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My husband and I were having this discussion tonight. A few years ago my son came home asking about Grease. I went to Blockbuster and rented it. Now I can't do that. Red Box only carries current movies. We have Comcast movies on demand, but we can get only what they choose to offer. And we can only watch it as long as they want to offer it! Forget anything made in the 1940's or 50's. I was telling my daughter about Laura and Back Street. I can't get them unless I buy them from an online site. It's a real shame this happened. I remember before our children were born and we would go to a little movie rental place in town every Saturday to get a movie to watch that night. We would see a lot of our friends there - it was like a meeting place of sorts. That independent movie rental place, where they would punch your membership card, had everything. We need them back, but I know that won't happen. I miss that! {#emotions_dlg.sad}

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qbetzforre­al1311481447.523495 PostsRegistered 8/28/2010

Netflix

keep growi­ng1311484246.667973 PostsRegistered 6/20/2011

The library might be a possibility.

only shops­ online1311488104.4235532 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006

I agree, check out the library. I really miss Blockbuster, and I don't want to get involved with Netflix again.

If there's an old movie that we really like, I've just been buying them on Amazon or Buy.com.....which ever is cheaper. Sometimes Walmart has a decent selection of old movies also.

When our contract is up with our cable provider in the Spring of 2012, we're going to drop Showtime and pick up Starz. They run quite a few of the more current movies.

beach-mom1311488561.7239554 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007Mid-Atlantic
On 7/23/2011 qbetzforreal said:

Netflix

We looked into this, but they're just like other cable providers. You have to choose from the selection of movies they choose to offer.

Keli131311502878.4937516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006
On 7/24/2011 beach-mom said:
On 7/23/2011 qbetzforreal said:

Netflix

We looked into this, but they're just like other cable providers. You have to choose from the selection of movies they choose to offer.

No their not like a cable provider, their like a Blockbuster video store but online. They must have at least a half a million or more movies to choose from to rent. If you can't find a movie you want to rent you just type in the name of the movie you want to see in the search box and it'll pop up to rent.

Now if your talking about movies streaming through your TV well most of Netflix's movies have to be rented, not streamed. You pick a movie, add it to your queue and it's delivered to your house the next day. You keep it as long as you want, once you mail it back they send your next movie. I keep 3 different movies in rotation all the time.

Love Netflix !! Been with them for about 10 years now.

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msmeerkat1311504134.56871 PostsRegistered 11/16/2010
On 7/24/2011 only shops online said:

I agree, check out the library. I really miss Blockbuster, and I don't want to get involved with Netflix again.

If there's an old movie that we really like, I've just been buying them on Amazon or Buy.com.....which ever is cheaper. Sometimes Walmart has a decent selection of old movies also.

When our contract is up with our cable provider in the Spring of 2012, we're going to drop Showtime and pick up Starz. They run quite a few of the more current movies.

When I want to buy a movie I usually look on amazon... in the 'used' link. They are often really cheap and good quality. Plus a lot of rare old movie are sold from people in Canada, with the US region format.

I agree with the poster who mentioned libraries. The main branch of my library has a tremendous stash of dvds.

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kitkom1311504138.125646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Family Video has everything!!

"Happiness is Lake Charlevoix!"

Witchy Wom­an1311506827.6532679 PostsRegistered 12/17/2005

Our local library carries many old movies...we have Netflix, but it is a waste of money in my opinion....I rarely see anything I want to watch on it....so the library is much better....and free.

Forgot to mention....Back Street is one of my all time favorites.....

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jackthebear1311507201.25679 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 7/23/2011 beach-mom said:

My husband and I were having this discussion tonight. A few years ago my son came home asking about Grease. I went to Blockbuster and rented it. Now I can't do that. Red Box only carries current movies. We have Comcast movies on demand, but we can get only what they choose to offer. And we can only watch it as long as they want to offer it! Forget anything made in the 1940's or 50's. I was telling my daughter about Laura and Back Street. I can't get them unless I buy them from an online site. It's a real shame this happened. I remember before our children were born and we would go to a little movie rental place in town every Saturday to get a movie to watch that night. We would see a lot of our friends there - it was like a meeting place of sorts. That independent movie rental place, where they would punch your membership card, had everything. We need them back, but I know that won't happen. I miss that! {#emotions_dlg.sad}

Blockbuster/Nflix put the independents out of business and now they decide what is available to watch. Try your library

Or Paperback Swap has a DVD swap program

SydneyH1311530311.59341130 PostsRegistered 2/25/2006

My library has access to vast selection of older titles and I do watch on NetFlix too. If anyone has any good suggestions, please feel free to let me know at the thread below.

http://community.qvc.com/forums/Movies+Music+More/topic/199130/classic-movie-club-june-july.aspx

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

-- Walter Bagehot

Luckylu II1311530437.6671408 PostsRegistered 2/7/2011
On 7/23/2011 keep growing said:

The library might be a possibility.

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beach-mom1311530584.499554 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007Mid-Atlantic
On 7/24/2011 keli13 said:
On 7/24/2011 beach-mom said:
On 7/23/2011 qbetzforreal said:

Netflix

We looked into this, but they're just like other cable providers. You have to choose from the selection of movies they choose to offer.

No their not like a cable provider, their like a Blockbuster video store but online. They must have at least a half a million or more movies to choose from to rent. If you can't find a movie you want to rent you just type in the name of the movie you want to see in the search box and it'll pop up to rent.

Now if your talking about movies streaming through your TV well most of Netflix's movies have to be rented, not streamed. You pick a movie, add it to your queue and it's delivered to your house the next day. You keep it as long as you want, once you mail it back they send your next movie. I keep 3 different movies in rotation all the time.

Love Netflix !! Been with them for about 10 years now.

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Thanks for explaining this. We had a free trial a while back through our TV. We didn't have to do anything on the Internet. The movies that popped up to watch were ones that were current. I remember the actual boxes showing up on the screen and you would click on the one you wanted. I saw no older ones. I didn't know you could have a wide selection online. I'll check into this.

SydneyH1311530839.6841130 PostsRegistered 2/25/2006

Beach, I can't find a copy of 'Back Street' anywhere?

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

-- Walter Bagehot

msmeerkat1311545574.99871 PostsRegistered 11/16/2010
On 7/24/2011 SydneyH said:

Beach, I can't find a copy of 'Back Street' anywhere?

amazon has it.. a 3rd party seller, $16.75. Seems like a lot, probably because it wasn't widely distributed.

msmeerkat1311545575.82871 PostsRegistered 11/16/2010
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SydneyH1311545882.8641130 PostsRegistered 2/25/2006
On 7/24/2011 msmeerkat said:
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amazon has it.. a 3rd party seller, $16.75. Seems like a lot, probably because it wasn't widely distributed.

Thanks, I'm not sure I'm interested in purchasing though.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

-- Walter Bagehot

biancardi1311546100.3546947 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005
On 7/24/2011 beach-mom said:
On 7/24/2011 keli13 said:
On 7/24/2011 beach-mom said:
On 7/23/2011 qbetzforreal said:

Netflix

We looked into this, but they're just like other cable providers. You have to choose from the selection of movies they choose to offer.

No their not like a cable provider, their like a Blockbuster video store but online. They must have at least a half a million or more movies to choose from to rent. If you can't find a movie you want to rent you just type in the name of the movie you want to see in the search box and it'll pop up to rent.

Now if your talking about movies streaming through your TV well most of Netflix's movies have to be rented, not streamed. You pick a movie, add it to your queue and it's delivered to your house the next day. You keep it as long as you want, once you mail it back they send your next movie. I keep 3 different movies in rotation all the time.

Love Netflix !! Been with them for about 10 years now.

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Thanks for explaining this. We had a free trial a while back through our TV. We didn't have to do anything on the Internet. The movies that popped up to watch were ones that were current. I remember the actual boxes showing up on the screen and you would click on the one you wanted. I saw no older ones. I didn't know you could have a wide selection online. I'll check into this.

Hi Beach, I don't know much about netflicks via the TV, but if you go online to netflick's site, they have thousands of movies and a wonderful variety of old movies, foreign films, tv shows as well as current movies.

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Magenta1311556308.0039583 PostsRegistered 11/4/2004washington, d.c.

i have also been quite pleased with the selection at netflix.

SydneyH1311557012.93341130 PostsRegistered 2/25/2006

Magenta, I actually have been enjoying that category as well, makes me reconsider cancelling the streaming before the price increase.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

-- Walter Bagehot

julies1311559406.9731256 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007MA

We have Netflix--- one DVD out at a time ( unlimited ) and Unlimited streaming--- love it!

I just watched A Summer Place (1959), and have found so many other old & foreign films thru Netflix.

My kids are watching Facts Of Life now, the tv series from the 70s & 80s, season by season-- each DVD has 6 episodes on it.

As said above, Netflix is nothing like a cable provider---- the selection is endless.

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msmeerkat1311586018.007871 PostsRegistered 11/16/2010
On 7/24/2011 SydneyH said:
On 7/24/2011 msmeerkat said:
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amazon has it.. a 3rd party seller, $16.75. Seems like a lot, probably because it wasn't widely distributed.

Thanks, I'm not sure I'm interested in purchasing though.

I looked on amazon because if they list it, it means it's been released on dvd. Not every movie is available on disc. Either there has been little interest in it or the rights are owned by someone who doesn't not want to sell for distribution.

There are many old Warner Bros. movies that haven't been released, but they have made a dvd master and will made one for you upon request through their website.

GoodStuff1311606294.78314827 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

Netflix has kazillions of movies, new and old. You can go to netflix.com and click on "browse selection" to see their offerings. They have a whole huge "classics" category of older, classic movies.

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phillysher1311606868.0475260 PostsRegistered 5/15/2006Tennessee

Netflix- love it!

Lakk1311607575.7635113 PostsRegistered 11/1/2006

I know you said to rent but my son bought me a dvd at amazon.com last year, Lana Turner's Madame X and Portrait in Black.(double feature) Maybe you can find it there. Back Street was a fabulous movie.

Lakk1311608918.0675113 PostsRegistered 11/1/2006

It is on Amazon.com used starts at 12.35 new 35.99. I literally have 500 vhs tapes of all those old movies I taped years ago. I'm going to put them onto dvd's they are old and some are already ruined, they just turn to jumbled snow when you play them. When I get them over to dvd's if there are some particular ones you want I will be happy to mail them to you. I have a lot of Susan Hayward, Lana Turner, Anne Baxter, Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Wm. Holden, Robert Mitchum etc.

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