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When you first walk in, you're not faced with a boring wall of the same new releases you see everywhere. Instead, you find yourself facing a row of films organized by director, and if you're just browsing, odds are good that you won't even make it to the back of the store before you find something rare and fascinating. Farther back, you'll find nation-specific sections, and it's there that Movie Image really shines. Japan, Hong Kong, France -- cinephiles can truly revel in both the famous and the obscure. Not only that but the staff here knows everything. About films, at least. Unfortunately, Movie Image's DVD collection is just getting off the ground, which means that, despite efforts to get wide-screen VHS tapes, many of their wonderful movies are only available in that accursed pan-and-scan 3:4 aspect ratio. So for DVDs you'll need to head elsewhere.


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