I know, I know. You weren’t expecting me to like this, were you…
Blockbuster is hardly the Home of Alternative Cinema. The selection of anything that isn’t, well – blockbusters – is extremely limited and frankly, given the size of the store, the selection of anything at all isn’t wild, with far too much space given over to cheap retail DVDs and computer games for my personal taste. My own choice would be a small independent that stocked a wide range of Hollywood Action, European Art and Japanese Manga along with everything in between.
But – and it’s a big but – given that we have a chain, the next best thing to an indie store is personal service of the kind you get here.
Greenwich Blockbuster has some really knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff who will take as much time as you need to find something they think you’ll like, whilst also wryly acknowledging the limited range. They’ll talk to you about the sort of thing you like and recommend stuff they think you’ll enjoy. They’re not always spot-on – but they try – and then remember to ask if you enjoyed what you borrowed. They have even been known to advise me not to take one DVD because they thought it really was tosh and another title because it would be on special offer the following week.
To be singled out in particular is the big guy who works there – if he’s not in the store you might find him lurking outside with a sneaky fag. He goes to inordinate lengths to help. The two young guys who seem to be there when the big chap isn’t are also very friendly.
Obviously, you’re going to get the best service if you don’t go in at 7.00pm on a Friday night – but I have never known these guys to be anything other than helpful.
So. A chain I like. Though if these guys were to strike out on their own and start a really good DVD rental shop I’d be there like a shot. Not that I’m hinting or anything.
BTW has anyone tried those mail-order rental firms? I can’t ever see myself organised enough to think that a) I’ll want to watch a DVD in two day’s time and b) I’ll know what movie I’ll be in the mood for. Are other people like that too?
Ok. Just me then…