Black Dog Video Newsletter April 25th – May 1 “Spring Cleaning Edition!”


That’s one cool cat.

The calendar is telling me it’s supposed to be spring and that means it’s time to get down and dirty and clean the house and get rid of all that unwanted detritus we’ve collected over our lives, past and present. You know, your Dad’s old Playboy collection, secretly de-Legoing your place, that rowing machine you bought at a yard sale last spring and is now sitting in your basement with old hockey equipment strung all over it. Maybe even your physical media collection? That’s where we come in. Drop off your DVD collections to either store and get some swell in-store credit, maybe even a bit of cash and for sure, our love and admiration! Not only will you be helping out your favourite local video shop but you’ll have room for that exercise bike you’re thinking of picking up. We all win! Approval Cat approves of this message.

New Releases!


The Affair Season 3 – Wow, this affair has been going on for a long time? How do they keep it a secret? Nobody suspects anything yet? That’s some serious affairing.


Age of Shadows – Excellent cloak and dagger thriller from South Korea that involves Korean resistance fighters dealing with Japanese occupation in 1920’s Seoul. Looks totes cool.


Animal Kingdom Season 1 – Sweet-looking tough drama based on the fine, tough Australian movie of the same name finds a tough family doing tough things in Southern California. Me thinks this might be a very cool, but tough, show.


Catfight – I wish the Canadian DVD cover was as cool as this. We’re so lame. Word on the street has it that this is a very funny ferocious comedy that finds Sandra Oh and Anne Heche, as two privileged college rivals, battling it out for some reason as they attend a glamorous affair.


The Girl With All the Gifts – Zombies abound in this dystopian future nightmare that finds a scientist and a teacher going on a perilous journey full of peril with a “special” young girl. Heard this is pretty fabulous! Another DVD and Blu Ray copy are on the way. Don’t fret!


Tampopo (Criterion Edition) – Much-loved Japanese comedy/drama about food and family and other things gets the lovely Criterion treatment!


Tower – Excellent doc that uses many interesting cinematic techniques to tell the story of that guy who climbed into a tower on the University of Texas campus back in 1966 and shot a bunch of people. One of the best films of 2016.


Underworld: Blood Wars – More vampires in leather pants fighting werewolves who wear only pants (I assume for no reason). I think, and hope, that this is last in this tired franchise.


Witness for the Prosecution – New fancy updated version of the famed Agatha Christie story about the murder (a murder most foul!) of a wealthy glamorous heiress and the folks who may or may not have done the murdering. Good times.

Coming Soon!

A Dog’s Purpose
I Am Not Your Negro
Despite the Falling Snow
Shepherds and Butchers
The Love Witch
The Red Turtle
The Salesman
Into the Forest

Need a little help deciding what to rent? We can help with that. Click here for a bunch of New Releases that we’ve liked. Tool around the “Recommends” section of the website for many other great lists and ideas!

That’s it for this week, my lovelies. Stay dry, stay warm and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video

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Black Dog Video Newsletter April 18-24 “150 Years of Canadian Film Edition!”


Of course there’s a moose.

Seems there’s a bit of Canadian movie celebration happening tomorrow! This country (Canada) turns 150 years old this year and Wednesday the 19th (good thing they didn’t choose 4/20) has been dubbed National Canadian Film Day 150. Now I’m pretty sure that Canadians have not been making films for 150 years as, well, film-making wasn’t invented until the 1890’s. But that doesn’t matter. Celebrate all that is good and great about Canadian movies as there are tons of amazing Canadian films! There’s some free showings around town including local film-making hero, Mina Shum, presenting her debut feature Double Happiness at the Frederic Wood Theatre. Or you can drop by the store tomorrow and nab 5 wonderful Canadian films for only $10! Way to go Canada!

We’re now accepting donations of DVDs at both stores if you want to unload some space-consuming physical media. We’ll also give you in-store credit if you desire for selected titles! This totally helps us to keep on keepin’ on. Thanks!

New Releases!


Always Shine – Well-reviewed psychological thriller that finds two competitive friends, Beth and Anna, taking a weekend trip to Big Sur to sort out their feelings. Something tells me that things don’t go as well as they might have hoped. Be a boring movie if they did.


The Americans Season 4 – Finally, a fresh new season of one of the best shows on the TV. If you aren’t watching this, what’s wrong with you?


Before the Flood – Another cheery doc on how we’re destroying the earth, ruining ecosystems and killing ourselves and everything else on this planet. Man, humans are terrible people. Let’s fix this mess! We can start by not using so much damn plastic – bags and water bottles, I’m looking at you!


The Founder – Michael Keaton plays Jack Kroc, that guy responsible for the rise of McDonald’s and blood pressure and diabetes and heart disease everywhere!


La La Land – Emma Stone won an Oscar, as did the director, and the film itself almost kinda won, but not the Baby Duck (sad Ryan Gosling) for this lovely song and dance extravaganza from the guy who made Whiplash. Haven’t seen it yet but my 11 year-old loved it!


Ocean Waves – From Studio Ghibli comes this great animated tale of nostalgia and memories and life-changing things. A guy returns home from his first year of college and recalls his last year of high school and how that shaped his future or something like that.


Split – M. Night’s latest has James McAvoy playing multiple characters including Dennis, Patricia, Hedwig, The Beast and Crumb (multiple personality disorder, yo!) who kidnaps three girls for various unwholesome reasons. They must escape before a new, nasty personality makes his grand entrance. Sounds like fun!


Woman of the Year – Great screw-ball comedy from 1942 finds Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as married rival newspaper reporters. Lovely new Criterion release of this George Stevens classic.

Coming Soon!

Tampopo (Criterion)
The Love Witch
Witness for the Prosecution
Underworld 5
Fist Fight
Into the Forest
The Bridge Season 3

Needs some help in choosing your fine home entertainment? Look no further. Well a bit further. Click here for some stellar recommendations!

That’s it for this week, folks. Hope to see you here in 7 days time.

Black Dog Video

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Black Dog Video Newsletter April 11 – 17 “Rising From the Dead Edition!”


Happy Easter, my tasty child!

Hi! Little ditty about the upcoming Easter weekend. Seems that there’s a doin’s a transpiring over in the Cambie Hood. There will be posters at the bottom of this missive with a few details in case you might want to wander on by. And please do! Happy Easter to you all!

Check out this cool commercial some nice kids over at BCIT did for a project for the Black Dog Video.

New Releases!


Hidden Figures – Very nice crowd pleaser about a trio of African-American women mathematicians who were instrumental in getting NASA’s space program off the ground. So to speak.


Mars Season 1 – Interesting looking show that mixes drama in with some actual documentary footage as humans attempt to colonize the angry red planet in the year 2033.


Papa Hemingway in Cuba – The year is 1959. The place is Cuba (title probably gave it away). The story is a young journalist travels to the Caribbean Island to meet and interview his idol, one Earnest Hemingway, all the while the Cuban revolution is acting up.

Coming Soon!

The Americans Season 4
The Bridge Season 3
The Love Witch
Always Shine
Before the Flood
The Founder
Ocean Waves
Woman of the Year

Need some dandy recommendations? Then look no further! Well maybe a tiny bit further. Click here for some stellar picks for your home viewing experience!

As promised…

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That’s it for this week folks. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Great time to catch up on some fine films!
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Black Dog Newsletter Apr 4-10 “First Newsletter of April Edition!”


“Go to Black Dog Videoooooo!”


So we’ve been trying to come up with amazing ideas on how to increase revenue at the stores without compromising our integrity – no, we’re not going to be selling smokes or crack or guns or roses. We thought we might branch out into some cool merchandise: we’ll have a new line of T-Shirts ready to clad your lovely bodies soon, we’re going to add a shelf or area to each store where you can find some neat things such as ouija boards, mugs, movie paraphernalia etc. We’re also hopefully going to get a Black Dog podcast off the ground soon and look for a special new sandwich board over at Commercial! All this plus other stuff! Stuff and things, just what you want!

New Releases!


Daughters of the Dust – Groundbreaking, renowned indie effort from 1991 about a colony of folks on an island just off the coast of South Carolina whose ancestors were slaves and who try to keep up with their cultural traditions and ways of life in an ever-changing world.


Lion – Oscar nominated fare about a little dude who gets lost in the busy streets of Calcutta and eventually gets adopted by an Australian family. After he reaches the age of 25, he sets off to find his original family. Based on a true story of course. Heard very nice things about this one.


Monster Trucks – Kids fare about talking trucks or talking monsters or trucks that are monsters. Oh, I don’t know!


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: One More Time With Feeling – Great doc about the amazing Nick Cave and his swell band as they record their latest record as Nick Cave faces a terrible tragedy. Love me some Nick Cave.


Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story – Another Star Wars movie for you! Personally I enjoyed this one far more than The Force Awakens, which to me just seemed like a re-hash of the very first movie. This one tells the tale of how Princess Leia (RIP Carrie Fisher) got her hands on the plans for the Death Star. Yes, I know, again with the bloody Death Star! Features a weird looking Peter Cushing (RIP Peter Cushing) as Grand Marlf Tolkien or something like that. Also features a sassy robot!


Silicon Valley Season 3 – Find out what these funny folks are up to in Season 3!


Toni Erdmann – Amusing (from what I’ve been told), if over-long, Oscar nominated comedy from Germany about a practical joking dad who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter by posing as her CEO life coach. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.



Veep Season 5 – Find out what these funny folks are up to in Season 5!


Young Girls of Rochefort – Another wonderful musical form the 60’s from Jacques Demy (Umbrellas of Cherbourg) starring the lovely and talented Catherine Deneuve about a couple of sisters who leave their small sea-side village in search of romance.

Coming Soon!

Hidden Figures
Mars Season 1
Always Shine
Before the Flood
The Founder

Click on this here button for a slew of fine recommendations for recently released things. Poke around the site to check out our other fabulous lists of things you might enjoy!

That’s it for this week folks. Have a splendid week, enjoy the sun, pet a dog, eat some iced cream and remember, keep watching.

Black Dog Video

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