Most video stores are long gone, but Quentin Tarantino still has use for VHS tapes and DVDs.
The director shared his views on present-day streaming services in Tom Roston’s new book, “I Lost It At The Video Store.” In the Wake Up Streaming chapter, Roston interviews filmmakers about the rise and fall of American video stores.
“I am not excited about streaming at all,” Tarantino said in an excerpt, first posted by IndieWire. “I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can’t watch a movie on a laptop. I don’t use Netflix at all. I don’t have any sort of delivery system.”
Despite the rising popularity of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and VOD services, the director expanded his library with video tapes when he bought the contents of California-based video rental store Video Archives. The store is also known as the place where Tarantino worked pre-“Pulp Fiction.”
“They went out of business, and I bought their inventory. Probably close to eight thousand tapes and DVDs,” said Tarantino.
The notoriously traditional filmmaker also owns the New Beverly Cinema repertory theater in Los Angeles, which screens only film prints.
The “Hateful Eight” helmer also adds to his personal archives by using blank tapes. He added, “I still tape movies off of television on video so I can keep my collection going.”
Other directors that weighed in on the conversation include Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky and Greg Mottola. “I Lost it at The Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era” is published by the Critical Press.