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Urbana-Champaign's Best Independent DVD Rental store
(locally owned and operated since 1985)

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Friday, July 31 -- That's Rentertainment is in the vinyl business again -- we've got over 1,200 classical LPs for sale! Long-story-short, a friend of a friend moved out of town and had to leave his carefully "curated" record collection behind. My friend asked if we could sell them for him at Rentertainment. Easy, right? Not quite, but here they are. All records are $4/ea, multi-disc sets are $4 for the first disc + $2 for each additional. And, you can feel really good about your purchases because 25% of the money will be going to WILL AM-FM-TV/Illinois Public Media. What's old is new again...
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Thursday, July 30 - Price Drop VI: The Final Nightmare -- All DVDs and BluRays are now just $5.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). The shelves are starting to look a bit thinner these days but there are still lots of great titles left (at least 25,000 of them). About a third of the TV section is gone. And, remember, TV Series are sold by the season -- just $5.95 per season! There are even still a few hundred Criterion titles on the Criterion shelves. Last time we dropped the price there was a huge surge in sales -- I imagine it'll be even bigger this time. Get here early if there's something you've been waiting to grab...
Oh-no!
June 1, 1985 - June 1, 2015
Thirty years ago, when I started this business, I would have bet money Rentertainment wouldn't still be here today. Fast forward three decades, and Rentertainment and I are celebrating our 30th Anniversary! It's been a great run -- fabulous employees, amazing customers, tons of fun -- thank you all.
But now, as someone once said, "I'm ready to roll the end credits -- ready for the curtain call" -- it's time to do something else. As we firm up our plans to sell off Urbana-Champaign's very best collection of films, let me share with you some details of our transition:
• We'll keep getting new releases through the end of June.
• We will continue renting films through the end of July.
• We will start selling off our inventory on Monday, June 15th. Rather than price each film individually, we'll set a price (which will lower regularly) and sell everything at that price. A few box sets will be pulled and priced individually.
• If you have a block, use what you can/want between now and the end of July. Starting August 1st, we'll buy back any remaining block rentals.
More details to follow. Meanwhile, thanks again for a great three decades of That's Rentertainment!
billy
Note: I have made a Closing Sale FAQ page to answer most of your questions.
Latest Sale Update ..
Thursday, July 30 - Price Drop VI: The Final Nightmare -- All DVDs and BluRays are now just $5.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). The shelves are starting to look a bit thinner these days but there are still lots of great titles left. About a third of the TV section gone (remember, TV Series are sold by the season -- just $5.95 per season!) and there are still a few hundred Criterion titles on the Criterion shelves. Last time we dropped the price there was a huge surge in sales -- I imagine it'll be even bigger this time. Get here early if there's something you've been waiting to grab...
Tuesday, July 28 - Oh no! There are only a few days left to rent films at That's Rentertainment. We will stop renting at close on Friday, July 31st. The sale will continue for at least another few weeks after that. Watch this space for periodic updates...
Wednesday, July 22 - Price Drop 5: On the Road -- All DVDs and BluRays are now just $7.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). I'm guessing there are about 28,000 titles left in the store. The international and classics sections seem to have been hit the hardest but there are still great titles left in each. The TV section is thinning a bit (remember, TV Series are sold by the season -- each season is just $7.95) and there are still a few hundred Criterion titles (but by the end of today, the BRs will be gone -- I'm taking them). If you've been waiting for the prices to drop to grab something, you'd probably better come in soon -- I think stuff will start flying out the door now...
Monday, July 13 - Price Drop IV: The Voyage Home -- We're halfway through our closing sale so let's cut the price to half of what it was originally. DVDs and BluRays are now just $9.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). That includes TV series (sold by the season -- each season just $9.95), what's left of the Criterion titles ($9.95 is like stealing for those!) and everything else (except New Releases) in the store. At this price, the TV shows should move quickly and I think we'll start seeing giant gaps in the International and Independent sections -- there are still lots of great titles in both. Remember, everything in the store is still for rent until the end of the month (or until it gets sold). Plan on staying a while if you're going to go through all the sections -- there are still about 30,000 titles left on the shelves!
Tuesday, July 7 - Price Drop III: With a Vengeance -- It's time to drop the price once again. DVDs and BluRays are now just $12.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). That includes TV series (sold by the season -- each season just $12.95), Criterion titles ($12.95 is crazy cheap for those!) and everything else in the store... except new releases -- we're not selling those yet. The Shout!Factory 13-disc Herzog collection went to a very deserving home last week but we still have the 6-disc Herzog Documentaries & Shorts box. I don't imagine it will make it through the week. A quick scan of the shelves can turn up a ton of bargains. Come early, come often...
That's Rentertainment Closing in the news:
The Daily Illini (June 8, 2015, Ben Lash)
The News-Gazette (June 2, 2015, Don Dodson)
Smile Politely (June 1, 2015, Tom Pauly)
(older Sale Udates can be found here)
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 just under 5,000 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 Summer hours (starting Monday, May 18) are:
Monday - Thursday (11am - 8pm)
Friday (11am - 9pm)
Saturday (noon - 9pm)
Sunday (noon - 8pm)

This Week's New Release Message
Tangerines

Greetings everyone,

This week there was only one new title, and it will be the last title added to our inventory: Zaza Urushadze's "Tangerines" (2015, Estonia/Georgia -- and, the first Academy Award nomination for Estonia). I thought it might be appropriate to bring in one of our most requested but never before available on DVD titles, Penelope Spheeris' "The Decline of Western Civilization" (1981) as our final title, but everyone who's interested in seeing it should probably just own it (like I'm going to). Remember, there is still just over a week left to rent films... starting August 1st everything will be for sale only.

Price Drop 5: On the Road -- All DVDs and BluRays are now just $7.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). I'm guessing there are about 28,000 titles left in the store. The international and classics sections seem to have been hit the hardest but there are still great titles left in each. The TV section is thinning a bit (remember, TV Series are sold by the season -- each season is just $7.95) and there are still a few hundred Criterion titles (but by the end of today, the BRs will be gone -- I'm taking them). If you've been waiting for the prices to drop to grab something, you'd probably better come in soon -- I think stuff will start flying out the door now...

I spoke with Jeff Bossert (from WILL Radio/TV) at length the other day about the demise of Rentertainment. He's working on a story focusing on the community aspect of stores like That's Rentertainment. In his words, "I’m wondering what Rentertainment spawned in terms of friendships/relationships, maybe groups that started meeting and watching foreign and smaller art films together..." He's spoken to a few Rentertainment employees and some customers but would love to chat with more long-time customers. Send him an email if you think you might have something to add: jbossert@illinois.edu

Reminder: we are on our somewhat shorter Summer hours:
Monday - Thursday (11:00-8:00), Friday (11:00 - 9:00), Saturday (noon-9:00) and Sunday (noon - 8:00)

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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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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