The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Summer Hours Edition!

With the light staying late longer (that make sense?) we’d thought it would be a good idea to adjust the hours of operation to fit the season. Not a big move – Black Dog will now be open until 9pm Thursday – Sunday (8pm Monday – Wednesday). We hope that this pleases you.

New Releases!


The Deuce: Season 3 – Season three of this great, gritty, sleazy slice of NY.


French Exit – Comedy/drama finds Michelle Pfieffer moving to Paris with her cat and her son after inheritance starts to run dry. Watch out for all the dog poop!


Happy New Year, Colin Burstead – Family dramatic drama from Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) finds a guy named Colin hiring a lavish country estate for his family to celebrate New Year. Things, of course, don’t go very well. Be boring of they did.


Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns – Hemingway gets the famed Ken Burns treatment (not as painful as it sounds).


Heavy Trip – Heavy metal comedy from Finland finds a band called Impaled Rektum going to a heavy metal festival. Hilarity, I presume, ensues. This looks pretty great.


Morgue – Dude gets locked in a morgue overnight. Spooky things happen. Or do they? Probably.


Night Walk – Mickey Roarke (who, more and more, looks like an Arby’s sandwich left out in the sun for a few days) stars in this prison drama set in the Arab world,


Spare Parts – An all-girl band, Ms. 45, is kidnapped, have their limbs removed and replaced with crazy weapons and forced to fight as Gladiators. Not a true story.


The Unhealer – Bullied teenager acquires some sort of superpowers that he uses for bloody revenge. Not a true story.


Vanquish – Retired Russian drug courier is forced back into action for ONE LAST JOB. Stars Morgan Freeman (or someone who vaguely looks like Morgan Freeman).


The World to Come – Nice looking romantic drama about two women finding each other in the rough-living (and loving!) upstate New York of the 1850s.

Cool Older Things Hitting the Shelves!

Event Horizon – Blu Ray (also for sale!)
Wicker Man: Final Edition – Blu Ray (also for sale!)
Body Slam – Blu Ray
Perdita Durango
To Sir with Love

Coming Soon!

Anything for Jackson
Godzilla vs Kong
I Hate Suzie Season 1
City Hall (Fred Wiseman)
The Night
Streetwise: The Life of Erin Blackwell
The Unholy
Vikings S 6 part 2
Wrath of Man
Your Honor

There should be a hilarious new episode of the Black Dog After Dark Podcast up soon (hopefully later today). Tune in as we kick off the summer with a look at Weekend at Bernie’s!.

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay healthy, get vaccinated, summer’s almost here!
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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: The Mask Edition!

(This post can also be viewed over at the new website –


To celebrate the good news passed down this week (the easing of restrictions and so forth news) we’d like to offer our famous, locally sourced, Black Dog Masks for the low price of $9.99! It will be the last batch of this collector’s item so move fast! And don’t forget the other cool swag we’ve acquired – new shirts, mugs, pins and buttons.

There’s also a new podcast episode up and ready for your ears! Josie joins us for an affectionate look at Midnight Run starring the late Charles Grodin! Tune in for the Black Dog After Dark podcast! And there’s a new, pretty funny, video up in my long-running series, Films I Should Have Seen by Now at

New Releases!


August Virgin – Woman decides to have a staycation in Madrid. I think that was most of the world this past year. Just not all in Madrid.


Cowboys – Nice guy Steve Zahn takes his trans kid camping after his ex-wife refuses to let the kid be the kid they want.


Deliver Us From Evil – Cool-looking gangster epic from Korea. You had me at Korea.


Iron Mask – Jackie Chan teams up with Ah-nold for some swashbuckling adventure type affair. Blu Ray coming soon!


The Lift – Take the Stairs! Take the stairs! For God’s sake, take the stairs! Warning ~ killer elevator movie from the 80s!


The Mauritanian – Dude fights for his freedom after being detained, without being charged, by the US government for years. Ugh, go away, USA.


Mrs. Lowry and Son – Bio-pic of artist L.S. Lowry and his mom.


Nightmare Alley – Renowned, hard-to-see, noir from 1947 about an evil circus fella. Criterion release!


The Obituary of Tunde Johnson – Black dude gets murdered by racist cops in US (see above) and has to relive this day over and over again. Eeesh! Kind of a BLM Groundhog Day.


Some Kind of Heaven – Doc about Amurica’s largest retirement community. I bet it’s in Florida.


Sound of Silence – The always solid Peter Sarsgaard is a “house tuner” who calibrates folk’s homes via sound or something. Rashida Jones has a sound problem for him.


Sweet Requiem – Eight-year old Dolkar flees the Chinese in Tibet years ago. Now she meets a fella who had something to do with her past.


Tom and Jerry – Cat and mouse are frenemies. Why?


The Wretched – Teenage boy has a run-in with his neighbor who happens to be a thousand year-old witch. Witches Witches everywhere!

Old Cool Things on the Shelves!

The Bureau – Complete series!
Dudes – DVD and Blu Ray
Hauzu – Criterion Blu Ray
The Loveless (Kathryn Bigelow)
Abigail’s Party
POPanganda: Art and Crimes of Ron English
Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969
Black Rose Mansion
The Five Heartbeats

Coming Soon!

The Father
The Courier
The Vault
Son of the White Mare
Kong v Godzilla
Wrath of Man

That’s it for this week folks. Take care of each other out there!

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Pre-Orders! Cool Things!

Hey if anyone out there is interested in picking up some swell new releases heading our way, let me know!

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The Black Dog Newsletter: May Days Edition!

So we’re in the process of transitioning to a new website – – so that’s where you can find this week’s newsletter! Plus videos, podcasts and other things! OTHER THINGS!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter! May the 5th be with You Edition!

Here’s a link to the new site with this week’s newsletter. We will be moving everything over there in the next few weeks. Probably.

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The Black Dog Newsletter “Many Thanks Edition!”

Just wanted to give a nice big greasy thank you to all who donated to help out our buddy, Danse, after the passing of his brother, Frank. The in-store donations, combined with Dylan’s Facebook birthday charity hoo-haw ,helped to raise a nice chunk of change for Danse (just north of $700!). Hoping that it helps him get by.

Also, wanted to let you know that there’s
a) a new podcast episode up and running! Dylan, Alex and I take a look into the mind of Brian De Palma and his fine film Body Double!
b) there’s a new episode of my “Films I Should Have Seen by Now” series where I discuss (briefly) a couple of early David Lynch efforts.

New Releases!


Cold Call – British number about a woman who’s life get all in a tizzy after going down the rabbit hole of a suspicious cold call. And that’s why I never answer the phone.


Day of the Beast (or Dave the Beast as we like to call it round these parts) – Alex de la Iglesia’s crazed fruit of a film from 1995 finds a nutty priest teaming up with a Black Metal lover and an occult connoisseur to commit as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the evil beast. Blu Ray release!


Heartworn Highways – Excellent doc about great country music of the era (1976) and whiskey and other things.


Heartworn Highways Revisited – 38 years later we get more of the above.


Irma Vep – This totes cool film gets the Criterion treatment! Blu Ray.


M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity – Come on, admit it, you had an Escher poster in your college/university dorm room! Here’s a doc on the fellow.


Nomadland – Oscar winner – Best Picture, Director, Actress! – about a woman living a nomadic lifestyle out of her van – Blu Ray only! DVD still to come, just not too sure when.


Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles – Famous food chef brings his food magic to the MET in New York.


Percy – Canadian farmer Christopher Walken takes on an evil giant corporation after their GMOs blow into his field. True story.


Test Pattern – Interracial couple seeks justice in an unjust healthcare system in the good old US of A.


The World of Wong Kar Wai – Deluxe Criterion Blu Ray set of most of the astounding films from this astounding director!
As Tears Go By
Days of Being Wild
Chungking Express
Fallen Angels
Happy Together
In the Mood for Love

Coming Soon!

Bureau: Complete Series
How About Adolf?
Sound of Silence
Sweet Requiem
Twentieth Century
Judas and the Black Messiah
The Father
The Little Things

Oh! And as promised, we’ve got some cool swag in the shop in the form of pins and magnets and there’s more cool stuff – mugs, hats, condoms – on the way!


Have a safe and lovely week!

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The Black Dog Newsletter: So Long, Frank Edition!


The Black Dog Newsletter: So Long, Frank Edition!

(As written by Dylan) I, like many Commercial Drive residents and regulars, am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Frank. Frank and his brother Danse have been regular fixtures on Commercial Drive, harmlessly camped out (for lack of a better description) out front of our video store in the morning. A little messy…(read more)

(We will be accepting cash, debit donations at the shop – 1470 Commercial Drive – and e-transfer – to help out Danse.)

New Releases


Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar – Nice, funny comedy (ain’t those the best kind?!) finds Barb and Star leaving home for the first time and going to the title location where they get mixed up in all kinds of hi-jinks!


Coming Home Again – Family drama from Wayne Wang about aging and cooking delicious foods.


I Blame Society – What does it take to get a movie made in this town?! Murder perhaps? A murder most foul? Perhaps?


Love Sarah – Woman opens a bake shop in Notting Hill. Film at 11.


Memories of Murder – Excellent police procedural thriller from the fella who made Parasite. Criterion Blu Ray release.


My Salinger Year – Young woman gets a job going through JD Salinger’s fan mail. I wonder how much underwear she finds there?


Pinocchio – From the fella who brought us the excellent Gomorrah and Dogman comes yet another telling of the famous tale of a wooden boy whose nose gets longer when he tells a lie. Insert depraved joke here.


Switchblade Sisters – I love this crazy exploitation gang nonsense from the 70’s. We did a podcast for this one a while back. This is Arrow’s awesome new Blu Ray release.


The Wanting Mare – Strange, but cool, sounding fantasy film about a fictional town who sells special horses to another fictional town. Other stuff happens as well.

Older Titles New to the Shop

Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701 Scorpion – Blu Ray
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable – Blu Ray
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 – Blu Ray
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Grudge Song – Blu Ray
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – Blu Ray
Wild Life – Blu Ray
That’ll be the Day
A Night to Remember
Days of Being Wild
84 Charing Cross Road

Coming Soon!

Cold Call Season 1
Heartworn Highways
Heartworn Highways Revisited
Irma Vep
MC Escher: Journey to Infinity
Test Pattern
World of Wong Kar Wai (Blu Ray box set)

We’re still (always) accepting donations of DVDs and Blu Rays! We’re also in the market to pay for some selected items (or offer in-store credit). So dig out that old collection of physical media that’s cluttering up your place , blow off the dust and drop ’em off at the shop!

Before I leave you to your own devices, don’t forget to check out our podcasts and videos (I’m doing a series titled Films I Should Have Seen By Now) over on our new website. Good times!

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Keep watching.

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The Black Dog Newsletter: Spring Cleaning Edition!


Tis the season, the season of lovely weather and unburdening yourself of unwanted relics of your past. So when you’re done bounding through the fields in the sunshine, pack up your old DVDs and Blu Rays and donate them to your favourite local Black Dog Video! We’ll take donations of anything and will pay actual cash or in-store credit for selected items.

Selected Items include:

~ classics
~ horror
~ sci-fi
~ music DVDs
~ westerns
~ foreign language films

(not looking for much in the line of current Hollywood cinema)

These things help us to keep going and are appreciated immensely.

New Releases!


Boss Level – Frank Grillo is in the future and stuck in a deadly time loop! What does Mad Mel and Naomi Watts have to do with it? Find out! Looks pretty fun. (Blu Ray coming soon!)


Brothers by Blood – Large hunky men abound in this Philadelphia mob movie.


The Dark and The Wicked – Pretty good and scary affair finds a couple of siblings returning to their family farm to help out with dying dad. Things don’t go well.


Death Ranch – Great title (give me a film with “monkey” or “ranch” in the title and I’m sold!)! A trio of African-American siblings are on the run from some cannibalistic KKK cultists. As if regular KKK half-wits weren’t bad enough!


Fukashima 50 – Workers at the doomed nuclear plant stay behind to prevent a total meltdown and the destruction of Japan and maybe even all of planet earth after a deadly earthquake and tsunami. Scary stuff!


Mallorca Files Season 1 – Fun hi-jinks ensue when a British and German detective clash over how to solve crimes on the lovely island of Mallorca.


Mapplethorpe – Docu-drama about the famed controversial photographer. Stars the guy who played Prince Philip on The Crown. Hah.


The Mortuary Collection – Pretty good horror anthology starring the fine Clancy Brown!


Red Cow – Israeli coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the assassination of Rabin. And has a cow in it. Fun!

Older Catalogue titles for your enjoyment!

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – BR
Grizzly II – BR
Crossed Swords
The Hunting Party
Pillow Talk
A Lonely Place to Die

Coming Soon!

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar
I Blame Society
My Salinger Year
That’ll be the Day
The Wild Life

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Complete Series BR
Memories of Murder BR
Switchblade Sisters BR

That’s it for this week folks. Don’t forget to tune into our Podcast and my “Films I Should Have Seen By Now” (new one coming very soon!) videos on our new website ~! Have a great sunny week and we’ll talk at you soon!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Just Watch Us Edition!

The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Watch Us Edition!

As promised, we’ve begun to add swell new content to our new website – – and our Youtube channel. I’ve started doing a little piece (hopefully once a week) titled Films I Should Have Seen By Now in which I reveal some films that, well, I should have seen by now but for various reason have not. Check it out!

We’re also going to be adding a merch section to the new site just as soon as we get some merch! Looking at items such as mugs, hats, pins – that sort of thing – to go along with our famous T-Shirts. Any suggestions on things you’d like to see, let me know!

New Releases!

(should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)


Acasa, My Home – Fascinating doc about a family living in the delta outskirts of Bucharest for 20 years who were then forced to relocate to the big city. Be a bit of an adjustment, me thinks. Wonder if there’s still a video store in Romania?


Another Round – Mads Mikkelson is a teacher who, with four of his colleagues, tests a theory that by maintaining a certain level of booze in the system, it will improve their lives. Hmmm, sounds like a good test to me. I’ll get back to you.


Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time – Cool-looking, nourish mystery follows a woman who returns home to Budapest to be with her new lover but only to have the new lover claim to have never met her! Something’s afoot!


Rams – Sam Neill is a sheep farmer who is in a decades-long feud with his neighbor. Also a sheep farmer. Sheep-related hi-jinks, I presume, ensue.


Shadow in the Cloud – Strange, but cool, sounding mash-up of action, WWII and horror finds a female pilot encountering an evil presence on the B-17 she’s flying on. Or in. Not too sure which one is correct.

A few older titles made their way (or will be making their way) into the shop

Freebie and the Bean
Where’s Poppa
Magnolia – Blu Ray
Sleepless (Argento) – Blu Ray
Galaxy of Terror
Buried Alive
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Malibu High (DVD and Blu Ray)
Runaway Train – Blu Ray
McCabe and Mrs Miller – Criterion Blu Ray
Ghost World – Criterion Blu Ray

Coming Soon!

Bureau (Complete Series)
Day of the Beast – Blu Ray
Sleepaway Camp – Blu Ray
Fukashima 50
Mallorca Files Season 1
Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
Red Cow
Willy’s Wonderland
Mortuary Collection

That’s it for this week, folks. I just got my first plague shot and hope that you’ll all be there soon (if not already) as well. Take care of each other out there.

PS – Just got word that Frank, a popular local Commercial Drive fixture, has passed. RIP.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Short Circuit Edition!


The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Short Circuit Edition!

New Covid measures are settling in. We’re still open at noon everyday. Hopefully that doesn’t change. Until then, support your favourite restaurants and such. Get take out etc. Tip and tip well. We seem so close…and don’t you forget about us…

New Releases!


Identifying Features – Serious drama ensues when a mother searches for her missing child after she’s been told he died crossing the border from Mexico into the good ole US of A. Topical!


News of the World – Covid-beater Tom Hanks is a Civil War fella who agrees to travel across the dangerous land to return a girl to her Aunt and Uncle for some reason.


Psycho Goreman – Best title of the year! A girl and her brother find that they can control a monster and they use this ability to get him to do their bidding. Can’t wait! Do you care for hunky boys?


The Projectionist – Cool-looking doc from Abel Ferrara as he chats with a (not sleazy hah!) film guy who ran some cinemas in 1970s Queens.


Russian Raid – aka Russkiy Reyd – Seems like a Russian version of The Raid. If it’s half as good as that masterpiece, I’m down!


Young Karl Marx – Who wants to see a movie about Karl Marx when he was a kid (or young adult)?! Raise your commie-loving hand!


Wonder Woman 1984 – For those who waited (and didn’t shell out $30 for VOD – suckers) here’s the next big budget superhero extravaganza with the lovely Gal Godot and Chris Pine (who looks like he woke up under a bridge).

Coming Soon!

Another Round
Our Friend
Secrets and Lies (Criterion)
Acasa, My Home
MC Escher: Journey to Infinity

Don’t forget to tune into our podcast and check out our new Website (work in progress) at

That’s it for this week, folks! Stay safe, stay hydrated, keep watching.

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