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Blockbuster Is Launching Its Biggest Ad in Over 10 Year on VHS


Teaser from Atlantic and directors Theodore Schaefer and Paul Gale sees the world's last Blockbuster give its fans an analogue treat for Super Bowl watch party

Blockbuster Is Launching Its Biggest Ad in Over 10 Year on VHS

In a world where streaming is king and physical media is a distant memory, the World's Last Blockbuster is making a bold statement with a commercial for one of the busiest sporting nights of the year. But true to their roots, they're doing things a little differently.

With a nostalgic nod to the days of video rental stores, the World's Last Blockbuster commercial ‘Until the Bitter End’ will be released exclusively on the VHS format following a two-week social media teaser campaign. The 30” spot, which was created by independent creative agency Atlantic New York, will be played on VHS by store manager Sandi Harding for those lucky enough to attend the store's Super Bowl watch party in Bend, Oregon.

Only two things will make it through an apocalypse on planet Earth: cockroaches and the world's last Blockbuster. The ad shows a lowly cockroach making a journey through post-apocalyptic detritus. Buildings have been reduced to piles of rubble, the people are gone, and the internet cannot stream anymore. But the world's last Blockbuster will still be standing. Open and ready to welcome the survivors.

Now something of a cult brand, the world's last Blockbuster is the last standing bastion of a bygone era. The store has become an essential part of the Bend community and is much loved and supported by local patrons as well as its international fan base. Blockbuster devotees travel to the store from all over the world to live the now defunct experience of renting a movie, a pastime which was such a big part of the way the world experienced home entertainment, something younger generations will never understand. One fan travelled from as far as Spain, another family drove from the other side of the USA to rent a movie just so their kids could understand the experience. Since the fall of the rest of the Blockbuster empire, the store has welcomed over 5,000 new memberships and enjoys a healthy trade selling Blockbuster T-shirts, souvenirs and memorabilia.

Store manager Sandi Harding said, "We know that the world as we know it may be coming to an end, but we refuse to go down without a fight. We want to remind everyone that there's something special about the tangible experience of browsing the shelves and discovering something new. And honestly, if the world is ending, we want to go out with a bang".

Dan Greener, creative director, Atlantic New York added, “We figured that America loves rooting for the little guy so perhaps they might find it in their hearts to root for one of its littlest. And maybe in the process celebrate what the big game is all about: gathering around a screen with your friends and family to watch something special happen. An experience, Blockbuster happens to know a thing or two about.”

Fans who are unable to attend the Super Bowl watch party in person will be able to tune in to the live stream of the event on the World's Last Blockbuster's social media channels to catch a glimpse of the commercial.

The commercial was directed by Theodore Schaefer and Paul Gale — two award-winning NYC-based indie filmmakers — and co-produced by Dweck Productions and Having Changed Productions.

The VHS will also be available for rent afterward, for only two dollars a day. 

Retro Blockbuster memorabilia can be purchased here.


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Atlantic , Thu, 02 Feb 2023 15:33:22 GMT