Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Vulcan Video gets some love on Jimmy Kimmel

The Austin, TX of my youth may be fading into the past almost as rapidly as my actual youth, but you can still find bits and pieces of  90's Austin here and there.

For the discerning movie snob of post-Slacker-Austin, we had two places to hit:  "I Love Video" and "Vulcan Video", which everyone I've ever spoken to has referred to simply as "Vulcan".  In an era where purchasing movies was expensive, Blockbuster killed most local competition and carried garbage, and the internet was for sending emails and slowly downloading pictures of Gillian Anderson (I assume), Vulcan Video was where I'd go looking for classic film, off-beat pictures and international flavor.  And yet, you might still find a copy of Ernest Scared Stupid.

They also carried bootleg tapes, and so it was I rented The Star Wars Holiday Special, complete with commercials, the unreleased 1990's Fantastic Four movie, the unaired JLA pilot and the 70's-tastic Legends of the Superheroes.

I don't hit Vulcan these days because it's far from my house and, honestly - cable and internet.  But I have a soft spot in my heart for the neighborhood video store trafficking in hard-to-get stuff.

If you want a taste of 1990's Austin that's still alive and kicking - Jimmy Kimmel has produced three commercials for the place.

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