The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Price Ch-changes Edition!

With just under 3 weeks to go before we shutter the shop and are relegated to the dust bin of history, we thought we’d change up some pricing structures to help move the thousands of DVDs and Blu Rays we still have left.

Starting Tuesday June 7th at noon o’clock, prices are as follows;

All DVDs and Blu Rays priced between $10 and $30 – take $5 off that price (that’s up to 50% savings!). Over $30 – take $10 off! Come on folks, pop in, and buy a little something something for yourself or someone you may or may not care about.

Also! The collectibles are (mostly) on sale as of Monday the 6th. There’s still a few more to go that’ll be ready in the next day or so. Laser Disks and Soundtracks are also up for grabs.

We’ve got the famed Black Dog mugs back in stock as well as lots of our cool T-Shirts.

And don’t forget to check in on the website to see what’s happening or buy some sweet things!

That’s it for this week folks, everyone be good to everyone out there.

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The Black Dog Newsletter: Dates to Remember Edition!

As we inch towards the end of days here at the shop, here’s some important (to some) dates to jot down on your forearm or wherever one keeps important dates…

June 1st: All TV series are now up for sale! We are missing some of the boxes for some of the seasons of some of the shows. But if we have the actual disks you can take them for half price.

June 10th: Last day to rent catalogue titles. We need to get them back before closing.

June 15th: Last day to rent new releases. We need to get them back before closing.

June 18th: New releases titles are up for sale.

June 25th: The very last day that any Black Dog Video will ever be open.

July 1st: Exhale.

I guess this all makes it kinda final, doesn’t it?


But Black Dog Video will still live on in the form of our online shop! Kind of like a ghost! You can still order movies, shirts, mugs, whatever swag we have.

Remember Video Cat on Cambie (the old Black Dog Video – ignore the awning) is still open and they could use your support. I’ll probably see you in the aisles there getting some choice films.

Everyone be good to everyone out there.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: End of Days Edition!

We’re approaching the finality of the BIG SALE. I still can’t believe that this is happening. Part of me is incredibly sad but part of me also cannot wait for it to be over. It’s been an incredibly stressful and emotional few weeks. But I won’t burden you with my problems.

Strap on your buying pants, here’s what you need to know for this Sunday (May 22nd)

Doors open at noon and close at 6pm (that’s about all we can take). We will be open regular hours (12-8pm) for the duration of us in business – sometime near the end of June. The sale will continue until then. As will rentals (New Releases and whatever we have left).

All catalogue films will be on sale. No New Releases. No TV series. No Collectibles. These will be made available for purchase later.

Masks are encouraged to keep everyone safe(ish).

Because it’s a small shop we’re only letting in a certain number of folks at a time (probably around 15-20). Please keep your shopping short and sweet. Bring a list. Also be prepared to not get everything on that list.

Please bring your own bags.

You pay cash (preferred) we’ll pay the tax.

There will not be any deals so please don’t ask

If you’re renting on Sunday,  come later in the day (maybe it’s not the best day to rent)

Please be patient and kind as it’s going to be a trying time for us all. You may not get everything that you want. You can scream into the void after you leave the shop.

New Things creeping onto the shelves this week:


Keep an Eye Out – Latest weirdness from weirdo Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong) finds a guy at a police station where everyone is crazy. Pretty fun, weird (did I mention weird?) French little number. Blu Ray only.

Studio 666 – The Foo Fighters movie into a haunted mansion in Encino to record an album. All hell breaks loose. Literally and figuratively and literally.


Oh, and lost in all this mayhem – we managed to record a new podcast episode! Listen as us louts and a special guest star sit down, have a few pops, and talk about our feelings. Our feelings, that is, about the classic 80’s thriller The Stepfather!

One last thing – our resident comedian, Dylan Rhymer, just dropped a new comedy album. You should buy it! He’s a funny fella!

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay healthy, be nice and keep watching. For now.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Rules of Engagement Edition!

The Big Sale! Here’s what’s happening on May 22nd (2022).

– All catalogue films will be on sale. No New Releases. Possibly no TV series (I may not get to price them in time)
– Doors open at noon and close at 6pm (that’s about all we can take)
– Masks are required to keep everyone safe(ish)
– Because it’s a small shop we’re only letting in a certain number of folks at a time (probably around 15). Please keep  your shopping short and sweet
– Please bring your own bags
– You pay cash (preferred) we’ll pay the tax
– There will not be any deals so please don’t ask
– Please be patient and kind as it’s going to be a trying time for us all. You may not get everything that you want. You can scream into the void after you leave the shop.

It’s going to be a crazy busy day, but let’s make the best of it. Man, beer is going to taste great at 6:05!

New Releases

The Batman – If you like your Batmans grimy, wet, brooding, sad, mopey and overly-long, this is the film for you! The first 2/3rds I was like, this is the best Batman movie so far. The last 3rd I was like, when is this going to be over?

Belle – Cool-looking animated number about virtual reality and such.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time – Nice-looking doc about the famed author (Kurt Vonnegut) who talks about all kinds of stuff – when he fought Hemingway in the Thunderdome, his time as a snake charmer, when he drank Andre the Giant under the table (these things may or may not be in the film).

Licorice Pizza – PT Anderson’s latest cool dealie follows a couple of crazy kids as they run around L.A. (sih) in 1973. Yes please!

Succession Season 3 – Everyone’s favourite despicable idiotic rich family is back for more wild and wacky adventures. Yes please!

X – Sweet-looking new horror number from Ti West (House of the Devil) finds a bunch of young filmmakers making a dirty movie in a rural farmhouse who get in dutch with the locals who don’t approve of such behavior. Yes please!

Coming Soon!

Studio 666
Ray Donovan: The Movie
Everything Everywhere All at Once

That’s it for this week, my lovelies. Stay safe, stay hungry.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Mawr Shirts Please!

After selling out of all our shirts in two weeks, we’ve re-upped on some of the more popular designs. We have these two in stock in M, L and XL right now. We also have a few XXL in the Blockbuster and Restricted Cat styles.

Apologies for the unkempt-looking model.


New Releases!


The Cursed – What is this cursed menace that is threatening a small French town in the 19th century? Is it possibly a werewolf? Werewolf?!! There wolf!

The Girl Can’t Help It – Criterion release of the classic Jane Mansfield comedy with music about a gangster who hires a hard-luck press agent to make his airhead girlfriend a star.

Uncharted – Spider-man and Marky Mark team up for some adventures involving gold and airplanes.

Coming Soon!

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
The Batman

Succession S3
Ray Donovan: The Movie
Everything Everywhere All at Once

The sale of our lovely stock will take place on May 22nd. Not before, so please don’t ask. All the details will be in the next couple of newsletters and will be posted on the website.

There’s also a new podcast episode we just tossed out into the ether! Tune in here as us louts sit down, have a couple of pops, and discuss the 1985 horror classic, Demons!

That’s it for this week folks. Stay healthy. Stay safe.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: And The Beat Goes On Edition!

Well, it becomes more official as time crawls on – the space has been leased for July 1st. We still have to pick an exact date for our last day (I should check my lottery ticket). Damn.

It looks like the sale will commence on the 22nd of May and run until we close. All films, excluding New Releases, will be up for grabs (the NR will be made available around the middle of June). Prices start at $10 and go up from there. There will be no haggling or deals so please don’t ask. And we’re not taking any reservations for sale films. I imagine that there will be a substantial line-up that morning (please don’t rain!) and we won’t be able to let everyone in the shop at once. Y’all be patient and nice. If you can come prepared with a list, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. You may not get everything you want, but that’s the world we live in, right? Also please bring your own bags (and we ask that you wear a mask as well) and if you pay cash (preferred) we’ll cover the tax. More details to come. Damn this is hard.

A few new things are making their way onto the shelves today or tomorrow:


Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn – A school teacher’s life is upended when a sex tape is leaked onto the intrawebs. Doesn’t everyone have a sex tape on the intrawebs by now?

Betrayed – Follow along as a Jewish family tries to survive the camps in this grim little number. Weird that the box art makes it look like a romance.

Fabian: Going to the Dogs – Drama/romance set in 1930’s Berlin finds a guy who’s a doctor by day and a street rat by night.

From the Journals of Jean Seberg – Cool-looking doc from 1995 about famed actress Jean Seberg of Breathless fame.

Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders Season 1 – Italian police drama about a weed-smoking, potty-mouthed detective. I could do that job!

Turning Red – Latest Pixar hoo-haw.

Wildhood – Two indigenous brothers embark on a journey to find their birth-mom. Hi-jinks, I presume, ensue.

Coming Soon!

Licorice Pizza
The Batman
Succession S 3

We are currently working to update the website as we move to online sales so stay tuned for that. We also have another run of T-shirts on the way as we are completely sold out of all our shirts!

Again, thank you to everyone who’s popped in to share their sadness and thoughts about us closing the doors (and even given us lovely gifts!). It’s been a crazy, emotional ride and I suspect it will be so until the end.

Everyone be good to everyone out there.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Overwhelmed Edition!

Wow. The response to announcing our closing has been nothing but overwhelming. I knew that we’d get some attention (media and customers) but nothing like what we’ve received in the past week. Folks are genuinely upset and saddened by us leaving. I knew that many of you liked us and felt what we do is important but, man, you all blew my head completely off (figuratively, not literally)! You’ve made this old man cry more times in the past week then I have in the past, well, forever. And that just makes me even sadder knowing how much we will be missed. Damn.

That said, we’ve decided to move the sale of the stock from May 1st to May 22nd (this date is subject to change as well) as we will not be ready (emotionally and physically) to let our wonderful catalogue go. I hope that this doesn’t mess too many of you up. Apologies in advance. So, unless something magical happens (wealthy benefactor/long lost relative with a haunted house), May 22nd for the sale – we are not taking reservations for sale items – and the end of June(ish) for closing.

Not much hitting the shelves this week (always a slow time for releases) but hopefully we’ll have something tasty for you next week. Now is a great time to pop in and rent some of our amazing back catalogue. Catch up on some films you should have seen by now before it’s too late.

One last thing before I let you go – I forgot to mention our Easter Podcast special dropped last week! Listen in as your favourite podcasters dig into Life of Brian! Good times.

Everyone be good to everyone out there.

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The Black Dog Newsletter: This is the End Edition!

This is easily the most difficult newsletter I’ve had to write. Here it goes…

After 26 years in this business (16.5 on the Drive) it is with the heaviest of hearts and the saddest of sads, that I must announce that Black Dog Video is closing. It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally time to rip that band-aid off and pull the trigger so to speak. Business has been on a decline for years while costs – rent, etc – have steadily risen. We just can’t feasibly stay open any longer. We lost the war to, what I call, the “convenience of mediocrity” that is streaming et all. Unless some kind of miracle comes along – maybe a wealthy benefactor takes us under their wing or a long-lost relative wills me their fortune (yes, I’m willing to spend a night in a haunted house!) then we will be closing our doors come the end of June (tentative date as I’m on the hook with my lease until February). We are currently pricing the stock (what a sad arduous task that is!) and we’re aiming for May 1st May 22nd to make it available to the public for purchase. It pains me just to write that.

It breaks my (and the staff’s) hearts to have to do this as I’ve loved this job and feel damn lucky and privileged to have been able to bring the world of cinema to Vancouver for so long. It’s going to be a difficult next few months.

I want to thank all of you who came through our doors over the years and especially the ones who stuck with us till the end – a proper eulogy is still to come. Dark days indeed.

That said we still have some new films hitting the shelves today or tomorrow.

New Releases!


Cyrano – The awesome Peter Dinklage stars in this often told tale of a shy fella unable to woo the woman of his dreams. Make a great double bill with Roxanne.

Jackass Forever – What can you say, even as old men, they still act like teenage boys. That said, I’ve always loved these stupid movies.

The King’s Daughter – King Louis XIV captures a mermaid to extract her mermaidy-life force or something like that. Not a documentary. Make a great double bill with Lifeforce.

V/H/S/ 94 – Pretty fun horror short film compilation. If you’re into the V/H/S series (which I am) check it out.

Coming Soon!

(We’ll continue to bring in rental New Releases until the beginning of June)

Licorice Pizza
The Batman
Succession S 3
Everything Everywhere All at Once

We will continue doing sales – I’m going to keep the online portion of the business going so please fell free to order up whatever you like!

Sorry to ruin everyone’s long weekend, but there ya go. Hoping to see ya’ll in the near future!

Be good to everyone out there.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: In the Soup Edition!

So after dodging the plague for a couple of years, my ticket came up. Yep, I’m at home enjoying a big fresh bowl of Covid soup! But don’t let that stop you from coming into the shop! Keep on renting and buying our fresh things! Keep the staff on their toes with fancy requests! I’m hoping to be back in the shop this weekend, but we’ll see how it goes.

New Releases!


Last Looks – Hairy recluse cop Charlie Hunummanam is tracked down to help with one last job!

Raised by Wolves Season 1 – Cool new sci-fi series where some fancy robots have to raise human children on a different planet for some reason. Can’t wait to watch this!

Sing 2 – More singing. More dancing.

Spider-Man: No Way Home – Three spider-mans, no waiting! Lots going on here! Dig in.

Spiritwalker – Sweet-looking sci-fi thriller from Korea about a guy who wakes up as someone else every 12 hours. If only.

Coming Soon!

Fabian: Going to the Dogs
V/H/S 94
The King’s Daughter
Licorice Pizza
Jackass Forever

That’s it for this week, folks! You all be good to each other out there.


The Black Dog Newsletter: We Sell Things Edition!

Hey, did you know that we sell our amazing collection of films as well as rent them? That’s right! We have over 17,000 titles (almost all high-quality!) that are up for grabs. Prices will vary, of course, depending on availability and what I can replace them for. See something you want to add to your collection? Hit us up!

New Releases!

Death on the Nile – Kenneth Branagh follows up his star-studded Murder on the Orient Express with his star-studded Death on the Nile. Look at all those star studs!

Flee – Animated documentary, that was nominated for 3 Oscars, tells the tale of an immigrant in Denmark reflecting on past secrets. I’m sure it’s better than I made it sound. Blu Ray only.

Handmaid’s Tale S4 – Love this incredibly grim show. Pay attention Texas. And Florida. And…

Parallel Mothers – The latest gem from Pedro Almodovar has Oscar-nominated Penelope Cruz giving birth on the same day as another woman. I’m sure that there’s more to it then that.

Scream (2022) – Here’s another stab (get it?!) at this long-running franchise. For better or for worse. You decide!

Old Titles Fresh on the Shelves!

David Cronenberg’s Shorts
Night of the Demon
Father & Son
Strip Club King
The Cane Toads
Last Holiday
Sixth Side of the Pentagon/The Embassy
The Wild Child
What Time is it Here?

Coming Soon!

Spider-Man: No Way Home
Baptiste Season 2
Raised by Wolves S 1
V/H/S 94
King’s Daughter
Sing 2

Hey! Check out our new poster for the podcast designed by friend of the shop, Jesse Daniel. Oh and don’t forget to listen in. We have 57 episodes so far with more to come!

That’s it for this week, kids. Be good to everyone out there. Peace.

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