So Blockbuster Video is closing the last of its stores, made obsolete by the ever-changing technology in the way people watch movies.
And to think, a few years ago I was embarrassed to admit to a young kid at the Blockbuster counter that I wasn’t quite sure what the procedure was because it had been so long since I rented a video. I sheepishly told him, and I was not exaggerating (well maybe I was): “The last time I rented a video I had to rent the machine to play it too.”
Today you of course don’t have to go down to your local video store and rent one of those boxed-shaped cassettes and then worry about returning it on time, you can get it streamed live to your computer or other device, and if the time runs out on the rental, you just can’t watch it anymore. No late fee.
Currently I’m watching a lot of movies on my Kindle Fire tablet and sometimes on my laptop. I’m amazed how great the definition is on my Kindle.
But I really miss the big screen. I’d rather see a movie in a theater. I tend to go for foreign films or any film that has more art to it and a more complex story, as opposed the general shootemup or car chase or over-the-top special effects that the general public seems to be so enthralled with. And for those kind of movies I like, how they look on the big screen is part of the art.
I’m pretty sure that in the not-to-distant future you won’t even need a device (such as they are now). Somehow it will all be streamed to you to where you can watch in all play out right before yourself in some kind of three-dimensional holographic presentation.
Who knows? It might even be interactive. You might be able to step into the picture yourself.
Here’s looking at you kid… Oh excuse me, I was just doing my Humphrey Bogart so I could get into the act…