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516 E John Street, Champaign, IL 61820
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Urbana-Champaign's Best Independent DVD Rental store
(locally owned and operated since 1985)

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Welcome Film Lovers...
Hello and welcome to That's Rentertainment -- the last locally owned and operated video store in the Champaign-Urbana / University of Illinois area. That's Rentertainment caters to film fans (and fanatics) who have grown tired of the typical Blockbuster fare. We specialize in International, independent, classic American and Art House films on DVD (with a handful of VHS tapes left over that have never been released on DVD). With almost 45,000 DVDs and over 4,500 BluRay discs, That’s Rentertainment has the largest collection of movies in the entire Champaign-Urbana area -- if not all of Illinois. We get new movies every week -- if you want to be kept up to date about them sign up for our weekly e-mail update or check out our New Arrivals page. Membership is free (requiring only 2 photo IDs, or an ID and credit card) and rentals can be as cheap as $1.00 per disc. So, come on down and check out what you've been missing!
That's Rentertainment, Champaign, IL
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Monday - Friday (10am - 10pm)
Saturday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday (noon - 10pm)
This Week's New Release Message
A Coffee in Berlin
Earth to Echo
The Purge: Anarchy
Sex Tape

Greetings everyone,

Thanks for celebrating Independent Video Store Day with us (and video stores around the world)! This week's biggest new releases are: "A Coffee in Berlin" (w/Tom Schilling and Katharina Schuttler), "Earth to Echo" (w/Teo Halm, Astro, Reese C. Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt), "The Purge: Anarchy" (w/Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez) and "Sex Tape" (w/Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz). Other titles of interest include: comedian Gabriel Iglesias's "The Fluffy Movie", Jeff Baena's ("I Heart Huckabees") latest "Life After Beth" and the post-apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer" (w/Ed Harris and Chris Evans). First Run Features released four more documentaries: "Every Three Seconds" (doing well by doing good), "Growing Cities" (a film about urban farming in America), "Nuclear Nation" (a look at the tragedy of Fukushima) and "Uranium Drive-In" (the story of Naturita, Colorado). On the TV front we got: The Following S2, Mad Men S7 Pt 1, The Mentalist S6 and Seed S1. And, for some reason, the BBC decided to release seasons 1 and 17 of "Silent Witness" -- a British forensics mystery series starring Amanda Burton and Emilia Fox respectively. Lastly, Criterion released Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960) and Orson Welles's "F for Fake" (1973), both on BluRay. You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Margaret Brown's "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" (2004) is the most popular title in our Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections right now followed by "Chet Atkins: A Life in Music" and Martin Scorsese "The Blues" series. The cult classic documentary, "Heartworn Highways", w/early footage of Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and John Hiatt, plus their musical mentors Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt dropped out of the Top 3 but remained in the Top 10. Other highlights for me include the amazing Chet Baker documentary, "Let's Get Lost" (1988, directed by Bruce Webber), Chris Hunt's "The Search for Robert Johnson" and "John Prine: Sessions at West 54th" (my favorite!). Watch for next month's Criterion release of the Les Blank box set, "Always for Pleasure" (14 films and 5 shorts plus tons more), which will include "The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins" (but, unfortunately, not "J'ai été au bal"). We have over 120 titles in our Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections -- and they are all worth watching. These are obviously some under-appreciated sections in the store but there are a lot of great titles on those shelves -- do yourself a favor and pick one up the next time you are in. If you're interested in Jazz, Blues, Folk and/or Bluegrass but are not sure what to get, try one of the Top 3 listed above or "Ken Burns' Jazz" or something from the Martin Scorsese "The Blues" series. All are regular crowd favorites and will get you watching more and more from the section. Here are the titles that made the list from the Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections in the past year:
1 VAN ZANDT, TOWNES: BE HERE... (Folk/Bluegrass)
2 ATKINS, CHET: A LIFE IN MUSIC
3 BLUES: MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS (Jazz/Blues)
4 DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN (Folk/Bluegrass)
5 FLECK, BELA: THROW DOWN YOUR HEART (Folk/Bluegrass)
6 HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS (Folk/Bluegrass)
7 LEGENDS OF FLATPICKING GUITAR (Jazz/Blues)
8 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE (Jazz/Blues)
9 SEEGER, PETE: THE POWER OF SONG (Folk/Bluegrass)
10 VAN ZANDT, TOWNES: HOUSTON 1988 (Folk/Bluegrass)
(a longer version of this list and more "Top 100" lists can be found here)

Have a great week...

Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)

(for this week's complete new release listing and previous week's listings click here)
The 16th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival
This year, Ebertfest is screening thirteen films -- we have eleven of them in stock:
Bayou Maharajah (2013) -- not available
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) -- DVD/BR
Capote (2005) -- DVD/BR
Do the Right Thing (1989) -- DVD/BR
Goodbye Solo (2008) -- DVD
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) -- DVD
Life Itself (2014) -- not available
Museum Hours (2012) -- DVD/BR
Short Term 12 (2013) -- DVD/BR
A Simple Life -- DVD/BR
The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three (1974) -- DVD/BR
Wadjda (2012) -- DVD/BR
Young Adult (2011) -- DVD/BR
... for more Eberfest information click here.
League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business
BFB
In April 2012, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) designated That's Rentertainment as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business. Thank you to everyone who voted and put in a kind word for us during the process. We are one of 67 businesses nationwide to receive this designation during this cycle -- and the only video store on the list. As a life-long resident and a cyclist for almost as long, I am honored to have received this award and plan to continue doing all I can to promote safe commuting and recreational bicycling in the Campustown and Urbana-Champaign area. (more)
Renter News -- not all about film but all of interest...

Illinois Green Business Association Certifies That's Rentertainment as a Green Business!
With assistance from the Illinois Green Business Asociation, That's Rentertainment continues to implement as many energy saving, waste reducing and environmentally friendly practices as possible. After working with the IGBA for the past few months, we are pleased to be their 4th Certified Green Business in Champaign-Urbana (the first three businesses to be certified were the International Society of ArboricultureB. Lime, and Ippatsu Salon). You can read more about the process and what we do to reduce, reuse and recycle right here.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The 2012 Parkland College Graphic Design Poster Project
The Parkland Poster Project is hung! This year, one of Professor Paul Young's assignments for his Parkland College Graphic Design III class (GDS 222) was to re-imagine popular movie posters in the style of Jason Munn, an American Graphic and Poster Artist. The class ultimately came up with 16 posters we thought would represent That's Rentertainment well. You can see the posters here, or better yet, stop by the store -- they are all on display. Here's a sampling...
Classics

Introducing "The Itty Bitty Bike Shop"
If you've been in our store lately, you may have noticed what might very well be the smallest bike shop in the world (right now it's 2' x 2') sitting where the Pepsi machine used to sit. We call it the "Itty Bitty Bike Shop". It's got all the basics for your commuting needs: chain lube, inner tubes, lights, multi-tools, patch kits, some reflectors, tire levers, water bottles, and, of course, the ChampaignCountyBikes.org Urbana-Champaign Bike map. We've also got a pump (schrader and presta) in case you need some air. By the way, 10% of all sales will go to ChampaignCountyBikes.org and another 10% will go to The Bike Project in Urbana. Ride safely! (link)
Itty Bitty Bike Shop

What's up in the local world of cycling?
1) Are you a bicycle commuter, interested in becoming a bicycle commuter, or just love joining groups? Check out ChampaignCountyBikes.org -- tons of information (including routes and maps) and super nice folks.
2) The Priarie Cycle Club has started their spring rides. Check out their web site for more information.
3) We've got a Cycling in Film list posted and here's a bunch of links to other cycling related stuff
4) Next time you are at Renter pick up a "Watch for Bikes" t-shirt -- now in "don't hit me" neon green!!!
5) And, we've made it easier than ever to stay hydrated while riding with the official That's Rentertainment water bottle. Check 'em out here.

Cycling

Welcome "Urbana-Champaign Bike Ride!"...
We've started a new web site -- UCBikeRide.com! You'll find some route maps (and a few cue sheets), some local cycling links, and a Google group for setting up spur of the moment impromptu bike rides. Check it out, join the mailing list and get out on your bike... it's fun.
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Champaign County Bike Map
This week at the farmer's market, Champaign County Bikes held a press conference to announce the release of the all new Champaign-Urbana Area Bicycle Map. According to the good folks at CCB, "20,000 copies will be made available at local bike shops, fitness centers, other retailers, and public buildings throughout the communities. 10,000 copies will be distributed on the University of Illinois campus." Maps can picked up at various locations in Champaign-Urbana... including That's Rentertainment! (link)

Champaign-Urbana Area Bicycle Map


Essential Art House Films: 50 Years of Janus Films
A few years ago (2007) I decided to watch the entire Essential Art House box set -- one film per week in the order presented in the box, alphabetical chronological order. I wrote one paragraph reviews of each film as I watched them. If you want, you can read the reviews here.

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