The Black Dog Video Newsletter! May the 5th be with You Edition!

Here’s a link to the new site with this week’s newsletter. We will be moving everything over there in the next few weeks. Probably.

The Black Dog Newsletter “Many Thanks Edition!”

Just wanted to give a nice big greasy thank you to all who donated to help out our buddy, Danse, after the passing of his brother, Frank. The in-store donations, combined with Dylan’s Facebook birthday charity hoo-haw ,helped to raise a nice chunk of change for Danse (just north of $700!). Hoping that it helps him get by.

Also, wanted to let you know that there’s
a) a new podcast episode up and running! Dylan, Alex and I take a look into the mind of Brian De Palma and his fine film Body Double!
b) there’s a new episode of my “Films I Should Have Seen by Now” series where I discuss (briefly) a couple of early David Lynch efforts.

New Releases!


Cold Call – British number about a woman who’s life get all in a tizzy after going down the rabbit hole of a suspicious cold call. And that’s why I never answer the phone.


Day of the Beast (or Dave the Beast as we like to call it round these parts) – Alex de la Iglesia’s crazed fruit of a film from 1995 finds a nutty priest teaming up with a Black Metal lover and an occult connoisseur to commit as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the evil beast. Blu Ray release!


Heartworn Highways – Excellent doc about great country music of the era (1976) and whiskey and other things.


Heartworn Highways Revisited – 38 years later we get more of the above.


Irma Vep – This totes cool film gets the Criterion treatment! Blu Ray.


M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity – Come on, admit it, you had an Escher poster in your college/university dorm room! Here’s a doc on the fellow.


Nomadland – Oscar winner – Best Picture, Director, Actress! – about a woman living a nomadic lifestyle out of her van – Blu Ray only! DVD still to come, just not too sure when.


Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles – Famous food chef brings his food magic to the MET in New York.


Percy – Canadian farmer Christopher Walken takes on an evil giant corporation after their GMOs blow into his field. True story.


Test Pattern – Interracial couple seeks justice in an unjust healthcare system in the good old US of A.


The World of Wong Kar Wai – Deluxe Criterion Blu Ray set of most of the astounding films from this astounding director!
As Tears Go By
Days of Being Wild
Chungking Express
Fallen Angels
Happy Together
In the Mood for Love

Coming Soon!

Bureau: Complete Series
How About Adolf?
Sound of Silence
Sweet Requiem
Twentieth Century
Judas and the Black Messiah
The Father
The Little Things

Oh! And as promised, we’ve got some cool swag in the shop in the form of pins and magnets and there’s more cool stuff – mugs, hats, condoms – on the way!


Have a safe and lovely week!

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The Black Dog Newsletter: So Long, Frank Edition!


The Black Dog Newsletter: So Long, Frank Edition!

(As written by Dylan) I, like many Commercial Drive residents and regulars, am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Frank. Frank and his brother Danse have been regular fixtures on Commercial Drive, harmlessly camped out (for lack of a better description) out front of our video store in the morning. A little messy…(read more)

(We will be accepting cash, debit donations at the shop – 1470 Commercial Drive – and e-transfer – to help out Danse.)

New Releases


Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar – Nice, funny comedy (ain’t those the best kind?!) finds Barb and Star leaving home for the first time and going to the title location where they get mixed up in all kinds of hi-jinks!


Coming Home Again – Family drama from Wayne Wang about aging and cooking delicious foods.


I Blame Society – What does it take to get a movie made in this town?! Murder perhaps? A murder most foul? Perhaps?


Love Sarah – Woman opens a bake shop in Notting Hill. Film at 11.


Memories of Murder – Excellent police procedural thriller from the fella who made Parasite. Criterion Blu Ray release.


My Salinger Year – Young woman gets a job going through JD Salinger’s fan mail. I wonder how much underwear she finds there?


Pinocchio – From the fella who brought us the excellent Gomorrah and Dogman comes yet another telling of the famous tale of a wooden boy whose nose gets longer when he tells a lie. Insert depraved joke here.


Switchblade Sisters – I love this crazy exploitation gang nonsense from the 70’s. We did a podcast for this one a while back. This is Arrow’s awesome new Blu Ray release.


The Wanting Mare – Strange, but cool, sounding fantasy film about a fictional town who sells special horses to another fictional town. Other stuff happens as well.

Older Titles New to the Shop

Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701 Scorpion – Blu Ray
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable – Blu Ray
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 – Blu Ray
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Grudge Song – Blu Ray
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – Blu Ray
Wild Life – Blu Ray
That’ll be the Day
A Night to Remember
Days of Being Wild
84 Charing Cross Road

Coming Soon!

Cold Call Season 1
Heartworn Highways
Heartworn Highways Revisited
Irma Vep
MC Escher: Journey to Infinity
Test Pattern
World of Wong Kar Wai (Blu Ray box set)

We’re still (always) accepting donations of DVDs and Blu Rays! We’re also in the market to pay for some selected items (or offer in-store credit). So dig out that old collection of physical media that’s cluttering up your place , blow off the dust and drop ’em off at the shop!

Before I leave you to your own devices, don’t forget to check out our podcasts and videos (I’m doing a series titled Films I Should Have Seen By Now) over on our new website. Good times!

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Keep watching.

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The Black Dog Newsletter: Spring Cleaning Edition!


Tis the season, the season of lovely weather and unburdening yourself of unwanted relics of your past. So when you’re done bounding through the fields in the sunshine, pack up your old DVDs and Blu Rays and donate them to your favourite local Black Dog Video! We’ll take donations of anything and will pay actual cash or in-store credit for selected items.

Selected Items include:

~ classics
~ horror
~ sci-fi
~ music DVDs
~ westerns
~ foreign language films

(not looking for much in the line of current Hollywood cinema)

These things help us to keep going and are appreciated immensely.

New Releases!


Boss Level – Frank Grillo is in the future and stuck in a deadly time loop! What does Mad Mel and Naomi Watts have to do with it? Find out! Looks pretty fun. (Blu Ray coming soon!)


Brothers by Blood – Large hunky men abound in this Philadelphia mob movie.


The Dark and The Wicked – Pretty good and scary affair finds a couple of siblings returning to their family farm to help out with dying dad. Things don’t go well.


Death Ranch – Great title (give me a film with “monkey” or “ranch” in the title and I’m sold!)! A trio of African-American siblings are on the run from some cannibalistic KKK cultists. As if regular KKK half-wits weren’t bad enough!


Fukashima 50 – Workers at the doomed nuclear plant stay behind to prevent a total meltdown and the destruction of Japan and maybe even all of planet earth after a deadly earthquake and tsunami. Scary stuff!


Mallorca Files Season 1 – Fun hi-jinks ensue when a British and German detective clash over how to solve crimes on the lovely island of Mallorca.


Mapplethorpe – Docu-drama about the famed controversial photographer. Stars the guy who played Prince Philip on The Crown. Hah.


The Mortuary Collection – Pretty good horror anthology starring the fine Clancy Brown!


Red Cow – Israeli coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the assassination of Rabin. And has a cow in it. Fun!

Older Catalogue titles for your enjoyment!

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – BR
Grizzly II – BR
Crossed Swords
The Hunting Party
Pillow Talk
A Lonely Place to Die

Coming Soon!

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar
I Blame Society
My Salinger Year
That’ll be the Day
The Wild Life

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Complete Series BR
Memories of Murder BR
Switchblade Sisters BR

That’s it for this week folks. Don’t forget to tune into our Podcast and my “Films I Should Have Seen By Now” (new one coming very soon!) videos on our new website ~! Have a great sunny week and we’ll talk at you soon!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Just Watch Us Edition!

The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Watch Us Edition!

As promised, we’ve begun to add swell new content to our new website – – and our Youtube channel. I’ve started doing a little piece (hopefully once a week) titled Films I Should Have Seen By Now in which I reveal some films that, well, I should have seen by now but for various reason have not. Check it out!

We’re also going to be adding a merch section to the new site just as soon as we get some merch! Looking at items such as mugs, hats, pins – that sort of thing – to go along with our famous T-Shirts. Any suggestions on things you’d like to see, let me know!

New Releases!

(should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)


Acasa, My Home – Fascinating doc about a family living in the delta outskirts of Bucharest for 20 years who were then forced to relocate to the big city. Be a bit of an adjustment, me thinks. Wonder if there’s still a video store in Romania?


Another Round – Mads Mikkelson is a teacher who, with four of his colleagues, tests a theory that by maintaining a certain level of booze in the system, it will improve their lives. Hmmm, sounds like a good test to me. I’ll get back to you.


Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time – Cool-looking, nourish mystery follows a woman who returns home to Budapest to be with her new lover but only to have the new lover claim to have never met her! Something’s afoot!


Rams – Sam Neill is a sheep farmer who is in a decades-long feud with his neighbor. Also a sheep farmer. Sheep-related hi-jinks, I presume, ensue.


Shadow in the Cloud – Strange, but cool, sounding mash-up of action, WWII and horror finds a female pilot encountering an evil presence on the B-17 she’s flying on. Or in. Not too sure which one is correct.

A few older titles made their way (or will be making their way) into the shop

Freebie and the Bean
Where’s Poppa
Magnolia – Blu Ray
Sleepless (Argento) – Blu Ray
Galaxy of Terror
Buried Alive
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Malibu High (DVD and Blu Ray)
Runaway Train – Blu Ray
McCabe and Mrs Miller – Criterion Blu Ray
Ghost World – Criterion Blu Ray

Coming Soon!

Bureau (Complete Series)
Day of the Beast – Blu Ray
Sleepaway Camp – Blu Ray
Fukashima 50
Mallorca Files Season 1
Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
Red Cow
Willy’s Wonderland
Mortuary Collection

That’s it for this week, folks. I just got my first plague shot and hope that you’ll all be there soon (if not already) as well. Take care of each other out there.

PS – Just got word that Frank, a popular local Commercial Drive fixture, has passed. RIP.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Short Circuit Edition!


The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Short Circuit Edition!

New Covid measures are settling in. We’re still open at noon everyday. Hopefully that doesn’t change. Until then, support your favourite restaurants and such. Get take out etc. Tip and tip well. We seem so close…and don’t you forget about us…

New Releases!


Identifying Features – Serious drama ensues when a mother searches for her missing child after she’s been told he died crossing the border from Mexico into the good ole US of A. Topical!


News of the World – Covid-beater Tom Hanks is a Civil War fella who agrees to travel across the dangerous land to return a girl to her Aunt and Uncle for some reason.


Psycho Goreman – Best title of the year! A girl and her brother find that they can control a monster and they use this ability to get him to do their bidding. Can’t wait! Do you care for hunky boys?


The Projectionist – Cool-looking doc from Abel Ferrara as he chats with a (not sleazy hah!) film guy who ran some cinemas in 1970s Queens.


Russian Raid – aka Russkiy Reyd – Seems like a Russian version of The Raid. If it’s half as good as that masterpiece, I’m down!


Young Karl Marx – Who wants to see a movie about Karl Marx when he was a kid (or young adult)?! Raise your commie-loving hand!


Wonder Woman 1984 – For those who waited (and didn’t shell out $30 for VOD – suckers) here’s the next big budget superhero extravaganza with the lovely Gal Godot and Chris Pine (who looks like he woke up under a bridge).

Coming Soon!

Another Round
Our Friend
Secrets and Lies (Criterion)
Acasa, My Home
MC Escher: Journey to Infinity

Don’t forget to tune into our podcast and check out our new Website (work in progress) at

That’s it for this week, folks! Stay safe, stay hydrated, keep watching.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Plague Year Edition!


The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Plague Year Edition!

One year ago we shuttered up the windows and locked the doors at the Commercial shop (Cambie had closed a few days earlier) due to the plague that was sweeping the nation (and the earth planet). We were closed for 2 months (but doing the occasional curb-side pickup). It seems like forever ago. So much (and at the same time, not all that much) has happened in the past year. Been weird. But weird is the new normal now. Right?

It’s been a bumpy ride but we’re still here (Cambie Black Dog Video didn’t make it – like so many other business, marriages etc.- but found new life as Video Cat). I hope that everyone is doing the best that they can and maybe a return to normal life is on the horizon. Whatever that may be. The future is (hopefully) bright! Better grab some shades.

New Releases!


Breaking News in Yuba County – Allison Janney’s husband dies but folks thinks he’s gone missing thus propelling her into some sort of celebrity position. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.


Days of the Bagnold Summer – Sweet, charming British affair sees a heavy metal dude spending the summer trying to get along with his librarian mom. Librarians are so tough.


Goldstone – Well-received mystery thriller about an indigenous detective (Australia) arriving in a small town to aid in a missing person case. But there’s more than meets the eye, as the Aussie’s like to say. I believe that this operates in the Mystery Road universe.


Sami Blood – Excellent Swedish drama about a reindeer-breeding Sami girl who goes off to a horrible boarding school. Teacher! Leave those kids alone!


Soul – Latest swell Pixar dealie finds a New York jazz fella caught in a weird world between earth and the afterlife. Hear it’s pretty great.


The Undoing – Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant are wealthy New Yorkers who get mixed up in a murder case (murder most foul!) in this fine HBO mini-series.


Walking on Water – Cool-looking doc about famous large-scale installation guy, Christo.

Coming Soon!
(hopefully this week!)

Identifying Features
News of the World
Psycho Goreman
The Projectionist
Russian Raid
Young Karl Marx
Wonder Woman

Don’t forget to check out the new website – – and while there check out our podcast and Youtube channel. More content will be added on a regular basis in the coming weeks. Tune in, drop out, get it on!

Talk at you next week. Be safe.
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The Black Dog Newsletter: Green Froth Edition!


The Black Dog Newsletter: Green Frothy Beer Edition!

So it’s St. Patrick’s Day! A day in which most of the western world, except Ireland, celebrates by drinking gross green coloured beer and vomiting gross green coloured barf on the sidewalk. But instead of that, here at Black Dog Video (After Dark), we made ourselves watch Leprechaun and do a commentary riff, a “Dog Track” if you will, as we “enjoyed” the film. Que up your copy (or rent ours) or check out the highlights here ( and listen in on the fun!

New Releases!


Castle Freak – Why they thought a remake of the stone-cold classic was necessary is beyond me but if you need a fresh new castle freak in your life, dig in!


Des – David Tennant is a serial killer! Well, he portrays a real-life serial killer in this fine little series.


Fantastic Fungi – Wonderful, trippy doc about shrooms. Big hit on the festival circuit. Blu Ray only.


The Go-Go’s – Loved this fun ride about a wonderful band that I knew nothing about. Great stuff.


Kill Your Friends – Guy working as an A&R fella will do almost (scratch that), will do anything to find the next big thing.


Promising Young Woman – Carey Mulligan is on the prowl to exact revenge on crappy men after being traumatized by an event in her past in this top-notch, multiple Oscar-nominated thriller.


Rent-a-Pal – Lonely fella finds a VHS video tape (it’s 1990!) called Rent-a-Pal starring Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton). Things turn sinister.


Songbird – It’s 2024 and the world is ravaged by a pandemic (must be science fiction) and folks (including sexy Archie!) struggle. About time someone made a pandemic movie!


We Hunt Together – Sexy, dramatic cop series from Britain about a couple of sexy, dramatic cops hunting down a serial killer.


Zappa – Top-notch doc about the famed musical genius (I was a huge fan back in the day)!

Coming Soon!

Another Round
Breaking News in Yuba County
The Undoing
Days of the Bagnold Summer
News of the World
Psycho Goreman
Sami Blood
Walking on Water
Wonder Woman

We’ve got a cool thing in the works that should be fun and also gives y’all a chance to buy some cool things from us and help us to keep on keepin’ on. Stay tuned!

And if anyone is interested, I’ve been doing a little film project over the past year where I finally watch films that I should have seen by now. Check out what I’ve watched here (and follow my Letterboxd account if you dare) and what I haven’t seen here. Fun!

That’s it for this week, my lovelies. Take care of each other. Wear a mask (don’t be like the mask-less guy who threatened to sue me because I wouldn’t serve him). Pet a dog. Keep watching.

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The Black Dog Newsletter: Glory Days Edition!


The Black Dog Newsletter: Glory Days Edition!

This past Saturday would have marked the 25th anniversary of Black Dog Video on Cambie St! Seeing as it’s not a Black Dog anymore (go Video Cat!), it’s still an anniversary of sorts as I’ve doing this job for 25 years! I just wanted to say it’s been a pleasure to be serving up the finest in world cinema to you awesome folks for the past 25 years (175 in dog years or something like that)! And while the glory days of the video store have long faded, we’re still here doing our best to be a part of many of your lives. Cheers to you all.

Make sure that you check out our new website – – and podcast (stay tuned for a St. Patrick’s Day surprise)! It’s fun!

New Releases!


1942: Unknown Battle – Russian WWII film about a terrible battle in Russia during WWII.


Alone with Her Dreams – Well-received coming of age story of a young girl who has to live with her strict grandmother in France.


Crazy Samurai 400 vs 1 – Famed sword slicing movie that boasts a 77 minute, no cut fighting scene!


Jekyll and Hyde – BBC series about the famed maniac doctor’s grandson and his quest for the truth! Can he handle the truth? Who knows?!


My Dog Stupid – French guy with writer’s block has a big stinky grey dog move into his house. Hijinks, I presume, ensue.


Tesnota – Grim, slow, intense Russian film (is there any other kind) about a kidnapping in a small depressing town. From the guy who made the excellent Beanpole!


Trouble with You – French comedy about a woman who discovers her recently deceased police husband sent the wrong guy to prison for 8 years. Hilarious!


Vanguard – Latest film where Jackie Chan kicks people in the face. Not known if he guards any vans.


The Wedding Guest – Dev Patel travels from Britain to Pakistan to kidnap a bride-to-be for some reason. Tensions ensue.


The Witches – Is this a remake of the wonderful Nicolas Roeg film, The Witches? It just may be. Witches be witching!

Coming Soon

The Go-Gos
I Married a Witch
Kill Your Friends
Psycho Goreman
Wonder Woman
Castle Freak
Promising Young Woman
We Hunt Together

If you fancy owning any DVDs or Blu Rays, hit us up! We have great prices and you don’t have to bother with the evil empire. Here’s some of what is coming soon!

See y’all right here next week!

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The Black Dog Newsletter: Workin’ It Edition!

The Black Dog Newsletter: Workin’ It Edition!

Here at Black Dog headquarters we’ve been working tirelessly to bring you the finest in world cinema. Since there hasn’t been much in the line of new things from the Hollywood dream factory this last year, we’ve scoured the planet in order to keep fresh and interesting films on the shelves for you. It’s a struggle but we love doing it and hope that you can find something to suit your fancy.

We’re also in the process of revamping the Black Dog website – – and getting our podcast (Black Dog After Dark) out there (see website or wherever you get your podcasts). Please tune in, drop out and turn on. Or something like that.

New Releases


1BR – These new neighbours seem awfully friendly. Too friendly one might think. Nifty little nail-biter.


Adverse – Ride-share fella discovers his sister is in debt to a scary crime lord. Stars Mickey Rourke, who’s looking more and more like an Arby’s sandwich everyday.


The Courier – Courier discovers she’s delivering a bomb. Stars Gary Oldman, who seems to sliding into lowbrow things (he’s got an eye-patch!) after his Oscar win.


The Croods: New Age – More Croods.


Fatale – Neo-noir with Hilary Swank, who seems to be sliding into more lowbrow things after her Oscar wins, as a detective with an agenda.


Ip Man: Kung Fu Master – You can’t keep a good Ip Man down. No Donnie Yen this time around though.


Last Vermeer – Guy Pearce is a fancy artist suspected of selling art to the Nazis. But is that the truth? Can you handle the truth?!


Miss Scarlett and the Duke – Britain’s first female detective is on the case!


Monster Hunter – Video game movie has Milla Jovovich fighting giant monsters for some reason.


Scare Me – Two strangers tell scary stories to each other in a cabin during a power outage. Yep.


You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski – Doc and interviews with the crusty old writer.


Wrong Turn: Foundation – Why do these good looking kids keep taking the wrong turn?!

Coming Soon

1942: Unknown Battle
Alone with Her Dreams
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1
Jekyll and Hyde
Louis Van Beethoven
My Dog Stupid
Smooth Talk
The Trouble with You
The Wedding Guest
The Witches

Don’t forget to come in and check out our sale items. Hundreds and hundreds of fine DVDs and Blu Rays for sale – $5 each. Buy 4 get a 5th Free – and up. Lots of collector’s items. We also do special orders for anything your heart desires! Hit us up.

That’s it for this week, my lovelies. Stay calm. Stay fresh. Stay safe. See you soon.

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