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BEST VIDEO RENTAL STORES LEFT IN NEW YORK
World of Video: This West Village spot fulfills those desires that go beyond just New Releases with rare silent gems and their basement of Western VHS tapes.
Reel Life South: Now that the Williamsburg location has shut its doors, Park Slope is the only neighborhood able to boast of a Reel Life video store — and boast, they should. With a diverse and relatively large selection (of DVDs and VHS), and the kind of snippy, condescending staff stupid people are always complaining about, they’re giving us, and you, one more reason to stay away from Netflix.
The Internet: Between the streaming (aside from Netflix, try The Auteurs and the Criterion Collection for both free and pay-per-view streams; Hulu occasionally turns up an old gem as well, and there’s no telling what you can find in ten-minute chunks on YouTube, or intact on Japanese YouTube), torrent networks and DVD-R merchants legitimate (like The Warner Archive Collection) and otherwise, it’s not really fair to bemoan Mondo Kim’s that much, even if we do hate technology.