11 video rental rituals that will pull at your heartstrings

first_imgIN THE PAST few weeks Blockbuster in the UK and the US has announced mass closures of hundreds of stores, as people move away from physically renting videos and DVDs.Blockbuster in the US issued this heart-wrenching tweet earlier this month:With Xtra-vision’s own problems earlier this year we’ve been thinking of the special video shop rituals we’re sure you can all identify with…1. Begging and pleadingPLEASE can we go to the video shop? PLEASE can we? PLEEEEASE? Source: Gr-assets2. Browsing for an ageNew releases, animations, classics, the endless alphabetised rows of videos or DVDs. So much choice. Source: tracy the astonishing3. More begging and pleadingThis time to be allowed to rent more than one film. Because of all the choice, you see. Source: ccsanfran814. DisappointmentUnlike 2013 with its unlimited digital versions of films to watch online, back in the day of video shops, movies were finite resources.If someone had the one you wanted, then you just had to wait until next time.5. Changing your mindNo, I want The Princess Bride! No, I want Home Alone! No, I want Care Bears! Source: BlogSpot6. Yet more begging and pleadingThis time for hideously overpriced crisps and sweets, which were a third of the price in the shop next door. Source: Mysupermarket Source: Leonid Mamchenkov7. Small victoriesCodding a parent into allowing you to rent an over-15s film was always a special day. Source: Amazon Source: Amazon8. Asking the staff to keep you a huge cardboard cutoutThey never did, but you always asked. Source: Ebay Source: BlogSpot9. Tracking issuesYou got home, SO excited to watch The Land Before Time, or All Dogs Go to Heaven, or Toy Story… and this happened. Source: TumblrWorst case scenario, this happened: Source: Imgur10. Watching the film again, the second it endedEven if you have to watch it through tears and snot…11. Being kind, rewindingIt was the sound thing to do. Source: SfsketchfestWe’ll leave you with this… Source: FeedRead: 11 great things about growing up with Xtra-vision>More: 8 Saturday evening rituals we bet you all took part in>last_img read more