Sunday, March 15, 2009

Facets Multimedia

If you're looking for titles which are unavailable through Netflix, out-of-print or imported*, you should try Facets Multimedia in Chicago, Illinois. I rent movies from them by mail, on DVD and VHS**. They have a subscription service identical to the Netflix model (except instead of a queue, you have "selections"), and the prices are the same**. Allow an extra day or two for your selections to arrive, since they come from Chicago.

For imports, you need a multi-region DVD player.

**The VHS rentals incur an extra shipping charge.


  1. Didn't know they had a subscription service now. Years ago, before I was a Netflix user, I used to get their catalog in the mail... I never bought anything, but I enjoyed browsing the catalog. This was when they only sold stuff that no one wanted.

    I guess they make more money by renting out a disc over and over rather than selling you that same disc one time only. Pretty smart thinking actually.

  2. Yes, I think it's a great idea! It's probably a last-ditch effort to save their bricks-and-mortar business from encroachment by Netflix and Greencine.