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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
Our regular hours are:
Monday - Thursday (10am - 9pm)
Friday (10am - 10pm)
Saturday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday (noon - 9pm)
This Week's New Release Message
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
Song of the Sea

Greetings everyone,

Spring Break on campus means plentiful parking, short(er) lines at your favorite restaurants, and delayed shipping of our new releases. Dribbling in over the next few days (and certainly by Friday), we'll be getting: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (w/Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, etc), "Into the Woods" (w/Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, etc), "Song of the Sea" (directed/written by Tomm Moore/Will Collins; w/voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, etc) and "Unbroken" (directed by Angelina Jolie; w/Jack O'Connell, Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund). FRF released three more documentaries: "Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour" (about Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb and the Giant-Shimano racing team's 2013 Tour de France run), "Kabbalah Me" (about a man’s spiritual journey into the complex world of Jewish mysticism) and "Sukkah City" (chronicles the architecture and design competition in New York City). We've also added a few titles to the International Mystery Series wall: Bukow & Konig S1 & 2 (Germany), Fog and Crimes S1 (Italy) and Goodnight, Darling (Norway). For our Wagner fans (who I think are pretty much just my mother and my friend Katherine), we picked up "Der Fliegende Holländer" (recorded at the Zurich opera house, January 2013). And, saving the best for last, Criterion released "Les Blank: Always for Pleasure" -- a 14-film (+ 8 shorts) box set of Les Blank's amazing documentary work. You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Neil deGrasse's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (2014), the follow-up to Carl Sagan's 1980 "Cosmos" series, was the most rented film in our vast Documentary section. Coming in second was "Tim's Vermeer" (2013) which tries to make sense of the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. And, rounding out the Top 3 was "Jodorowsky's Dune" (2013) -- the story of Alejandro Jodorowsky's insanely ambitious attempt to produce a film version of Dune. Our documentary section is one of the highlights of our shop. If you are every at a loss for something to watch, grab a documentary -- start with something out of the Top 10 and I promise you won't be disappointed. Here are the Top Renters from our Documentary section:
(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 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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