Online fans have speculated that Blockbuster may return after its website became active again.
The famous video rental chain was one of the main products in the 1990s and early 2000s, although it was declared bankrupt in 2010, and by 2014 its remaining stores were closed.
She currently has one store in Bend, Oregon, and the website itself is owned by Dish Network, which owns a number of franchise agreements for the Blockbuster brand.
However, it was stated on the internet that the website came back to life with the words “please be kind while we rewind” on the mobile device and “we are working on rewinding your movie” on its desktop version (via ComicBook and Reddit).
Fans have taken to social media to speculate on what this could mean, suggesting it could spark some nostalgia or even enter the streaming market.:
Blockbuster has relaunched their social media channels & website
There is a lot of speculation on this, including a new blockbuster video streaming site.
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— 89.3 The Raven (@893TheRaven) March 20, 2023
Blockbuster Video's Website Is Suddenly Active Again https://t.co/zBBmBNZLQ0 via @ComicBook pic.twitter.com/BXMUrKOotP
— Matthew Coleman (@MtthwClmn) March 17, 2023
Last year, Netflix released a new sitcom called Blockbuster, dedicated to a fictional version of the brand’s last working video store starring Randall Park and Melissa Fumero. However, it was canceled after one season.
Critical reviews were mostly negative, with Collider calling the series a “poorly conceived premise,” adding, “By the time it’s over, the Blockbuster will eventually become a series that you’ll probably return to the video store before you actually have time to finish. this.”
“If Blockbuster doesn’t do anything particularly wrong, its downside is that it also doesn’t do anything impressively right,” added Angie Khan of The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, last year Daniel Craig revealed that he used to hide his films in a blockbuster, telling Yahoo! Movies: “I used to have this thing, there were a few movies I starred in in the days when blockbusters were still in fashion, I went to blockbusters, and if I saw them on the shelf, I grabbed them and threw them under the counter.
“I know it won’t make a big difference, but I thought if at least one person didn’t watch the movie, it would be good.”