Black Dog Video Newsletter August 30 – Sept 5 “Something Funny This Way Comes Edition!”


This Thursday at the Black Dog Commercial outlet, drop on by for some seriously funny business! Local comedy expert and Black Dog worker bee, Dylan Rhymer, hosts a bunch of local hilarious comedians. We’ll be closing at 9pm to set up and the doors should be open shortly after that. The show starts at 9:30. Hope to see you there. More info can be found here.

And the countdown is on for our next big DVD Sale event. “Dawn of the Crazy DVD Sale” will be taking place on Saturday September 17th at the Black Dog Cambie St. branch at 9 am in the morning until 11am. Tons of great things for sale (remember cash is king!)! Check out the photo at the bottom of the newsletter for a little taste.

New Releases!


Blunt Talk Season 1 – Captain Picard stars as a British TV guy who moves to LA, with his alcoholic manservant of course, to host a show were he tells Americans how they should live and behave. I guess someone aught to. Hilarity and awkward moments, I presume, ensue.


The Jungle Book – Updated adventure of the old tale finds a young kid making friends, and an enemy or two, with a bunch of talking animals in the jungle. Based on a true story. Probably.


A La Vie – Three friends, who survived the Holocaust, meet up in 1960 to reminisce, eat tasty foods, frolic in the waves and enjoy life. Sounds nice.


Me Before You – The Mother of Dragons takes a job helping out a very handsome man who was just recently paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. Think they will fall in love and teach each other valuable life lessons? Na, me neither.


The Night Manager Season 1 – Excellent, from what I’ve heard, TV spy espionage number about the manager of a Cairo hotel who’s recruited to infiltrate the inner circle of an arm’s dealer. Sounds like just another day at Black Dog.


Now You See Me 2 – The magic kids all return to pull off yet another magical heist using magic.


A Perfect Day – Heavy drama stars Tim Robbins and local VHS renter (but not returner), Benecio Del Toro, in this tale of aid workers embroiled in some sort of crisis somewhere in the world. I wonder if it takes place in one of those made up countries you see in the movies like Waydia or Arendale or Australia?


Shameless Season 6 – This show about an alcoholic dad and his crazy family has been on for 6 seasons?! That’s bonkers!.

Coming Soon!

A Bigger Splash
American Crime Story
Love & Friendship
The Meddler
Money Monster
Neon Bull

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

O.J. Made in America
Jungle Book
The Invitation
The Night Manager
The VVitch
Green Room

And as promised, here’s a tiny taste of what will be on sale come the 17th!


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Black Dog Video Newsletter July 23 – 29 “Fresh and Tasty Dates Edition!”


Dates! Get it?

We’ve got a couple of important dates for you to jot down in your calendars or day-timer or forearm…

September 17th – Our next big DVD sale! It will be a the Cambie location at 9am until 11am. We’ll be offering over a thousand DVDs and Blu rays for sale. All kinds of cool stuff – classics, noir, horror, sci-fi, cult, war, box sets and much more. Details to follow.

September 1st – Late night comedy at Black Dog Commercial. Dylan Rhymer hosts an evening of funny business! Details can be found here.

October 15th – International Independent Video Store Day! – A celebration of all things video store. Prizes, draws and free hugs! More details to come.

August 27th – Street party dealie on Cambie! See the poster at the bottom of this page for deets.

New Releases!


Ash vs The Evil Dead – Fun and gory and awesome TV series starring Bruce Campbell (Boy Howdy!) as Ash who, for some reason, is still fighting those evil dead creatures. Good times.


Camille Claudel 1915 – Juliette Binoche is Camille Claudel who’s confined to an asylum in the winter of 1915. Much French drama, I presume, ensues.


The Huntsman: Winter’s War – Don’t really know (or care to be honest) what this one is about. Something to do with a handsome fella and beautiful woman who try to keep their love affair secret from an evil witch or something. You decide!


Maggie’s Plan – Nice romantic comedy/drama that finds Greta Gerwig having an affair with Ethan Hawke, destroying his marriage (go figure) in the process. She then gets bored with him and devises a plan – Maggie’s Plan! – to give him back to his ex-wife. Hijinks and funny business, I presume, ensue.


The Nice Guys – Shane Black’s (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) latest flick finds Canada’s favourite baby goose, Ryan Gosling, along with Russell Crowe as a couple of mismatched private eyes who are on the case of the apparent suicide of a porn actress in 1970’s LA. I’m sold!


Ratchet and Clank – Some cute animals and robots join forces to save the world or galaxy or something in this nice animated kid’s fare.


The Walking Dead Season 6 – More zombies, mores dining, more over-acting, more frustrating characters who just won’t get eaten! Dinner is served!


Weiner – Excellent doc about Anthony Weiner, the congressman with the unfortunate last name, who liked to send dick-pics to all of those people who really didn’t want to see such a thing. They say it’s the Spinal Tap of political docs. Sign me up (just not for the pictures).

Coming Soon!

A Perfect Day
Blunt Talk Season 1
The Jungle Book
Me Before You
The Night Manager Season 1
Shameless Season 6

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

O.J. Made in America
The Invitation
The Lobster
Green Room
Sing Street

Have a safe and wonderful week my lovelies! Here’s the poster I was yammering on about…

Sizzler Poster 2016

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Black Dog Newsletter August 16 – 22 “Scorched Earth Edition!”


Can someone get me a glass of water?

It’s hot. It’s too dam hot. As philosopher and astute business mogul, Montgomery Burns, once said, “Ever since the dawn of time, man has yearned to destroy the sun!” And since that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, might I suggest renting some fabulous DVDs or Blu Rays and getting in a nice dark, cool room?

A couple of other notes of interest ~ The second big DVD sale event is in the works. We’re eyeing the 17th of September as a possible date. It will be at the Cambie location and it will be from 9am to 11am. Details are to follow.

And there’s another comedy night a brewing at the Commercial store. August 25th is the planned evening. Stay tuned and check the website and other social medias for updates.

New Releases!


The Affair Season 2 – Steamy drama show about some people being naughty and how it affects everyone around them. Stars McNulty and Pacey among others.


Angry Birds Movie – Why are these birds so angry? Are they Trump supporters? What’s up with those shifty pigs? Who cares? Seems this movie is about 5 years too late.


Orphan Black Season 4 – Another fine season of this fine and extremely well-acted thriller about a bunch of clones cloning around. Good stuff!


Sunset Song – Nice and nice-looking romance type drama about a Scottish farmer’s daughter (there must be a joke in there somewhere) who comes of age in the 1920s.


Vikings Season 4 Part 1 – More Vikings stomping around, ripping out the hearts of their enemies and eating it in front of them while it’s still beating. At least that’s what I assume Vikings do.

Coming Soon!

A La Vie
Ash vs the Evil Dead
Huntsman: Winter’s War
Maggie’s Plan
The Nice Guys
Ratchet and Clank
The Walking Dead S6

Recently Viewed and Recommended

Mustang (easily one of the year’s best!)
The Invitation
The Lobster
Green Room
The Wave
The Knick Season 2
Sing Street
A War
Sleeping Giant

If you need more recommendations, and I know that you do, please click this here button!

That’s it for this week folks. Try not to burn all of your skin off. I’ll leave you with a small taste of what will be up for grabs at the next DVD sale!


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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 9 – 15 “Midnight Bedlam Edition!”


Bedlam I tells ya!

Wow. What a night Friday turned out to be! We didn’t really know what to expect with our first ever big-ass sale. Would it be busy? Would anyone show? Would there be a line-up that stretched down the block? (Hint #1 and #3) It was mayhem and bedlam! Wonderful bedlam. I want to thank everyone who came out to support the store, grab some amazing films and be so patient in the midst of our lack of coordination and organization (coordinization! – patent pending on that word). And I’d like to thank Jason Zumpano for providing the coolest of soundtrack tunes and the Black Dog staff for pitching in as well. We sold around 1/3rd of the sale items. I even sold a T-Shirt to a drunk guy! Looks like another sale looms on the horizon. We’re thinking sometime in September and at the Cambie store. Stay tuned…

New Releases!


Demolition – Jake Gyllenhaal loses his wife in a car accident and then takes the advice of Chris Cooper and starts destroying everything in this life (both figurative and literally) in an attempt to move on. From the director of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild.


Dheepan – Well received crime drama from France about a Sri Lankan immigrant in Paris who takes a job as a caretaker in a broken down old building where he runs into more trouble. Heard this is quite excellent. From the director of A Prophet and Rust and Bone.


Father’s and Daughters – Touching drama meant to jerk the tears out of your eye holes finds mental patient and writer Russell Crowe trying to reconnect with his daughter, Amanda Seyfried, 27 years later (no, there are no zombies in this film).


First Monday in May – Doc that looks at the Met’s most attended fashion dealie in history – some Chinese inspired garb titled “China: Through the Looking Glass”. Fashion folks for you!


The Invitation – One of my most anticipated films of the year ( I have it on good authority that it’s quite excellent) finds a guy attending a dinner party at his old house but thinks the hosts might have bad intentions towards their guests. Love me some dinner party gone wrong movies.


A Monster with a Thousand Heads – Mexican film about a woman fighting against unending bureaucracy as she tries to get care for her husband before he dies. Sounds like a Mexicany Kafkaesque tale. I do have to say I was a tad disappointed that there was no actual thousand headed monster in this.


Sweet Bean – Japanese flick about a guy running a pancake stall who reluctantly hires an elderly woman that makes tasty homemade bean jelly. Dramatic and comedic hijinks and maybe even some tender life lessons, I presume, ensue.


Thirteen – Twenty-six year old Ivy escapes after being held captive for 13 years somewhere and has to somehow adapt back into regular society and help catch the creep who imprisoned her. Another fine BBC mini-series.

Coming Soon!

The Affair Season 2
Angry Birds Movie
A La Vie
Ash vs The Evil Dead Season 1
Huntsman: Winter’s War
Maggie’s Plan
The Nice Guys

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

The Invitation
The Wave
The Lobster
High Rise
Green Room

That’s it for this week folks. Stay dry. Stay hot. Keep on keepin’ on. Oh, here’s a photo of my dining room at the moment. There’s also 11 more boxes of movies not shown in this photo. A sequel to the sale is in the works…


So where do we eat?

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Black Dog Newsletter August 2 – 8 “This is It Edition!”


Heavy tunes for your shopping enjoyment!

We’re back, all refreshed from a week away visiting friends and doing some camping/cabins in this beautiful province of ours. The camping was successful although I am quite pleased to enjoy the miracle of indoor plumbing once again. For this edition I’m going to highlight a few of the more interesting titles we’ve received in the last couple of weeks.

And just another reminder of the amazing DVD sale we’ll be hosting this coming Friday evening. We’ll be closing the doors at at the Commercial branch at 10pm on Friday the 5th to prepare for the best and biggest DVD extravaganza you’ve ever done seen! Thousands of incredible DVDs will be on offer for purchase. Music provided by local maestro Jason Zumpano! Details here….

New Releases!


The Bronze – Nice looking comedy about a not-so-nice misanthrope who placed third in gymnastics at the Olympics and who struts around the town riding on her bronze coattails and being obnoxious. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.


Confirmation – Docu-drama about Anita Hill and that dirt-bag Clarence Thomas who was accused of sexually harassing her.


The Girlfriend Experience – Sexy TV series based on the sexy Soderbergh flick of the same name about a New York call girl and her wacky, sexy life.


Guernica – Spanish war drama about a soulless journalist who tangles with a censor in charge of what reporters can report while reporting.


High Rise – Ben Wheatley (Kill List) and JG Ballard (Crash) team up for this weird unsettling look at the odd and sometimes nasty citizens who occupy a high-rise building. Looks totes cool.


Hologram for the King – On paper this tale of a failed businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia for one last kick at the can looks like a no-brainer – Dave Eggers, Tom Tykwer and Tom Hanks! On film, well, not too sure.


Keanu – Funny guys Key and Peele pose as thugs for a drug dealer in order to rescue their lost, cute-as-a-button, kitten. What’s not funny about that?!


The Knick Season 2 – Clive Owen is back as the drug-addled surgeon in Steven Soderbergh’s fantastic turn of the century hospital yarn.


The Lobster – One of my favourite films of the year so far finds a pudgy Colin Farrell trying to find love in some dystopian universe before he’s turned into the animal of his choice. It’s weird, it’s hilarious, it’s mildly disturbing and absurd. You’ll either love it or you won’t.


Saving Mr. Wu – Cool-looking Hong Kong actioner finds Andy Lau being kidnapped by some nasty gents. Love the cover on this. Makes me want to watch it just for that!


Sing Street – Sweet little number about a kid growing up in Dublin in the 1980’s who starts a band to impress a girl. Like every other band that was ever started.


Songs My Brother Taught Me – Life on the reservation becomes tough when a couple of kid’s absentee dad dies. Much drama and stuff, I presume, ensues.


The Tiger – In Japanese controlled Korea, and old-man hunter sets off to track down the last tiger in this sad, beautiful, sad movie.


The Tunnel – Excellent looking TV crime drama about Stannis Baratheon teaming up with a French female detective to solve a mysterious crime.


A War – Excellent war drama from Denmark finds a guy having to make tough decisions in Afghanistan and back home. Stupid war.

Coming Soon!

The Affair Season 2
Angry Birds Movie
A La Vie
Huntsman: Winter’s War
Maggies Plan
Nice Guys
Orphan Black Season 4
Ash vs the Evil Dead Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

The Lobster
High Rise
10 Cloverfield Lane
Only Yesterday
Green Room

That’s it for this week, y’all. Hope to see some of your lovely faces out this Friday evening to score some sweet things!


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