Laser Removal

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Laser Video, George’s Street, Dublin last night.

Farewell.

The best-stocked video store (and best informed video store staff) in Ireland.

Mark writes:

One of Dublin’s most well known stores for picking up classic films, world cinema and some indie surprises is to close its doors after 25 years. Laser DVD has been located on George’s Street for the past 22 years. But the decline in the movie rental market and the rise of online streaming and downloads has meant that the store is now in the process of selling off its library before shutting up shop…

Mmf.

From top: Joe Murray (13 years at Laser), right, and Gerard Morgan (10 years); Joe Murray and a Hitchcock death mask; Peter Dunne (10 years with Laser); Gerard and R2D2; Joe locks up.

(Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

20 thoughts on “Laser Removal

  1. Am I Still on this Island?

    I still use Laser. Very sad to see them go. Interesting selection, brilliant staff.

    1. Cian

      There’s xtravisions around, mostly places with crap internet or students. My local one became a HMV mostly now, does little rental

  2. Mr. T.

    That’s a pity alright. I’ve gone there a fair bit to buy old classics and the lads really do know their stuff.

    Another local business lost to the internet. And Xtra-vision only stock stupid crap in their self service machines in Spar shops.

    I still like the process of browsing in a shop and renting a film. Downloading is too easy, too indulgent. You should at least have to get dressed and go outside.

    1. rotide

      “Downloading is too easy, too indulgent”

      What? Really?

      Should you also have to flagellate yourself before being eligible to buy a pint of your favorite craft beer? Climb a mountain to be rewarded with your latest iTunes purchase?

  3. andydufresne2012

    Given the length of service, would they consider getting together, forming a company and approaching HMV/Xtravision with a view to getting involved in some kind of streaming service for arthouse/indie films?

    Just a thought.

    *back trolls! back!

    1. Mani

      I’d say they’ve been watching the market closely and decided NOW is the time to open a gramophone shop.

    2. euro88

      i think this is a good idea Andy! i’m always struggle to find something to watch & love an ol’ classic.

  4. euro88

    that’s sad, used to use them for years.

    the other day i realised i haven’t had a dvd player in three years.

    progress they call it.

    oh yes, progress.

  5. NICE Anne

    Best of luck lads whatever ye decide to do.

    Thanks for all the lesbian vampire killers, postmen and American History X recommendations yhou made for me over the years. I still think your best was somewhere between Clerks and Goodbye Lenin.
    You will be missed.
    /sniffle

  6. andydufresne2012

    I was looking for a one sheet poster of Upstream Colour for ages (the European release coz it’s a nicer poster). Spent literally hours online looking for it and no joy. I was browsing the posters in Laser there about a month ago and bingo! There it is. I was so happy.

  7. mn8forever

    shame sad. loved this beacon of culture. they used to have european art house and american cult films there
    that were impossible to find in ireland

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