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Old 07-26-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Does anyone recommend any New York City blu-ray stores that sell import blu-rays from other countries?

All I can think of is:

Kim's Video (East Village) - UK and Australian blu-rays, but small selection
3 Chinatown stores (near Bowery and Canal) - Hong Kong blu-rays, good selection
J & R (Downtown) - UK, Australian, France blu-rays, huge selection but too damn expensive
2 Jackson Heights stores (Queens) - Bollywood blu-rays, good selection
Book Off (midtown) - used Japanese blu-rays, but selection is non-existant (they literally had three used Japanese blu-rays last time I was there)

I haven't been to Brighton Beach in a while, so I wonder if they are carrying Russian blu-rays as well.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:45 AM   #2
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Does anyone recommend any New York City blu-ray stores that sell import blu-rays from other countries?

All I can think of is:

Kim's Video (East Village) - UK and Australian blu-rays, but small selection
3 Chinatown stores (near Bowery and Canal) - Hong Kong blu-rays, good selection
J & R (Downtown) - UK, Australian, France blu-rays, huge selection but too damn expensive
2 Jackson Heights stores (Queens) - Bollywood blu-rays, good selection
Book Off (midtown) - used Japanese blu-rays, but selection is non-existant (they literally had three used Japanese blu-rays last time I was there)

I haven't been to Brighton Beach in a while, so I wonder if they are carrying Russian blu-rays as well.
I don't know for sure, but the Strand Bookstore on Broadway might have some. I know the Virgin Megastore in Union Square used to have a desperately small section of UK DVDs, but that's gone now.

Out of curiosity, why are you looking to B&Ms instead of online shops?
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:10 PM   #3
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I don't know for sure, but the Strand Bookstore on Broadway might have some. I know the Virgin Megastore in Union Square used to have a desperately small section of UK DVDs, but that's gone now.

Out of curiosity, why are you looking to B&Ms instead of online shops?
thanks, I check Strand too. They don't have imports. They do have used dvds and blu-rays, but they are a bit pricey. And I remember the Virgin Megastore having that tiny section too!

I'm looking to B&Ms for those days that I want something right away and can't wait!
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Out of curiosity, why are you looking to B&Ms instead of online shops?
Sometimes it's nice to walk into a physical store and get your hands on the product. When I was in university, there was an Asian store that had lots of Korean, Chinese and Japanese DVDs including the boxsets, which can be awesome. Here in the UK, except for areas like London which have large ethnic populations, these places are a goldmine and I didn't mind the fact it cost more than if I ordered from YesAsia. The main problem was that it was bizarrely never open, I might have been lucky once in every 10 visits! Maybe it was a front for something more nefarious? Who knows!

Also, places that carry imported titles are often smaller, more independent places where the staff actually give a damn and it's nice to support them. I live in the capital for my country, and our town centre has 2 places where you can buy from a decent range of CDs, and one (a chain) for DVDs/Blus. It's crazy how the internet has changed shopping.
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Also, places that carry imported titles are often smaller, more independent places where the staff actually give a damn and it's nice to support them. I live in the capital for my country, and our town centre has 2 places where you can buy from a decent range of CDs, and one (a chain) for DVDs/Blus. It's crazy how the internet has changed shopping.
I agree - I would rather walk into stores than buy online. I can't stand waiting weeks and weeks for something to come and then I have to sometimes deal with my inefficient post office.

Do you go to CEX, the used blu-ray/dvd chain store? http://uk.webuy.com/product.php?mode=buy&catid=792
They have them all over England. I love this store. Half my collection is from there (they have a few stores in NYC). The England CEX stores have so many foreign films on blu too...
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I'm visiting NYC this week... any other stores I should check ???
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Hey Guys I would love to go to NY I bet it's an amazing City.....
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I'm visiting NYC this week... any other stores I should check ???

ALL FOREIGN DVDs (mainly UK and Australian DVD/blu-ray imports):
Kim's Video (it’s the best international DVD store in NYC...or even the world!)
124 First Ave., New York, NY 10009
(near 8th St.)
212-533-7390

JAPANESE DVDs:
HQ Video (it’s the best Japanese DVD store in NYC)
21 West 45th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(Between 5th & 6th Ave)
Phone: 212-221-0027

JAPANESE DVDs:
Midnight Video
35 West 43rd Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(Between 5th Ave & 6th Ave)
212-827-0502

HONG KONG/CHINESE DVDs:
There are three stores on Bowery street near the corner of Canal Street in Chinatown

KOREAN DVDs:
Korya Bookstore (which has very big selection of Korean DVD) and two other Korean DVD stores
Somewhere on 32nd Street, NYC
(Between 6th and 5th Ave)

RUSSIAN:
There are about 4 Russian DVD stores in a radius of about 6 blocks on Brighton Beach Ave. (make sure to look on 2nd floor in some stores for the European PAL DVDs)
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (40 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

POLISH DVDs:
Go to Greenpoint, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

INDIAN/TAMIL DVDs:
Go to Jackson Heights, Queens (30 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

GREEK DVDs:
Go to Long Island City, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)
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ALL FOREIGN DVDs (mainly UK and Australian DVD/blu-ray imports):
Kim's Video (it’s the best international DVD store in NYC...or even the world!)
124 First Ave., New York, NY 10009
(near 8th St.)
212-533-7390

JAPANESE DVDs:
HQ Video (it’s the best Japanese DVD store in NYC)
21 West 45th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(Between 5th & 6th Ave)
Phone: 212-221-0027

JAPANESE DVDs:
Midnight Video
35 West 43rd Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(Between 5th Ave & 6th Ave)
212-827-0502

HONG KONG/CHINESE DVDs:
There are three stores on Bowery street near the corner of Canal Street in Chinatown

KOREAN DVDs:
Korya Bookstore (which has very big selection of Korean DVD) and two other Korean DVD stores
Somewhere on 32nd Street, NYC
(Between 6th and 5th Ave)

RUSSIAN:
There are about 4 Russian DVD stores in a radius of about 6 blocks on Brighton Beach Ave. (make sure to look on 2nd floor in some stores for the European PAL DVDs)
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (40 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

POLISH DVDs:
Go to Greenpoint, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

INDIAN/TAMIL DVDs:
Go to Jackson Heights, Queens (30 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

GREEK DVDs:
Go to Long Island City, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)
How are there prices in comparison to buying them from the international amazon sites...

for example, some uk blus you can get as low as 14 bux....will it cost me $30 at these stores?
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wow thx for the all the infos guys
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:33 PM   #11
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How are there prices in comparison to buying them from the international amazon sites...

for example, some uk blus you can get as low as 14 bux....will it cost me $30 at these stores?
U are right. Amazon UK is dirt cheap, but if u are impatient and dont want to wait a wekek, I sometimes would pay double the price to just pick up the dvd or bluray from Kims. Kims only has a small selection of UK import blus anyway. They are mainly good for UK/Australian Pal dvd imports.

The Japanese stores that I listed are great because they sell perfectly copies to the public for 9 bucks a dvd. Im not paying over 50 dollars for an original Japanese dvd/bluray.
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Great list, except Greenpoint is in Brooklyn.

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ALL FOREIGN DVDs (mainly UK and Australian DVD/blu-ray imports):
Kim's Video (it’s the best international DVD store in NYC...or even the world!)
124 First Ave., New York, NY 10009
(near 8th St.)
212-533-7390

JAPANESE DVDs:
HQ Video (it’s the best Japanese DVD store in NYC)
21 West 45th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(Between 5th & 6th Ave)
Phone: 212-221-0027

JAPANESE DVDs:
Midnight Video
35 West 43rd Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(Between 5th Ave & 6th Ave)
212-827-0502

HONG KONG/CHINESE DVDs:
There are three stores on Bowery street near the corner of Canal Street in Chinatown

KOREAN DVDs:
Korya Bookstore (which has very big selection of Korean DVD) and two other Korean DVD stores
Somewhere on 32nd Street, NYC
(Between 6th and 5th Ave)

RUSSIAN:
There are about 4 Russian DVD stores in a radius of about 6 blocks on Brighton Beach Ave. (make sure to look on 2nd floor in some stores for the European PAL DVDs)
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (40 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

POLISH DVDs:
Go to Greenpoint, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

INDIAN/TAMIL DVDs:
Go to Jackson Heights, Queens (30 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

GREEK DVDs:
Go to Long Island City, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:59 AM   #13
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Anyone know the names of the chinatown stores near bowery and canal? Or phone numbers
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The Strand no longer sells blu-rays, try Academy on 18th street between 5th and 6th...
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Any up to date info on this...
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Yeah, i'm curious too. Are there still some dvd/blu-ray shops in New York?
Yes B&N is nice, but really overpriced. Not a fan of Target or Walmart.
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