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  Originally Published on: 11/12/2013

Blockbuster is officially closing the doors of all its corporate-run stores. Only a few dozen, owned by franchises plan to stay open. Richard Roth shows us how Americans' changing taste is marking the end of an era. "You look like a new release!" Now, there's nothing new at Blockbuster, as the remaining hundreds of video rental stores are closing. "It means no one wants to buy or rent videos anymore. It's technology. That's all." This Manhattan Blockbuster is now a pop-up Halloween store. "Do we need Blockbuster? Do you use Blockbuster? When's the last time you went to Blockbuster? "I'm not going to let you into my home to see my video collection." The ruthless march of new technology and changing consumer tastes led to a blood end for yet another physical media icon. "I think it's kind of sad. I uses to love going to Blockbuster as a family." Nostalgia mocked in the comedy program South Park. "All on Blu-Ray of DVD. Well, what do you think?" "It's awesome." "You should try to get in on that Ancient Civilizations show so people can see how cultures used to live." "I'm upset that it's gone and I don't think it'll be back considering all the latest in technology that people have now." "Seinfeld" reminds us how people used to get and return their movies. "That's be $3.49." "$3.49? It says $1.49!" "You didn't rewind it so it's a $2 charge." Yes, people used to have to leave their home to obtain "Rocky IV." The Onion News Network claims there are now Blockbuster museums in America. "A specialty shop where customers exchange money for the short term use of video in an archaic system called renting. The tour is amazing. It's like stepping into a time machine." "Do you ever use eight track tapes anymore?" "I've never seen an eight track tape." And CD's, DVD's and video games are also disappearing away under a digital tidal wave. After looking at a tiny video screen in 1987, technology analyst Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street" saw it coming. "I tell you we're going to see a new age pal." "It's difficult for me and others to keep up with all the changes in technology," says CNN's Richard Roth. "Would you like a one-year-old newspaper? Or how about a VHS cassette for home viewing tonight?" In Greenwich Village, people can still touch the classics. The music album stubbornly survives. "It's just part of history, it's um, one of those things that you learn to appreciate," says Peter Kaye of Bleecker Street Records. "It's art. Because they didn't think something like this exists anymore. They think they're walking into a time capsule." The owner makes house calls to record owners to evaluate their collections. Kids, doctors, used to do that too.
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