Today is the day! (May 22nd) AKA the Crazy-Ass sale at Black Dog Video. Very sad to see our wonderful collection go but happy knowing they are going to good homes.
Here’s what you need to know…

– All catalogue films will be on sale. No New Releases. No TV series (I will not get to price them in time). No Collectibles.

– Doors open at noon and close at 6pm (that’s about all we can take) The sale will run until the end of June. As will rentals – New releases and what we have left.

– You pay CASH (preferred) we’ll pay the tax

– 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). Please keep your shopping short and sweet. Make a list of things you’d like. There are a number of films that are rented out. They will be available to purchase upon their return.

– Please bring your own bags.

– 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 sad/crazy day.

 

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 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.

Update

We are in the process of re-vamping this web page seeing as we haven’t done that in about 15 years. It’ll be exciting and new! Come aboard, we’re expecting you!

Canada Day

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This Canada Day is shaping up to be a sombre one with the recent discovery of all those poor murdered children on Residential School grounds (can’t someone or something be held accountable?!) and everything else that is not right in this country (access to clean drinking water, the heat and fires caused by inaction on global warming and so forth).

About a month ago we recorded the latest episode of our podcast for release on Canada Day. Then there came much heated debate among the three of us if we should even release it. In the end we decided to go ahead as it is first and foremost a podcast about movies – in this case a Canadian film – and we wanted to add a touch of brevity to the heaviness that many Canadians are feeling at the moment.

That said, we’re not here to celebrate Canada today but to enjoy what Canadian film has to offer. I hope that all of this makes sense and you can get a laugh or two as we settle in to talk about the movie PIN! It will be released shortly along with this week’s newsletter.

Next phase of getting back to “normal”

So with the guidelines for the next phase of getting back to “normal” kicking in July 1st, Black Dog Video suggests the following when in the shop…

Please wear a mask if you haven’t been fully vaccinated or even if you have (but it’s your choice if you have been fully vaccinated). This will obviously be on the honour system.

If you feel more comfortable with the staff wearing mask, please let us know and we will happily slap it on. We’ve all been fully vaccinated.

Please still be respectful of others in the shop and do not be belligerent towards anyone either wearing or not wearing a mask.

We’ll just have to see how all of this plays out.

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June 28th

So seeing as it’s going to be around 1000 degrees come 4pm and that’s when the sun hits the shop, we’ve decided to close at 4 today (Monday June 28th)

We’ll be ready to rock come tomorrow though!

Pre-Orders Just for You!

If any of you fine folks are interested in some upcoming releases (or anything really), let us know and we’ll fix you up. Better prices than Amazon and you don’t have to feel guilty about supporting one of the worst companies on the planet. ????

https://blackdogvideo.ca/2021/02/pre-orders-just-for-you/