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516 E John Street, Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 384-0977

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
Our regular hours are:
Monday - Thursday (10am - 9pm)
Friday (10am - 10pm)
Saturday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday (noon - 9pm)
This Week's New Release Message
The Captive
The Last of Robin Hood
To Write Love on Her Arms

Greetings everyone,

This week's biggest titles include: "The Captive" (w/Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson), "Foxcatcher" (w/Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), "The Last of Robin Hood" (w/Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon) and "To Write Love on Her Arms" (w/Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray and Rupert Friend). There seems to be some confusion about "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" -- everyone except our distributor says it's coming out on Friday... we'll see. A few new documentaries: "Algorithms" (about the little known world of Blind Chess), "Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here" (about Russia's most celebrated international artists) and "Messenger of the Truth" (Father Jerzy, the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland). Some new TV stuff, too: Da Vinci's Demons S2, Longmire S3 and Outlander S1V1. And, from across the ocean: Anzac Girls (Australia, miniseries based on the Australian and New Zealand Army Nursing Service), Marie's Mind for Murders S1 (Germany) and Nicolas Le Floch S2 (France). Lastly, Andy Ray Lemon sent us a copy of his new documentary, "Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles" -- a low-fi documentary chronicling Austin’s underground punk and garage rock scenes. You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" (2013) remains in the top position in this week's Top Comedy Films with a couple of new-to-the-list runners up, "The Skeleton Twins" (2014) and "Bad Words" (2013). Nice to see Jon Favreau's "Chef" (2014) in the Top 10 along with a few more newcomers, "This is Where I Leave You" (2014) and "Girl on a Bicycle" (2013). Just like last time, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012) wraps up the Top 10. You're not seeing "Ishtar" (1987) on the list because it still hasn't gotten a proper DVD release -- but, we've got it on BluRay! As always, this list does not include films kept in the Classics, Independent and/or International sections... and of course, Woody Allen gets his own Top Renting section. Here they are, the Top 100 Comedies (plus a few) rented at That's Rentertainment...
(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)
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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 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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