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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
Hours
Our regular hours are:
Monday - Thursday (10am - 9pm)
Friday (10am - 10pm)
Saturday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday (noon - 9pm)
This Week's New Release Message
Before I Go to Sleep
The Book of Life
The Fury
The Judge

Greetings everyone,

This week's new-release blockbusters include: "Before I Go to Sleep" (w/Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong and Colin Firth), "The Book of Life" (w/voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, etc), "Fury" (w/Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman) and "The Judge" (w/Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga). There were also a few other titles of note: "Miss Meadows" (the old "school teacher by day, vigilante by night" story; w/Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale), "My Old Lady" (the new one from the Cohen Media Group; w/Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas), "The Remaining" (a post-rapture thriller) and, of course, "Downton Abbey S5". Lastly, the art of art forgery is looked at in "Art and Craft", a documentary about art forger Mark Landis. You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Giant Anime Sale! To help us clear some shelf space, we've put over 3,000 Anime DVDs on sale. We’re keeping about 500 titles, replacing what we can with BluRay, and freeing up room for new stuff. So, c'mon by -- everything on the Anime wall is for sale: $5/ea or 5 for $20. Sorry, none of the BluRays are for sale.

Paul Cox's "Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh" (1987) seems to have parked itself in the #1 position of our most rented Arts & Artists list (which covers painting, graffiti, crafts, architecture, drawing, graphic design and more) -- it's been up there for at least the last year and a half. Zachary Heinzerling's "Cutie and the Boxer" (2013; a look at two artists: Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko) has moved up a spot to second place followed by a new arrival, "The Oyler House" (2012). The rest of the list is filled by the likes of Max Ernst, Antonio Gaudi, Alexander Calder, the PBS series "Art: 21" and "Craft in America". Btw, if you're looking for Photography & Photographers, we have a different list for those. In any case, you'll find lots of interesting and inspirational documentaries in the Arts & Artists section, here are the top renters:
1 VINCENT: LIFE AND DEATH OF... (1987)
2 CUTIE AND THE BOXER
3 OYLER HOUSE
4 ART: 21: SEASON 07
5 PAINTERS PAINTING
6 SEMI COLIN
7 CALDER, ALEXANDER
8 FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH
9 FOR NO GOOD REASON
10 SIMON SCHAMA'S POWER OF ART
(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)
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International Video Transfers: That's Rentertainment can transfer your PAL VHS tapes and DVDs to NTSC video and DVD. We can also make DVDs from your home videos (VHS, 8mm or MiniDV). Click here for more information.
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Miscellaneous Stuff
Gift Certificates
Give the gift that shows you don't care enough to give it a whole lot of thought -- Gift certificates are NOW AVAILABLE! Buy one for a friend, send one to your kid or be selfish and just get it for yourself. Available in any amount -- including any size Renter-Block.

What's the "The Itty Bitty Bike Shop"?
Right when you walk into Rentertainment, you may have noticed what might very well be the smallest bike shop in the world (right now it's about 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, locks, 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. Ride safely! We've got lots more stuff at the main IttyBittyBikeShop (tucked away just north of Downtown Urbana in Parasol Records)
Itty Bitty Bike Shop

Essential Art House Films: 50 Years of Janus Films
Quite 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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