Blockbuster is just about dunked. The blue and yellow whale drank some bad plankton and splashed through a coffee table, and now it's time for someone else to take the helm. Blockbuster's slow death has been a long time coming, and as the company falls under criticism for its sale plan, we're getting to look back to the good ol' days.
Things weren't always this way. Before we could entertain ourselves with new films without ever getting dressed, we had to drag ourselves to the local video store for Hollywood entertainment, and Blockbuster was the best of the bunch -- at least, in comparison to most suburban rental houses. It's the place where many of us saw our first David Lynch flicks, and realized that there was a diverse cinematic world outside of Top Ten releases.
It was also the VHS-store equivalent of 'Cheers,' where every worker knew your name, or was at least ready and waiting to say hello as you entered the door. But that's only part of Blockbuster's modus operandi, as an old, 1990 training video reveals.