In today’s day and age, we can practically get anything we want with just a snap of our fingers.
With the help of laptops and smartphones we’re able to purchase basically anything we want online, and have it shipped to us as fast as possible.
While the 21st century has created an alternative to prolong our anti-social behavior, we also need to take time to honor all the things technology has made obsolete.
One of those things taken away from us are video stores, like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. It seems like centuries ago we would go cruising to the rental store, and picking up the latest movie to watch with our friends. With a whole week to return the VHS tape, it was ample time to watch it over and over again until we got sick of it.
But with the introduction of streaming companies like Netflix and CraveTV, their purpose has been abolished, just like their stores.
While most of us are too preoccupied to mourn a huge loss from our childhood, British artist and movie enthusiast Andrew Glazebrook, 50, has brought back the nostalgia by creating his own miniature video store.
With painstaking detail, Glazebrook has perfectly replicated the retailer from our youth, with drink-stained counters and carpets, empty candy boxes, and membership forms. Less than six inches high, this model also comes complete with more than 200 masterfully designed covers of his favorite films.
“I wanted to capture the excitement of the video shops that were a huge part of my youth; particularly the popularity of horror movies like Evil Dead,” Glazebrook told Atlas Obscura.
“Producing the actual videos was the most difficult part, as I had to print them out to a size small enough to still be able to recognize the artwork and title, and then glue them all onto their cases,” he said.
His model is such a perfect imitation, even when he shows his replica online, model enthusiasts can’t believe what they’re seeing.
“On seeing the footage, a lot of people assumed it was an actual shop,” Glazebrook laughed. “But they all said that it reminded them of their local family-run branch, no matter where in the world they were from. They weren’t just video shops; they were almost like community centers for film fans. I used to work in one and we would spend all day watching films, and arguing about them.”
What was your favorite movie to get at a video rental store?