In its heyday, Blockbuster Video had 9,000 shops around the globe. However in-store video rental shops started scuffling with the rise in on-demand streaming companies akin to Netflix — the very streaming service now providing the Blockbuster documentary.
In 2010, Blockbuster declared chapter, and by 2014, all corporate-owned shops had shuttered. That left regionally owned franchises just like the one in Bend to fend for themselves, and one after the other, they closed.
When shops in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, shut down in 2018 — barely outlasting a Redmond, Oregon, retailer — Bend’s Blockbuster was the one U.S. location left. Then, in 2019, the one different Blockbuster in Perth, Australia, shut its doorways, leaving Bend because the final retailer.
The film additionally reveals that Blockbuster had an choice to purchase Netflix years in the past, when the corporate was nonetheless a mail-order DVD service and hadn’t remodeled into the dominant streaming service it’s now. The video empire’s management, nonetheless, noticed Netflix as a distinct segment market with restricted potential and declined to purchase it, in response to the documentary and former information experiences.
However past the enterprise particulars, the film faucets into the nostalgia felt by individuals of a sure age because the world quickens and private interactions change into much less frequent, the filmmakers stated. Many watching it recall working in Blockbuster shops themselves or renting from them usually of their youthful years.