Home Video Sources


A selective list by Jim Thompson (Thompson@citrus.ucr.edu), University of California, Riverside. Corrections and information on additional sites are welcome.

Last revised: November 18, 1999.

This list is maintained at the University of Alabama's SCREENsite


This is a selective list of mail, phone, and Internet sources for home video purchase and rental. It includes sources for videotapes (mainly in VHS format), and optical media, including laserdiscs (LDV) and Digital Video Discs (DVD). Most are to NTSC standard, with a few PAL sources included. It can be assumed that all the laserdisc sources listed will soon also stock DVD.

Most of the sources cited here take phone orders charged to credit cards, and most have catalogs available. Catalog information tends to go out of date rapidly, but is generally more accurate than the information in video reference books, e.g. VIDEO SOURCE BOOK. This is because that and similar reference books use information supplied by video publishers, which is notoriously unreliable and often speculative, i.e. the publishers announce titles, wait to see how many orders they get, and cancel production if there isn't enough interest. Announced release dates are equally unreliable.

For information on almost any movie, consult the Internet Movie Data Base . For a large collection of film-related links, visit the UC Berkeley Media Resources Center, which includes their video distributor and producer list. And for a general guide to home video (including additional sources), see the OnVideo Guide to Home Video. For the latest on laser films, consult DVDLaser.com.


A20 Entertainment
Best Video
Big Emma
Cinema Classics
Continental Shop
Critics' Choice Video
Digital Eyes
Facets Multi-Media
Grapevine Video
1/2" Heaven
Home Film Festival
Internet entertainment stores
......DVD Empire
......DVD Overnight
......iMVS ......Mr. Benson's
Ken Crane's Laserdisc
Laser Craze
Loonic Video
Movies Unlimited
PAL format videos
......Black Star
......Cheap or What! CDs
......Fast Forward
......Mr. Benson's
......PAL Video Online
Picture Palace
Public and British productions (NTSC)
......PBS Home Video
......Video Catalog
......Video Collectables
Rare and used videotapes
......Second Spin
......Value Video International
......Video Oyster
......World-Wide Videos
Scorched Earth Productions
Sinister Cinema
Uncommon Video
Value Video International
Video Learning Library
Video Library, Inc.
Video Online Express
Video Yesteryear
Vintage Video

                               A2O ENTERTAINMENT

Provides: Sales of laserdiscs and DVD; purchase and sale of used media.
Address: 700 Sleater-Kinney Rd. SE, Suite B-286, Lacey, WA 98501 Phone: (800) 261-0150 (orders) or (360) 534-0150 (information) Fax: (360) 534-0139 E-mail: A2oent@halcyon.com Web: www.halcyon.com/a2oent/index.html
Coverage: Laser and DVD, including used and imported.
Orders: Hours are 11 am - 6 pm, Pacific time, Monday to Friday. Shipping is $3.95 for the first item, then $ .25/item (UPS Ground; air is more). Most preorders come with a 20% discount, and unopened titles (even if not defec- tive) can be returned within 30 days for an 80% refund.
Comments: Prompt and knowledgeable service. The only video source with a nice photo of a cat ("Murphy") in their Web pages.
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Provides: Sales and rentals of videotapes and discs, and audio books; search service; format conversions.
Address: 1697 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517 Phone: (800) 727-3843 or (203) 287-9286 Fax: (203) 248-4910 E-mail: bestvid@aol.com Web: www.bestvideo.com
Coverage: A wide variety of selected films and audio. Call for their catalog ($3.95, applied to first purchase or rental).
Orders: By phone, 10 am - 9 pm Eastern time, seven days/week; by fax, any time; or order from the Web site. Check the catalog for their rental and purchase prices and options. Shipping is $4 for the first title, then $2/title.
Comments: Use their excellent Web site rather than their catalogs. Their video coverage is extensive.
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Provides: Sales and purchase of used laserdiscs, and related pro- ducts.
Phone: To buy: (617) 723-0130, or use their Web site To sell: fax to (617) 723-0172, Attn.: Buyer Web: www.bigemma.com
Coverage: A constantly changing list of used discs, sold to Big Emma by other customers. Fax in your list of those old turkeys (seemed like good ideas at the time, eh?) and replace them with cheap, used new turkeys.
Orders: Use the Web site for general information, and to buy; fax or e-mail a list of items to sell, and wait for a quote. Shipping is $3.95 for the first disc, then $1/disc (on request, they will hold orders until you ask them to ship, and charge the actual cost).
Comments: Check the Web list of offerings frequently, and get your order in quickly.
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Provides: Sales of VHS tapes and laserdiscs; format transfers
Address: P.O. Box 174 Village Station, New York, NY 10014 Phone: (212) 677-6309 Fax: (212) 675-6594 E-mail: cclassics@cinemaclassics.com Web: cinemaclassics.com
Coverage: A large, well-selected collection of videos of all sorts (except hard adult). Call for their catalog, which is grouped by category, with a good index. The catalog is $3, but it you order a film, you'll get free updates for two years.
Orders: Fax (or leave a phone message) at any time, or speak with a representative from 11:30 am - 7:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. Shipping starts at $4.75 for one item, up to $9 for five or more (within the US; higher elsewhere). Cinema Classics will provide PAL or SECAM conversions for overseas customers.
Comments: An excellent collection, and prompt service. Cinema Classics has good versions of some problematic early classics, including conversions from PAL editions. Cinema Classics now has a small theater showing classic and cult films. It's located at 332 E. 11th in New York; see their Web site for scheduling information.
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Provides: Sales of VHS tapes; format conversions by mail
Address: 1619 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403 Phone: (310) 453-8655 Fax: (310) 453-5093
Coverage: British and some Commonwealth films and television programs, both recent and retrospective. Call for catalogs ($3 each for Drama, Comedy, Classics), and ask about titles not listed.
Orders: Hours are 8:30 am - 6 pm Pacific time, Monday to Saturday, and 10 am - 4 pm Sunday. Catalog prices include conversion to NTSC. Shipping is $5 for the first tape, $2 for each additional tape.
Comments: An outstanding list of British films and TV, including many items not found in any other of the sources listed here. However, some of the PAL to NTSC conversions have video or audio distortions, so save your receipts.
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Provides: Sales of tapes and DVD; search service.
Address: P.O. Box 749, Itasca, IL 60143-0749 Phone: (800) 367-7765 for order, 24 hours/day (800) 544-9852 for inquiries, 8 am - 8 pm, (Central time), Monday - Friday; 9 am - 5 pm Saturday TDD: (800) 272-2900 (same hours as above) Fax: (630) 775-3355 Searches: (630) 775-0379 (7 am - 9 pm, Monday - Friday) E-mail: vcatalog@ccvideo.com Web: www.ccvideo.com
Coverage: Excellent list of videos of all types except hard adult, in VHS and/or DVD. Will order films not stocked. Call for catalog (which says "$6.95" on the cover, but which is free to customers).
Orders: Call 24 hours/day, or write or fax; or order from the web site. Shipping: $6.50 per order. FedEx shipping options: 2-day air, $5 extra (HI, AK: $15); overnight, $10, if you call before 2 pm, Central time ("some excep- tions apply").
Comments: Outstanding selective, general-purpose list, titles almost always in stock, fast handling. The catalog is reissued every month or so, with both new and reduced- price titles flagged, which is handy.
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Provides: Sales of laserdiscs and DVD, and related products; sales and purchase of used media.
Address: 331 Westfield Drive, Nashville, TX 37221 Phone: (800) 649-9351 or (615) 646-9351 Fax: (615) 673-0401 E-Mail: Mark.Harrill@nashville.com Web: www.digitaleyesld.com
Coverage: New and used LDV and DVD.
Orders: By fax or phone (10 am - 10 pm Central Standard Time). Shipping is $2.99 per LDV or $1.49 per DVD, within the U.S.
Comments: A useful Web site; I have no experience (yet) with their service.
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Provides: On-site and remote tape rentals and sales; sales of DVD,
Address: 1517 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 Phone: (800) 331-6197 (ask for "rental" or "personal sales"); (312) 281-9075 for customer service Fax: (312) 929-5437 E-mail: sales@facets.org or rentals@facets.org Web: www.facets.org
Coverage: Comprehensive VHS coverage (English or with English sub- titles), except adult; and a large selection of laser- discs. Call for their enormous catalog ($11.95, includ- ing shipping), which is supplemented free every other month; or order from the Web. Facets' foreign coverage is superior to that of Movies Unlimited.
Orders: Membership fee is $25/year, which includes two free rentals; after that rentals are $10 each, or a block of 12 can be purchased in advance for $100. Rental fee includes postage to you, and return carton & label. Rental period is very brief (see "due back" date on packing slip), but can safely be stretched a bit. Shipping for purchases is $4 for the first tape, $1.25 for each added tape. Tapes can be purchased by phone or mail; phone hours are 9 am - 8 pm, Central time, Monday to Friday (until 9:30 pm for rentals), 10 am - 6 pm Saturday. You'll be given separate customer num- bers for rentals and sales.
Comments: The Facets staff knows their stock well. Catalog info. on availability for purchase may be out of date. Will backorder. Some films are rental only. For renting by mail, Home Film Festival and Video Library offer more convenient return options.
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Provides: Sales of VHS tapes.
Address: P.O. Box 46161, Phoenix, AZ 85063 Phone: (602) 973-3661 Fax: (602) 973-2973 E-mail: General information: info@grapevinevideo.com Sales: kdhardy@grapevinevideo.com Customer service: jbhardy@grapevinevideo.com Web: www.grapevinevideo.com
Coverage: Silent and early talking movies, including many rare films, and many not listed by (e.g.) Movies Unlimited. Call for free catalog, but ask about other titles not listed, of which they have a lot in stock. The web page is been much improved and supports on-line ordering.
Orders: By phone during business hours, or by mail; no fax. Shipping: $3 USPS, $4 UPS for first tape; $ .50/tape thereafter. $4 charge for COD.
Comments: An excellent list of high-quality transfers; some are from deteriorated originals, but this is noted in the catalog.
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Provides: Rentals and sales of selected, generally older films and homemade compilations of many sorts; also free video search service for films not stocked.
Address: 4590 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029 Phone: (800) 788-7858 Fax: (213) 660-5571
Coverage: "Features, shorts, cartoons, musicals, westerns, comedies and other special stuff from the archives of Budget Films, the largest privately held film archive in the U.S.A." Send a check for $3.50 for their fascinating catalog.
Orders: Phone hours are 9 am - 5 pm Pacific time, Monday - Friday. For $50, you can get a lifetime membership, which allows you to rent films by mail (return postage prepaid by them); members also receive a 10% discount on purchases. Most of the membership fee is refundable if you quit in good standing. One-week rentals are $10, $15, or $24 for 1, 2, or 3 tapes; the first two tapes rented are free for members. Postage on purchases is free within the U.S.
Comments: Intriguing collection of mainly older films, both main- stream and bizarre, with a staff that knows and loves the stock.
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Provides: Rentals and sales of tapes.
Address: P.O. Box 2032, Scranton, PA 18501 Phone: (800) 258-3456 Fax: (717) 344-3810 E-mail: homefilm@lydian.scranton.com Web: www.homefilmfestival.com
Coverage: Feature films in VHS, concentrating on foreign and art titles. Call for free info. packet with list of films; you must join to get the full catalog. They will special-order tapes not listed.
Orders: Hours: 8 am - 7 pm, Eastern time, Monday to Friday, noon to 6 pm Saturday. Membership is $15 for the first year, then $10/year, which gets you a catalog and a free rental. Rentals are $6, $11, $16 for 1, 2, or 3 tapes shipped at the same time. Rental period: 3 nights from receipt, with an added fee of $1.50/tape/night if late. Shipping both ways is added to the charge, and varies according to your location and choice of shipping method. HFF also sells any commercially available tapes, with a 10% discount for orders of $50 or more.
Comments: An excellent selection of 3,800 high-quality films, with a very useful catalog. Returns are easy: each film comes in a one-use return box with peel-off sealing tapes and an address label with prepaid postage printed on it, so you can drop the film in any mailbox instead of wait- ing in line at the Post Office. For this reason, and also the lower rental price, HFF (or Video Library) is preferable to Facets for rentals when each stocks the desired film.
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These stores operate principally on the World Wide Web, although some include details for mail, fax, or phone ordering in their Web sites. They do not offer printed catalogs. They can supply a large range of videos, and in some cases other entertainment formats such as CDs, cassettes, or games. Others will be added in the future.
800.com (VHS, DVD, music, electronic equipment)
Amazon.com Video (VHS, DVD, books, music, gifts)
Buyvideos.com (VHS, DVD; links to hard- and software, games, music)
CDnow (VHS, LDV, DVD, music)
CDworld (tapes, LDV, DVD, music, games, related books)
DVD Empire (DVD, accessories)
DVD Overnight (rentals of DVD)
iMVS (Interactive Music & Video Shop) (PAL and NTSC videos in several formats; music); there's a fuller listing here
Mr. Benson's World of Home Entertainment (PAL tapes, LDV, DVD)
NetFlix (rentals of DVD)
REEL.com (new and used tapes, tape rental, LDV, DVD; the site is linked to the iMVS PAL source
Shopping.com (discounted tapes)

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Provides: On-site and remote sales of laserdiscs and DVD.
Address: 15251 Beach Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683 Phone: (800) 624-3078 [from CA, (800) 626-1768]; or (714) 892-2283 Fax: (714) 892-8369 E-mail: discs@kencranes.com Web: www.kencranes.com
Coverage: Keeps most discs in stock, including movies, children's adult, music, many imports. Will take preorders for discs not yet released. Call for free catalog.
Orders: Will take phone orders with credit card. Will keep customer info. on file, indexed by phone number; will also keep credit card number on file; will backorder. Usually gives 10% discount; shipping (UPS Ground) is free at present. Extra charges for COD and expedited shipping. Phone hours: 7 am - 9 pm, Pacific time, Monday to Friday; 10 - 6 Saturday; 12 - 5 Sunday.
Comments: Excellent stock, very fast handling. Their Web site is now much improved in both speed and function.
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Provides: On-site and remote sales of laserdiscs.
Address: 329 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115 (click here for map) Phone: (800) 828-3472 Fax: (617) 867-7820
Coverage: Large stock of laserdiscs, including Japanese imports and adult; will pre- or backorder items not in stock. They also give credit for used discs. Call to get on mailing list for their free occasional magazine, Picture Plus.
Orders: By phone (9 am - 7 pm, Eastern time), fax, or GEnie online. Shipping is by UPS 2-Day @ $2.95 per shipment (but $5.95 if the shipment contains a boxed set). Will keep customer info. and credit card number on file.
Comments: Prompt and reliable service from a knowledgeable and helpful staff. Unfortunately, Laser Craze has recently implemented a truly obnoxious voice-mail system; you can try to get around it by pressing zero when the recording begins, but this may just lead to another recording telling you to try again later.
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Provides: Sales of laserdiscs and DVD.
Address: 1685 S. Colorado Blvd., #L, Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (800) 783-3472 or (303) 757-4181 Fax: (303) 757-4338 E-mail: CustomerService@laserlandusa.com Web: www.laserlandusa.com
Coverage: Stocks 5,000 titles of all types, including adult. Call to get on mailing list for quarterly announcements. Adult catalog is separate, and costs $4.
Orders: By phone, 9 am - 6 pm Mountain time, Monday -Friday; or fax at any time. 10% discount on most laserdiscs, 15% on CDs. Free shipping (UPS Ground); 2nd day air is avail- able for $5 for the 1st disc, $1/disc thereafter. $1.50 handling fee on each order.
Comments: Fast service, and the order-takers usually know the stock well (though not always). Their new web site is under construction.
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Provides: Sales of selected tapes.
Address: 2022 Taraval St., Suite 6427, San Francisco, CA 94116 Phone: (510) 526-5681
Coverage: Modest-sized list of cult films and TV shows. Send $1 for catalog.
Orders: Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, Pacific time, Monday to Friday; but this is somewhat irregular -- the earlier you call after 9 am, the more likely you are to get through. Most films are $15.95; shipping is $3.25 for the first film, then $1/film.
Comments: Some weird but good stuff.
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Provides: On-site and remote mail and phone sales of tapes and DVD.
Address: 6736 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149 Phone: (800) 523-0823 for orders; (215) 722-8398 for inquiries (9 am -5 pm, Eastern time) Fax: (215) 725-3683 E-mail: movies@moviesunlimited.com Web: www.moviesunlimited.com
Coverage: Comprehensive coverage of English and subtitled VHS, including "soft" adult, and a good selection of DVD. Lots of foreign (though not as extensive a list as Facets). Call for huge catalog ($10.95, including shipping; $2.00 extra for laser catalog; free supplements quarterly), or order from the Web site.
Orders: Use the Web, or call 24 hours/day to order; give customer number (assigned at time of first order) and credit card info. They have a bewildering variety of shipment and payment methods and charges; regular UPS is $4.00 base charge + $.50/item to a $9.00 maximum total.
Comments: Catalog generally accurate, service excellent. Will backorder. Their Web site is cumbersome.
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Programs in the British PAL format must be converted to NTSC for use with North American equipment. For format conversion, see the Yellow Pages under "Video Production Services"; expect to pay around $20 - $35 to convert a feature-length tape. Dual-standard players are also available, starting at several hundred dollars. If you're curious about formats, visit Worldwide TV Standards -- A Web Guide.
If you're phoning any of the U.K. sources from the U.S., preface the number given with the country code 44, and omit the zero at the start of the area code.

(courtesy of Black Star Videos)

BLACK STAR VIDEOS (tapes, DVD, LDV to come; search service) 11 Ravenhill Road Belfast BT6 8DN Northern Ireland Phone: customer support, 8 am - 8 pm weekdays, 10 am - 4 pm weekends: (0800) 052 9050 (UK only) (01232) 225555 (international) Fax: (01232) 463637 Email: service@blackstar.co.uk Web: www.blackstar.co.uk N.b.: postage is free, worldwide, at least for now.

CHEAP OR WHAT! CDs (tapes, CDs) P.O. Box 1763 Bridport, Dorset DT6 3YE United Kingdom Phone: (01308) 427900 Fax: (01308) 458271 Email: cow@cow.co.uk Web: www.cow.co.uk

FAST FORWARD (tapes, DVD) Units 9/10 Sutherland Court Moor Park Industrial Estate Tolpits Lane Watford, Herts. WD1 8SP England Phone: (0923) 897080 Fax: (0923) 896263 Web: www.fast-forward.co.uk

INTERACTIVE MUSIC & VIDEO SHOP (a.k.a. iMVS) 74 Milton Park, Oxfordshire OX14 4SE United Kingdom Phone: (0115) 912 9199 (credit card answering service) (01235) 862031, 9 am - 5 pm, GMT (customer support) Email: support@musicshop.co.uk Web: www.imvs.com

MR. BENSON'S WORLD OF HOME ENTERTAINMENTS (tapes, laserdiscs, DVD) 375 Harrow Road London W9 3BR United Kingdom Phone: (0181) 960-4868 Fax: (0181) 969-7211 E-mail: ron@videos.demon.co.uk Web: www.videos.demon.co.uk N.b.: you may need to e-mail Benson's to ascertain the format of an item listed on their Web site. PAL VIDEO ONLINE (tapes) 5339 Prospect Road, #336, San Jose, CA 95129 U.S.A. Phone: (408) 364-2250 Fax: (408) 364-2251 E-mail: manager@PALVideo.com Web: www.palvideo.com
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VIDEOPARADISE (tapes; linked to CDs, books, games) (a.k.a. W. H. Smith Online) E-mail: support@whsmithonline.co.uk Web: www.videoparadise.com
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Provides: Web-based sales of a wide variety of tapes, discs, and DVD.
Address: P.O. Box 1051, Kearny, NJ 07032 Fax: (201) 955-9109 E-mail: picpal@ids.net Web: www.ids.net/picpal/index.html
Coverage: Picture Palace can supply any in-print tape, and most laserdiscs. Their Web pages feature topical lists of recommended films, and catalogs for several sources (e.g. Sinister Cinema).
Orders: Use the Web site to order, or fax them; correspond about orders via the Web site, or c/o their e-mail address as given above. Shipping is $4.95 for one item, $5.95 for two, then $ .50/item.
Comments: Their Web page has recently been greatly improved and expanded, and the site is a good source of information on industry trends and recent releases.
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In addition to the other sources listed here, the following often have PBS or BBC (or other British) films of various kinds, many of which are not available from regular outlets; call for catalogs. For sources of British videos in PAL format, see above.

PBS HOME VIDEO (a.k.a. PBS Online, shopPBS) Phone: (800) 645-4727; Customer Service: (800) 531-4727 Fax: (703) 739-8131 TTD: (800) 892-6727, 9 am - 6 pm EST, Monday - Friday E-mail: shop@pbs.org Web store: www.pbs.org/store-cgi/store

THE VIDEO CATALOG (which sells the videos marketed by SIGNALS) P.O. Box 64267 Saint Paul, MN 55164-0267 Phone: (800) 733-2232 for orders, 24 hours (800) 733-6656 for Customer Service (from outside US: (612) 659-4312) (800) 795-0672 for catalog requests (n.b.: the program times cited in their catalogs are unreliable) (800) 775-3112 en Espanol Fax: (612) 645-7092

VIDEO COLLECTABLES P.O. Box 398 Taylor, MI 48180-0398 Phone: (800) 268-3891 (U.S.) (800) 387-5758 (Canada) Fax: (800) 269-8877

VIDEOFINDERS National Fulfillment Center P.O. Box 27054 Glendale, CA 91225 Phone: (800) 799-1199 (800) 448-5238 (search service) Fax: (818) 637-5276
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Before committing to a search service, check the Web listings given below, and also the used tape listings of REEL.com. For used laser- discs, see Big Emma. For used DVD, wait around for a couple of years.
BODAWG 8706 Covent Garden, Houston, TX 77031 Phone, fax: (800) 632-0640 E-mail: rsh48@bodawg.com Web: www.bodawg.com
Bodawg sells used, repackaged tapes and some new ones. They will search for out-of-print titles.

MOVIEHUNTER 11054 Ventura Blvd., Suite 241, Studio City, CA 91604 Phone: (818) 763-5364 Fax: (818) 763-5364 E-mail: moviehunter@earthlink.com Web: bellinis.net/moviehunter.htm
Moviehunter, the search service to which Suncoast Motion Picture Co. may refer you, deals only in movies which are out-of-print or have never been released in the U.S. Their price is usually $39.95, in- cluding both transfer and tape.

SECOND SPIN 1485 S. Colorado Blvd., Unit A, Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (800) 962-6445, or (303) 691-8811 in Colorado Fax: (303) 692-1391 E-mail: sales@secondspin.com Web: www.secondspin.com
Second Spin buys and sells used VHS tapes and CDs on the Web. They also operate several retail stoes (see Web site for locations).

VALUE VIDEO INTERNATIONAL 2140 S. Ivanhoe St., #G5, P.O. Box 22565, Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (800) 873-7042 or (303) 757-4820 Fax: (303) 756-9312 E-mail: valuevideo@eazy.net Web: www.eazy.net/value_video
Value Video will search a list of rare or used VHS titles for $2/title; you must give them a credit card number and a maximum price for each title. They will search for six months and then cancel the search automatically; you can cancel it at any time. They will ship titles found and charge your card upon shipping. See also their listing as a vendor of new videos.

VIDEO OYSTER 145 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10011 Phone: (212) 989-3000 Fax: (212) 989-3533 E-mail: video@videooyster.com Web: www.videooyster.com
Video Oyster maintains Web-based list of films in stock, and of films wanted. Shipping is $4/order (more outside of U.S.); payment is by U.S.-based check or money order, or American Express check. Visits by appointment only. The Web site also hosts a magazine, Video Oyster.

WORLD-WIDE VIDEOS (a.k.a. A Million And One World-Wide Videos) 1980 S. Walkers Mill Rd., Orchard Hill, GA 30266-0349 Phone: (800) 849-7309 (9 am - 5 pm Eastern time only) Fax: (800) 849-0873
World-Wide Videos advertises for films among collectors worldwide. You must give a credit card number and commit to buy the film if they locate it, and cite the maximum you're willing to pay (minimum, $195). Advisory: When this firm ships a video, the transaction is final. The editor's recent experience reaffirms the ancient wisdom, caveat emptor.
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Provides: Sales of VHS tapes.
Address: P.O. Box 101083, Denver, CO 80250 E-mail: info@sepnet.com Web: sepnet.com/rcramer
Coverage: An eclectic collection of cult and schlock: exploita- tion, biker, horror, crime & mystery, Black, classic TV, silents, serials, etc., including adult. Their Web site (which is excellently designed) is their catalog.
Orders: By mail only, paid by check or money order. Postage in the U.S. is $1.05 for 4th class (may be slow), or $3.05 for first class. Foreign shipping costs more; see the price chart on the Web site.
Comments: The store and Web site are the creations of cult film director Ronnie Cramer (Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend, etc.); he maintains a growing and eye-opening list.
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Provides: Sales of selected tapes.
Address: P.O. Box 4369, Medford, OR 97501-0168 Phone: (503) 773-6860 Fax: (503) 779-8650 E-mail: sinister@magick.net Web: www.sinistercinema.com
Coverage: Horror, science fiction, mystery, spaghetti westerns, exploitation, and schlock in VHS. Call or write for free catalog; send $2 if you want it mailed first class (stamps are OK). Their new Web site takes orders, and The Picture Palace also maintains a listing of Sinister Cinema's films on the Web at www.ids.net/picpal/sinmastr.
Orders: Phone hours: 9am - 5 pm, Pacific time, Monday to Friday (somewhat irregular). Most tapes are $16.95, plus $2.05 per title for shipping (more outside the US); $1 sur- charge for credit card orders.
Comments: Fairly large and good selection; has some hard-to-find older and British films, and a fascinating collection of trashy movies of all genres and periods.
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UNCOMMON VIDEO (a.k.a. Viewfinders)
Provides: Sales of VHS tapes.
Address: P.O. Box 1665, Evanston, IL 60204-1665 Phone: (800) 342-3342 Fax: (847) 869-1710 E-mail: order@uncommon-video.com (orders) info@uncommon-video.com (customer service) Web: www.uncommon-video.com
Coverage: Selected list of over 6000 VHS tapes in the arts, feature films, documentaries, mysteries, music, nature, etc. Call or e-mail for a free catalog; they will order titles they don't list.
Orders: Phone order hours are 8 am - 4 pm, Central time, Monday to Friday, though they will often answer the phone outside of those hours; or use their web site. Shipping: they prefer UPS, but this is negotiable; UPS is $5 minimum per order, $1 per tape over five tapes.
Comments: An excellent collection of the best in arts and features.
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Provides: Sales of VHS tapes, new and used; search service.
Address: 2140 S. Ivanhoe St., #G5, P.O. Box 22565, Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (800) 873-7042 or (303) 757-4820 Fax: (303) 756-9312 E-mail: valuevideo@easy.net Web: www.eazy.net/value.video
Coverage: General coverage of VHS tapes; they also provide a search service (q.v.) for rare and used videos.
Orders: See their Web site or phone toll-free between 1 pm and 5 pm Mountain time. Shipping is $3 for the first tape, $ .50/tape thereafter; more for expedited shipping.
Comments: Some excellent bargains in new and used tapes.
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Procides: Sales of VHS tapes and DVD Address: 1654 Aveunue Road, Toronto, Ontario M5M-3Y1, Canada Phone: (416) 782-5084; retail store: (416) 782-1883) Fax: (416) 782-4430 E-mail: orders@videoflicks.com Web: www.videoflicks.com Coverage: A good general list of tapes and DVD (for Region 1 only), except adult. They don't publish a catalog. Orders: Use their excellent Web site. Prices cited are in U.S. dollars. Shipping (UPS or Parcel Post)starts at $4/item, for air to the U.S. and Canada; and at $6/item for air to other areas. Videoflicks ships anywhere in the world, but stocks only North American formats. Comments: The Web site is much improved.
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Provides: Sales and rentals of VHS and PAL tapes. Address: 15838 N. 62nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 Phone: (800) 383-8831 Fax: (602) 596-9973
Coverage: Special interest: how-to, DIY, travel, languages, pets, and many other categories (except adult). All tapes are available in VHS format, some also in PAL.
Orders: Call for their outstanding catalog, "The Complete Guide to Special Interest Videos"; order from the catalog by phone, mail, or fax. The catalog is $19.95 ($24.94 Cdn), but free with an order. Rentals are $8/week + $8 shipping. Shipping is $4 for the first tape, then $1.50/tape, UPS (more outside the contiguous U.S.)
Comments: A comprehensive collection of tapes to suit every special interest.
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Provides: Rentals of VHS tapes.
Address: 7157 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119 Phone: (800) 669-7157 Fax: (215) 248-5627 E-mail: rentals@vlibrary.com Web: www.vlibrary.com
Coverage: A broad collection of films in all genres except hard adult. Call for a brochure, or, if seriously interested in renting, ask for a set of catalogs.
Orders: By phone, 10 am - 9 pm Eastern time; or by fax, mail, or e-mail. A credit card number (or $100 deposit) is required as security. Payment can be by check or money order against an invoice shipped with the film, or left on the credit card. A rental is $8, or $6/tape when renting two or more at a time. Shipping is added on a cost-recovery basis. Return postage, label and tape are provided.
Comments: An excellent collection, with convenient access and re- turn. While the catalogs don't contain descriptions of the movies, they have sufficient information to distinguish editions and remakes, and indicate whether non-English titles are dubbed or subtitled.
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Provides: Sales of VHS tapes and laserdiscs, games, and related books.
Address: 5339 Prospect Road, #336, San Jose, CA 95129
Phone: (408) 364-2250 Fax: (408) 364-2251 E-mail: manager@videoexpress.com Web: www.videoexpress.com Telnet: (408) 364-2252 (8/0/1) Compuserve: GO TELNET to videoexpress.com
Coverage: A large collection of VHS tapes and discs in most genres (but not adult). The coverage seems weak in foreign and classic films. They will back-order from their list, but will not supply items not in their list.
Orders: Use the Web site, or phone. Shipping is $3.90 per order, free for orders over $100, within the contiguous U.S.; more elsewhere.
Comments: The Web site is fast and easy to search, and useful for research as well as ordering. This company also partici- pates in a joint operation supplying PAL-format tapes worldwide; see PAL Video Online.
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Provides: Sales of tapes of older material.
Address: Box C, Sandy Hook, CT 06482 Phone: (800) 243-0987 (9 am - 5 pm Eastern time) Fax: (203) 797-0819 E-mail: video@yesteryear.com
Coverage: Large collection of old movies, TV shows, serials, propaganda, documentaries, and homemade compilations. Includes features, shorts, silents -- about 1200 in all, all in VHS, Beta, and 8mm. The silents are at the "correct" projection speed and many have new organ scores composed and performed by Rosa Rio. "Video Yesteryear" is one of several imprints sharing a corporate identity; others sell vintage audio recordings or adult videos. Call for a catalog ($2.95); adult catalog is separate and extra. Any purchase entitles you to receive one of their catalogs free (by returning a certificate which comes with the tape).
Orders: Hours: "business hours in the Eastern time zone," or fax with credit card info. If you order ten or more films at once, deduct 10% Shipping is $3.95 per order (FedEx: $5.50/order).
Comments: Catalog includes many items unique to this source -- a virtual classroom of film history. Some are of reduced quality, but the catalog usually warns of this (though not always).
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Provides: Sales of VHS tapes in NTSC, PAL, and SECAM.
Address: P.O. Box 551, Greencastle, PA 17225 Phone: (800) 444-1942 (orders) or (717) 597-9695 (customer service [9 - 5 Eastern time]) Fax: (717) 597-1958 E-mail: vintagev@epix.net Web: www.vintagevideo.com
Coverage: A large collection of historical, particularly military, tapes (including training films), most not available from any of the general-interest distributors listed above. Call for a free catalog. A lot of the videos are made from old prints, but the catalog includes many stills so that you can often judge the quality before ordering.
Orders: Use their web site or toll-free number. Shipping is $4 per order within North America; otherwise $8 for one tape, $12 for two, airmail. Specify if PAL or SECAM is desired.
Comments: An essential source for anyone interested in modern mili- tary history.
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