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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 just under 5,000 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
Hours

Our Summer hours (starting Monday, May 18) are:
Monday - Thursday (11am - 8pm)
Friday (11am - 9pm)
Saturday (noon - 9pm)
Sunday (noon - 8pm)

This Week's New Release Message
American Sniper
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Leviathan
Strange Magic

Greetings everyone,

This week's biggest new releases are: "American Sniper" (w/Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller), "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" (w/Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Adam Scott), "Leviathan" (directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev; w/Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov and Aleksey Serebryakov) and "Strange Magic" (new animated film from Lucasfilm w/voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, etc). Also of interest: the Australian film "Angel Baby" (1995, directed by Michael Rymer), SXSW winner "Before I Disappear" (debut from writer/director/star Shawn Christensen) and 2015 Eberfest selection "Girlhood" (directed by Celine Sciamma). We also got some new TV stuff: Beauty & the Beast S2, Call the Midwife S4, Glee S6 (the final season), Orange is the New Black S2 and Welcome to Sweden S1. And, this week we only got handful of new Criterion titles: Ingmar Bergman's "Cries and Whispers" (1972), Jean-Luc Godard's "Every Man for Himself" (1980), Steve James' "Hoop Dreams" (1994), Frank Capra "It Happened One Night" (1934) and Mark Rydell's "The Rose" (1979; w/ Bette Midler). We've finally decide to piece together a Criterion section -- look for it in the next week or so! You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Remember, we are now on our somewhat shorter Summer hours:
Monday - Thursday (11:00-8:00), Friday (11:00 - 9:00), Saturday (noon-9:00) and Sunday (noon - 8:00)

Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" (2014) has replaced "Downton Abbey" as the most rented title in our International section. The Swedish series "The Bridge" is the #2 renter and Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" (2013) rounds out the Top 3. The rest of the Top 10 is all fairly familiar: the British series "Broadchurch" (w/David Tennant), the Danish series "Borgen", the Indian film "The Lunchbox", the Australian "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries", the BBC's "New Tricks" and the Welsh noir crime drama series "Hinterland". You'll notice some crossover with the new International Mystery Series section -- sorry about that, there's no easy way to filter them out. Our International Section continues to be one of the most popular sections in the store -- and still the one I am most proud of. With almost 10,000 International titles, we have films from every corner of the world by all the major (and many more minor) directors. You can always find something awesome you haven't seen yet. Here are the Top 100 (plus a few) Renters for the past 12 months from our International Film Section:
1 IMITATION GAME, THE
2 BRIDGE, THE (BRON/BROEN):SERIES 01
3 UNDER THE SKIN (2014)
4 BROADCHURCH: SEASON 01
5 BORGEN: SEASON 01
6 LUNCHBOX, THE
7 MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: SERIES 2
8 NEW TRICKS: SEASON 10
9 HINTERLAND: SEASON 01
10 MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: SERIES 1
(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 17th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival
Here's a list of this year's Ebertfest films screenings and their availability at That's Rentertainment on DVD or BluRay:
A Bronx Tale -- DVD/BR
The End of the Tour -- not available
Girlhood -- DVD/BR
Goodbye to Language -- DVD/BR
Ida -- DVD/BR
The Motel Life -- DVD/BR
Moving Midway -- DVD
99 Homes -- not available
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence -- not available
Seymour: An Introduction -- not available
The Son of the Sheik -- DVD
Wild Tales -- not available
(previous year's titles can be found here)
DVD Transfers

International video transfers and custom DVD creation. Click here.

International Video Transfers: That's Rentertainment can transfer your PAL VHS tapes and DVDs to NTSC video and DVD. We can also make DVDs from your home videos (VHS, 8mm or MiniDV). Click here for more information.
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Miscellaneous Stuff
Gift Certificates
Give the gift that shows you don't care enough to give it a whole lot of thought -- Gift certificates are NOW AVAILABLE! Buy one for a friend, send one to your kid or be selfish and just get it for yourself. Available in any amount -- including any size Renter-Block.

What's the "The Itty Bitty Bike Shop"?
Right when you walk into Rentertainment, you may have noticed what might very well be the smallest bike shop in the world (right now it's about 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, locks, 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. Ride safely! We've got lots more stuff at the main IttyBittyBikeShop (tucked away just north of Downtown Urbana in Parasol Records)
Itty Bitty Bike Shop

Essential Art House Films: 50 Years of Janus Films
Quite 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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