My favorite video store of all time is gone. Video Review, Greensboro, NC. The video rental options in town are now about down to zero. I won't stand in line at one of those automated machines (Red Box) that have a limited selection anyway.
I found out about Video Review in 1987 when I bought my first VCR from Sears. I still have that VCR and it still works! Back then, all video stores I knew of charged an annual membership fee. That's the way it was at the time. Sears gave me a coupon good for a free membership at Video Review, so I tried it. For nearly a quarter of a century, I found little reason to go anywhere else.
This store was run by a lovely husband/wife team who always tried to say hello as people came in. The wife died a few years after the store opened, but the husband kept it going until the very end.
It was different in this store. The selection was amazing. Over the years, the inventory got to be mega huge. I found out the reason was because at least one copy of every movie they ever offered was always kept. They never sold all copies of a title. They also kept their inventory of VHS videocassettes until the very end of the business. I know that pleased the fans of VHS even though DVD's had long taken over.
In the 80's, I was a foreign film addict. Video Review had more of those than anywhere else. They also specialized in obscure movies. It was a cinema lover's dream.
The store carried almost everything, and one thing I especially liked was that the owner never bowed down to the self-appointed morality police or censors. This would flare up every now and then whenever something controversial came out. Other stores would pull the titles immediately (umm, Blockbuster), but Video Review never backed down on anything. I think it was the owner's opinion that anyone was free to NOT rent any title of their choosing, so leave it alone for the others. Good man!
VCR's and later DVD players were sold here, too. If you brought one of their machines, you got your movies free, one per week for a year. I loved this place.
I'm sorry to see it close. 😥 This business absolutely had no equal. 😥 I rented SO many movies here for so many years. 😥 Damn, damn, damn!
Picture tribute follows.