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Seattle's Scarecrow Video says it needs to raise $1.8M or face possible closure

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    rubix
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    Video rental stores are few and far between these days, especially in the US. It's unfortunate to see a landmark store like Scarecrow Video deal with funding issues and potentially have to close....

    Video rental stores are few and far between these days, especially in the US. It's unfortunate to see a landmark store like Scarecrow Video deal with funding issues and potentially have to close.

    I'm lucky enough to be within reach of another store which I make a point of going at least once a week. The experience of physically picking out a movie and committing to watching it has proven to be much more rewarding to me than streaming. There's also so much media unavailable on streaming services that stores like Scarecrow are able to offer, otherwise lost.

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    1. GreasyGoose
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      Same. There’s a place by me that stocks new indie distributor/4K titles weekly, and you get to support them as a non-profit. I always tell people to get the yearly membership if they’re in there...

      Same. There’s a place by me that stocks new indie distributor/4K titles weekly, and you get to support them as a non-profit. I always tell people to get the yearly membership if they’re in there at least 1-2 times a week.

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  2. crazydave333
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    Unfortunately, we're going to have to deal with the fact that the video store--the ubiquitous feature of my youth to young adulthood--is practically extinct. Your public library is likely the...

    Unfortunately, we're going to have to deal with the fact that the video store--the ubiquitous feature of my youth to young adulthood--is practically extinct. Your public library is likely the closest the current generation will ever come to browsing for movies in person, versus mindlessly clicking through a streaming service's menu system.

    But at some point, the 4k disc, the 1080p blu-ray, and even the lowly dvd will become like vinyl records. With each generation of physical media, things get lost. On streaming, media companies are constantly editing and softening the content we watch to be less controversial and more palatable to the knee-jerk moralism of weens. Physical media, and even piracy, is going to be the last bastion of an uncut view of our cinematic past, with all of its warts and film grain on display.

    Don't be so quick to toss your discs into the Goodwill bin. A decade from now when streaming has been fully enshittified, you may miss having them.

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