Saving the World's Largest Video Library

August 19, 2014 6:28 PM

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Saving the World's Largest Video Library

I will never forget the first time I set foot in Scarecrow Video, the ultimate cinephile's paradise. Instead of just having a generic Italian section, at Scarecrow you can browse "giallo" and "peplum." Horror movies are sorted into thoughtful subsections which include "Stalkers" and "Cannibals." And even the least-known auteurs have shelf space devoted to their bodies of work. For any true lover of film -- whether you're a scholar, an aspiring filmmaker or a video nerd with esoteric taste in B-movies -- walking into Scarecrow Video is a religious experience. The store is the world's largest, most-comprehensive video library. Looking for a cult martial arts film never released in the U.S.? Scarecrow probably has it in PAL format (you can rent a PAL player here too). Want to see what Douglas Sirk was up to before moving to Hollywood? Searching for that elusive out-of-print gem that you saw as a kid? Look no further. Nine times out of 10, Scarecrow Video will have exactly what you're looking for.

It's not surprising that this institution has a fan base that extends far beyond its hometown of Seattle and includes the likes of editor Thelma Schoonmaker, (Raging Bull, The Wolf of Wall Street) who says: "I travel the world, and it's the most comprehensive video store I've ever seen."

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