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Sounds like he has ADD or something


AND he hasn't heard of Netflix Watch Instantly. He likes "eccentric" movies... uh, there are a billion of those to be found through Netflix.

There's a reason why TIME doesn't allow comments on their site.


Most of those old great video stores were getting their lunch eaten by Blockbuster before Netflix came along, and they were going away just as fast. If he thinks it's hard to find obscure movies on Netflix, he should try his local Blockbuster store.

The one

Read the whole piece which is predicated on Netflix being the bigbad destoyer of his fav vid store. I know that some people have access to good vid stores but most of us just have Blockbuster. It really reads like a whiny film snob who's trying to find anything to b_tch about.


"You must cool your jets for two to four days, dependent as you are on both the skill of Netflix employees to put the correct movie in your envelope (sometimes they don't)..."

This person has never had a Netflix account?


Blockbuster ran my favorite local video store out of business then closed themselves a few years later. Now if it wasn't for NetFlix I would have RedBox machines or a 30 mile round trip drive to the nearest video store.



My favorite neighborhood video store was gone LONG before Netflix came along. It was Blockbuster that killed the funky little local video stores, not Netflix.

And, for the record, I've never once gotten the wrong DVD from Netflix, not in all these years. And they have every movie I've ever looked for that exists on DVD, even the obscure ones.

Jonathan May

Would be great to have the kind of DVD store the reporter loves right around the corner, but in rural Alabama you'd have to drive 40 miles to Tuscaloosa and the best you could hope for is Blockbuster. Netflix is a lifesaver for those of us in rural America who love movies, especially foreign and otherwise obscure movies. Shipping turnaround time for me is usually overnight, and I've never received the wrong DVD.


They did an article about that Kim's DVD... He moved his entire collection of movies to Italy...


Richard Corliss is a wimp. Everything people say about Blockbuster driving out the local stores is true, Netflix fills a void most people have. If he's in Manhattan I'm sure he gets next day delivery from his queue.

I've read his reviews, and unless the movie is of a genre he likes the review will be very sloppy, frequently inaccurate. You're much better off reading reviews from Ebert and others who actually care about what they write. So why would this rant be any different?

Sounds like he has ADD as others note, with a touch of addiction issues and a big helping of narcissism.

Hogus Bogus

As with others, in nearly 10 years I've never had a wrong DVD in an envelope yet. And the 2-4 day gripe is bogus too, especially in NYC. Another sensationalistic, slanted article that ignores actual facts. Congrats Time, great reporter you've got on your staff there!


I can't help but pile on this joker. As an above poster noted, it doesn't read as though this guy has ever had a Netflix account.

I support Mom & Pop operations whenever I can, but Netflix improved the business model and decided to take their customers seriously, all while providing a better value than the competitors. Big business doesn't have to be Bad business Mr. Corliss. (I will gladly eat a hard copy of this post when Amazon buys Netflix and ruins everything.)


Blockbuster started it for sure. BB was created for the suburbs, first killing any nascent video stores there, then moved to the cities and the ease of having one membership work everywhere was too much of a siren song.

Netflix didn't start it, but it's the business model that is blame.

I miss those local video stores; the culture that sprang around them and the knowledge of their staff, even if they did kind of turn into "comic book guys" sometimes.


My favorite part: the pop-under ad that opened behind Time.com.

It's an ad for Netflix.


Idiots at BB killed the local Indie/ma-pa movie store long before I even heard of Netflix. I love Indie movies and that’s why I have a Roku player. I don’t think the author of this article took too long to think before he started typing.


I wonder what Corliss will miss more at Kim's, the bootleg DVD's the FBI had confiscated or the large gay porn section.


Consider the source. It's Time magazine. It is written by Richard Corliss.

Richard Corliss is the same Time hack who's mind brought us this bit of logic to Michael Jackson sex crime allegations:

"When he welcomed handicapped kids to the ranch, he felt he was their equal, and they were friends he could play with, or sing to — or, he must have thought, love, in the purest sense of the word. The litany of alleged misbehavior in the 2005 trial — making prank phone calls, sneaking drinks, scanning porn sites, even a lesson in masturbation — is not unfamiliar among preteens. If Jackson committed these acts, it was not predator-to-prey but peer-to-peer."

65 year old Richard Corliss needs to remind himself that until recently Time-Warner and Time Warner Cable were the same company. That company offered a service called Video On Demand. A bit of technology that allows people to instantly watch an available new release movie...in their own home.

A service that competes with Netflix and it's Watch Instantly feature. Maybe Time should mention the fact they are bashing a competitor.

Once again the paleo-print media cries and takes aim at the interwebs only to have tears and false memories blur its vision. Even with lack of objectivity and vision it pulls the trigger and ends up shooting itself in the foot by alienating any possibility of attracting new advertisers or paying customers.


Part of the fun of Netflix is forgetting why I put something in my queue. If I let a movie run through my queue naturally it takes about 2 years, so I forget a lot. Sometimes it's easy to figure out, if there's like 8 Steve McQueen movies in quick succession apparently I was in a Steve mood. Most of the time though it's much more esoteric.


I have been a member for almost 5 years now and only ONCE have a received a wrong DVD in an envelope. I had ordered LOTR: The Two Towers Extended edition, and thats what the envelope said. But the disc inside was LOTR: The Two Towers regular edition. Like I said this is the only wrong one I've received and I can kind of see how the mistake could be made.


"...the big problem with Netflix and its cyber-ilk." Hmm, sounds like Richard is bucking the digital age. Perhaps he should try going to the ice cream social or bingo night at the assisted-living community nearest him.
Also, I've never had the pleasure/pain of meeting a video store employee that I would label "knowledgeable cinephile." Not that I've met many because I loath doing the video store cycle - there to get the movie, there to drop off the movie.
I still have need to go to the video store (BB) but it's mostly for their video games and the Big Shoot'em Up that looks so sweet on Blu-ray you can feel the video calories going straight to your ____. All I ask of the employee is to be behind the register, know what they're doing and be super quick about it.


A Manhattanite complaining that things change in Manhattan? "Omigod, a video store closed, I gotta blame somebody!" What a putz.

Seriously, where's this guy been for the last twenty years?

Oh, and all youz guyz who couldn't get videos before? He left you a message: "Screw you, I live in the center of the known universe and I want my bankee -- Waah!"



What do you think about this ?
Times Warner is a major share holder/owner of Times magazine, which so happen own Warner Brothers and other studios/TV companies. Is there any purpose for such subjective, strong-opinion article, especially when it is coming from professional journalist from a well-respected magazine ? This leads me to think what is the agenda behind this ? Are Time Warner and Netflix competitors ?


Don't worry. Corliss is 65 or something. He'll be dead soon and no one will miss him. He's pretty typical of the urban, ideological old guard- slow and set in their ways, politicizing everything that moves and not really understanding fully that there is a world beyond their circle of cohorts.

Edward R Murrow

Yeah, let's tar and feather Richard Corliss! How dare he exercise his right of free speech in Time magazine; and of all places, in the USA.

Is it too much to ask that we all express just the Netflix Kool-aid drinking opinion on this blog? ;-)

Personally, I enjoy browsing video and book stores.

Chris Sprang

I hated spending 45 minutes looking through rows of movies in the store then stand in line. Now I search from my chair, read reviews from people who like the same type of movies as I before I order it, no late fees, no wasted gasoline ( I don't drive unless necessary and getting a movie is not necessary ), and I can watch many movies and T.V. shows instantly on my television (Including educational for my daughter) whenever "I" find it convenient. I look forward to getting my mail knowing I may have a movie I want to watch in there. I don't even need cable with the available options on Netflix. Keep up the good work Netflix. I love you. :0)


Speaking of dying business models, what's the over/under on Time magazine going the way of the dodo? Sounds like Mr. Corliss found his niche a few decades ago and is complaining that the world is passing him by.

Richard Mailman

This ranting against Corliss just proves how lazy and uninspired Americans are. Have it delivered right to your door without ever having to leave the house, have any human interaction or choose a movie that never played in mainstream multiplex. These are the same folks that would would rather make one stop at the Walmart, load up thier Hummers, and go home to sit on their ignorat butts eating junk food and watching Fox news. We are doomed!


Richard Mailman your post was completely nonsensical. I urge everyone to send a response to to the artical.. There is a link on the page to do so..


Well since I'm not being paid off by that POS Reed Hastings, I'll go on the record as saying this was an excellent piece that really hit the nail on the head. Cracked, scratched up discs, delivery via snail mail, credit/debit card requirement... This simply isn't an ideal way to rent movies and it shows by the sheer number of people who still rent via video stores.

And why is Netflix and it's fanboys still harking on the "no late fee" nonsense? That's so 2001. Blockbuster, the one time king of late fees, doesn't even know what those are anymore.

Flame on fanboys!


As someone who lives in rural Texas I'm glad I don't have to drive 10 miles to a video store that only cares the latest movies and a few old westerns too. Thank you Netflix.


Cracked, scratched discs, incorrect discs, only happen on Netflix? Get real! My local places were far, far worse. Netflix would have to replace its stuffers with Brillo pads to get close to what my local place had. That's for the movies they actually had in stock, there was an excellent chance that one copy of the movie I wanted would be out for several days and I would have to be there in the store when it got placed back on the shelf if I wanted to see it.

And not only did the local video stores require a credit/debit card, they also required a utility bill to prove I live where I say I live. One even tried to get my social security number.

If you're going to ding Netflix, at least get your facts right.

David D

The statement that Netflix does not provide the impulse DVD rental is true to a certain extent. Assuming you lived in a city that had all these great video stores at one time, there was something to the experience of being able to roam shelves, alone or with a companion. There's something to be said about picking up that horribly guilty pleasure on a complete impulse as you weigh your final choices.

However, I think the streaming titles that Netflix now offers takes care of that. Really not sure that it covers the smaller, less widely distributed stuff, but there are certainly a great number of Watch Now titles that you can stream right when you want them.

For all the little bumps on the road that will come with renting DVDs by mail, I've yet to ever visit a rental store that ever had the massive collection of Netflix.

Rob Tucker

I've had Netflix for over two years and have gotten the wrong movie in an envelope only once. Also, while I live fairly close to Seattle, a trip to a good video store involves a round trip of more than two hours. I'd love to have easy access to a "real" video store with a wide and eclectic collection, but like most people I don't. Netflix lets me find the obscure and non-mainstream movies I enjoy, movies I'd never find at Blockbuster or Hollywood video.


Often by the time Time magazine reaches my mailbox I wonder why I subscribed in the first place.


It's not just rural Texas or Alabama - even here in Philadelphia, it's pretty slim pickings for video stores. After Blockbuster ran (almost) everyone out of business, I had some bad customer service experiences and vowed never to go back. I started Netflix 3 years ago and never looked back. I'll gladly give up a delay of a day or two in exchange for the deep title selection that Netflix has. And now my Netflix selection is even more useful with Saturday shipping.

Throttled by Netflix

"By the time a video arrives, you may have forgotten why you rented it."

LOL what an idiot.


Movie Gallery moved into my small town and put both of our small privately owned video stores right out of business. It was a sad day because I grew up in those video stores and loved that musty smell they all seem to have.

Bill Sego

Netflix is a godsend. If it wasn't for Netflix, we would still be paying $5 PER MOVIE! (probably more considering inflation and those were for VHS!) from Blockbuster. And if you were 2 minutes past noon returning them you got another charge regardless of circumstance. Netflix helped force Blockbuster to be reasonable with both prices and service. Netflix is VERY FAST sending out DVDs and have ALWAYS sent me the right one. The ONLY 2 things I don't like about Netflix is they don't post all of their new releases to browse through and the long waits sometimes on certain movie or tv titles. Many of the biggest new releases aren't on that page and it really sucks when I miss the opportunity to put them on my queue. I realize if they did there would be an even longer wait, but if they just ordered more and kept up with the demand then their service would be absolutely perfect. Perhaps in the future as they continue to get bigger they'll purchase accordingly.

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