Toronto DVD and BD Retailers

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by stepeanut, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'll be visiting Toronto again soon. It'll be four years since my last visit.

    Any recommendations for DVD and BD retailers in the downtown, GTA, or Mississauga areas? These could also sell records and CDs, but music isn't my main priority on this occasion. I'm looking for retailers with good stocks of Criterion and other niche titles.

    Thanks!
     
  2. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Unfortunately, in the four years that you've been away quite a few DVD and BR stores closed.

    The Beat Goes On might be worth a look. I went there looking mostly for lps but found they sell mostly cds, dvd, BR. I can't say I noticed any niche or Criterion titles but I wasn't really looking for them either.

    I went to the one in Oakville but they have a few locations: The Beat Goes On - Store Finder but none in Toronto or Mississauga.

    Bay Street Video is still kicking around Bay Street Video - Toronto's Largest DVD Collection

    Sonic Boom on Spadina carries used dvd and BR. Pretty good selection IIRC.

    Queen Video which used to be on Queen closed but their location in The Annex on Bloor St is still open.

    Eyesore Cinema is still around as well.

    Not sure about Mississauga, but on the weekends there's a flea market in the basement of Dixie Mall. Don at the back sells mostly cds and lps but he has a a lot of dvds and BR of all sorts. He's worth visiting. Great selection of cds including many box sets. Probably the best place to get Bear Family sets anywhere in the GTA IMO.

    That's just off the top of my head.
     
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  3. lightbulb

    lightbulb Forum Resident

    Location:
    Smogville CA USA
    Just to make sure you are aware -
    Barnes and Noble has a sale on Criterion DVDs and BluRays !
    It was just extended to Aug 15, 2017!

    (However, I'm not certain of your shipping costs ...)
     
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  4. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yes, I'm aware. Thanks anyway.

    I tend to prefer WowHD for U.S. imports, although their prices have gone through the roof recently.

    I'm more looking for brick-and-mortar stores in the Toronto area.
     
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  5. Rocker

    Rocker Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    That's where I buy the majority of my physical media... CDs, DVDs, BR, video games.... and their online inventory system is very handy.
    I was just there today to take advantage of their anniversary sale... 40% off everything.... came home with a big pile of goodies! ;)
     
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  6. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    40% is a nice discount. How long is the sale on for?

    BTW, aren't they in the process of preparing for another move?

    Have you ever sold cds to them? I have a small pile growing and I'm not sure who to go to these days.
     
  7. Rocker

    Rocker Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    The sale is just this weekend.... today is the last day.

    If they're going to be moving soon, it's news to me. What have you heard?

    I've sold CDs and DVDs to them plenty of times. As with most places these days, you don't get much for your used discs (unless it's something really rare or OOP), but they offer something like 30% more if you choose store credit instead of cash. Since I buy so much stuff from them anyway, I always just use the credit. ;)
     
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  8. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Oops mixed up the name with something else :)

    Which locations have you been too? I've only been to the one in Oakville. We were shopping at PCV Records and realised The Beat Goes On was just around the corner.
     
  9. Rocker

    Rocker Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    The Oakville store is the only (existing) one I've been to, as well. There used to be one in Ajax that I went to for a while, but it closed about a decade ago.
     
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  10. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Visited Bay Street Video this afternoon. Great selection, but prices are not always competitive, e.g. most Criterions work out at around £27 after tax, so it's actually cheaper to import them to the U.K. via WowHD.

    Anyway, I picked up a couple of titles from my wants list:

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  11. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I know I said I wasn't looking for vinyl on this trip, but I couldn't resist picking up this rare Brazilian mono LP of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits for CAD $45 plus tax, which equates to approximately GBP £30.

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  12. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    @stepeanut Which store did you find the Dylan at? Just curious. :)
     
  13. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Ric's Recollections in Port Credit, ON. Nice little store, nice guy who runs it. He had a few interesting Dylan bits, but this was the only thing I couldn't walk away from.
     
  14. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Cool you made it out there. I've been buying from Ric since the late 80's. Ric and his wife are super nice. I don't get a chance to visit as much as I'd like. You've been more often than I have in the past year and you live in a different country! :)

    He has a nice selection.
     
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