16-04, 08:10 PM
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not many places carry crieterions expecially mom and pop stores, once in a while you will find a bb or hv that carrys some of them but its very few and car between
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Does Netflix count?
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Old 01-16-04, 08:13 PM
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Originally posted by illennium
Does Netflix count?
I guess so. I've thought about them too. Do you use them - how are they?
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Old 01-16-04, 08:32 PM
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Re: recommend good dvd rental shops?

Originally posted by basaro
Most importantly I am looking for good places to rent for decent prices with great selections. A selection with a lot of older titles and Criterions, etc. would be essential for me to even want to rent there. I don't care much about renting from BlockBuster or other commercial chains that just stock just the usual tinsletown drivel.
Gotta be Netflix, it would be well nigh impossible to find a physical store that matches netflix in selection (older, criterion, blockbuster or othewise).
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Old 01-16-04, 08:40 PM
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I've been using Netflix for almost a year now. Nothing can come close to beating them. They have the largest inventory around. Also they are opening more distribution centers, so the turn-around is faster.
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Old 01-16-04, 09:18 PM
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I love Netflix. FAST turnaround, great selection. I use the $20.00 a month plan- 3 movies out. I get between 5 and six films every week. I mail back movies every Monday get a new supply Wednesday. Mail them back Thursday, get new supply on Saturday. The only drawback I have found is that they don't ship on Saturday.
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Old 01-17-04, 12:57 AM
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Was wondering about Netflix myself also. Looks like i may have to try them out since they have a 2 week free trial and a center 40 miles away.
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I'd go with Netflix. I'm not currently a member, but I did try them out. The selection and price can't be beat.
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Go with Netflix. You'll save time and money trust me. I haven't even been in a rental store in three years.
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Old 01-17-04, 09:39 PM
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Slowpc,

How do you know that Netflix has a distribution site 40 miles away? Is there a list of distribution sites?

I was a member for 6 months. I like it but my turn around time was like 5 days. If i mail back on monday they recieved it wednesday I recieve new one of Friday.
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Slowpc,

How do you know that Netflix has a distribution site 40 miles away? Is there a list of distribution sites?

I was a member for 6 months. I like it but my turn around time was like 5 days. If i mail back on monday they recieved it wednesday I recieve new one of Friday.
the address on the return label?
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Old 01-18-04, 10:39 AM
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Netflix is only one half of the equation (maybe a bit more) and now we have nicheflix to complete the other half. When I think of expensive DVDs, imports come to mind besides Criterions. It's too bad that Netflix doesn't carry movies from other regions. Also, their insistence of carrying R0s and R1s only sometimes means that the version of a movie they're carrying is the worst one.

Anyway, netflix is great. If you have multi region player, then also go for nicheflix.

Disclaimer: Been only a member of nicheflix for two weeks. So far, I have been very impressed by their customer service. The company seems to be operated by true enthusiasts. I truly hope they'll be able to sustain and grow their business.
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