The Last Blockbuster (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Last Blockbuster:

Netflix does a documentary about something it murdered.

Quick synopsis:

The story of Blockbuster Video’s rise and fall.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

There actually is one left! In Bend, Oregon! (The twitter account is fake but so damn funny.)

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

I never knew home videos were so expensive before Blockbuster came along. The documentary breaks down how Blockbuster changed the game by changing the finances of buying videos for rental.

My Take on The Last Blockbuster:

Kids today will never understand it.

I remember begging my mother or brothers to take me to Blockbuster on a Friday night and hoping what I actually wanted to rent was there. I also remember the anger when all those boxes on the shelf had nothing behind it. Anyone under the age of 30 probably had no idea what I am talking about and your life is worse for it, my friends.

The documentary covers the life and (almost complete) death of Blockbuster. Along the way, you find out how it got so big and then how some thing named Netflix took it down. Or did it? As usual, the truth usually has something to do with weird financial arrangements in the background.

We also get to spend some time in the actual last Blockbuster on earth. Oh, Oregon, never change.


Perfect to watch on a Friday night while wearing a swatch and eating popcorn. Watch it here!

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