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516 E John Street, Champaign, IL 61820
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Urbana-Champaign's Best Independent DVD Rental store
(locally owned and operated since 1985)

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Welcome Film Lovers...
Hello and welcome to That's Rentertainment -- the last locally owned and operated video store in the Champaign-Urbana / University of Illinois area. That's Rentertainment caters to film fans (and fanatics) who have grown tired of the typical Blockbuster fare. We specialize in International, independent, classic American and Art House films on DVD (with a handful of VHS tapes left over that have never been released on DVD). With almost 45,000 DVDs and over 4,500 BluRay discs, That’s Rentertainment has the largest collection of movies in the entire Champaign-Urbana area -- if not all of Illinois. We get new movies every week -- if you want to be kept up to date about them sign up for our weekly e-mail update or check out our New Arrivals page. Membership is free (requiring only 2 photo IDs, or an ID and credit card) and rentals can be as cheap as $1.00 per disc. So, come on down and check out what you've been missing!
That's Rentertainment, Champaign, IL
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Our regular hours are:
Monday - Friday (10am - 10pm)
Saturday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday (noon - 10pm)
This Week's New Release Message
22 Jump Street
If I Stay
Into the Storm
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Greetings everyone,

If you are into this sort of thing, the City of Urbana is having a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Boneyard Creek Improvements Project on Friday (November 21) at 11:00 at the northwest corner of Griggs and Race (just down the street from my other place, Parasol Records). I think they really did a nice job on the project -- it's well worth checking out (and then you'll be just a block from an awesome fish sandwich at Bunny's)!

New stuff this week includes: "22 Jump Street" (w/Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and Nick Offerman), "If I Stay" (w/Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos and Jamie Blackley), "Into the Storm" (w/Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sumpter) and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (w/Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin). Also worth a mention, Rob Reiner's latest "And So It Goes" (w/Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas), the documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself" (2012) and Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated title, "The Wind Rises". In the "how come it's taken so long to release this on DVD" category, "The Dirt Bike Kid" (1985, starring Ralphie, aka Peter Billingsley) is finally on our shelves! And, on the TV front we added two seasons of King of the Hill (7 & 8), Louie S3, Salem S1, Touch S2, True Blood S7 and Wilfred (the complete original Australian series). You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Spike Jonze's SciFi/A.I. film, "Her", was the top renting title in our Science Fiction/Superheroes section this time around. Coming in second was Robert Downey Jr in "Iron Man 3" followed by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney's stranded in space thriller "Gravity". The rest of the list is pretty much as expected: you'll see all of the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Star Wars, Twilight, etc titles along with some older titles (2001: A Space Odyssey, Jurassic Park, Robocop, etc) and a slew of the newer titles (Godzilla, Pacific Rim, Snowpiercer, etc) -- no real surprises but a good reminder of a few films you might have missed. Remember, our SF section includes some stuff one might put in a Fantasy Section so, for now, you'll find all of the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Twilight titles sharing shelves with the Alien trilogy, the Star Wars trilogy and Independence Day. Note: The glaring lack of any Star Trek and Doctor Who titles is because each has their own section. Check the Top 100 Master Index for their respective Top 100 lists. That said, here are the Top 100 renters from the Science Fiction/Superhero sections:
1 HER
2 CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER
3 GRAVITY
4 DIVERGENT
5 THOR 2: THE DARK WORLD
6 IRON MAN 3
7 HUNGER GAMES, THE: CATCHING FIRE
8 HOBBIT, THE: DESOLATION OF SMAUG
9 STAR WARS IV: A NEW HOPE
10 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
(a longer version of this list and more "Top 100" lists can be found here)

Have a great week...

Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)

(for this week's complete new release listing and previous week's listings click here)
Renter News -- not all about film but all of interest...

Illinois Green Business Association Certifies That's Rentertainment as a Green Business!
With assistance from the Illinois Green Business Asociation, That's Rentertainment continues to implement as many energy saving, waste reducing and environmentally friendly practices as possible. After working with the IGBA for the past few months, we are pleased to be their 4th Certified Green Business in Champaign-Urbana (the first three businesses to be certified were the International Society of ArboricultureB. Lime, and Ippatsu Salon). You can read more about the process and what we do to reduce, reuse and recycle right here.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The 2012 Parkland College Graphic Design Poster Project
The Parkland Poster Project is hung! This year, one of Professor Paul Young's assignments for his Parkland College Graphic Design III class (GDS 222) was to re-imagine popular movie posters in the style of Jason Munn, an American Graphic and Poster Artist. The class ultimately came up with 16 posters we thought would represent That's Rentertainment well. You can see the posters here, or better yet, stop by the store -- they are all on display. Here's a sampling...
Classics

Introducing "The Itty Bitty Bike Shop"
If you've been in our store lately, you may have noticed what might very well be the smallest bike shop in the world (right now it's 2' x 2') sitting where the Pepsi machine used to sit. We call it the "Itty Bitty Bike Shop". It's got all the basics for your commuting needs: chain lube, inner tubes, lights, multi-tools, patch kits, some reflectors, tire levers, water bottles, and, of course, the ChampaignCountyBikes.org Urbana-Champaign Bike map. We've also got a pump (schrader and presta) in case you need some air. By the way, 10% of all sales will go to ChampaignCountyBikes.org and another 10% will go to The Bike Project in Urbana. Ride safely! (link)
Itty Bitty Bike Shop

What's up in the local world of cycling?
1) Are you a bicycle commuter, interested in becoming a bicycle commuter, or just love joining groups? Check out ChampaignCountyBikes.org -- tons of information (including routes and maps) and super nice folks.
2) The Priarie Cycle Club has started their spring rides. Check out their web site for more information.
3) We've got a Cycling in Film list posted and here's a bunch of links to other cycling related stuff
4) Next time you are at Renter pick up a "Watch for Bikes" t-shirt -- now in "don't hit me" neon green!!!
5) And, we've made it easier than ever to stay hydrated while riding with the official That's Rentertainment water bottle. Check 'em out here.

Cycling

Welcome "Urbana-Champaign Bike Ride!"...
We've started a new web site -- UCBikeRide.com! You'll find some route maps (and a few cue sheets), some local cycling links, and a Google group for setting up spur of the moment impromptu bike rides. Check it out, join the mailing list and get out on your bike... it's fun.
cornfields
Champaign County Bike Map
This week at the farmer's market, Champaign County Bikes held a press conference to announce the release of the all new Champaign-Urbana Area Bicycle Map. According to the good folks at CCB, "20,000 copies will be made available at local bike shops, fitness centers, other retailers, and public buildings throughout the communities. 10,000 copies will be distributed on the University of Illinois campus." Maps can picked up at various locations in Champaign-Urbana... including That's Rentertainment! (link)

Champaign-Urbana Area Bicycle Map


Essential Art House Films: 50 Years of Janus Films
A few years ago (2007) I decided to watch the entire Essential Art House box set -- one film per week in the order presented in the box, alphabetical chronological order. I wrote one paragraph reviews of each film as I watched them. If you want, you can read the reviews here.

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