A Place to Rent Silents?

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A Place to Rent Silents?

PostTue May 16, 2017 10:07 am

Does anyone know a place other than ClassicFlix or whatever they're now calling themselves that rents silents? I had very good luck with them until about 6 months ago. I had a queue of about 18 films and did not receive anything from them for months so I gave up finally.

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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostWed May 24, 2017 9:15 am

Apparently from the silence, this is a fruitless search. So sad.
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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostWed May 24, 2017 10:05 am

Yeah, I think rental of physical media is pretty dead. The best modern equivalent is probably Amazon streaming; there are lots of titles there.

I occasionally will buy things and then flip them on Amazon or Ebay, which can result in a net rental-level price (and occasionally selling for a higher collector price). Honestly, though, I mainly prefer to just buy and think of it as a contribution to the further health and productivity of a Kino, Flicker Alley, etc.
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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostWed May 24, 2017 11:08 am

You can always try your local library. They will probably have some of the big titles from the silent canon.

Since video stores are mostly gone, trying to rent a BluRay or DVD is a thing of the past.
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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostWed May 24, 2017 12:38 pm

Fandor has a lot of silent films to stream, and they are about $10 a month.
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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostSat May 27, 2017 11:58 am

Scarecrow Video in Seattle has about five to eight hundred silents, by a rough estimate. They recently reformed as a non-profit. They often require a hold on bank funds to rent rare videos. They may be looking for the extra income so you might write them a letter telling them of your situation and how you would allow a hold on the general price of the item. Or, since they would have CC info anyway, they would have the ability to deduct missing material.
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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostTue May 30, 2017 12:14 am

I was just there yesterday and talked to them about this, and they said that they could not make it work out for them financially.
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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostTue May 30, 2017 2:51 am

Not any use to you in the United States, but here in Britain, specifically Bristol, this fine enterprise is still going strong,and with a huge selection of all sorts of cinema, including a reasonable chunk of silents. They even have a postal subscription service !!! http://www.20thcenturyflicks.co.uk/index.php They also combine with local venues for film screenings, have an 11-seater mini-cinema on site....run occasional film lecturing series......and the best film quizzes around. They're a huge part of the Bristol film culture, we're lucky to have them.

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Re: A Place to Rent Silents?

PostThu Jun 08, 2017 11:16 am

Recently came upon a place called CafeDVD. They have monthly membership plans or you can pay-per-rental. They have silents too so, might be worth a look.
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